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Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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People who added this item 4957  Average listal rating (3326 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 2956  Average listal rating (2021 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 1576  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 455  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 4468  Average listal rating (2807 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 2047  Average listal rating (1395 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 4854  Average listal rating (3227 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 876  Average listal rating (442 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 2292  Average listal rating (1620 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 442  Average listal rating (274 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 2283  Average listal rating (1681 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 3851  Average listal rating (2615 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.4 
12. Family Guy (1999)

People who added this item 1467  Average listal rating (913 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 1601  Average listal rating (1006 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 9.2 
14. Firefly (2002)
~ My second favorite show ever.
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People who added this item 3618  Average listal rating (2313 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 1776  Average listal rating (1077 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 3501  Average listal rating (2542 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.9 
17. South Park (1997)
~ I've only ever watched the Christmas specials.

People who added this item 1652  Average listal rating (1112 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 3104  Average listal rating (2179 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 564  Average listal rating (398 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 1384  Average listal rating (969 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 495  Average listal rating (316 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.8 
22. The Shield (2002)
~ Another show on my to-watch list.

People who added this item 1193  Average listal rating (787 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 1447  Average listal rating (913 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 3224  Average listal rating (2269 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 500  Average listal rating (363 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 1635  Average listal rating (982 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.8 
27. Six Feet Under (2001)
~ I have not watched this.

People who added this item 734  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 1617  Average listal rating (1193 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 3027  Average listal rating (1854 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 694  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 401  Average listal rating (264 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 2484  Average listal rating (1736 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 1376  Average listal rating (1081 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
34. Frasier (1993)
~ This was regular viewing along with Friends.
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People who added this item 1252  Average listal rating (882 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 268  Average listal rating (198 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
36. Father Ted (1995)
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People who added this item 1129  Average listal rating (841 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 586  Average listal rating (366 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 1019  Average listal rating (709 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 404  Average listal rating (242 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 1382  Average listal rating (854 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 207  Average listal rating (151 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 1019  Average listal rating (761 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 440  Average listal rating (293 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 2171  Average listal rating (1559 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 622  Average listal rating (451 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 1431  Average listal rating (916 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
48. Veronica Mars (2004)
~ Another cult show I haven't watched.

People who added this item 2774  Average listal rating (1789 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 648  Average listal rating (513 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, 10 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, 2 months 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, 2 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: 4 years, 2 months 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, 2 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: 3 years, 2 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: 2 years, 8 months ago at Feb 9 2:25
What I want to know is, who made this list, a bunch of teenagers??????
Posted: 2 years, 2 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: 1 year, 10 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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