101 Best Written TV Shows of All Time.

The  Writers Guild of America (WGA) released a list of the 101 Best Written TV Shows of All Time. Lists like these are prone to the vagaries of compilation, and a number of other factors (how to measure shows that have not yet completed their runs, for example, with finished shows), but it’s an interesting list nonetheless. The Top Ten:

  1. The Sopranos
  2. Seinfeld
  3. The Twilight Zone (1959)
  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

I can’t help myself from opining on the list: Mad Men is far too high; Louie and Downton Abbey far too low. The Wire and Breaking Bad feel about right, although for my money, assuming the final bits of season 5 don’t disappoint, Breaking Bad may end up in the top 5. And of course, Arrested Development‘s only competitor in comedies is, in my humble opinion, Seinfeld. It’s fun to debate, though.