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Monday, June 03, 2013

‘The Sopranos’ tops 101 Best Written TV Series

‘The Sopranos’ tops 101 Best Written TV Series:
101 best written tv series The Sopranos tops 101 Best Written TV Series
The Writers Guild of America has released their list of the 101 Best Written TV Series, with 101% less Two and a Half Men. Did your favorites make the cut? While most of these were also popular, the list acknowledges shows for the high caliber of writing rather than if it’s popular among the people that make Wipe Out a smash hit.

1. The Sopranos

“A mobster in therapy, having problems with his mother,” was how The Sopranos initially sparked, according to creator David Chase, though he was thinking about the premise for a feature film. Though The Sopranos did indeed become a show about a mob boss with mother problems, it quickly sprawled to comment upon, or observe, innumerable aspects of American life, from the efficacy of psychotherapy to the ways in which a family-run business, even the Mafia, was dying out to a corporatizing culture. For Chase, The Sopranos was a reaction away from everything he had done as a television writer until then. “I was so tired of episodic television. Did I want to make a grand statement? No. But I did want to make films in which the audience had to pay attention.”
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 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 and Your Show of Shows 

43. Downton Abbey, Law & Order and Thirtysomething 

46. Homicide: Life on the Street and St. Elsewhere 

48. Homeland

49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

50. The Colbert ReportThe Good Wife and the UK Office

53. Northern Exposure

54. The Wonder Years

55. L.A. Law

56. Sesame Street

57. Columbo

58. Fawlty Towers and The Rockford Files

60. Freaks and Geeks and Moonlighting

62. Roots

63. Everybody Loves Raymond and South Park

65. Playhouse 90

66. Dexter and the US Office

68. My So-Called Life

69. Golden Girls

70. The Andy Griffith Show

71. 24, Roseanne and The Shield

74. House and Murphy Brown

76. Barney Miller and I, Claudius

78. The Odd Couple

79. Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Upstairs, Downstairs

83. Get Smart

84. The Defenders and Gunsmoke

86. Justified, Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show

88. Band of Brothers

89. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

90. The Prisoner

91. Absolutely Fabulous and The Muppet Show

93. Boardwalk Empire

94. Will & Grace

95. Family Ties

96. Lonesome Dove and Soap

98. The FugitiveLate Night with David Letterman and Louie

101. Oz
You can check out details on all of the shows that made the list of 101 Best Written TV Series on WGA. While it may be a lot of clicking around, there are some interesting insights about each series.
Now it’s time to bitch and moan. What do you think got snubbed? The most glaring omission for me is Thundercats.