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1. The Sopranos – HBO – Created by David Chase

2. Seinfeld – NBC – Created by Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld

3. The Twilight Zone (1959) – CBS – Season One writers: Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Robert Presnell, Jr., Rod Serling

4. All in the Family – CBS – Developed for Television by Norman Lear, Based on Till Death Do Us Part, Created by Johnny Speight

5. M*A*S*H – CBS – Developed for Television by Larry Gelbart

6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show – CBS – Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns

7. Mad Men – AMC – Created by Matthew Weiner

8. Cheers – NBC – Created by Glen Charles & Les Charles and James Burrows

9. The Wire – HBO – Created by David Simon

10. The West Wing – NBC – Created by Aaron Sorkin

11. The Simpsons – FOX – Created by Matt Groening, Developed by James L. Brooks and Matt Groening and Sam Simon

12. I Love Lucy – CBS – “Pilot,” Written by Jess Oppenheimer & Madelyn Pugh & Bob Carroll, Jr.

13. Breaking Bad – AMC – Created by Vince Gilligan

14. The Dick Van Dyke Show – CBS – Created by Carl Reiner

15. Hill Street Blues – NBC – Created by Michael Kozoll and Steven Bochco

16. Arrested Development – FOX – Created by Mitchell Hurwitz

17. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – COMEDY CENTRAL – Created by Madeleine Smithberg, Lizz Winstead; Season One – Head Writer: Chris Kreski; Writers: Jim Earl, Daniel J. Goor, Charles Grandy, J.R. Havlan, Tom Johnson, Kent Jones, Paul Mercurio, Guy Nicolucci, Steve Rosenfield, Jon Stewart

18. Six Feet Under – HBO – Created by Alan Ball

19. Taxi – ABC – Created by James L. Brooks and Stan Daniels and David Davis and Ed Weinberger

20. The Larry Sanders Show – HBO – Created by Garry Shandling & Dennis Klein

21. 30 Rock – NBC – Created by Tina Fey

22. Friday Night Lights – NBC – Developed for Television by Peter Berg, Inspired by the Book by H.G. Bissinger

23. Frasier – NBC – Created by David Angell & Peter Casey & David Lee, Based on the Character “Frasier Crane” Created by Glen Charles & Les Charles

24. Friends – NBC – Created by Marta Kauffman & David Crane

25. Saturday Night Live – NBC – Season One: Writing Supervised by Walter Kempley, Harry Shearer; Written by: Ann Beatts, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Rosie Michaels, Garrett Morris, Michael O’Donoghue, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Alan Zweibel

26. The X-Files – FOX – Created by Chris Carter

27. Lost – ABC – Created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof

28. ER – NBC – Created Michael Crichton

29. The Cosby Show – NBC – Created by Ed Weinberger & Michael Leeson and William Cosby, Jr., Ed. D.

30. Curb Your Enthusiasm – HBO – Created by Larry David

31. The Honeymooners – CBS – Season One writers: Herbert Finn, Marvin Marx, A.J. Russell, Leonard Stern, Walter Stone, Sydney Zelinka

32. Deadwood – HBO – Created by David Milch

33. Star Trek – NBC – Created by Gene Roddenberry

34. Modern Family – ABC – Created by Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd

35. Twin Peaks – ABC – “Pilot,” Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch

36. NYPD Blue – ABC – created by David Milch & Steven Bochco

37. The Carol Burnett Show – CBS – Season One: Written by Bill Angelos, Stan Burns, Don Hinkley, Buz Kohan, Mike Marmer, Gail Parent, Kenny Solms, Saul Turtletaub; Writing Supervised by Arnie Rosen

38. Battlestar Galactica (2005) – SYFY – Developed by Ronald D. Moore, Based on the Series Battlestar Galactica Created by Glen A. Larson

39. Sex & the City – HBO – Created by Darren Star, Based on the Book by Candace Bushnell

40. Game of Thrones – HBO – Created by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, Based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

41. The Bob Newhart Show *TIE – CBS – Created by David Davis and Lorenzo Music

41. Your Show of Shows *TIE – NBC – Season One: Written by Mel Tolkin, Lucille Kallen, Max Liebman

43. Downton Abbey *TIE – PBS – Created by Julian Fellowes

43. Law & Order *TIE – NBC – Created by Dick Wolf

43. thirtysomething *TIE – ABC – Created by Marshall Herskovitz & Edward Zwick

46. Homicide: Life on the Street *TIE – NBC – Created by Paul Attanasio, Based on the Book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon

46. St. Elsewhere *TIE – NBC – Created by Joshua Brand & John Falsey, Developed by Mark Tinker / John Masius

48. Homeland – SHOWTIME – Developed by Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa, Based on the Original Israeli Series Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff

49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – WB – Created by Joss Whedon

50. The Colbert Report *TIE – COMEDY CENTRAL – Season One writers: Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Eric Drysdale, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Laura Krafft, Allison Silverman

50. The Good Wife *TIE – CBS – Created by Robert King & Michelle King

50. The Office (UK) *TIE – BBC – Created by Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant

53. Northern Exposure – CBS – Created by Joshua Brand & John Falsey

54. The Wonder Years – ABC – Created by Neal Marlens & Carol Black

55. L.A. Law – NBC – Created by Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher

56. Sesame Street – PBS – Created by Joan Ganz Cooney

57. Columbo – NBC – Created by Richard Levinson & William Link

58. Fawlty Towers *TIE – BBC – Written by John Cleese & Connie Booth

58. The Rockford Files *TIE – NBC – Created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell

60. Freaks and Geeks *TIE – NBC – Created by Paul Feig

60. Moonlighting *TIE – ABC – Created by Glenn Gordon Caron

62. Roots – ABC – Written by William Blinn, M. Charles Cohen, Ernest Kinoy, James Lee; Based on the Book by Alex Haley

63. Everybody Loves Raymond *TIE – CBS – Created by Philip Rosenthal

63. South Park *TIE – COMEDY CENTRAL – Created by Matt Stone & Trey Parker

65. Playhouse 90 – CBS – Season One writers: Edna Anhalt, Edmund Beloin, Harold Jack Bloom, Marc Brandel, George Bruce, James P. Cavanagh, Whitfiled Cook, Helen Doss, Scott Fitzgerald, Devery Freeman, Frank D. Gilroy, Helen Howe, Speed Lamkin, Ernest Lehman, Herbert Little, Jr., Don Mankiewicz, Elick Moll, Paul Monash, Dean Reisner, Norman Retchin, Selma Robinson, William Sackheim, Rod Serling, Leonard Spigelgass, Leslie Stevens, Brandon Thomas, David Victor, Charles M. Warren, Hagar Wilde, Cornell Woolrich

66. Dexter *TIE – SHOWTIME – Developed for Television by James Manos, Jr., Based on the Novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

66. The Office (US) *TIE – NBC – Created by Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant, Developed by Greg Daniels, Based on the BBC Series The Office

68. My So-Called Life – ABC – Created by Winnie Holzman

69. The Golden Girls – NBC – Created by Susan Harris

70. The Andy Griffith Show – CBS – Episode 1, “The New Housekeeper,” Written by Jack Elinson and Charles Stewart

71. 24 *TIE – FOX – Created by Joel Surnow & Robert Cochran

71. Roseanne *TIE – ABC – Created by Matt Williams, Based on a Character Created by Roseanne Barr

71. The Shield *TIE – FX – Created by Shawn Ryan

74. House *TIE – FOX – Created by David Shore

74. Murphy Brown *TIE – CBS – Created by Diane English

76. Barney Miller *TIE – ABC – Created by Danny Arnold & Theodore J. Flicker

76. I, Claudius *TIE – PBS – Written by Robert Graves and Jack Pulman

78. The Odd Couple – ABC – Episode 1, “The Fight of the Felix,” Written by Peggy Elliott & Ed Scharlach

79. Alfred Hitchcock Presents *TIE – CBS – Season One writers – Gwen Bagni, Samuel Blas, Robert Blees, Ray Bradbury, Richard Carr, James Cavanagh, Eustace Cockrell, Francis Cockrell, Marian Cockrell, John Collier, Robert C. Dennis, Mel Dinelli, Stanley Ellin, Fred Freiberger, Irwin Gielgud, Gina Kaus, Terence Maples, Richard Pedicini, Louis Pollock, Joseph Ruscoll, A.J. Russell, Stirling Silliphant, Andrew Solt, Harold Swanton, Victor Wolfson, Cornell Woolrich

79. Monty Python’s Flying Circus *TIE – BBC – Conceived and Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

79. Star Trek: The Next Generation *TIE – SYN – Created by Gene Roddenberry

79. Upstairs, Downstairs *TIE – PBS – Created by Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins

83. Get Smart – NBC – “Pilot,” Written by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry

84. The Defenders *TIE – CBS – Created by Reginald Rose

84. Gunsmoke *TIE – CBS – Episode 1, “Matt Gets It,” Written by Charles Marquis Warren & John Meston

86. Justified *TIE – FX - Developed for Television by Graham Yost, Based on the Short Story “Fire in the Hole” by Elmore Leonard

87. Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) *TIE – CBS – Created by Nat Hiken

88. Band of Brothers – HBO – Written by Erik Bork, E. Max Frye, Tom Hanks, Erik Jendresen, Bruce C. McKenna, John Orloff, Graham Yost; Based on the Book by Stephan E. Ambrose

89. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In – NBC – Season One: Written by Chris Beard, Phil Hahn, John Hanrahan, Coslough Johnson, Paul Keyes, Marc London, Allan Manings, David Panich, Hugh Wedlock, Digby Wolfe

90. The Prisoner – CBS – Premiere Episode: Written by George Markstein and David Tomblin

91. Absolutely Fabulous (UK) *TIE – BBC – Episode 1, “Fashion,” Written by Jennifer Saunders, Based on an Original Idea by Jennifer Saunders & Dawn French

The Muppet Show *TIE – SYN – Season One: Written by Jack Burns, Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Marc London

93. Boardwalk Empire – HBO –

94. Will & Grace – NBC –

95. Family Ties – NBC –

96. Lonesome Dove *TIE – CBS –

96. Soap *TIE – ABC –

98. The Fugitive *TIE – ABC –

98. Late Night with David Letterman *TIE – NBC –

98. Louie *TIE – FX -Season One

101. Oz – HBO –


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#2
That 70s Show isn't on here. I am unamused.
We're all alright!
#3
The first thing that I did was Ctrl+F and look for The Big Bang Theory.

I am very glad that there were no results.
There's no such thing; there never was. Where I am going you cannot follow me now.
#4
It's pretty good. Most of what i wanted to see on there was on there.
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#5
Arrested Development and Breaking Bad aren't tied for first. This is false but I do not feel anything because of it.

I definitely approve of Seinfelds location though
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#6
I'm surprised band of brothers is that far down the lists. I think 24 should be higher. I also think that Grey's Anatomy should be pretty high up there, and Scrubs should feature at some stage
#7
The first thing that I did was Ctrl+F and look for Two and a Half Men.

I am very glad that there were no results.




#8
Well Curb's in there so their definition of "written" is a bit lax, but I was pretty okay with the top 10. Louie and Frasier could probably be higher
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Quote by blake1221
I feel obligated to point out that Beast Wars didn't even make the list.

Ho-ly shit.

I have never been able to remember the name of that.
The Simpsons grabbed #11 but Futurama isn't even up there? Proof enough that this list is ****ing shit.
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The first thing that I did was Ctrl+F and look for The Big Bang Theory.

I am very glad that there were no results.

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#15
No Two Ronnies? :c
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Quote by GuitarGod_92
The Simpsons grabbed #11 but Futurama isn't even up there?
Proof enough that this list is fucking shit.

To be fair The Simpsons has been around longer and having two series created by one person in the list wouldn't be fair...
I'm a little surprised South Park's on there. Does it even deserve a spot?
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The Simpsons grabbed #11 but Futurama isn't even up there?
Proof enough that this list is fucking shit.

Golden era Simpsons is so much better than Futurama it's not even close.
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i kinda wish we all had a penis and vagina instead of buttholes

i mean no offense to buttholes and poop or anything

Rest in Peace, Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis and Eric Garner and Mike Brown
#18
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Golden era Simpsons is so much better than Futurama it's not even close.

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#19
Quote by willT08
lu u bby

Lisa's Substitute was on the other night

I watched that a few days ago cuz Fox keeps showing the same new ones over and over. Top five.
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i kinda wish we all had a penis and vagina instead of buttholes

i mean no offense to buttholes and poop or anything

Rest in Peace, Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis and Eric Garner and Mike Brown
#21
I wish netflix had The Simpsons cuz i've never seen it.


I JUST REALIZED KING OF THE HILL IS NOT ON THIS LIST WHAT THE ****
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#22
Breaking bad needs to be higher than Mad Men; it's far tighter and more coherent in storyline. It seems more like a great novel than Mad Men which suffers from "oh people like this, lets make loads more episodes" syndrome.
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#23
As much as I love Futurama, even I'll admit Golden Era Simpsons was simply a completely different league, especially for the time.

Now, Seinfeld being number 2, that's something that just ain't right.
#25
I'm glad Deadwood was in the top half, but was surprised that Band of Brothers was so low. It doesn't surprise me about Sopranos, that show was something else.
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#27
No Freaks and Geeks?

Man, this list blows.
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#29
Freaks and Geeks is overrated anyway.
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#30
Mad Men was always kind of bland and boring in my opinion. Nothing happens. People work in an office and some of them have sex with each other.
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Second you dance.
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Freaks and Geeks is overrated anyway.

I watched it for the first time a few months back. I feel like it's the type of show that would have been excellent if I had seen it while it were airing. It just hasn't aged well at all. I would say the writing is actually laughable and was surprised to see it at #60.
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You have poor eyesight.


Freaks and Geeks?

Man, this list blows.
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#36
As usual, I must defend science fiction.

#3 Twilight Zone? Agreed. Surprised it got this high, but well earned.
#17 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Love the man, but not deserving of #17.
#33 Star Trek? Deserves higher.
#38 Battlestar Galactica? Hell yes.
#50 The Colbert Report? Higher, please.

Not seeing any Stargate, Archer, Monk, HEROES for God's sake (deserves top 10 for the writing in season 1 alone).

EDIT: I won't even comment on Seinfeld being #2...
Heisenberg might have been here

I wouldn't be caught dead with a necrophiliac

I don't clean my room because I'm saving entropy the effort


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#37
Quote by jhalterman
As usual, I must defend science fiction.

#3 Twilight Zone? Agreed. Surprised it got this high, but well earned.
#17 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Love the man, but not deserving of #17.
#33 Star Trek? Deserves higher.
#38 Battlestar Galactica? Hell yes.
#50 The Colbert Report? Higher, please.

Not seeing any Stargate, Archer, Monk, HEROES for God's sake (deserves top 10 for the writing in season 1 alone).

EDIT: I won't even comment on Seinfeld being #2...

Archer doesn't deserve to be on the list. I like it but no.

It's always sunny isn't on here. At first I didn't like that, but thinking it over it really shouldn't be, even if it is my favorite show on tv now.
#38
Quote by GuitarGod_92
I watched it for the first time a few months back. I feel like it's the type of show that would have been excellent if I had seen it while it were airing. It just hasn't aged well at all. I would say the writing is actually laughable and was surprised to see it at #60.

It's not bad or anything, but it's just kinda bland. The only notable part was seeing all of the famous people in it.

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I honestly believe the episode where Jerry's old rival comes back to race him to be the single funniest episode of television.


I think there are tons of episodes of it that could also be in the running. Is The Race when Jerry is doing all of those superman references cuz he's dating a girl named Lois?
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#39
Quote by macashmack
Archer doesn't deserve to be on the list. I like it but no.

It's always sunny isn't on here. At first I didn't like that, but thinking it over it really shouldn't be, even if it is my favorite show on tv now.

You are smart.
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i kinda wish we all had a penis and vagina instead of buttholes

i mean no offense to buttholes and poop or anything

Rest in Peace, Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis and Eric Garner and Mike Brown
#40
Wait a minute....no Pawn Stars?!
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i kinda wish we all had a penis and vagina instead of buttholes

i mean no offense to buttholes and poop or anything

Rest in Peace, Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis and Eric Garner and Mike Brown
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