On 50 Great(?) Television Shows

When in doubt, blame Keith. 😉

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows ever.

1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italicize the shows you’ve seen at least one episode of.
3. Underline the shows you own on DVD (or VCR tape).
4. Post your answers.

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
35. Alias (I never got into Alias; Syndey Bristow was too fucking stupid to live, which shot my suspension of disbelief all to hell.)
34. Frasier
33. CSI Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood
30. Dexter
29. ER (I watched a few episodes; it surprised me the show is still on the air. I never really gave it a shot; it had Anthony Edwards in it, and he ruined Northern Exposure, the wanker.)
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf
25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office (The UK version; I’ve never seen the US version)
22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who
15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica (I have the pilot miniseries on DVD; I’ve never cared to watch it.)
12. Family Guy (I thought this was the worst show I’d ever seen.)
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
09. The X-Files (I never watched this with any regularity, thus no bold.)
08. The Wire
07. Friends (Never clicked with me, sorry.)
06. 24
05. Lost (As with BSG, I have the first season on DVD, and I’ve never cared to watch it.)
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons

Firstly, no sodding way this is a list of the “50 greatest shows of all time.” It’s far too weighted toward recent programs. And toward genre programs. Buffy at number two? Wha?

Secondly, there is no secondly.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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