WGA's 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time

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    http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/wgas-101-best-written-tv-series-of-all-time-complete-list/

    I know what all of you guys are thinking and I agree with you: Monday Night Raw getting snubbed is a travesty. :o

    Here's the complete list. What are some of you guy's opinions?

    1. The Sopranos
    2. Seinfeld
    3. The Twilight Zone (1959)
    4. All in the Family
    5. M*A*S*H
    6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
    7. Mad Men
    8. Cheers
    9. The Wire
    10. The West Wing
    11. The Simpsons
    12. I Love Lucy
    13. Breaking Bad
    14. The Dick Van Dyke Show
    15. Hill Street Blues
    16. Arrested Development
    17. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
    18. Six Feet Under
    19. Taxi
    20. The Larry Sanders Show
    21. 30 Rock
    22. Friday Night Lights
    23. Frasier
    24. Friends
    25. Saturday Night Live
    26. The X-Files
    27. Lost
    28. ER
    29. The Cosby Show
    30. Curb Your Enthusiasm
    31. The Honeymooners
    32. Deadwood
    33. Star Trek
    34. Modern Family
    35. Twin Peaks
    36. NYPD Blue
    37. The Carol Burnett Show
    38. Battlestar Galactica (2005)
    39. Sex & The City
    40. Game of Thrones
    41. (tie) The Bob Newhart Show; Your Show of Shows
    43. (tie) Downton Abbey; Law & Order; Thirtysomething
    46. (tie) Homicide: Life on the Street; St. Elsewhere
    48. Homeland
    49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    50. (tie) The Colbert Report; The Good Wife; The Office (UK)
    53. Northern Exposure
    54. The Wonder Years
    55. L.A. Law
    56. Sesame Street
    57. Columbo
    58. (tie) Fawlty Towers; The Rockford Files
    60. (tie) Freaks and Geeks; Moonlighting
    62. Roots
    63. (tie) Everybody Loves Raymond; South Park
    65. Playhouse 90
    66. (tie) Dexter; The Office (US)
    68. My So-Called Life
    69. Golden Girls
    70. The Andy Griffith Show
    71. (tie) 24; Roseanne; The Shield
    74. (tie) House; Murphy Brown
    76. (tie) Barney Miller; I, Claudius
    78. The Odd Couple
    79. (tie) Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Monty Python's Flying Circus; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Upstairs, Downstairs
    83. Get Smart
    84. (tie) The Defenders; Gunsmoke
    86. (tie) Justified; Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show)
    88. Band of Brothers
    89. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
    90. The Prisoner
    91. (tie) Absolutely Fabulous (UK); The Muppet Show
    93. Boardwalk Empire
    94. Will & Grace
    95. Family Ties
    96. (tie) Lonesome Dove; Soap
    98. (tie) The Fugitive; Late Night with David Letterman; Louie
    101. Oz
     
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    The Simpsons is a little too high. Homeland (which I feel is slightly overrated) is about where it should be, though I wouldn't mind seeing it lower. SNL is too high, as his TOS Star Trek (slightly).

    Modern Family should be higher. Would like to have seen Homicide higher, but I'm aware that hardly anybody watched that show. Curb is definitely a better written show than Friends and Frasier.
     
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    ehhhhh...
     
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    Again, I don't dislike the show, I just don't think it should rank so high. At least I have a higher opinion of it than I do Everybody Loves Raymond, which shouldn't rank at all...

    At least The Twilight Zone made the top 3. :o:up:
     
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    I disagree with the ranking of Seinfeld at number two. I would put it at three or four.
     
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    The Simpsons wallowing in well over a decade of mediocrity (or worse) should rank them far, far lower than #11. Their executives/FOX has tarnished that show's legacy by not knowing when to get them off the ****ing stage. :o
     
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    But it still did influence many cartoons that are more popular today and was one of the first shows broke the animation age ghetto and was a show that was more for adults than Children. It was the first of it's kind and proved to be a huge ratings hit.

    Personally, I have no problem with Number 1 or Number 2. The Sopranos help legitimize the one hour drama show more so than any other comedy. Without the Soparnos, there wouldn't be shows like most of HBO's shows, The Wire, The Shield, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and many other shows that pushed the envelope in terms of writing in a more fearless and psychological manner.

    And Seinfeld did the same for comedy. I always felt that Seinfeld had the best writing of any show I've seen. The way the plots weaved, and came together in humorous and unexpected ways were fantastic. Not to mention Larry David manage to find a huge amount of humor in the most simple and sometimes mundane situations that actually felt like it could happen in real life (well, more the later than the earlier seasons but I think Seinfeld is one of the few shows that actually manage to stay good in later seasons).
     
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