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Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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People who added this item 4941  Average listal rating (3318 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 2938  Average listal rating (2017 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 1566  Average listal rating (968 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 450  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 4454  Average listal rating (2801 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 2037  Average listal rating (1390 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 4830  Average listal rating (3223 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 861  Average listal rating (435 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 2276  Average listal rating (1613 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 439  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 2268  Average listal rating (1671 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 3836  Average listal rating (2607 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.4 
12. Family Guy (1999)

People who added this item 1459  Average listal rating (912 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 1588  Average listal rating (992 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 9.2 
14. Firefly (2002)
~ My second favorite show ever.
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People who added this item 3607  Average listal rating (2313 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 1754  Average listal rating (1067 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 3489  Average listal rating (2539 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.9 
17. South Park (1997)
~ I've only ever watched the Christmas specials.

People who added this item 1637  Average listal rating (1101 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 9.2 
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 3085  Average listal rating (2168 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.6 
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 560  Average listal rating (396 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 1375  Average listal rating (966 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
21. Angel (1999)
~ I think the creator of this list really likes Joss Whedon.
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People who added this item 488  Average listal rating (312 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.8 
22. The Shield (2002)
~ Another show on my to-watch list.

People who added this item 1186  Average listal rating (783 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 1425  Average listal rating (900 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
24. Twin Peaks (1990)
~ I bought into the hype and was disappointed.
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People who added this item 3213  Average listal rating (2259 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 497  Average listal rating (362 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 1630  Average listal rating (981 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.9 
27. Six Feet Under (2001)
~ I have not watched this.

People who added this item 732  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 1611  Average listal rating (1191 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 3016  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 691  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 2480  Average listal rating (1732 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 1370  Average listal rating (1075 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
34. Frasier (1993)
~ This was regular viewing along with Friends.
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People who added this item 1246  Average listal rating (879 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 (195 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
36. Father Ted (1995)
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People who added this item 1122  Average listal rating (837 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 582  Average listal rating (364 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 1021  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 401  Average listal rating (243 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 1370  Average listal rating (847 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 204  Average listal rating (148 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 1013  Average listal rating (754 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 438  Average listal rating (290 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 2165  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 618  Average listal rating (448 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 1423  Average listal rating (912 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
48. Veronica Mars (2004)
~ Another cult show I haven't watched.

People who added this item 2767  Average listal rating (1792 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, 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: 4 years 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 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 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 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 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, 6 months ago at Feb 9 2:25
What I want to know is, who made this list, a bunch of teenagers??????
Posted: 2 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: 1 year, 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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