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Empire magazine issues list of top 50 TV shows of all time (and they apparently did not watch much TV prior to 1990).

Empire magazine has released their list of the top 50 television shows of all time. Before I say anything, here is the list. Take a good look and check out my own comments at the bottom.

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex and 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’s Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood
30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf
25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
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
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
9. X-Files
8. The Wire
7. Friends
6. 24
5. Lost
4. West Wing
3. The Sopranos
2. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
1. The Simpsons

Wow, where should I start?

Why don’t we look at the most obvious issue: Virtually all of the shows are from the last 20 years. If you are going to claim it is a list of all time, you might want to make sure some of your voters actually have some knowledge of television before 1990.

I will readily admit I know little prior to the late 70s, but Hill Street Blues? The Rockford Files? Barney Miller? MASH? The Honeymooners? WKRP? SOAP?

And as far as what they do have, I would not put 24 in the top 50, let alone top 10.
I am a pretty big Joss Whedon fan, but Angel is hardly top 50 material. Fun? Sure, but not a classic by any means. Buffy was indeed a masterful show and deserves a spot, but putting Angel on is silly.

Futurama is ranked higher than Monty Python?

Heroes? Most fans agree the second season is lacking. This means it is being ranked based on one season.
Want to put a prison show on here? Put OZ in place of Prison Break.

I love Dexter, but two seasons is hardly enough for me to declare it one of the all time greatest shows.

And while I really loved the first four seasons of The West Wing, the last three pretty much kill any logical argument for putting it in the top five. I would agree with top twenty but not top five.
Fellas, put down the crack pipe and learn a little about the history of television. We can all argue about which show should be where, but to ignore the majority of the television era is simply a crime.

Call it your list of favorites, but using the phrase of “greatest shows of all time” for this list is insulting.

Lee, Jon and I talked a little about this, I would be curious to know what some of you think. Maybe being a film/TV nerd, I am overreacting a little bit.