The Sopranos – The Best Written Show Ever?

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,” “M*A*S*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. M*A*S*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
43. Downton Abbey, Law & Order and Thirtysomething
46. Homicide: Life on the Street and St. Elsewhere
48. Homeland
49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
50. The Colbert Report, The Good Wife and the UK Office
53. Northern Exposure
54. The Wonder Years
55. L.A. Law
56. Sesame Street
57. Columbo
58. Fawlty Towers and The Rockford Files
60. Freaks and Geeks and Moonlighting
62. Roots
63. Everybody Loves Raymond and South Park
65. Playhouse 90
66. Dexter and the US Office
68. My So-Called Life
69. The Golden Girls
70. The Andy Griffith Show
71. 24, Roseanne and The Shield

74. House and Murphy Brown
76. Barney Miller and I, Claudius
78. The Odd Couple
79. Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Upstairs, Downstairs
83. Get Smart
84. The Defenders and Gunsmoke
86. Justified, Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show
88. Band of Brothers
89. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
90. The Prisoner
91. Absolutely Fabulous and The Muppet Show
93. Boardwalk Empire
94. Will & Grace
95. Family Ties
96. Lonesome Dove and Soap
98. The Fugitive, Late Night with David Letterman and Louie
101. Oz