Sunday, December 29, 2013

Top TV Series

Saw this article and you know how much I love lists, I had to share.

I only listed the Top 25 TV Shows. To see the rest of the lust, read the article by clicking the link: .

TV Guide Magazine names the top 60 series of all time

Published December 27, 2013


So many golden ages, so much brilliance from which to choose. In culling from the "60 Greatest" lists TV Guide Magazine compiled for the 60th-anniversary year, we shook things up, blending drama, comedy and other genres to salute the shows with the biggest cultural impact and most enduring influence. What will the next 60 years bring? We can't wait to find out.

1. "The Sopranos"

A family saga like no other and a Mafia drama that whacked us repeatedly

with its psychological riches and gallows humor, David Chase's groundbreaking masterpiece asked us to empathize with the most human of mobsters (and monsters): Tony, played by the great James Gandolfini. He and his gang haunt us still.

2. "Seinfeld"

The hilarious spirits of the masters of their domains echo in shows like "Veep" and cocreator Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," but "Seinfeld" set the bar for lovable outrageousness with memorable shtick that shocked and awed. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

3. "I Love Lucy"

No 'splaining necessary. We've loved zany Lucy, hotheaded Ricky and the loyal Mertzes for as long as we can remember. Whether in the candy factory, stomping grapes or cavorting with Harpo Marx, Lucille Ball showed generations of funny ladies and gents how it's done.

4. "All in the Family"

Norman Lear brought domestic televisioncomedy into the real world with the Bunkers, whose '70s culture clashing hit home with anunflinching pungency but also a surplus of heart. And then came "Maude," "The Jeffersons," "Good Times" and more: an empire of meaningful humor.

5. "The Twilight Zone"

Even 3-D pales next to the endlessly inventive "dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind" created by Rod Serling, TV's multifaceted Dickens. His anthology of fantastic stories bridged the worlds of sci-fi and horror with whimsy and an abiding faith in humanity.

6. "The Wire"

Hot-button issues -- the war on drugs, political corruption, the failures of the education system -- deeply resonated in David Simon's unvarnished journey into the heart of Baltimore's urban darkness. The result was so v rit , it often felt more like a documentary than a drama.

7. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

America's sweetheart turned the world on with her smile, a toss of the hat and a plucky spunk that radiated throughout her TV-newsroom office. A gallery of lovable characters would earn their own spots in the pantheon -- Rhoda, Phyllis and Lou Grant among them.

8. "M*A*S*H"

Laughing in the face of death, Hawkeye, Trapper John, B.J., Hot Lips and the other cutups of the 4077th made war a little less hellish."M*A*S*H" wore its Purple Heart on its bloody sleeve, and we cared deeply for these reluctant heroes on the front lines of daring satire.

9. "Breaking Bad"

From the first tragicomic escapade to the blistering finale, Vince Gilligan'simmorality tale was as addictive as the blue meth that made Walter White into a criminal legend. Bryan Cranston's transformative performance is one for the ages.

10. "The Simpsons"

After more than two decades and 500 episodes of whip-smart parody that made sacred cows an endangered species, we're still drawn to Springfield and its colorfully warped denizens.

11. "Cheers"

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and we were always glad when we came to Boston's cheeriest bar. Weathering Coach's death and Diane's exit, the brew crew grew stronger with Woody and Rebecca. And the show spun off a classic farce, "Frasier."

12. "Star Trek"

Five-year mission? Are you out of your Vulcan mind? Nearly 50 years later, Gene Roddenberry's creation continues to boldly go where no science- fiction franchise has gone before, launching five more TV series and a dozen movies. Can it keep going? Yes, it Khaaan!

13. "The Honeymooners"

Ralph's get-rich-quick schemes may never have worked, but Jackie Gleason found a comedy gold mine in the realistic struggles of the Brooklyn bus driver, his long-suffering wife, Alice, and his dim-bulb BFF, Ed Norton.

14. "Law & Order"

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate but equally important groups. And Dick Wolf's franchise has been represented by five series, including the flagship (which ran for 20 seasons!) and the still-going-strong-after-15-years "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

15. "The Andy Griffith Show"

From the opening shot of Sheriff Andy Taylor and son Opie gone fishin', the sitcom welcomed us to Mayberry, where Aunt Bee, Barney Fife and others became part of our extended TV family.

16. "Masterpiece Theatre"

Since 1971, PBS has brought us the best of British TV, from "I, Claudius" to "Downton Abbey." We'll watch it upstairs, downstairs -- anywhere.

17. "TheCarol Burnett Show"

Harvey Korman wasn't the only one who couldn't stop cracking up at the wacky antics of Burnett, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and Co.

18. "Saturday Night Live"

"SNL" has been berry, berry good for comedy for four decades, creating superstars anddefining the pop-culture conversation.

19. "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

For 25 years, Oprah created a safe space for both weighty issues and celebrity chat from the City of Broad Shoulders.

20. "The Dick Van Dyke Show"

Primetime's first workplace-as- family sitcom gracefully sidestepped clich s. If only Rob Petrie had the same kind of luck with ottomans.

21. "Mad Men"

The unglamorous side of selling the American dream is vividly realized in Matthew Weiner's gorgeous but bleak paean to the swinging '60s.

22. "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"

Heeere's the guy who made it look oh-so-easy. Late-night TV would never be such a delicious communal experience again.

23. "Hill Street Blues"

The police procedural found a genre-busting new voice in Steven Bochco's rowdy chronicle of a busy urban precinct.

24. "60 Minutes"

The stopwatch continues to tick for the pioneering news program, which set the standard for compelling nonfiction storytelling.

25. "The X-Files"

The truth is still out there for Chris Carter's cosmically suspenseful thrill ride. Mulder and Scully were ground zero for shippers.

So, are any of these Top 25 on your list of Favorite TV Shows?
Full Post

No comments:

Post a Comment