Friday, October 18, 2013

Top Ten Best Written Television shows of all time

In June the Writer’s Guild of America released their list of the 101 best written TV shows ever. Their top ten were…  

10. The West Wing  
9. The Wire
8. Cheers
7. Mad Men
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. M*A*S*H
4. All in the Family
3. The Twilight Zone
2. Seinfeld
1. The Sopranos

To which I say to some of them- mehh….

First of all I would add a few to the list (not in the top 10)
Rome (HBO), SCTV(Canadian), Intelligence (CBC), Bored to Death (HBO), Sherlock (BBC) and The Hour (BBC).
My top ten would be… 
10. Corner Gas

9. MI-5 (Spooks- BBC)

8. Star Trek (original)

7. X-Files (seasons 1-5)

6. Fawlty Towers

5. I Love Lucy

4. Cheers

3. M*A*S*H

2. Mad Men

1. Key West
I've told you about Key West before- the show was intelligent, funny, and filled with literary allusion and elements of magical realism- something that has never been done well on American television. It was compared to Northern Exposure at the time but that was to misunderstand what the show was really about. With just 13 episodes in the can before it was cancelled it barely made a dent in television history. 

So what would your top ten be?


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