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  • unsunganthem
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    Forgive me if a similar thread has been created on here, but I would love to get people’s opinions on their personal top ten choices for the best comedy and drama series on television in the past 25 years (from 1988-present):

    MY DRAMA CHOICES:
    1. Breaking Bad (2008-present)
    2. The Sopranos (1999-2007)
    3. The Wire (2002-2008)
    4. Mad Men (2007-present)
    5. Justified (2010-present)
    6. The West Wing (1999-2006)
    7. Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
    8. Six Feet Under (2001-2005)
    9. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-1999)
    10. The Shield (2002-2008) 

    Feel free to critique my choices and explain your own! 

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    Icky
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    I love to re-post my lists every six months this thread gets created.

    1.    The Sopranos
    2.    Homicide: Life on the Street
    3.    The Wire
    4.    Friday Night Lights
    5.    The Shield
    6.    Battlestar Galactica
    7.    Twin Peaks
    8.    Breaking Bad/Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    9.    The X Files
    10.  Mad Men

    Shout out to Deadwood, Lost, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, and an appreciative half-nod to Six Feet Under and 24 because many others love them, and I don’t want to get yelled at.

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    KT
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    Shows that should be considered for the mantle of the Best Drama Series of the Past 25 Years need to be considered as a whole, from beginning to end.  If a show ended abruptly, being canceled by the network or not with its best season, then it shouldn’t be at the top or near the top.  As much as the critics matter, I do think it’s important that shows in consideration had an audience and were supported by their respective networks.  The ending is important; wrapping up storylines in my opinion is as essential as the technical prowess displayed.  I think what distinguishes Breaking Bad in this conversation is the completeness in its storytelling, that will hopefully be nailed in these final two episodes.  I love the idea of it fitting the postmodern western and being so cinematic, filmed entirely in 35mm!!  Vince Gilligan has assembled a killer team of writers and directors, which speaks infinitely to the respect he has in the industry and the culture he has been able to create around his show.  Right now, The Sopranos is the most important drama series, hands down.  Breaking Bad’s reputation will be written in the years to come…but the story of Walter White is unparalleled and features probably the single greatest television acting performance over the last 25 years from Bryan Cranston.  I have always been more drawn to the stories of people who are more relatable to me, so the really Italian/mafia-focused stories haven’t always had the most appeal.  But God did James Gandolfini do wonders in The Sopranos.  Right now, I’d say: 1. The Sopranos.  2. Breaking Bad.

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    Manu L
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    1. The Wire
    2. Breaking Bad
    3. The Sopranos
    4. Mad Men
    5. Twin Peaks 

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    Denis
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    1. The Wire
    2. The Sopranos
    3. Southland
    4.  Breaking Bad
    5. Friday Night Lights

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    Icky
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    I like Southland well enough (second favorite drama of the season), but it was too derivative, inconsistent and lacking in ambition to be just behind The Sopranos and The Wire.

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    Boidiva02
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    This is so hard, much harder than the comedy one because their have been such a plethora of quality drama’s in this period.  But here is my personal list:

    1. E.R.
    2. The Sopranos
    3. Mad Men
    4. Law & Order/Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    5.  My So-Called Life
    6. Six Feet Under
    7. NYPD BLUE
    8. Grey’s Anatomy
    9. The Good Wife
    10. Thirtysomething

    Honorable Mentions: Twin Peaks, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Practice and Brothers & Sisters

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    Renaton
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    1. The Sopranos
    2. The Wire
    3. Breaking Bad
    4. Friday Night Lights
    5. Twin Peaks
    6. My So-Called Life
    7. Mad Men 
    8. Lost/Alias
    9. Sherlock (vote of confidence)
    10. Life On Mars (original U.K. version)

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    probablyROB
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    1.  The Wire
    2.  Breaking Bad
    3.  Six Feet Under
    4.  Deadwood
    5.  Mad Men
    6.  The Sopranos
    7.  Justified
    8.  Twin peaks
    9.  House
    10. The West Wing/The X Files

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    MovieManiac405
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    1. Mad Men
    2. Six Feet Under
    3. ER
    4. Breaking Bad
    5. The Sopranos
    6. The X-Files
    7. The Wire
    8. The Wonder Years
    9. Lost
    10. Downton Abbey

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    chiras365
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    I’m going with the flow. I still believe St. Elsewhere’s finale influenced the whole tv structure but the pilot aired 30 years ago. Haven’t watched Mad Men and Deadwood yet, so..

    1. Six Feet Under
    2. Breaking Bad
    3. The Shield
    4. Northern Exposure
    5. Twin Peaks
    6. Homicide Life on Street
    7. The Wire
    8. The West Wing
    9. The Sopranos
    10. Oz

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    vinny
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    The West Wing

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    1. The Sopranos
    2. The Wire
    3. Breaking Bad
    4. Deadwood
    5. Mad Men
    6. Six Feet Under
    7. Game of Thrones
    8. Oz
    9. Lost
    10. Friday Night Lights

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    unsunganthem
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    Just finished watching The Wire last night. I have to say, that was one of the finest series finales I have seen. It’s nice when the writers and showrunner know when they’re coming to an end. They can tie up loose ends and give their characters proper goodbyes. Truly a remarkable series. I can’t quite put it above Breaking Bad and The Sopranos, but it’s close.

    Anyway, I am torn on which show to watch next that I missed out on during original airing: In Treatment or Deadwood. Which should I do next? Any opinions? 

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    chiras365
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    I haven’t watched Deadwood yet. In Treatment is fascinating and truly a remarkable show with some of the best acting i’ve seen the last decade. As i recall though it had some serious problems with HBO as of it’s freedom of expression and the production so they ended it abruptly.

    Nevertheless it was a must see for me but you should determine if it matches your taste within the first two weeks (you’ll understand what i mean with the term ”week”)

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