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Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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People who added this item 5622 Average listal rating (3697 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 (2131 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 1763 Average listal rating (1064 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 486 Average listal rating (307 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 4877 Average listal rating (2961 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 2156 Average listal rating (1445 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 5342 Average listal rating (3419 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 1063 Average listal rating (524 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 2577 Average listal rating (1758 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 482 Average listal rating (293 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 2447 Average listal rating (1788 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 4291 Average listal rating (2889 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Family Guy (1998)
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People who added this item 1577 Average listal rating (964 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 1785 Average listal rating (1097 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 9.1
Firefly (2002)
~ My second favorite show ever.
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People who added this item 3851 Average listal rating (2403 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 2045 Average listal rating (1187 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 4002 Average listal rating (2845 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.7
South Park (1997)
~ I've only ever watched the Christmas specials.
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People who added this item 1796 Average listal rating (1187 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 3256 Average listal rating (2237 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 628 Average listal rating (434 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
~ This reminds me, I need to watch Black Adder again.
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People who added this item 1489 Average listal rating (1012 ratings) 7.2 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 553 Average listal rating (346 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 (807 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 1681 Average listal rating (1048 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 3667 Average listal rating (2551 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 531 Average listal rating (379 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 1746 Average listal rating (1044 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.7
~ I have not watched this.
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People who added this item 793 Average listal rating (569 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 1684 Average listal rating (1222 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 3406 Average listal rating (2002 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.7
Dexter (2006)
~ I've only watched season one but this show is excellent.
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People who added this item 776 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 (274 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 2606 Average listal rating (1787 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 (1127 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 8
Frasier (1993)
~ This was regular viewing along with Friends.
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People who added this item 1311 Average listal rating (908 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 300 Average listal rating (216 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Father Ted (1995)
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People who added this item 1192 Average listal rating (880 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 653 Average listal rating (408 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 1101 Average listal rating (752 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.9
~ Deserves to be higher.
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People who added this item 435 Average listal rating (259 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 1548 Average listal rating (933 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 9.5
~ As does this mini-series.
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People who added this item 224 Average listal rating (162 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.9
~ I enjoyed this a lot.
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People who added this item 1099 Average listal rating (812 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Star Trek (1966)
~ I should re-watch this show.
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People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.5
Cracker (1993)
~ I haven't seen this.
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People who added this item 483 Average listal rating (314 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 2266 Average listal rating (1599 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7
~ Not really a fan of this show.
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People who added this item 652 Average listal rating (470 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
~ Definitely agree with this being a great show.
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People who added this item 1496 Average listal rating (951 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 3023 Average listal rating (1881 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Prison Break (2005)
~ Season 1 is still the best.
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People who added this item 687 Average listal rating (531 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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Comments

Posted: 8 years 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, 4 months 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, 4 months 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, 4 months 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, 4 months 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, 4 months 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, 10 months ago at Feb 9 2:25
What I want to know is, who made this list, a bunch of teenagers??????
Posted: 5 years, 4 months 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, 12 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, 5 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.
Posted: 1 month ago at Nov 14 18:31
I wouldn't place The Simpsons THAT high. The past 15 to 20 seasons have all really been a steady decline downhill, the show's 'embarrassing' to watch now, the quality has become pure trash. Simpsons started as an animated sitcom, in the end, grubby network execs turned it into what it was adamantly opposed to being right from the start... a 'cartoon'.

I agree with your comment about Alias though, first two seasons are catchy, then it lags, then it becomes a total mindscrew in the end.

I was never a big fan of The West Wing, I caught snippets of it as a kid and thought it was insufferably dull. Besides, this is HARDLY what really goes on behind closed doors to the Oval Office and it's sectors. For me, it was X-Files all the way. It was the first television series in human history to completely 'flip the script' with regards to how tv had previously treated the subject of paranormal survivors. Up until then, by network policy I assume, every show on the tv airwaves (Night Court being one example that immediately springs to mind) either treated the subject of alien abduction as either a) a moronic joke, or b) a case of mental psychosis. X-Files was the middle finger to rise against that as it was the first show in collective history to make everybody else look insane. The show fueled fire to my inquisitive nature as a child as suddenly, in the midst of an otherwise depressing decade, life suddenly seemed limitless and fantastical...

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