August 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm #256943
wow… such a great crop of winners. 24, The West Wing, Mad Men and others. Mostly in the past 12 years, you can see how great television has become.August 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm #256944
I voted for Picket Fences because it’s always forgotten or left out in discussions of quality TV drama. I love that the Emmys continued to recognize it despite its low ratings. When will the rest of the show be available on DVD?August 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm #256945
Yay Tom!, you asked us something easier 😉
I’m 100% behind ‘The West Wing’ I’ve seen all these shows but for my money that’s the one, I just loved everything about that show, some really good options there though.August 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm #256946
wow… such a great crop of winners. 24, The West Wing, Mad Men and others. Mostly in the past 12 years, you can see how great television has become.
As all the TV stars say now, that’s where the best writers are & it shows, the other thing is choice, there really is something for everyone now, it’s ace!August 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm #256947
I picked Mad Men because it is my personal favorite of the list but I could have easily went with The Sopranos for the role it has played and the long term effect it has had on Television. The Practice is also another one of my favorite shows but is watered down held up against shows to come out in the past decade.August 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm #256948
The Sopranos.August 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm #256949
Yep, “The Sopranos”, my favorite show.August 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm #256950
In terms of consistency, “The West Wing” delivered the best drama week after week, but I think “Sopranos” had such towering moments of OMG TV here and there that it was the “greatest” – so thus it gets my vote.
We’re going to continue this series of polls, asking you to proclaim the best out of the Emmy champs in top races over the past 20 years — then we’re going to put it all together into one feature article, issue press releases and make a big deal out of the final news of all of our choices. GOLD DERBY DECLARES THE BEST EMMY CHOICES OF THE PAST 20 YEARS — yeah, baby! SO KEEP VOTING and giving us your bold thoughts, pls …. Tomorrow we’ll post a poll on past comedy series champs.August 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm #256951
For me, it’s a battle between Lost and 24. Both won for their best seasons. By a hair, I would go with 24’s Season 5. Although 24 could hit higher highs at its best, Lost was more consistent throughout.August 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm #256952
Another vote here for The Sopranos. Though in general, that list is really excellent.August 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm #256953
For me, it’s a battle between Lost and 24. Both won for their best seasons. By a hair, I would go with 24’s Season 5. Although 24 could hit higher highs at its best, Lost was more consistent throughout.
Huh, I actually see it the other way. While “24” certainly became very uneven from season six on, in it’s first five years, the show barely had any bad or weak episodes. It was never a fantastic show, but it could shock and be extremely entertaining and it consistently fun and well executed. “Lost” however, has always been inconsistant. They were able to have lightning in a bottle moments of creativity and inspiration “24” could never match, but were also capable of giving you in very next next week something downright terrible, poorly written and sloppy.
Between the two, I’d choose season one of “Lost” for the ambition, the atmosphere, the tension and and overall inventive season long writing (not to mention it was the least uneven of all the seasons). But if consistancy as an overall show was my parameter, I’d choose “24” (although truth to be told I never liked “24” that much, even in season five, though I did think it was great at the time).August 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm #256954
I havent’ seen much of the drama series winners, so i’ll have to go with Lost which is one my my all time favorite showsAugust 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm #256955
Sopranos.August 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm #256956
As a critic, I can acknowledge that The Sopranos and The West Wing (apples-and-oranges, and I would love to see the others taken off of the poll to see which of these two would take it) were much more consistent and strong, but I give the edge to the former because at times The West Wing felt like it was watering down a bit.
Personally, I prefer Lost over them all. Way less consistent than the ones above yet I absolutely loved that series. When I read of its pickup I remember thinking, “Oh how will they continue this? This premise will have it canceled by December.” But it gave us Elizabeth Mitchell and Matthew Fox, revived the quiet careers of its Emmy winning actors, Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson, and finally proved that Emmy doesn’t mind dipping its toes in scifi.
It pains me that Six Feet Under isn’t in this poll. Would just one win in the top category been so bad?