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Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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People who added this item 5831 Average listal rating (4581 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.7
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 3239 Average listal rating (2444 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 1817 Average listal rating (1170 ratings) 8.1 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.
People who added this item 501 Average listal rating (338 ratings) 7.6 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 4961 Average listal rating (3680 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
Lost (2004)
~ I am in minority who didn't enjoy this show.
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People who added this item 2186 Average listal rating (1635 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 8.3
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 5492 Average listal rating (4209 ratings) 7.8 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 1120 Average listal rating (627 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 9.3
The Wire (2002)
~ This is one show everyone says I must watch.
People who added this item 2643 Average listal rating (1928 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
The X Files (1993)
~ The best show ever (until Mulder left)
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People who added this item 502 Average listal rating (304 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.6
Spaced (1999)
~ Seriously funny. I adore this more than I do Friends or Seinfeld.
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People who added this item 2492 Average listal rating (1989 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.8
Seinfeld (1989)
~ Gives you laughs about nothing in particular. Genius!
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People who added this item 4449 Average listal rating (3514 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Family Guy (1999)
People who added this item 1609 Average listal rating (1082 ratings) 7.8 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 1842 Average listal rating (1231 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 9
Firefly (2002)
~ My second favorite show ever.
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People who added this item 3878 Average listal rating (2858 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
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 2119 Average listal rating (1385 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.6
Doctor Who (2005)
~ My fourth favorite show. Definitely better than the one at #15.
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People who added this item 4153 Average listal rating (3338 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.7
South Park (1997)
~ I've only ever watched the Christmas specials.
People who added this item 1822 Average listal rating (1312 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.7
~ I haven't seen this cult show so I can't comment where it should be on the list.
People who added this item 3273 Average listal rating (2561 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
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 639 Average listal rating (443 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 1521 Average listal rating (1094 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.9
Angel (1999)
~ I think the creator of this list really likes Joss Whedon.
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People who added this item 567 Average listal rating (384 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.7
The Shield (2002)
~ Another show on my to-watch list.
People who added this item 1274 Average listal rating (862 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.5
~ 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 1744 Average listal rating (1165 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.8
Twin Peaks (1990)
~ I bought into the hype and was disappointed.
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People who added this item 3799 Average listal rating (3021 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.4
Futurama (1999)
~ Every time this is on, I will stop and watch.
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People who added this item 550 Average listal rating (399 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 1755 Average listal rating (1134 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.7
~ I have not watched this.
People who added this item 808 Average listal rating (597 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.7
Fawlty Towers (1975)
~ If you want to laugh until your belly hurts, watch this.
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People who added this item 1708 Average listal rating (1313 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
ER (1994)
~ A huge fan of the first five seasons.
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People who added this item 3477 Average listal rating (2346 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
Dexter (2006)
~ I've only watched season one but this show is excellent.
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People who added this item 817 Average listal rating (447 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.6
Deadwood (2004)
~ Definitely deserves to be on this list.
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People who added this item 464 Average listal rating (310 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Babylon 5 (1993)
~ One of my all time favorites.
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People who added this item 2630 Average listal rating (2055 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
~ For seasons 1 to 5, this is one of the best procedurals.
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People who added this item 1479 Average listal rating (1197 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 8
Frasier (1993)
~ This was regular viewing along with Friends.
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People who added this item 1324 Average listal rating (954 ratings) 6.8 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 311 Average listal rating (229 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.6
Father Ted (1995)
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People who added this item 1223 Average listal rating (943 ratings) 7.4 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 677 Average listal rating (438 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.7
~ Can't comment as I haven't seen it.
People who added this item 1118 Average listal rating (789 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.8
~ Deserves to be higher.
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People who added this item 441 Average listal rating (271 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Life on Mars (2006)
~ This should be in the top 20.
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People who added this item 1577 Average listal rating (1019 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 9.5
~ As does this mini-series.
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People who added this item 237 Average listal rating (182 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.9
~ I enjoyed this a lot.
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People who added this item 1152 Average listal rating (879 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
Star Trek (1966)
~ I should re-watch this show.
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People who added this item 99 Average listal rating (65 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.4
Cracker (1993)
~ I haven't seen this.
People who added this item 503 Average listal rating (339 ratings) 7.5 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 2287 Average listal rating (1744 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
~ Not really a fan of this show.
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People who added this item 677 Average listal rating (508 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
~ Definitely agree with this being a great show.
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People who added this item 1511 Average listal rating (1044 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
Veronica Mars (2004)
~ Another cult show I haven't watched.
People who added this item 3058 Average listal rating (2225 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
Prison Break (2005)
~ Season 1 is still the best.
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People who added this item 697 Average listal rating (551 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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