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Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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People who added this item 5604 Average listal rating (3671 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.8
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 3183 Average listal rating (2122 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
~ 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 1756 Average listal rating (1058 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 9.2
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.
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People who added this item 485 Average listal rating (305 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.8
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 4870 Average listal rating (2953 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.4
Lost (2004)
~ I am in minority who didn't enjoy this show.
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People who added this item 2154 Average listal rating (1443 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 8.4
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 5331 Average listal rating (3405 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.9
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 1055 Average listal rating (517 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 9.3
The Wire (2002)
~ This is one show everyone says I must watch.
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People who added this item 2573 Average listal rating (1746 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.7
The X Files (1993)
~ The best show ever (until Mulder left)
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People who added this item 480 Average listal rating (292 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.7
Spaced (1999)
~ Seriously funny. I adore this more than I do Friends or Seinfeld.
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People who added this item 2442 Average listal rating (1777 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.9
Seinfeld (1989)
~ Gives you laughs about nothing in particular. Genius!
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People who added this item 4276 Average listal rating (2869 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Family Guy (1998)
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People who added this item 1575 Average listal rating (959 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.7
~ This is my favorite show ever so I would have placed it higher.
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People who added this item 1780 Average listal rating (1092 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 9.1
Firefly (2002)
~ My second favorite show ever.
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People who added this item 3846 Average listal rating (2395 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
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 2037 Average listal rating (1182 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.7
Doctor Who (2005)
~ My fourth favorite show. Definitely better than the one at #15.
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People who added this item 3986 Average listal rating (2819 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.8
South Park (1997)
~ I've only ever watched the Christmas specials.
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People who added this item 1795 Average listal rating (1185 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.9
~ I haven't seen this cult show so I can't comment where it should be on the list.
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People who added this item 3253 Average listal rating (2231 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.4
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 627 Average listal rating (432 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
~ This reminds me, I need to watch Black Adder again.
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People who added this item 1488 Average listal rating (1009 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8
Angel (1999)
~ I think the creator of this list really likes Joss Whedon.
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People who added this item 550 Average listal rating (344 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.7
The Shield (2002)
~ Another show on my to-watch list.
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People who added this item 1255 Average listal rating (806 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.6
~ As much as I like Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman et al, I don't have any desire to watch this show.
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People who added this item 1672 Average listal rating (1034 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.9
Twin Peaks (1990)
~ I bought into the hype and was disappointed.
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People who added this item 3655 Average listal rating (2526 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.5
Futurama (1999)
~ Every time this is on, I will stop and watch.
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People who added this item 528 Average listal rating (376 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.4
Red Dwarf (1988)
~ My memory of this show is that it is awesome.
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People who added this item 1747 Average listal rating (1039 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.7
~ I have not watched this.
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People who added this item 792 Average listal rating (570 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.8
Fawlty Towers (1975)
~ If you want to laugh until your belly hurts, watch this.
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People who added this item 1683 Average listal rating (1219 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
ER (1994)
~ A huge fan of the first five seasons.
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People who added this item 3399 Average listal rating (1992 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.8
Dexter (2006)
~ I've only watched season one but this show is excellent.
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People who added this item 771 Average listal rating (397 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.7
Deadwood (2004)
~ Definitely deserves to be on this list.
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People who added this item 429 Average listal rating (270 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Babylon 5 (1994)
~ One of my all time favorites.
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People who added this item 2603 Average listal rating (1783 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
~ For seasons 1 to 5, this is one of the best procedurals.
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People who added this item 1446 Average listal rating (1121 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 8
Frasier (1993)
~ This was regular viewing along with Friends.
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People who added this item 1310 Average listal rating (906 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
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 299 Average listal rating (216 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Father Ted (1995)
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People who added this item 1189 Average listal rating (875 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.6
~ 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 650 Average listal rating (402 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.7
~ Can't comment as I haven't seen it.
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People who added this item 1097 Average listal rating (749 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.9
~ Deserves to be higher.
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People who added this item 433 Average listal rating (257 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
Life on Mars (2006)
~ This should be in the top 20.
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People who added this item 1543 Average listal rating (930 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 9.5
~ As does this mini-series.
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People who added this item 223 Average listal rating (159 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.9
~ I enjoyed this a lot.
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People who added this item 1094 Average listal rating (807 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.4
Star Trek (1966)
~ I should re-watch this show.
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People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.5
Cracker (1993)
~ I haven't seen this.
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People who added this item 481 Average listal rating (312 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
Farscape (1999)
~ I've watched the first two seasons and it is good.
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People who added this item 2263 Average listal rating (1598 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7
~ Not really a fan of this show.
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People who added this item 651 Average listal rating (466 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
~ Definitely agree with this being a great show.
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People who added this item 1493 Average listal rating (948 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.4
Veronica Mars (2004)
~ Another cult show I haven't watched.
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People who added this item 3018 Average listal rating (1876 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Prison Break (2005)
~ Season 1 is still the best.
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People who added this item 686 Average listal rating (527 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
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: 7 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: 7 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: 7 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: 7 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: 7 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: 6 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: 5 years, 7 months ago at Feb 9 2:25
What I want to know is, who made this list, a bunch of teenagers??????
Posted: 5 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: 4 years, 9 months ago at Dec 19 23:13
Yeah, Empire has lost me completely with this list. Thanks for posting this anyway though Vix.
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Jul 15 0:22
What year was this list made by Empire? No Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Mad Men.

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