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Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Nel_Valen » Wed May 09, 2018 4:48 am

I've updated my recent project to calculate the greatest TV series of all time. You can view the current top 100 here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4XlS77NCf8

Much thanks to Henrik for inspiration, as well as Peter and Jeroen of Play That Game.

Stats

Oldest Series - I Love Lucy (1951)
Newest Series - Better Call Saul (2015)

Decade Percentages (by Debut Year)
2010's - 12%
2000's - 25%
1990's - 29%
1980's - 13%
1970's - 9%
1960's - 8%
1950's - 4%

Genre Percentages
Adult Humor - 7%
Anime - 3%
Cartoon - 1%
Children's - 2%
Comedy - 10%
Drama - 34%
Fantasy - 3%
Science Fiction - 7%
Sitcom - 30%
Talk Show - 3%

Top Series per Genre
Adult Humor - The Simpsons (1989)
Anime - Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Cartoon - Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Children's - Sesame Street (1969)
Comedy - Saturday Night Live (1975)
Drama - The Sopranos (1999)
Fantasy - Lost (2004)
Science Fiction - The X-Files (1993)
Sitcom - Seinfeld (1989)
Talk Show - The Daily Show (1996)
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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Mulholland » Wed May 09, 2018 4:34 pm

Firstly - TreasureTV is a cool name, I hope you're able to get that domain.

It's so cool to see how far you've gotten in such a short time! Also, it's cool to see Archer and some anime series on this list :-D

Out of completely academic interest, how many series have been mentioned at least once by this point?

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Nel_Valen » Wed May 09, 2018 7:16 pm

Hey, thanks! Not sure about what you mean by "how many series have been mentioned at least once by this point". Do you mean something like how many series have appeared in the several top 100 lists I've posted so far? Most of the top 50 hasn't changed.

Yeah, it was interesting to see how some animated series compared to the much more popular, live-action ones. I think more anime might sneak in the top 100 as I add more foreign lists.

If you're curious about anime outside the top 100, here's what the highest ranking ones are:
#123. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
#124. Attack on Titan (2013)
#130. Steins;Gate (2011)
#135. Code Geass (2006)
#139. Death Note (2006)
#148. Gurren Lagann (2007)
#157. Gintama (2006)
#159. Fate/Zero (2011)
#170. Hunter x Hunter (2011)

It's very strange to me how there's much more love for modern anime, while older ones which I thought would've been pretty high like Dragon Ball Z, Berserk, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Astro Boy aren't even in the top 250. Maybe this is a problem of the sources that I am using, but I've run into several anime-based sites that have a stronger taste for newer anime.

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby letmeintomyzone » Wed May 09, 2018 10:43 pm

Nel_Valen wrote:Hey, thanks! Not sure about what you mean by "how many series have been mentioned at least once by this point". Do you mean something like how many series have appeared in the several top 100 lists I've posted so far? Most of the top 50 hasn't changed.

Yeah, it was interesting to see how some animated series compared to the much more popular, live-action ones. I think more anime might sneak in the top 100 as I add more foreign lists.

If you're curious about anime outside the top 100, here's what the highest ranking ones are:
#123. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
#124. Attack on Titan (2013)
#130. Steins;Gate (2011)
#135. Code Geass (2006)
#139. Death Note (2006)
#148. Gurren Lagann (2007)
#157. Gintama (2006)
#159. Fate/Zero (2011)
#170. Hunter x Hunter (2011)

It's very strange to me how there's much more love for modern anime, while older ones which I thought would've been pretty high like Dragon Ball Z, Berserk, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Astro Boy aren't even in the top 250. Maybe this is a problem of the sources that I am using, but I've run into several anime-based sites that have a stronger taste for newer anime.


Any critically acclaimed kids series, such as Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Spongebob, Gravity Falls, Avatar (both Korra and ATLA), make it high?

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Nel_Valen » Wed May 09, 2018 11:03 pm

I remember SpongeBob was in the top 100 for a while, but has dropped below recently.

#128. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)
#186. The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991)
#271. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
#299. Animaniacs (1993)
#320. The Powerpuff Girls (1998)
#338. Adventure Time (2010)
#426. Samurai Jack (2001)
#440. The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008)
#1243. Gravity Falls (2012)
#1263. Steven Universe (2013)
#1326. The Legend of Korra (2012)
#2108. Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2015)
#2471. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (2015)

Cartoons seemed to have taken the opposite route that Anime did, with older cartoons like The Flintstones getting more love than the new ones. It's strange... I've hunting down lists that focus on these types of shows, but they seem to be either quite rare or are too small to make a big difference. It sucks because I think plenty of these shows are much more worthy of being in the top 250 than say American Idol, Glee, or Full House.

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Wed May 09, 2018 11:41 pm

Someday, The Amazing World of Gumball will be making its way into these lists. Mark my words...
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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby letmeintomyzone » Thu May 10, 2018 12:27 am

101-110?

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Nel_Valen » Thu May 10, 2018 12:43 am

letmeintomyzone wrote:101-110?


#101. Grey's Anatomy (2005)
#102. Chappelle's Show (2003)
#103. Survivor (2000)
#104. House (2004)
#105. Columbo (1968)
#106. The Leftovers (2014)
#107. Moonlighting (1985)
#108. The Good Wife (2009)
#109. Prime Suspect (1991)
#110. The Colbert Report (2005)

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Moonbeam » Thu May 10, 2018 12:47 am

Wow! Thanks for putting this together! Great to see some of my favorites on here (The Wonder Years, The Twilight Zone, Six Feet Under). Of course, there are some shows high up that I absolutely loathe, just like AM. :lol:

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Nel_Valen » Thu May 10, 2018 12:50 am

Sweepstakes Ron wrote:Someday, The Amazing World of Gumball will be making its way into these lists. Mark my words...


That show's at #2959.

Part of the problem is that live-action TV, especially dramas, are much more popular and tend to occupy most of the spots on the lists I see. Legendary shows like The Looney Tunes miss out as a result, so its pretty great to see that Cowboy Bebop and Batman: The Animated Series have somehow made it as high as they have.

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Nel_Valen » Thu May 10, 2018 1:05 am

Moonbeam wrote:Wow! Thanks for putting this together! Great to see some of my favorites on here (The Wonder Years, The Twilight Zone, Six Feet Under). Of course, there are some shows high up that I absolutely loathe, just like AM. :lol:


Your welcome :)

Yeah, that was one of the most annoying parts of this project, seeing many shows that I hate get so much praise, especially over shows that are much more worthy of attention. As someone who hates reality TV, it made my stomach turn seeing so many of those shows in the top 500.

There's also Pokemon, a show that hits a personal nerve. As someone who grew up with that show, I can't tell you how much I hate seeing it on lists, especially on "Best Anime" lists. It's almost an perfect indicator of someone who really doesn't know what they are talking about and are going purely off the popularity of a show. You can't tell me that a show like that is somehow better than Wolf's Rain, FLCL, and Berserk, especially when its ripoffs Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh understood basic storytelling and characterization much better than show ever did. And there's also Pokemon Generations, which is also superior to that show in literally every way.

Haha, sorry, rant over.

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Romain » Fri May 11, 2018 11:11 am

For your curiosity, we have done a list like that on a french forum (Forum HArdware.fr), with 113 voters, and the result was this one in 2016:

#1) Breaking Bad : 591 points
#2) Game of Thrones : 367 points
#3) The Wire : 332 points
#4) The Shield : 246 points
#5) Fargo : 202 points
#6) Six Feet Under : 165 points
#7) The Sopranos : 144 points
#8) Kaamelott : 115 points
#9) Lost : 113 points
#10) Battlestar Galactica : 110 points
#11) Band of Brothers : 109 points
#12) Friends : 107 points
#13) 24 : 100 points
#14) Person of Interest : 98 points
#15) Oz : 93 points
#16) The Leftovers : 86 points
#17) The Walking Dead : 83 points
#18) Boardwalk Empire : 73 points
#19) True Detective : 70 points
#20) Better Call Saul : 70 points
#21) Black Mirror : 68 points
#22) Dexter : 57 points
#23) Sherlock : 57 points
#24) The Office : 50 points
#25) Stargate SG-1 : 49 points
#26) Buffy the Vampire Slayer : 46 points
#27) The Affair : 46 points
#28) The X Files : 46 points
#29) Shameless : 45 points
#30) Malcolm in the Middle : 42 points
#31) The IT Crowd : 40 points
#32) Twin Peaks : 37 points
#33) House M.D. : 36 points
#34) Gomorra - La serie : 35 points
#35) Doctor Who : 34 points
#36) South Park : 34 points
#37) Rome : 33 points
#38) Banshee : 32 points
#39) The Night Of : 32 points
#40) Mad Men : 31 points
#41) Stranger Things : 30 points
#42) The West Wing : 29 points
#43) Vikings : 29 points
#44) Treme : 29 points
#45) Spartacus: Blood and Sand : 28 points
#46) Utopia : 26 points
#47) Peaky Blinders : 26 points
#48) Daredevil : 26 points
#49) Friday Night Lights : 26 points
#50) Bron/Broen : 25 points
#51) Justified : 24 points
#52) It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia : 24 points
#53) Deadwood : 23 points
#54) The Killing : 23 points
#55) Le Bureau des Légendes : 23 points
#56) Firefly : 22 points
#57) Rectify : 21 points
#58) Desperate Housewives : 21 points
#59) House of Cards : 21 points
#60) Seinfeld : 20 points
#61) Homeland : 20 points
#62) Mr. Robot : 20 points
#63) Downton Abbey : 18 points
#64) The Knick : 18 points
#65) Black Sails : 17 points
#66) The O.C. : 17 points
#67) The Simpsons : 17 points
#68) UnREAL : 17 points
#69) How I Met Your Mother : 16 points
#70) Sense8 : 16 points
#71) Bates Motel : 15 points
#72) Community : 14 points
#73) ER : 14 points
#74) The Good Wife : 14 points
#75) Tales from the Crypt : 14 points
#76) Profit : 14 points
#77) Narcos : 14 points
#78) Law & Order : 13 points
#79) Burn Notice : 13 points
#80) The Pretender : 13 points
#81) The Americans : 12 points
#82) Flesh and Bone : 12 points
#83) Rick and Morty : 12 points
#84) Brooklyn Nine-Nine : 12 points
#85) Scrubs : 12 points
#86) Silicon Valley : 12 points
#87) Borgen : 11 points
#88) Married with Children : 11 points
#89) Chuck : 11 points
#90) The Big Bang Theory : 11 points
#91) That '70s Show : 11 points
#92) Jericho : 11 points
#93) Farscape : 11 points
#94) The Prisoner : 10 points
#95) Hunted : 10 points
#96) Chosen : 10 points
#97) Angel : 10 points
#98) Archer : 10 points
#99) Bosch : 10 points
#100) Man Seeking Woman : 10 points

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Rob » Fri May 11, 2018 11:27 am

Nel_Valen wrote:There's also Pokemon, a show that hits a personal nerve. As someone who grew up with that show, I can't tell you how much I hate seeing it on lists, especially on "Best Anime" lists. It's almost an perfect indicator of someone who really doesn't know what they are talking about and are going purely off the popularity of a show. You can't tell me that a show like that is somehow better than Wolf's Rain, FLCL, and Berserk, especially when its ripoffs Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh understood basic storytelling and characterization much better than show ever did. And there's also Pokemon Generations, which is also superior to that show in literally every way.


Animation, in both movies and series, have still an outsider status. There are some exceptions: Disney, Pixar, Ghibli and series with a specific adult appeal like The Simpsons and South Park. Usually though, people are really into animation or totally not. Many publications and websites don't pay particular attention to animation or have someone on the side to write about it. Part of the reason is that networks still separate animation programming from live-action ones. Perhaps The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy fare so well, because they are not separate. Many publications don't look at Cartoon Network. Anime is even more a thing on it's own. It has a huge fanbase, but it is still a subculture, with less overlap. It might be changing slowly, but certainly not completely. Exceptions like Cowboy Bebop (for anime) or Rick and Morty (for Western animation) are more exceptions that prove the rule.

So yeah, Pokémon is a lazy choice from people that hardly pay attention to a style. Personally, I think Dragon Ball Z is even worse - one of the worst written series that I followed for some time (before getting truly sick of it), so I'm glad that one doesn't do as well even though it could have been an easy token pick.

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Mulholland » Fri May 11, 2018 7:52 pm

Nel_Valen wrote:Hey, thanks! Not sure about what you mean by "how many series have been mentioned at least once by this point". Do you mean something like how many series have appeared in the several top 100 lists I've posted so far? Most of the top 50 hasn't changed.


Haha sorry that wasn't clear.

I meant more, how far down does the list extend below #2959.

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Nel_Valen » Sat May 12, 2018 11:27 pm

Romain wrote:For your curiosity, we have done a list like that on a french forum (Forum HArdware.fr), with 113 voters, and the result was this one in 2016:

#1) Breaking Bad : 591 points
#2) Game of Thrones : 367 points
#3) The Wire : 332 points
#4) The Shield : 246 points
#5) Fargo : 202 points
#6) Six Feet Under : 165 points
#7) The Sopranos : 144 points
#8) Kaamelott : 115 points
#9) Lost : 113 points
#10) Battlestar Galactica : 110 points
#11) Band of Brothers : 109 points
#12) Friends : 107 points
#13) 24 : 100 points
#14) Person of Interest : 98 points
#15) Oz : 93 points
#16) The Leftovers : 86 points
#17) The Walking Dead : 83 points
#18) Boardwalk Empire : 73 points
#19) True Detective : 70 points
#20) Better Call Saul : 70 points
#21) Black Mirror : 68 points
#22) Dexter : 57 points
#23) Sherlock : 57 points
#24) The Office : 50 points
#25) Stargate SG-1 : 49 points
#26) Buffy the Vampire Slayer : 46 points
#27) The Affair : 46 points
#28) The X Files : 46 points
#29) Shameless : 45 points
#30) Malcolm in the Middle : 42 points
#31) The IT Crowd : 40 points
#32) Twin Peaks : 37 points
#33) House M.D. : 36 points
#34) Gomorra - La serie : 35 points
#35) Doctor Who : 34 points
#36) South Park : 34 points
#37) Rome : 33 points
#38) Banshee : 32 points
#39) The Night Of : 32 points
#40) Mad Men : 31 points
#41) Stranger Things : 30 points
#42) The West Wing : 29 points
#43) Vikings : 29 points
#44) Treme : 29 points
#45) Spartacus: Blood and Sand : 28 points
#46) Utopia : 26 points
#47) Peaky Blinders : 26 points
#48) Daredevil : 26 points
#49) Friday Night Lights : 26 points
#50) Bron/Broen : 25 points
#51) Justified : 24 points
#52) It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia : 24 points
#53) Deadwood : 23 points
#54) The Killing : 23 points
#55) Le Bureau des Légendes : 23 points
#56) Firefly : 22 points
#57) Rectify : 21 points
#58) Desperate Housewives : 21 points
#59) House of Cards : 21 points
#60) Seinfeld : 20 points
#61) Homeland : 20 points
#62) Mr. Robot : 20 points
#63) Downton Abbey : 18 points
#64) The Knick : 18 points
#65) Black Sails : 17 points
#66) The O.C. : 17 points
#67) The Simpsons : 17 points
#68) UnREAL : 17 points
#69) How I Met Your Mother : 16 points
#70) Sense8 : 16 points
#71) Bates Motel : 15 points
#72) Community : 14 points
#73) ER : 14 points
#74) The Good Wife : 14 points
#75) Tales from the Crypt : 14 points
#76) Profit : 14 points
#77) Narcos : 14 points
#78) Law & Order : 13 points
#79) Burn Notice : 13 points
#80) The Pretender : 13 points
#81) The Americans : 12 points
#82) Flesh and Bone : 12 points
#83) Rick and Morty : 12 points
#84) Brooklyn Nine-Nine : 12 points
#85) Scrubs : 12 points
#86) Silicon Valley : 12 points
#87) Borgen : 11 points
#88) Married with Children : 11 points
#89) Chuck : 11 points
#90) The Big Bang Theory : 11 points
#91) That '70s Show : 11 points
#92) Jericho : 11 points
#93) Farscape : 11 points
#94) The Prisoner : 10 points
#95) Hunted : 10 points
#96) Chosen : 10 points
#97) Angel : 10 points
#98) Archer : 10 points
#99) Bosch : 10 points
#100) Man Seeking Woman : 10 points


Thanks for the info! I would LOVE to include these types of lists voted on by the public, as I feel it would filter out a lot of hate-worthy shows for me like American Idol. I even considered possibly including the IMDB top 250 in my calculations, but part of the problem is that these types of lists are always changing, and it would be a nightmare to constantly change my calculations to accommodate this. I would love it if there was a way to program these changes to automatically happen, haha.

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Nel_Valen » Sat May 12, 2018 11:35 pm

Rob wrote:
Nel_Valen wrote:There's also Pokemon, a show that hits a personal nerve. As someone who grew up with that show, I can't tell you how much I hate seeing it on lists, especially on "Best Anime" lists. It's almost an perfect indicator of someone who really doesn't know what they are talking about and are going purely off the popularity of a show. You can't tell me that a show like that is somehow better than Wolf's Rain, FLCL, and Berserk, especially when its ripoffs Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh understood basic storytelling and characterization much better than show ever did. And there's also Pokemon Generations, which is also superior to that show in literally every way.


Animation, in both movies and series, have still an outsider status. There are some exceptions: Disney, Pixar, Ghibli and series with a specific adult appeal like The Simpsons and South Park. Usually though, people are really into animation or totally not. Many publications and websites don't pay particular attention to animation or have someone on the side to write about it. Part of the reason is that networks still separate animation programming from live-action ones. Perhaps The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy fare so well, because they are not separate. Many publications don't look at Cartoon Network. Anime is even more a thing on it's own. It has a huge fanbase, but it is still a subculture, with less overlap. It might be changing slowly, but certainly not completely. Exceptions like Cowboy Bebop (for anime) or Rick and Morty (for Western animation) are more exceptions that prove the rule.

So yeah, Pokémon is a lazy choice from people that hardly pay attention to a style. Personally, I think Dragon Ball Z is even worse - one of the worst written series that I followed for some time (before getting truly sick of it), so I'm glad that one doesn't do as well even though it could have been an easy token pick.


To each his own, I guess I have a hatred for the Pokemon anime that might be too extreme, haha. I just hate how emblematic that show has become for the 90's generation and anime in general. So many people I know look fondly on the show, but I don't have the nostalgia goggles that they do. There are so many shows that are more worth your time than that one, even the Pokemon Generations shorts did a better job at storytelling. I would love it if the Pokemon anime would just die and get rebooted.

I've personally always been a bigger fan of the lore of Dragon Ball than any of its series. I've tried watching those shows and the pacing is just too painfully slow for me to sit through. One of the reasons why I hate Super is because of how much I think it fucked up the lore. That's just my opinion though. A lot of older anime isn't doing so well in the rankings. It seems that much like with live-action drama shows like The Sopranos, the general consensus is that newer shows are better than older ones. Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evangelion are somehow the exceptions, but most of the other high ranking anime is from the last decade.

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Postby Nel_Valen » Sat May 12, 2018 11:41 pm

Mulholland wrote:
Nel_Valen wrote:Hey, thanks! Not sure about what you mean by "how many series have been mentioned at least once by this point". Do you mean something like how many series have appeared in the several top 100 lists I've posted so far? Most of the top 50 hasn't changed.


Haha sorry that wasn't clear.

I meant more, how far down does the list extend below #2959.


Haha, well the lowest ranked show is at #3209, however most of the shows populating this area have only appeared on one list usually as an honorable mention. To get a more reliable top 1000, I plan to reach 1000 lists, but easier said than done.

I'm gonna be taking a break amidst some job hunting that I'm going through. I would love to fully dedicate myself to this project and learn how to code so I could use a better program than the Excel that I've been using thus far, but unfortunately there's a lot in my personal life getting in the way. I've gotten pretty far tho, so its exciting!

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Jirin » Sun May 13, 2018 1:11 am

Any way to view the list without watching a video?

Also, a top 100 of all time list with no Star Trek? There should be at least 3. Most lists have 2. :)

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Postby Nel_Valen » Sun May 13, 2018 1:15 am

Jirin wrote:Any way to view the list without watching a video?

Also, a top 100 of all time list with no Star Trek? There should be at least 3. Most lists have 2. :)


I put the list in the video's description, but YouTube is having a moment, so it might not be there depending on your browser.

Star Trek is on the list, but only the classic series and TNG. Sorry, I didn't make the list, I just calculated it :)

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Jirin » Sun May 13, 2018 1:19 am

Mostly, all the shows that I think are great and are more than a few years old end up on top 100 lists, with the exception of DS9. No idea how that show became so underrated.

Also, which Office is 23 and which is 28? Usually UK is slightly ahead, but I'd love to see the other way around.

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Nel_Valen » Sun May 13, 2018 1:31 am

Jirin wrote:Mostly, all the shows that I think are great and are more than a few years old end up on top 100 lists, with the exception of DS9. No idea how that show became so underrated.

Also, which Office is 23 and which is 28? Usually UK is slightly ahead, but I'd love to see the other way around.


*facepalm* I forgot to add the distinction. I just fixed it. The UK one is ahead. I'm only really familiar with the US one, and only a bit, so I don't really have a strong opinion on which one is better.

But yeah, I think I would wanna watch all of these shows at some point, maybe with the exception of 90210, not my thing. I'm simultaneously watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Arrested Development right now, and both appear to be excellent shows so far.

Deep Space 9 is actually doing quite well all things considered. That show is sitting at #147. If you're curious about Star Trek, here's how all the shows are currently ranked:

#36. Star Trek (1966)
#43. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)
#147. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
#501. Star Trek: Voyager (1995)
#1643. Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973)
#1672. Star Trek: Discovery (2017)

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Moonbeam » Sun May 13, 2018 11:17 am

I think a forum poll of the best TV series would be a fun one for people to participate in.

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Dexter » Thu May 17, 2018 8:01 am

Moonbeam wrote:I think a forum poll of the best TV series would be a fun one for people to participate in.

Petri stated that he will host a TV show poll if at least ten people will vote in the Women Directors Poll (viewtopic.php?f=5&t=6248), so anyone who has not yet voted in the poll should do so, so that we can do the TV show poll next.

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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby ordinaryperson » Sat May 19, 2018 1:58 am

If it's not too troubling to type it out, what are #111-250?
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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby ordinaryperson » Sun May 20, 2018 11:54 pm

This might interest some of you. The Sopranos, Mad Men, and The Wire are the only TV shows in the top 10 that aren't connected. Although it's not listed The Simpsons are connected through The X-Files. The Simpsons would connect The Critic, Futurama, Family Guy, King of the Hill, etc.
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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby whuntva » Tue May 29, 2018 4:15 am

ordinaryperson wrote:This might interest some of you. The Sopranos, Mad Men, and The Wire are the only TV shows in the top 10 that aren't connected. Although it's not listed The Simpsons are connected through The X-Files. The Simpsons would connect The Critic, Futurama, Family Guy, King of the Hill, etc.


I've debunked the theory based on the idea of "metafiction" (fiction within fiction).

It could have been possible Tommy just integrated elements from the shows he liked into his fantasies. And I think elements like the Firefly cameo in BSG and the use of Yoyodine (David Arquette and Angel were both referencing Pynchon) are stretching it. Also by this logic, WE are part of the dream. Since Michael Bloomberg is the Mayor of New York in the universe of Law and Order.

Also no overlap with Dallas or Newhart. So is every show just three dreams?
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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby whuntva » Tue May 29, 2018 4:19 am

Oh, and also Rick and Morty would break this because they cross over into EVERY universe.
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Re: Top 100 Greatest TV Series of All-Time

Postby Daniel » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:14 am

Very cool list! Keep up the great work! Curious to see the full list in its entirety.


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