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The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).
The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.
The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:
Created by David Chase
- Cynthia Littleton
Robert Kee, who has died aged 93, belonged to a vanishing tradition of great TV documentary makers and presenters with roots in print journalism and books. He might be presenting the BBC's Panorama or ITN's lunchtime news programme of the early 1970s, First Report, but his roots and style were always back in the puritanical tell-it-as-it-is ethic of Picture Post magazine. Thus, of the Famous Five who in 1983 founded the commercial breakfast television station TV-am, he was the least glitzy.
His passion for justice, exercised on subjects such as Ireland or British Asian immigrants, was always tempered by his objective sense that both sides of a question must be ventilated. He seemed increasingly a throwback once more raucous and less scrupulous voices had become fashionable in the media.
He did not look a populist, and was not, either »
- Dennis Barker
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