101 best-written TV series full list: 'The Sopranos,' 'Seinfeld' and more

101-best-written-tv-shows-wga-sopranos-seinfeld.jpgThe Writers Guild of America has released its list of the 101 best-written TV shows of all time. Over half the list is from the last decade, which the WGA says is due to the "sharp growth in original programming on bath basic and pay cable television," where writes are "given more latitude to explore the moral complexities of the worlds they created."

However, the WGA also points out that shows from TV's previous great eras are all the more impressive because of the constraints under which these previous generations of TV writers had to work.

Here is the complete list, though check out the WGA post for more details about why each show was included. What do you think got left off that should've been included? Do you take issue with any of the ordering?


1.             THE SOPRANOS
2.             SEINFELD
3.             THE TWILIGHT ZONE
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
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
19.            TAXI
20.            THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW
21.            30 ROCK
22.            FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
23.            FRASIER
24.            FRIENDS
25.            SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
26.            THE X-FILES
27.            LOST
28.            ER
29.            THE COSBY SHOW
30.            CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
31.            THE HONEYMOONERS*
32.            DEADWOOD
33.            STAR TREK
34.            MODERN FAMILY
35.            TWIN PEAKS
36.            NYPD BLUE
37.            THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW
38.            BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (2005)
39.            SEX AND THE CITY
40.            GAME OF THRONES
41.            THE BOB NEWHART SHOW - TIE
                YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS* - TIE
43.            DOWNTON ABBEY* - TIE
                LAW & ORDER - TIE
                THIRTYSOMETHING - TIE
46.            HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET - TIE
                ST. ELSEWHERE - TIE
48.            HOMELAND
49.            BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
50.            THE COLBERT REPORT - TIE
                THE GOOD WIFE - TIE
                THE OFFICE (UK)* - TIE
53.            NORTHERN EXPOSURE
54.            THE WONDER YEARS
55.            L.A. LAW
56.            SESAME STREET
57.            COLUMBO
58.            FAWLTY TOWERS* - TIE
                THE ROCKFORD FILES - TIE
60.            FREAKS AND GEEKS - TIE
                MOONLIGHTING - TIE
62.            ROOTS
63.            EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND - TIE
                SOUTH PARK* - TIE
65.            PLAYHOUSE 90
66.            DEXTER - TIE
                THE OFFICE (U.S.) - TIE
68.            MY SO-CALLED LIFE
69.            THE GOLDEN GIRLS
70.            THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW
71.            24 - TIE
                ROSEANNE - TIE
                THE SHIELD - TIE
74.            HOUSE - TIE
                MURPHY BROWN - TIE
76.            BARNEY MILLER - TIE
                I, CLAUDIUS* - TIE
78.            THE ODD COUPLE
79.            ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS - TIE
                MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS* - TIE
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - TIE
                UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS* - TIE
83.            GET SMART
84.            THE DEFENDERS - TIE
                GUNSMOKE - TIE
86.            JUSTIFIED - TIE
                SGT. BILKO (THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW) - TIE
88.            BAND OF BROTHERS
89.            ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN
90.            THE PRISONER*
91.            ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (U.K.)* - TIE
                THE MUPPET SHOW - TIE
93.            BOARDWALK EMPIRE
94.            WILL & GRACE
95.            FAMILY TIES
96.            LONESOME DOVE - TIE
                SOAP - TIE
98.            THE FUGITIVE - TIE
                LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN - TIE
                LOUIE - TIE
101.            OZ
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