June 11, 2017 at 3:33 pm #1202117498
I think it comes down to “The Sopranos,” “West Wing,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Mission: Impossible,” “ER” and …? I pick “West Wing.” (“Sopranos” comes in close second.)June 11, 2017 at 3:42 pm #1202117502
Breaking Bad from what I’ve seen. I just started the sopranos, not sure I would consider The West Wing to be as good as something like Breaking Bad or Mad Men if only because it didn’t retain its quality throughout its entire run.June 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm #1202117512
My answer is still the same since the “What’s the greatest Emmy-winning TV show of all time?” thread a few days ago, but I will come back with a different GIF for this new thread.June 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm #1202117537
Everybody knows I’m mad for mad MenJune 11, 2017 at 5:35 pm #1202117608
Breaking BadJune 11, 2017 at 5:43 pm #1202117618
Going to be a tie between Mad Men and The Crown for me after this season.June 11, 2017 at 5:48 pm #1202117624
Lost. One of the most ambitious choices they’ve ever made.June 11, 2017 at 7:54 pm #1202117700
Lost. One of the most ambitious choices they’ve ever made.
It was a gutsy win, very much in part because ABC’s Lost won at the time it most needed—with its very first try (the 2004-05 season).
I don’t feel I have an answer to this. The question does point to series which actually did won the Emmy specifically for outstanding drama series. And I was thinking, just recently, how strange it was that NBC’s St. Elsewhere never won. It aired six seasons (1982-88). It won lead actor three times. It achieved that same number in supporting actress. It won supporting actor once. It won for direction once. It won for writing twice. Yet, it never once won the top prize.
With respect to this thread’s question…while it is a fun and interesting question, it can feel limiting because, well, we’ve seen so many worthy dramas—which never won even once—limit our choices.June 11, 2017 at 8:31 pm #1202117720
Since no one has said Hill Street Blues yet I’ll put that too, ive only seen about 6 or 7 episodes, and to me it doesn’t hold up quite as much compared to today’s prestige dramas but it’s still great and arguably the most influential show ever made.June 11, 2017 at 9:58 pm #1202117802
Mad Men, Six Feet Under, and after it wins Outstanding Drama Series this Emmy season — This is Us.June 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm #1202117813
Breaking BadJune 11, 2017 at 10:08 pm #1202117817
If we’re doing it this way, Better Call SaulJune 12, 2017 at 11:28 am #1202118511
It’s hard to say because so many classic TV dramas are unavailable to us (Shout! Factory only released the first season of The Defenders and first two seasons of Police Story–both critically acclaimed, Emmy winning dramas–in the past decade). Even many acclaimed dramas as recent as the 1990s (I’ll Fly Away, Homefront, Shannon’s Deal, Chicago Hope, the entirety of EZ Streets and The Practice) are unavailable unless you live near a Paley Center location or there happens to be a European DVD release that you can order.
A sentimental favorite of mine is Picket Fences, an amalgam of a police, legal, and medical drama set in a small town. For me, the first three seasons are David E. Kelley’s finest achievements. Again, only the first season is available on DVD/streaming, although Hulu had seasons one and two available for years (and even put up seasons three and four at one point, but very briefly).