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The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has decided to put together a list of 101 best scripted television shows of all time. Members of the WGA took part in an online survey in order to rank the many shows and HBO's "The Sopranos" came out on top, earning the title of WGA best scripted TV series in history. "Seinfeld" took second place, topping the list of the best sitcoms, beating "M*A*S*H" (5th), "Cheers" (8th), and "Friends" (24th). "The Twilight Zone" landed in third place. The show has been around since the 50's and is still on the air today. It's been rebooted twice and Bryan Singer is currently in the works on a fourth version. Check out the full list below and let us know if you believe something is missing or is not properly placed. 1. The Sopranos 2. Seinfeld 3. The Twilight Zone 4. All in the Family 5. M*A »
Last night the Writers Guild of America unveiled a list of what they are calling the 101 "Best Written TV Series of All Time."
The choices are mostly excellent, but like with any list - the ordering is highly debatable. "The Sopranos" and "Seinfeld" took the top two spots whilst current acclaimed shows like "Mad Men," "The Wire," "The Simpsons," "Breaking Bad" mixed with old classics like "The Twilight Zone," "Mas*H," "Cheers" and "Hill Street Blues".
Of course, everyone has their own take. I think some shows should be higher than they are such as "Deadwood," "The X-Files," "Game of Thrones" and "I Claudius". There's also some glaring omissions - the UK "The Office" makes it, but the far superior writing in the likes of Brit comedies like "Black Adder," "Yes Minister" and "The Thick of It" does not?
Here's the complete list, what do you think?
- Garth Franklin
Let the debate begin!
The Writers Guild of America has come out with its 101 Best-Written TV shows of all-time, putting this HBO drama at the very top of the list.
And while plenty of arguments will likely get underway regarding certain slots (The Shield isn't in the Top 10?!?), it will be difficult for anyone to truly take issue with The Sopranos at number-one.
Sit back now and consider the full list:
1. The Sopranos
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Mad Men
9. The Wire
10. The West Wing
11. The Simpsons
12. I Love Lucy
13. Breaking Bad
18. Six Feet Under
21. 30 Rock
22. Friday Night Lights
26. The X-Files
29. The Cosby Show
31. The Honeymooners »
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The 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
6. The »
The Writers Guild of America unveiled its picks for the 101 best-written TV series of all time over the weekend, and The Sopranos whacked the competition.
HBO’s seminal mob drama snagged the top spot on the highly subjective and sure-to-be-picked-apart list (Sex and the City ahead of Game of Thrones? Dexter ahead of The Shield? Bupkis for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson?)
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Review the selections below and then hit the comments with your snappy judgements.
1. The Sopranos
5. M*A »
- Michael Ausiello
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
AMC is opening up a third night of original programming on Saturdays, hoping to make inroads on a night the broadcast networks have long since abandoned.
The cable channel is moving its series "Hell on Wheels" to Saturdays for Season 3, which will premiere Aug. 3. The show will be the capper for a day of western-themed programming on the network, including movies, classic TV series like "The Rifleman" and "Rawhide" and miniseries including "Lonesome Dove" and its sequel, "Return to Lonesome Dove."
"A new episode of 'Hell on Wheels' on Saturday night after a full day of western fan favorites is going to be like the saddle on top of the horse," AMC president and general manager Charlie Collier says. "This is a programmer's dream -- to have a genre-specific, 14-hour lead-in to one of your highest rated originals. We are so excited about this opportunity to entertain AMC »
The cabler has typically shown off its movie roots on Saturdays, with a particular focus on Westerns, but is evolving to include in its programming that night original series “Hell,” which will air along with such newly incorporated Paramount Picture films such as “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “The Shootist.”
In addition, AMC has acquired TV series “Rawhide,” starring Clint Eastwood, which joins “The Rifleman” on Saturdays beginning April 20, and will also air miniseries “Lonesome Dove” and for the first time “Return to Lonesome Dove.”
- Jon Weisman
Julie White was having a terrific week: Her character, Anne on NBC's "Go On," had an important storyline; her indie film, "Language of a Broken Heart," opened; and her voice was the only other one heard in Holland Taylor's one-woman Broadway show, "Ann."
White, who has been an actor for decades, is happy.
"I love that my character is such an unusual character on television," White tells Zap2it of Anne, a lesbian whose partner died. "She is really a woman not about the male gaze at all, and with no apology at all. She is not part of the landscape.
"After you have acted as long as I have, your criteria for a part is, 'Please let it not be embarrassing in any way!' " White says.
White grew up »
The Ricky Schroder family write, produce, star and even arrange craft food services for original film “Our Wild Hearts.” Ricky Schroder is a rarity in Hollywood. From the minute audiences set eyes on him in 1979’s The Champ to his continued successes in TV series like Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove and NYPD Blue, his charming childhood grin and endearing personality have made him easy to love. I cornered him at a Hallmark Channel party earlier this year, where Schroder beamed with pride over his current passion project — Our Wild Hearts — a movie he wrote, produced and stars in [...] »
- Barb Oates
Want to feel really old?Little Ricky Schroder, who starred in "The Champ" and "Silver Spoons," was honored at NYC's Friars Club's "So You Think You Can Roast!?" series on Friday night.Rick, as he goes by now, is 42 years old and has four children ... one of whom is 21 years old! He was one of the most prolific child actors and resurrected his career in the '90s by appearing in the "Lonesome Dove" TV movie and "NYPD Blue."Rick was joined by his "Silver Spoons" parents -- Joel Higgins and Erin Gray -- at the roast. Before the night wrapped, Schroder left the crowd laughing with one final reminder: "For those of you still wondering who I am, I'm not the kid from 'A Christmas Story'!"His fellow child actors -- Alfonso Ribeiro and Jason Bateman -- also found huge success. Find out what happened to the »
- tooFab Staff
Westerns are one of those rare, uniquely American film genres. They dominated film screens for years, were amongst some of the finest stories told in film, and they are films that have created some of the most compelling characters in film history.
But somewhere around the brilliant, sprawling mini-series Lonesome Dove in 1989, the western lost its appeal to the mass audience. They suddenly seemed out of touch and with the exception of movies like Young Guns (and its sequel). In recent years, however, westerns have been making an unmistakable resurgence in both film and television.
They didn’t completely disappear, though. In fact a few would pop up every few years in the 90s, some of the most notable include Unforgiven in 1992, Dances with Wolves in 1990, 1994’s Maverick and 1993’s Tombstone. They’d make a splash and everyone would talk about how it was going to revive the genre but alas it never really happened. »
12 items from 2013
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