EW’s Top 10 TV Series of All Time

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  • adamunc
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    1. The Wire
    2. The Simpsons
    3. Seinfeld
    4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
    5. The Sopranos
    6. All in the Family
    7. The Andy Griffith Show
    8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    9. Mad Men
    10. Your Show of Shows         

    Rip away. I’ll start by saying that any top 10 list that doesn’t include I Love Lucy is immediately rendered bogus for me. 

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    tonorlo
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    Bingo.

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    Renaton
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    That top 5 is pretty much one of the best ever from these EW lists. The bottom half… eh, could have been worst. I’m fine with Your Show Of Shows getting in before Lucy. Everybody has heard of Lucy before, and everybody knows how important it is, so let Your Show Of Shows get its due. It’s an influential show that rarely ever makes these lists even though it is extremely important for TV and american comedy.

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    Icky
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    I Love Lucy is still good, and it’s of course iconic, but I think its greatness is questionable. Simpsons’ too high, but at least Renaton got his wish. Andy Griffith’s inclusion seems random when there’s Cheers, Arrested Development and The Honeymooners still out there. I knew they would include Buffy considering EW is the first major publication that really championed that show. I don’t think it’s quite as great as its uber fans proclaim, but it continuing to pop up on these type of lists will ensure people will continue to look the silly title and WB stigma and watch it. It does have many episodes that are must sees for people who look at television as an art form.

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    probablyROB
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    The Wire is number one.  Could care less about the rest of the list.

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    Renaton
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    Hi, Icky! I knew you’d say something about The Simpsons being too high, but it isn’t. It’s one of the most important comedy shows of all time and one of the biggets pop culture phenomenoms of any medium. Again, regardless of the rest of the show, the first 8 seasons are the best and most influential comedy on TV of the last 35 years (not too mention a few very good years that followed). It’s deserving.

    So, deal with it.  

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    Gabriel
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    Buffy deserves its spot on any all time list. I don’t care what anyone says, it truly is one of the greatest television shows ever.

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    Icky
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    I am surprised that Arrested Development hasn’t received more love on these types of lists. It doesn’t quite make my top ten considering the iffy-ness of season three and my borderline indifference towards season four. I’m just slightly surprised it’s not getting more love.

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    Renaton
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    I think season four is probably hurting it a bit. If the season had been released a few months earlier, I believe the show would’ve been a bit lower on WGA as well. And if this list had bene made before the Netflix premiere, it would probably be here.

    It might also be that the passionate support is so concentrated that can be alienating to outsiders and more casual tv viewers. You know, kinda like Community fans make everyone not want to watch the show. I love AD, but I have to be realistic about how it does with people and this kind of stuff. 

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    Icky
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    Buffy deserves its spot on any all time list. I don’t care what anyone says, it truly is one of the greatest television shows ever.

    Hi, Icky! I knew you’d say something about The
    Simpsons being too high, but it isn’t. It’s one of the most important
    comedy shows of all time and one of the biggets pop culture phenomenoms
    of any medium. Again, regardless of the rest of the show, the first 8
    seasons are the best and most influential comedy on TV of the last 35
    years (not too mention a few very good years that followed). It’s
    deserving.

    So, deal with it.  

    I agree with all of this. Both shows make my top 25. I just don’t put as much stock in influence, and I can’t as easily brush aside the latter seasons of these overall great shows. I’m definitely not offended by either inclusion. Andy Griffth being here is by far the most forced inclusion. Never mind my personal feelings towards Seinfeld. I do get why it’s so beloved even though it did almost nothing for me.

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    Fishbiscuit
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    No St. Elsewhere? 

    No Hill Street Blues? 

    No China Beach? 

    The list isnt bad but it’s a little too expected for me.  On the other hand, if this list gets one person to discover the greatness that is Buffy The Vampire Slayer I’m all for it.           

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    Renaton
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    But since this is a EW list, everyone who is bound to read it has already heard of Buffy about a billion times before.

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    Fishbiscuit
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    But since this is a EW list, everyone who is bound to read it has already heard of Buffy about a billion times before.

    There’s a diference between hearing of a show and actually watching it. I heard The Wire was great for many years before I watched it.   

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    eastwest
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    Oh bother w/these by the book picks being cloaked as “great”. Get the whole fuck outta here w/that, EW!

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    Gucci
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    Barf. 

    Where are “The Golden Girls,” “The Cosby Show,” “Will & Grace” and “Roseanne?” 

    I never even heard of “Your Show Of Shows.”   

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