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The Best Written TV Series Is…?

Top TV showsThe members of the Writers Guild of America were asked to vote online for the best written TV series in history. The organization tallied a list of 101 shows and David Chase’s HBO drama, The Sopranos, came out on top.

It’s worth noting that the list contains a few titles that most consider to be mini-series, not TV shows — like Roots and I, Claudius.

For better or worse, here’s the WGA’s complete list. Please share your thoughts below!

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. The Bob Newhart Show, Your Show of Shows (tie)
43. Downton Abbey, Law & Order, thirtysomething (tie)
46. Homicide: Life on the Street, St. Elsewhere (tie)
48. Homeland
49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
50. The Colbert Report, The Good Wife, The Office (UK) (tie)

53. Northern Exposure
54. The Wonder Years
55. L.A. Law
56. Sesame Street
57. Columbo
58. Fawlty Towers, The Rockford Files (tie)
60. Freaks and Geeks, Moonlighting (tie)

62. Roots
63. Everybody Loves Raymond, South Park (tie)
65. Playhouse 90
66. Dexter, The Office (US) (tie)
68. My So-Called Life
69. The Golden Girls
70. The Andy Griffith Show

71. 24, Roseanne, The Shield (tie)
74. House, Murphy Brown (tie)
76. Barney Miller; I, Claudius (tie)
78. The Odd Couple
79. Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Monty Python’s Flying Circus; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Upstairs, Downstairs (tie)

83. Get Smart
84. The Defenders, Gunsmoke (tie)
86. Justified, Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) (tie)
88. Band of Brothers
89. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
90. The Prisoner

91. Absolutely Fabulous (UK), The Muppet Show (tie)
93. Boardwalk Empire
94. Will & Grace
95. Family Ties
96. Lonesome Dove, Soap (tie)
98. The Fugitive, Late Night with David Letterman, Louie (tie)
101. Oz

What do you think? Do agree with their choices? Are any of your favorites missing? Are there any titles that you don’t recognize?


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