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Man, I watch way too much TV

Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

Bold if you've seen every episode, italicize if you've seen at least one.

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python's Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI: Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood
30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf

25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office (U.K.)

22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development

17. South Park
16. Doctor Who (2005)
15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica (2003)

12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24
05. Lost
04. The West Wing

03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons

Given that Empire is a British publication, I am unsurprised by the number of UK television shows on the list. I am, however, surprised at the inclusion of so many American sci-fi shows. I'm also forced to wonder if maybe they haven't been properly exposed to some of the classic American television shows over there, because where is M*A*S*H? And The Mary Tyler Moore Show? And All in the Family? These are shows that changed the face of television and they're nowhere to be seen. Other than the Star Treks, there don't seem to be any American shows on Empire's list that go back farther than 1989. Weird.

Overall, though, I think I agree more than disagree with their list. Okay, I would never have included stuff like Family Guy and 24, and as much as I dearly love Angel, I never would have put it so high up there. But I think you can tell, based on the number of these shows that I've watched in their entirety, how many of them I do approve of.

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pookha
Apr. 2nd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Wow. There is only one show on that list you haven't seen an episode of. Impressive!!!
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