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Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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People who added this item 5543 Average listal rating (3631 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 3169 Average listal rating (2117 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 1748 Average listal rating (1056 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 482 Average listal rating (304 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 4853 Average listal rating (2944 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 2146 Average listal rating (1437 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 5299 Average listal rating (3394 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 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 1043 Average listal rating (511 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 9.4
The Wire (2002)
~ This is one show everyone says I must watch.
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People who added this item 2556 Average listal rating (1742 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 475 Average listal rating (289 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 2427 Average listal rating (1770 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 4235 Average listal rating (2841 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Family Guy (1999)
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People who added this item 1564 Average listal rating (956 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 1770 Average listal rating (1085 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 9.1
Firefly (2002)
~ My second favorite show ever.
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People who added this item 3827 Average listal rating (2387 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 2011 Average listal rating (1168 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.8
Doctor Who (2005)
~ My fourth favorite show. Definitely better than the one at #15.
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People who added this item 3935 Average listal rating (2783 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 1783 Average listal rating (1179 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 3244 Average listal rating (2228 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 618 Average listal rating (428 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
~ This reminds me, I need to watch Black Adder again.
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People who added this item 1480 Average listal rating (1007 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 547 Average listal rating (343 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 1250 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 1648 Average listal rating (1020 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 3617 Average listal rating (2491 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 527 Average listal rating (374 ratings) 7.5 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 1745 Average listal rating (1041 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.7
~ I have not watched this.
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People who added this item 788 Average listal rating (567 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 1675 Average listal rating (1215 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 3376 Average listal rating (1976 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 763 Average listal rating (395 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.7
Deadwood (2004)
~ Definitely deserves to be on this list.
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People who added this item 427 Average listal rating (271 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 8.3
Babylon 5 (1994)
~ One of my all time favorites.
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People who added this item 2593 Average listal rating (1776 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 1443 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 1304 Average listal rating (901 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 298 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Father Ted (1995)
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People who added this item 1180 Average listal rating (871 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 647 Average listal rating (398 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 1090 Average listal rating (745 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.9
~ Deserves to be higher.
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People who added this item 431 Average listal rating (253 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 1533 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 221 Average listal rating (158 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.9
~ I enjoyed this a lot.
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People who added this item 1082 Average listal rating (799 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 92 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 2256 Average listal rating (1595 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7
~ Not really a fan of this show.
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People who added this item 646 Average listal rating (465 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
~ Definitely agree with this being a great show.
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People who added this item 1487 Average listal rating (944 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 2993 Average listal rating (1864 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Prison Break (2005)
~ Season 1 is still the best.
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People who added this item 681 Average listal rating (525 ratings) 7 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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Posted: 7 years, 5 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: 6 years, 9 months ago at Aug 13 13:46
I agree with Lershy, for me in this list is missing Nip-Tuck and some more
Posted: 6 years, 9 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: 6 years, 9 months ago at Aug 13 19:43
It's not just you. the shows on this list are good, but hardly the greatest.
Posted: 6 years, 9 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: 5 years, 9 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, 3 months ago at Feb 9 2:25
What I want to know is, who made this list, a bunch of teenagers??????
Posted: 4 years, 9 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, 5 months ago at Dec 19 23:13
Yeah, Empire has lost me completely with this list. Thanks for posting this anyway though Vix.
Posted: 10 months, 1 week 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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