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Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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People who added this item 5813 Average listal rating (3893 ratings) 7.9 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 3229 Average listal rating (2185 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 1802 Average listal rating (1093 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 500 Average listal rating (312 ratings) 7.5 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 4952 Average listal rating (3016 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 2184 Average listal rating (1477 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 5465 Average listal rating (3524 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 1107 Average listal rating (554 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 2634 Average listal rating (1798 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.6
The X Files (1993)
~ The best show ever (until Mulder left)
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People who added this item 499 Average listal rating (296 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 2483 Average listal rating (1832 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.8
Seinfeld (1989)
~ Gives you laughs about nothing in particular. Genius!
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People who added this item 4434 Average listal rating (3054 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Family Guy (1999)
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People who added this item 1603 Average listal rating (980 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 1833 Average listal rating (1123 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 9
Firefly (2002)
~ My second favorite show ever.
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People who added this item 3886 Average listal rating (2447 ratings) 7.2 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 2113 Average listal rating (1235 ratings) 8 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 4142 Average listal rating (2978 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 1833 Average listal rating (1218 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.8
~ 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 3272 Average listal rating (2282 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 635 Average listal rating (433 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 1513 Average listal rating (1029 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 565 Average listal rating (352 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 1273 Average listal rating (820 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.
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People who added this item 1734 Average listal rating (1092 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.8
Twin Peaks (1990)
~ I bought into the hype and was disappointed.
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People who added this item 3786 Average listal rating (2691 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 545 Average listal rating (381 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 1756 Average listal rating (1059 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.7
~ I have not watched this.
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People who added this item 802 Average listal rating (575 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 (1245 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 3472 Average listal rating (2042 ratings) 8.1 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 806 Average listal rating (423 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Deadwood (2004)
~ Definitely deserves to be on this list.
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People who added this item 454 Average listal rating (283 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Babylon 5 (1993)
~ One of my all time favorites.
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People who added this item 2631 Average listal rating (1836 ratings) 7.2 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 1473 Average listal rating (1153 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 8
Frasier (1993)
~ This was regular viewing along with Friends.
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People who added this item 1323 Average listal rating (916 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 307 Average listal rating (218 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Father Ted (1995)
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People who added this item 1217 Average listal rating (899 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 678 Average listal rating (419 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 1121 Average listal rating (771 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.8
~ Deserves to be higher.
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People who added this item 444 Average listal rating (261 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 1565 Average listal rating (947 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 9.5
~ As does this mini-series.
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People who added this item 234 Average listal rating (168 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.9
~ I enjoyed this a lot.
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People who added this item 1143 Average listal rating (842 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 97 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.4
Cracker (1993)
~ I haven't seen this.
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People who added this item 498 Average listal rating (324 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 2291 Average listal rating (1629 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
~ Not really a fan of this show.
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People who added this item 671 Average listal rating (483 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
~ Definitely agree with this being a great show.
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People who added this item 1513 Average listal rating (966 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Veronica Mars (2004)
~ Another cult show I haven't watched.
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People who added this item 3055 Average listal rating (1904 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Prison Break (2005)
~ Season 1 is still the best.
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People who added this item 698 Average listal rating (537 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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Empire Magazine (30 lists)
list by Mr. Saturn
Published 7 years, 9 months ago 2 comments
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Canon TV (17 lists)
list by Mr. Saturn
Published 7 years, 9 months ago 1 comment



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