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Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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People who added this item 5028  Average listal rating (3370 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.9 
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 2994  Average listal rating (2057 ratings) 7.2  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 1609  Average listal rating (996 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 458  Average listal rating (295 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 4539  Average listal rating (2860 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.5 
5. Lost (2004)
~ I am in minority who didn't enjoy this show.
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People who added this item 2062  Average listal rating (1407 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 4938  Average listal rating (3295 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 898  Average listal rating (465 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 2337  Average listal rating (1664 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 448  Average listal rating (280 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.7 
10. Spaced (1999)
~ Seriously funny. I adore this more than I do Friends or Seinfeld.
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People who added this item 2311  Average listal rating (1711 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.9 
11. Seinfeld (1989)
~ Gives you laughs about nothing in particular. Genius!
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People who added this item 3895  Average listal rating (2644 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.3 
12. Family Guy (1999)

People who added this item 1496  Average listal rating (934 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 1642  Average listal rating (1038 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 9.2 
14. Firefly (2002)
~ My second favorite show ever.
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People who added this item 3655  Average listal rating (2341 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.7 
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 1828  Average listal rating (1127 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 3536  Average listal rating (2564 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.8 
17. South Park (1997)
~ I've only ever watched the Christmas specials.

People who added this item 1686  Average listal rating (1147 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 3136  Average listal rating (2203 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 569  Average listal rating (408 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.2 
20. The Black Adder (1983)
~ This reminds me, I need to watch Black Adder again.
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People who added this item 1404  Average listal rating (978 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 506  Average listal rating (329 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.8 
22. The Shield (2002)
~ Another show on my to-watch list.

People who added this item 1201  Average listal rating (791 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 1494  Average listal rating (952 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.9 
24. Twin Peaks (1990)
~ I bought into the hype and was disappointed.
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People who added this item 3258  Average listal rating (2287 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.6 
25. Futurama (1999)
~ Every time this is on, I will stop and watch.
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People who added this item 504  Average listal rating (369 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.5 
26. Red Dwarf (1988)
~ My memory of this show is that it is awesome.
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People who added this item 1662  Average listal rating (1008 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.8 
27. Six Feet Under (2001)
~ I have not watched this.

People who added this item 747  Average listal rating (554 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 1628  Average listal rating (1199 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 3086  Average listal rating (1895 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.9 
30. Dexter (2006)
~ I've only watched season one but this show is excellent.
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People who added this item 710  Average listal rating (374 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.8 
31. Deadwood (2004)
~ Definitely deserves to be on this list.
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People who added this item 405  Average listal rating (265 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 2502  Average listal rating (1744 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 1397  Average listal rating (1092 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
34. Frasier (1993)
~ This was regular viewing along with Friends.
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People who added this item 1259  Average listal rating (887 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 276  Average listal rating (207 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
36. Father Ted (1995)
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People who added this item 1134  Average listal rating (851 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 606  Average listal rating (382 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 1030  Average listal rating (723 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 408  Average listal rating (245 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 1422  Average listal rating (882 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 212  Average listal rating (155 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 1027  Average listal rating (779 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 85  Average listal rating (57 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
44. Cracker (1993)
~ I haven't seen this.

People who added this item 450  Average listal rating (300 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.3 
45. Farscape (1999)
~ I've watched the first two seasons and it is good.
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People who added this item 2192  Average listal rating (1577 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 619  Average listal rating (455 ratings) 6.8  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 1444  Average listal rating (931 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
48. Veronica Mars (2004)
~ Another cult show I haven't watched.

People who added this item 2810  Average listal rating (1820 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 8.5 
49. Prison Break (2005)
~ Season 1 is still the best.
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People who added this item 655  Average listal rating (520 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: 5 years, 8 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: 5 years ago at Aug 13 13:46
I agree with Lershy, for me in this list is missing Nip-Tuck and some more
Posted: 5 years 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: 5 years ago at Aug 13 19:43
It's not just you. the shows on this list are good, but hardly the greatest.
Posted: 5 years 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: 4 years 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: 3 years, 6 months ago at Feb 9 2:25
What I want to know is, who made this list, a bunch of teenagers??????
Posted: 3 years 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: 2 years, 8 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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