"The Sopranos" - The Best Written Show Ever?

By Garth Franklin Monday June 3rd 2013 12:59PM

Last night the Writers Guild of America unveiled a list of what they are calling the 101 "Best Written TV Series of All Time."

The choices are mostly excellent, but like with any list - the ordering is highly debatable. "The Sopranos" and "Seinfeld" took the top two spots whilst current acclaimed shows like "Mad Men," "The Wire," "The Simpsons," "Breaking Bad" mixed with old classics like "The Twilight Zone," "MAS*H," "Cheers" and "Hill Street Blues".

Of course, everyone has their own take. I think some shows should be higher than they are such as "Deadwood," "The X-Files," "Game of Thrones" and "I Claudius". There's also some glaring omissions - the UK "The Office" makes it, but the far superior writing in the likes of Brit comedies like "Black Adder," "Yes Minister" and "The Thick of It" does not?

Here's the complete list, what do you think?

  1. The Sopranos
  2. Seinfeld
  3. The Twilight Zone
  4. All in the Family
  5. MAS*H
  6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  7. Mad Men
  8. Cheers
  9. The Wire
  10. The West Wing
  11. The Simpsons
  12. I Love Lucy
  13. Breaking Bad
  14. The Dick Van Dyke Show
  15. Hill Street Blues
  16. Arrested Development
  17. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  18. Six Feet Under
  19. Taxi
  20. The Larry Sanders Show
  21. 30 Rock
  22. Friday Night Lights
  23. Frasier
  24. Friends
  25. Saturday Night Live
  26. The X-Files
  27. Lost
  28. ER
  29. The Cosby Show
  30. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  31. The Honeymooners
  32. Deadwood
  33. Star Trek
  34. Modern Family
  35. Twin Peaks
  36. NYPD Blue
  37. The Carol Burnett Show
  38. Battlestar Galactica (2005)
  39. Sex & The City
  40. Game of Thrones
  41. The Bob Newhart Show and Your Show of Shows
  42. Downton Abbey, Law & Order and Thirtysomething
  43. Homicide: Life on the Street and St. Elsewhere
  44. Homeland
  45. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  46. The Colbert Report, The Good Wife and the UK Office
  47. Northern Exposure
  48. The Wonder Years
  49. L.A. Law
  50. Sesame Street
  51. Columbo
  52. Fawlty Towers and The Rockford Files
  53. Freaks and Geeks and Moonlighting
  54. Roots
  55. Everybody Loves Raymond and South Park
  56. Playhouse 90
  57. Dexter and the US Office
  58. My So-Called Life
  59. The Golden Girls
  60. The Andy Griffith Show
  61. 24, Roseanne and The Shield
  62. House and Murphy Brown
  63. Barney Miller and I, Claudius
  64. The Odd Couple
  65. Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Upstairs, Downstairs
  66. Get Smart
  67. The Defenders and Gunsmoke
  68. Justified, Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show
  69. Band of Brothers
  70. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
  71. The Prisoner
  72. Absolutely Fabulous and The Muppet Show
  73. Boardwalk Empire
  74. Will & Grace
  75. Family Ties
  76. Lonesome Dove and Soap
  77. The Fugitive, Late Night with David Letterman and Louie
  78. Oz