Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 TV Shows


A few weeks back the WGA released their list of what they consider to be the Top 100 Best-Written TV Shows (you can check my earlier post on it).  Now Entertainment Weekly has released their own list.

There are a great many shows that made both lists, albeit in different positions.  Both have nearly the same shows in their top ten, including The Wire, Seinfeld, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Sopranos, All in the Family and Mad Men.

I was thrilled to find one of the best cult shows ever made - Buffy The Vampire Slayer - in EW's top ten.  WGA had it at #49.  The wonderful Freaks and Geeks made both lists, and I was happy to find EW included many shows that I personally loved, including Alias, Gilmore Girls, Felicity, Beverly Hills 90210 and Ally McBeal.  My newest passion - Doctor Who - was included as well.

EW obviously loves HBO, giving healthy representation of the cable net's programming including Six Feet Under, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Deadwood, Sex and the City, The Larry Sanders Show, Oz and The Comeback.

There were quite a lot of variety and sketch shows included (Saturday Night Live, The Abbott and Costello Show, The Smothers Brothers Hour, The Carol Burnett Show) as well as some reality (Survivor, Project Runway, The Real World) and one head-scratcher - Beavis and Butt-Head.  I mean, it was a funny show, but one of the best ever?  Daria was a better quality show in my opinion.

Not making this list but included on the WGA's are shows like Dexter, Justified, The Wonder Years, House and Murphy BrownBryan Cranston made EW's list twice, with Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad.  And both lists' #100 show couldn't be more different (WGA had Oz, EW has The Brady Bunch).

Perhaps I'll get around to making my own Top 100 list - trust me, it would have a lot of the same shows but my toppers would be far different and more genre-spread.  Till then, here is EW's full list.  Enjoy!

The Wire (HBO)
The Simpsons (FOX)
Seinfeld (NBC)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
The Sopranos (HBO)
All in the Family (CBS)
The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (The WB/UPN)
Mad Men (AMC)
Your Show of Shows (NBC)
I Love Lucy (CBS)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
The Twilight Zone (CBS)
The Office (UK) (BBC)
Cheers (NBC)
The Cosby Show (NBC)
Roseanne (ABC)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Arrested Development (FOX/Netflix)
The Honeymooners (CBS)
Friends (NBC)
My So-Called Life (ABC)
Law & Order (NBC)
Lost (ABC)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (CBS/NBC)
Prime Suspect (UK) (ITV)
Monty Python’s Flying Circus (BBC)
The Abbott and Costello Show (Syndicated)
The X-Files (FOX)
The Golden Girls (NBC)
The Carol Burnett Show (CBS)
The Larry Sanders Show (HBO)
Hill Street Blues (NBC)
Maude (CBS)
Columbo (NBC/ABC)
The Bob Newhart Show (CBS)
The Fugitive (ABC)
The Real World (MTV)
Twin Peaks (ABC)
Taxi (ABC/NBC)
St. Elsewhere (NBC)
Frasier (NBC)
Gilmore Girls (WB/CW)
The Rifleman (ABC)
The Rockford Files (NBC)
Friday Night Lights (NBC)
The Muppet Show (CBS)
Survivor (CBS)
The West Wing (NBC)
Soap (ABC)
American Idol (FOX)
thirtysomething (ABC)
30 Rock (NBC)
The Shield (FX)
Sex and the City (HBO)
Freaks and Geeks (NBC)
Deadwood (HBO)
Dallas (CBS)
Homicide: Life on the Street (NBC)
Absolutely Fabulous (BBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
Doctor Who (BBC)
Chappelle’s Show (Comedy Central)
The Prisoner (ITV)
Family (ABC)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (Syndicated)
Will & Grace (NBC)
Beavis and Butt-Head (MTV)
Battlestar Galactica (SyFy)
Six Feet Under (HBO)
Homeland (SHO)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (FOX)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Ally McBeal (FOX)
Dawson’s Creek (WB)
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
The Office (US) (NBC)
In Living Color (FOX)
Good Times (CBS)
Oz (HBO)
Family Ties (NBC)
Little House on the Prairie (NBC)
24 (FOX)
South Park (Comedy Central)
Perry Mason (CBS)
Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (various channels)
Felicity (WB)
Star Trek (NBC)
Sanford and Son (NBC)
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (CBS)
Project Runway (Bravo/Lifetime)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Malcolm in the Middle (FOX)
The Comeback (HBO)
Bewitched (ABC)
Alias (ABC)
The Brady Bunch (ABC)


  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

  2. Thank you! loved the list and i agree with almost everything
    It`s also great to see Buffy in top ten

  3. Actually, the list does not include Route 66, which was the best show that's ever been produced on television. Aside from that its not a bad list.Take a look at "Trap at Cordoba"! or "Twp Strangers and an Old Enemy". Cheers

  4. I was reading your article and wondered if you had considered creating an ebook on this subject. Your writing would sell it fast. You have a lot of writing talent.
    Entertainment news

  5. This comment has been removed by the author.

  6. my list: youre the worst, the originals, weird loners. welcome to the family, masters of sex, tyrant, the slap, the royals, the valleys, plebs, about a boy, baby daddy, black jesus, black-ish, blue mountain state, empire, fresh off the boat, married, power, reckless, suits, switched at birth, the o.c

    i sell tv series for a living and people love me because of my taste.

    #REal niGga shIT

  7. I can't believe The Dick Van Dyke Show dint make the list! WTF!

  8. Hi! If you favorite TV series have come to the end and you have nothing to watch and enjoy after hard workdays, follow this source to find out top popular TV shows among which you may find your favorite one http://livecustomwriting.com/blog/nothing-to-watch-list-of-top-tv-shows-of-the-last-decade

  9. In fact, the following list does not include TV shows of the last decade. If you have nothing to watch in the evening, open this blog post, and select the most appropriate show for your family!

  10. I personally loved, including Alias, Gilmore Girls, Felicity, Beverly Hills 90210 and Ally McBeal. My newest passion - Doctor Who - was included as well. Celebrity Entertainment