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Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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People who added this item 4951  Average listal rating (3319 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
1. The Simpsons (1989)
~ The longest running show EVER! (at 24 seasons) is very much a satire on the American middle class. Though I don't know whether this is the reason it's number one on this list.
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People who added this item 2947  Average listal rating (2018 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 8.2 
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
~ One of the top cult shows? Yes. Number two on Empire's list...not so much. Don't get me wrong, I love BtVS but it's strongest seasons were 1 - 3
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People who added this item 1572  Average listal rating (970 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 9.3 
3. The Sopranos (1999)
~ Everyone except me has watched this show and they say it's great (except for the series finale) so I can't judge where it belongs on this list.

People who added this item 454  Average listal rating (293 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 8.8 
4. The West Wing (1999)
~ The first few seasons were great but then everything started getting monotonous.
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People who added this item 4458  Average listal rating (2798 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.6 
5. Lost (2004)
~ I am in minority who didn't enjoy this show.
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People who added this item 2038  Average listal rating (1388 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
6. 24 (2001)
~ I got into the hype that was season 1 but once cougars were involved, I was out.
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People who added this item 4843  Average listal rating (3225 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
7. Friends (1994)
~ This remains one of my favorite series, even if it did suffer towards the end.
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People who added this item 870  Average listal rating (442 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating 9.4 
8. The Wire (2002)
~ This is one show everyone says I must watch.

People who added this item 2278  Average listal rating (1611 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.8 
9. The X Files (1993)
~ The best show ever (until Mulder left)
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People who added this item 442  Average listal rating (273 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.8 
10. Spaced (1999)
~ Seriously funny. I adore this more than I do Friends or Seinfeld.
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People who added this item 2277  Average listal rating (1673 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
11. Seinfeld (1989)
~ Gives you laughs about nothing in particular. Genius!
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People who added this item 3843  Average listal rating (2608 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.4 
12. Family Guy (1999)

People who added this item 1465  Average listal rating (911 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.8 
13. Battlestar Galactica (2004)
~ This is my favorite show ever so I would have placed it higher.
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People who added this item 1593  Average listal rating (999 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 9.2 
14. Firefly (2002)
~ My second favorite show ever.
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People who added this item 3611  Average listal rating (2311 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.8 
15. Heroes (2006)
~ A really good first season followed by not-so-good and down right bad seasons is no reason for this show to be on any "greatest" list.
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People who added this item 1769  Average listal rating (1073 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.9 
16. Doctor Who (2005)
~ My fourth favorite show. Definitely better than the one at #15.
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People who added this item 3498  Average listal rating (2540 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.9 
17. South Park (1997)
~ I've only ever watched the Christmas specials.

People who added this item 1646  Average listal rating (1107 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 9.1 
18. Arrested Development (2003)
~ I haven't seen this cult show so I can't comment where it should be on the list.

People who added this item 3097  Average listal rating (2173 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.5 
19. Scrubs (2001)
~ I watched this on and off for a few seasons and it was entertaining.
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People who added this item 563  Average listal rating (398 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.3 
20. The Black Adder (1983)
~ This reminds me, I need to watch Black Adder again.
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People who added this item 1379  Average listal rating (965 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
21. Angel (1999)
~ I think the creator of this list really likes Joss Whedon.
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People who added this item 495  Average listal rating (315 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.8 
22. The Shield (2002)
~ Another show on my to-watch list.

People who added this item 1191  Average listal rating (785 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.7 
23. The Office (UK) (2001)
~ As much as I like Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman et al, I don't have any desire to watch this show.

People who added this item 1430  Average listal rating (901 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
24. Twin Peaks (1990)
~ I bought into the hype and was disappointed.
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People who added this item 3219  Average listal rating (2261 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.7 
25. Futurama (1999)
~ Every time this is on, I will stop and watch.
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People who added this item 498  Average listal rating (363 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.6 
26. Red Dwarf (1988)
~ My memory of this show is that it is awesome.
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People who added this item 1629  Average listal rating (977 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.9 
27. Six Feet Under (2001)
~ I have not watched this.

People who added this item 734  Average listal rating (536 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.9 
28. Fawlty Towers (1975)
~ If you want to laugh until your belly hurts, watch this.
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People who added this item 1616  Average listal rating (1193 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
29. ER (1994)
~ A huge fan of the first five seasons.
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People who added this item 3025  Average listal rating (1852 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
30. Dexter (2006)
~ I've only watched season one but this show is excellent.
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People who added this item 693  Average listal rating (359 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.9 
31. Deadwood (2004)
~ Definitely deserves to be on this list.
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People who added this item 398  Average listal rating (261 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 8.2 
32. Babylon 5 (1994)
~ One of my all time favorites.
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People who added this item 2482  Average listal rating (1735 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.8 
33. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
~ For seasons 1 to 5, this is one of the best procedurals.
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People who added this item 1375  Average listal rating (1076 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
34. Frasier (1993)
~ This was regular viewing along with Friends.
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People who added this item 1249  Average listal rating (878 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
35. Alias (2001)
~ Seasons 1 and 2 were fantastic. Season 3 fizzled and then things got weird.
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People who added this item 267  Average listal rating (197 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
36. Father Ted (1995)
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People who added this item 1127  Average listal rating (839 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 8.7 
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)
~ I don't understand why ST:TNG is so low on this list. I would have put it in the top 10.
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People who added this item 585  Average listal rating (366 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.8 
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999)
~ Can't comment as I haven't seen it.

People who added this item 1022  Average listal rating (710 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
39. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
~ Deserves to be higher.
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People who added this item 402  Average listal rating (242 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.4 
40. Life on Mars (2006)
~ This should be in the top 20.
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People who added this item 1375  Average listal rating (849 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 9.6 
41. Band of Brothers (2001)
~ As does this mini-series.
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People who added this item 205  Average listal rating (150 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.9 
42. Only Fools and Horses.... (1981)
~ I enjoyed this a lot.
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People who added this item 1019  Average listal rating (757 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
43. Star Trek (1966)
~ I should re-watch this show.
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People who added this item 84  Average listal rating (55 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.4 
44. Cracker (1993)
~ I haven't seen this.

People who added this item 439  Average listal rating (292 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.4 
45. Farscape (1999)
~ I've watched the first two seasons and it is good.
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People who added this item 2170  Average listal rating (1558 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
46. Sex and the City (1998)
~ Not really a fan of this show.
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People who added this item 620  Average listal rating (449 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.9 
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
~ Definitely agree with this being a great show.
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People who added this item 1429  Average listal rating (914 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
48. Veronica Mars (2004)
~ Another cult show I haven't watched.

People who added this item 2771  Average listal rating (1790 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 8.6 
49. Prison Break (2005)
~ Season 1 is still the best.
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People who added this item 644  Average listal rating (507 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
50. Quantum Leap (1989)
~ Love this show but it kinda appears out of left field.
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Empire magazine's collection of the 50 greatest tv shows of all time

This list is very 1990s to 2000s centric so I don't think that tag lines "greatest" and "all time" are valid.

Though it was voted on by Empire mag's readers...

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Empire Magazine (30 lists)
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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Dec 15 16:24
This list is awful. Usually I don't put down opinions of others, but this list is missing A LOT of shows.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Aug 13 13:46
I agree with Lershy, for me in this list is missing Nip-Tuck and some more
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Aug 13 16:42
i would never say the list is awful, since it's your opinion. i will say, however, that i strongly disagree. no twilight zone, the honeymooners, all in the family, the odd couple, i love lucy, to name a few. maybe i'm just old...
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Aug 13 19:43
It's not just you. the shows on this list are good, but hardly the greatest.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Aug 15 16:27
This was Empire Magazine's List not his/hers. I voted because Buffy/Angel/Heroes/Lost made the list.
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Aug 17 19:02
Any list upon which Buffy is 2nd (...anything. You and I know that it wasn't the best or worst show by any means, just another mediocre show that gets attention because it's less horrible than its contemporaries), Heroes lands before Arrested Development, and there are 30 spaces in front of Deadwood I can only assume is completely random - titles chosen from a hat or the like - is anyone's opinion really this far off the mark?

Naw...has to be a mistake - no one's taste is this poor.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Feb 9 2:25
What I want to know is, who made this list, a bunch of teenagers??????
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Aug 16 11:58
Seinfeld is #11? What? At least The Simpsons is #1, as it should be. But Seinfeld #11? not even in the top 10. tisk tisk
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Dec 19 23:13
Yeah, Empire has lost me completely with this list. Thanks for posting this anyway though Vix.

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