The Sopranos Kneecap Competition to Top WGA’s 101 Best Written TV Series


HBO’s The Sopranos topped the list of 101 Best Written TV Series chosen by the Writers Guild of America, West and Writers Guild of America, East. TV Guide Magazine hosted an event for the unveiling of the WGA’s 101 Best Written TV Series on June 2.

In addition to The Sopranos, HBO had three other series among the Top 20: The Wire (No. 9), Six Feet Under (No. 18) and The Larry Sanders Show (No.20). NBC also had four series among the Top 20; Seinfeld (No. 2), Cheers (No. 8), The West Wing (No. 10) and Hill Street Blues (No. 15).

Mad Men (No. 7),  The Simpsons (No. 11), Breaking Bad (No. 13), Arrested Development (No. 16), The Daily Show With John Stewart (No. 17), Saturday Night Live (No. 25), Curb Your Enthusiasm (No. 30), Modern Family (No. 34), Game of Thrones (No. 40), Downton Abbey (No. 43), Homeland (No. 48), The Colbert Report (No. 50*), The Good Wife (No. 50*), South Park (No. 63), Dexter (No. 66*), The Office (US) (No. 66*), Justified (No. 86), Boardwalk Empire (No. 93) and Louie (No. 101) are the TV series currently on air to make the list.

See the full list of the WGA’s 101 Best Written TV Series after the jump and tell us which shows you think deserved to be on the list and which shows you would have cut from the list.


* denotes a tie

1. The Sopranos – HBO

2. Seinfeld – NBC

3. The Twilight Zone (1959) – CBS

4. All in the Family – CBS

5. M*A*S*H – CBS

6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show – CBS

7. Mad Men – AMC

8. Cheers – NBC

9. The Wire – HBO

10. The West Wing – NBC

11. The Simpsons – FOX

12. I Love Lucy – CBS

13. Breaking Bad – AMC

14. The Dick Van Dyke Show – CBS

15. Hill Street Blues – NBC

16. Arrested Development – FOX

17. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – COMEDY CENTRAL

18. Six Feet Under – HBO

19. Taxi – ABC

20. The Larry Sanders Show – HBO

21. 30 Rock – NBC

22. Friday Night Lights – NBC

23. Frasier – NBC

24. Friends – NBC

25. Saturday Night Live – NBC

26. The X-Files – FOX

27. Lost – ABC

28. ER – NBC

29. The Cosby Show – NBC

30. Curb Your Enthusiasm – HBO

31. The Honeymooners – CBS

32. Deadwood – HBO

33. Star Trek – NBC

34. Modern Family – ABC

35. Twin Peaks – ABC

36. NYPD Blue – ABC

37. The Carol Burnett Show – CBS

38. Battlestar Galactica (2005)

39.  Sex & the City – HBO

40. Game of Thrones – HBO

41. The Bob Newhart Show *TIE – CBS

41. Your Show of Shows *TIE – NBC

43. Downton Abbey *TIE – PBS

43. Law & Order *TIE – NBC

43. thirtysomething *TIE – ABC

46. Homicide: Life on the Street *TIE – NBC

46. St. Elsewhere *TIE – CBS

48. Homeland – SHOWTIME

49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – WB

50. The Colbert Report *TIE – COMEDY CENTRAL

50. The Good Wife *TIE – CBS

50. The Office (UK) *TIE – BBC

53. Northern Exposure – CBS

54. The Wonder Years – ABC

55. L.A. Law – NBC

56. Sesame Street – PBS

57. Columbo – NBC

58. Fawlty Towers *TIE – BBC

58. The Rockford Files *TIE

60. Freaks and Geeks *TIE

60. Moonlighting *TIE – ABC

62. Roots – ABC

63. Everybody Loves Raymond *TIE – CBS

63. South Park *TIE – COMEDY CENTRAL

65. Playhouse 90 – CBS

66. Dexter *TIE – SHOWTIME

66. The Office (US) *TIE – NBC

68. My So-Called Life – ABC

69. The Golden Girls – NBC

70. The Andy Griffith Show – CBS

71. 24 *TIE – FOX

71. Roseanne *TIE – ABC

71. The Shield *TIE – FX

74. House *TIE – FOX

74. Murphy Brown *TIE – CBS

76. Barney Miller *TIE – ABC

76. I, Claudius *TIE – PBS

78. The Odd Couple – ABC

79. Alfred Hitchcock Presents *TIE – CBS

79. Monty Python’s Flying Circus *TIE

79. Star Trek: The Next Generation *TIE – SYN

79. Upstairs, Downstairs *TIE – PBS

83. Get Smart – NBC

84. The Defenders *TIE – CBS

84. Gunsmoke *TIE – CBS

86. Justified *TIE – FX

86. Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) *TIE – CBS

88. Band of Brothers – HBO

89. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In – NBC

90. The Prisoner – CBS

91. Absolutely Fabulous (UK) *TIE – BBC

91. The Muppet Show *TIE – SYN

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 – CBS

98. Louie *TIE – FX

101. Oz – HBO
 

 

8 Responses

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    tashikins

    Good list. I would add House on the Prairie, Sisters, Once and Again, Soul Food and Gilmore Girls. So glad to see LA Law, Hill Street Blues and St Elsewhere–some of my favorites from back in the day.

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    DanielAvery

    They must have stopped watching _Saturday Night Live_ after about 1981 for it to rank that high.

    Love that they gave _Soap_ a shout-out–should have been top twenty.

    I would think _Knots Landing_ ought to be on there, and pretty high too.

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    richalan67

    I find some on the list wrong, such as Roseanne. She gives white trash a bad name! As for The Carol Burnette Show to be down at #37 is laughable. That is by far the funniest, well-written show. While it might not be in the top spot, it definitely should be in the top 10. I also believe that Keeping Up Appearances should be in the list. That is one of the funniest shows from across the pond.

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