Best TV series of all time, ranked

[ol]***The Singing Detective
[li]Buffy the Vampire Slayer[/li][li]The Sopranos[/li][li]NYPD Blue[/li][li]The Shield[/li][/ol] ***Yours?

On reflection, I guess those are all dramas; *alltime *should include All in the Family and The Honeymooners. So for the purposes of this thread, let’s stick to dramas; maybe someone else will start a sitcom thread.

  1. The Simpsons
  2. Family Guy
  3. Charmed
  4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  5. Coupling(The BBC Version)
  6. Futurama
  7. The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries
  8. Birds of Prey
  9. My Hero
  10. MAS*H

I’ve never even heard of The Singing Detective. Was it produced overseas?


I believe so. It is on DVD.

England. Michael Gambon, working with the best script ever written.

Sorry Mockingbird: would you mind revising this minus comedies? just to keep the thread focused. And I’ve never heard of your last three.

Sorry; meant the penultimate three.

  1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  2. Star Trek: The Next Generation
  3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  4. Joan of Arcadia
  5. Jake 2.0

Can’t think of a fifth at the moment so Jake’s my stand-in.

I’m not that old so my perspective my be skewed a bit. I have a hard time ranking movies, songs, books, and television series in any definitive order. What criteria should I use? Is it more important that I liked the show or that the show has been an influence? In no particular order here are 5 shows that I think were very excellent for a variety of reasons.

  1. The Twilight Zone
  2. The Sopranos
  3. Babylon 5
  4. Law & Order
  5. Gunsmoke
    It also takes me way to long to come up with a list!!
  1. Band of Brothers
  2. MASH
  3. The Sopranos
  4. Fortunes of War (BBC - Branagh and Thompson)

Surprised a bit at some of the responses here: Hmmm…top dramas:

  1. Wonder Years (hands down)
  2. The West Wing
  3. ER (especially the earlier years)
  4. Sopranos
  5. Law and Order
  1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  2. Star Trek: The Next Generation
  3. The Outer Limits
  4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  5. Joan of Arcadia
    Thanks, MGibson.

Hmm. I just don’t like law and order; just not as real and human as NYPD Blue.

The Twilight Zone
Northern Exposure
St Elsewhere
The Fugitive - the first must see show of my life.

  1. The first season of Murder One
    2 - ???. Everything else
  1. Law and Order
  2. The West Wing
  3. The Twilight Zone
  4. The X-Files (right up until Mulder left)

Magnum, PI
The Shield
WKRP in Cincinnati
The Sopranos
Babylon 5
Stargate: SG1
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Bob Newhart Show
Tour of Duty

Dramas, eh?

Oh, you’ve got Buffy in the list - I guess that’s a sorta-Drama.

So, we’ll say…

2.)Star Trek : TNG
4.)Law and Order (TOS)

And… uhh… y’know, I don’t generally like dramas much… Oh!

5.) Quantum Leap.

1. Law & Order
2. The Sopranos
3. The Wire
4. Freaks & Geeks
5. Magnum PI
(for biased sentimental reasons)