The Writers Guild released over the weekend its list of the 101 best-written TV shows of all time, muscling HBO’s "The Sopranos" into the top spot, and shoving "Seinfeld" into second.
The list is light in some areas and heavy in others. However, it's the irresponsible number of tied rankings — approximately 40 shows — that simply will not stand.
Do we live in a world where "Freaks and Geeks" is a better show than "Moonlighting," or is it the other way around?
Is "The Muppet Show" better than "Absolutely Fabulous?" Is "Dexter" worse than "The Office?" Who wins in a fight between "Monty Python and "Star Trek?" Life is uncertain enough. There is no room for a tie.
The fate of fan favorites
The fate of fan favorites can be fickle on a list like this. For example, "Veronica Mars" as a movie raised millions of dollars in a matter of minutes but on its TV-writing merits did not even rank.
One creator with a passionate fan base, Joss Whedon, saw his "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" come in at number 49, while his series "Firefly" — with a perhaps even more passionate fanbase — failed to light up the list at all.
The WGA also showed little love for the fast-paced, mother-daughter dialogue of the WB's popular "Gilmore Girls," snubbing the show entirely and sparking online outrage and comment chaos.
Let us know in the comments which show you feel was unjustly left off the list!
We love L.A.
As a series backdrop, the City of Los Angeles was well represented with a number of L.A.-centric crime and comedy programs making a list appearance:
- "L.A. Law"
- "The Rockford Files"
- "The Shield"
- "Six Feet Under"
- "The Larry Sanders Show"
- "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
- "Modern Family"
WGA: The 101 Best-Written Shows of All Time
Read the full list of honorees and then tell us which shows were left out, and which ones don't deserve to be here.
1. The Sopranos
3. The Twilight Zone
4. All in the Family
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Mad Men
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
20. The Larry Sanders Show
21. 30 Rock
22. Friday Night Lights
25. Saturday Night Live
26. The X-Files
29. The Cosby Show
30. Curb Your Enthusiasm
31. The Honeymooners
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./42. The Bob Newhart Show and Your Show of Shows (tie)
43./44./45. Downton Abbey, Law & Order and Thirtysomething (tie)
46./47. Homicide: Life on the Street and St. Elsewhere (tie)
49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
50./51./52. The Colbert Report, The Good Wife and the UK Office (tie)
53. Northern Exposure
54. The Wonder Years
55. L.A. Law
56. Sesame Street
58./59. Fawlty Towers and The Rockford Files (tie)
60./61. Freaks and Geeks and Moonlighting (tie)
63./64. Everybody Loves Raymond and South Park (tie)
65. Playhouse 90
66./67. Dexter and the US Office (tie)
68. My So-Called Life
69. Golden Girls
70. The Andy Griffith Show
71./72./73. 24, Roseanne and The Shield
74./75. House and Murphy Brown (tie)
76./77. Barney Miller and I, Claudius (tie)
78. The Odd Couple
79./80./81./82. Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Upstairs, Downstairs (tie)
83. Get Smart
84./85. The Defenders and Gunsmoke (tie)
86./87. Justified, Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show (tie)
88. Band of Brothers
89. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
90. The Prisoner
91./92. Absolutely Fabulous and The Muppet Show (tie)
93. Boardwalk Empire
94. Will & Grace
95. Family Ties
96./97. Lonesome Dove and Soap
98./99./100. The Fugitive, Late Night with David Letterman and Louie