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TV June, 3 2013

The 101 Best-Written TV Series of All Time

A common euphemism amongst industry professionals in Hollywood is that film is a director’s medium while television is where writers undoubtedly shine. Recently, the Writer’s Guild of America and TV Guide honored seven decades of outstanding television programming and the writers who brought it all to life – as determined through online voting by WGAW and WGAE members. In their own words, “This list is not only a tribute to great TV, it is a dedication to all writers who devote their hearts and minds to advancing their craft.” While a sampling of the list appears below, head over here to see if your favorites made the grade.

1. The Sopranos – HBO – Created by David Chase

2. Seinfeld – NBC – Created by Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld

3. The Twilight Zone (1959) – CBS – Season One writers: Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Robert Presnell, Jr., Rod Serling

4. All in the Family – CBS – Developed for Television by Norman Lear, Based on Till Death Do Us Part, Created by Johnny Speight

5. M*A*S*H – CBS – Developed for Television by Larry Gelbart

6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show – CBS – Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns

7. Mad Men – AMC – Created by Matthew Weiner

8. Cheers – NBC – Created by Glen Charles & Les Charles and James Burrows

9. The Wire – HBO – Created by David Simon

10. The West Wing – NBC – Created by Aaron Sorkin

11. The Simpsons – FOX – Created by Matt Groening, Developed by James L. Brooks and Matt Groening and Sam Simon

12. I Love Lucy – CBS – “Pilot,” Written by Jess Oppenheimer & Madelyn Pugh & Bob Carroll, Jr.

13. Breaking Bad – AMC – Created by Vince Gilligan

14. The Dick Van Dyke Show – CBS – Created by Carl Reiner

15. Hill Street Blues – NBC – Created by Michael Kozoll and Steven Bochco

16. Arrested Development – FOX – Created by Mitchell Hurwitz

17. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – COMEDY CENTRAL – Created by Madeleine Smithberg, Lizz Winstead; Season One – Head Writer: Chris Kreski; Writers: Jim Earl, Daniel J. Goor, Charles Grandy, J.R. Havlan, Tom Johnson, Kent Jones, Paul Mercurio, Guy Nicolucci, Steve Rosenfield, Jon Stewart

18. Six Feet Under – HBO – Created by Alan Ball

19. Taxi – ABC – Created by James L. Brooks and Stan Daniels and David Davis and Ed Weinberger

20. The Larry Sanders Show – HBO – Created by Garry Shandling & Dennis Klein

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