Are Your Fave TV Shows In The Top 101?

Are Your Fave TV Shows In The Top 101?

The first thing that makes a TV show great is the writing. 

The script is the only original creative part of the process – every other step in the process is an interpretation of the script. 

The costuming, the direction, the lighting, the hair and makeup, the editing style – all the rest of the production process is a version of what’s on the page. 

So that part has to be great for the rest of the production elements to stand out and get the recognition they deserve.

The Writers Guild Of America has announced its list of 101 Best Written TV Shows of all time.

I’ve bolded up my top 20-ish.  Are your favourite shows near the top?

1. The Sopranos

2. Seinfeld

3. The Twilight Zone

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

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

39.  Sex and the City

40.  Game of Thrones

41.  The Bob Newhart Show

42.  Your Show of Shows

43.  Downton Abbey

44.  Law & Order

45.  Thirtysomething

46.  St. Elsewhere

47.  Homicide: Life on the Street

48.  Homeland

49.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer

50.  The Good Wife

51.  The Colbert Report

52.  The Office (British version)

53.  Northern Exposure

54.  The Wonder Years

55.  L.A. Law

56.  Sesame Street

57.  Columbo

58.  The Rockford Files

59.  Fawlty Towers

60.  Moonlighting

61.  Freaks and Geeks

62.  Roots

63.  Everybody Loves Raymond

64.  South Park

65.  Playhouse 90

66.  The Office (U.S. version)

67.  Dexter

68.  My So-Called Life

69.  Golden Girls

70.  The Andy Griffith Show

71.  The Shield

72.  Roseanne

73.  24

74.  Murphy Brown

75.  House

76.  Barney Miller

77.  I, Claudius

78.  The Odd Couple

79.  Star Trek: The Next Generation

80.  Alfred Hitchcock Presents

81.  Upstairs Downstairs

82.  Monty Python’s Flying Circus

83.  Get Smart

84.  Gunsmoke

85.  The Defenders

86.  Sergeant Bilko

87.  Justified

88.  Band of Brothers

89.  Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

90.  The Prisoner

91.  The Muppet Show

92.  Absolutely Fabulous

93.  Boardwalk Empire

94.  Will and Grace

95.  Family Ties

96.  Lonesome Dove

97.  Soap

98.  The Fugitive

99.  Louie

100.  Late Night With David Letterman

101.  Oz