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The 101 Best-Written TV Shows

Ever since the reality TV phenomenon kicked into gear, there’s been less of a focus on SCRIPTED programming, at least in the traditional sense.  But for anyone who prefers stuff that’s actually WRITTEN, this is for you:

The Writers Guild of America has compiled a list of ‘The 101 Best-Written TV Shows of All Time‘.  They gave “The Sopranos” the #1 spot.

Here’s the Top 20:

1.  “The Sopranos”, HBO  (1999-2007)

2.  “Seinfeld”, NBC  (1989-1998)

3.  “The Twilight Zone”, CBS  (1959-1964)  (It doesn’t include the revivals.)

4.  “All in the Family”, CBS  (1971-1979)

5.  “M*A*S*H”, CBS  (1972-1983)

6.  “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, CBS  (1970-1977)

7.  “Mad Men”, AMC  (2007-Present)

8.  “Cheers”, NBC  (1982-1993)

9.  “The Wire”, HBO  (2002-2008)

10.  “The West Wing”, NBC  (1999-2006)

11.  “The Simpsons”, Fox  (1989-Present)

12.  “I Love Lucy”, CBS  (1951-1957)

13.  “Breaking Bad”, AMC  (2008-Present)

14.  “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, CBS  (1961-1966)

15.  “Hill Street Blues”, NBC  (1981-1987)

16.  “Arrested Development”, Fox  (2003-2006)  (It doesn’t include the revival.)

17.  “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, Comedy Central  (1999-Present)

18.  “Six Feet Under”, HBO  (2001-2005)

19.  “Taxi”, ABC / NBC  (1978-1983)  (The last season aired on NBC.)

20.  “The Larry Sanders Show”, HBO  (1992-1998)

You can find the complete list at  The list was generated after a survey of WGA members. has the Top 101 shows listed on a single page. Just scroll down a little to find them.

What do YOU think are the best written TV shows ever? Leave your comments in the Facebook widget below!

I’m kinda mad that they left off ‘Get Smart’, but that’s just me.

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