WGA's 101 Best Written TV Shows of All Time

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Re: WGA's 101 Best Written TV Shows of All Time

Postby ksrymy » Tue May 06, 2014 2:21 am

Okri wrote:The only kind of person who would say this is someone who hasn't seen very much television (using your parlance).

I think Breaking Bad is good but overrated, but I think time will be on it's side - not to the point where it's considered a far superior show than those HBO behemoths, but it will always be considered a titan. Honestly, though, right now, I don't think I would call it one of the best dramas of this season.

Just so you know, the only shows on the list that I haven't seen at least ten episodes of are Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, thirtysomething, St. Elsewhere, Northern Exposure, The Wonder Years, The Defenders, and Sgt. Bilko, so I'd say I'm pretty well-versed in television.

If anything is too low on the list, I'd say it's The Shield. It seems to fly under the radar because it was on FX instead of HBO, but the seasons are scripted out so tightly and uniquely. I'd also say, had The Sopranos not been around at the time, Vic Mackey would be the TV character everyone reveres.
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Re: WGA's 101 Best Written TV Shows of All Time

Postby Okri » Thu May 01, 2014 8:25 pm

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anonymous1980 wrote:Six Feet Under is too high.

No, it's really not.

The only kind of person who would say this is someone who hasn't seen the show. It's one of the best-written series ever created.


The only kind of person who would say this is someone who hasn't seen very much television (using your parlance).

I think Breaking Bad is good but overrated, but I think time will be on it's side - not to the point where it's considered a far superior show than those HBO behemoths, but it will always be considered a titan. Honestly, though, right now, I don't think I would call it one of the best dramas of this season.

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Postby ksrymy » Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:28 am

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anonymous1980 wrote:Six Feet Under is too high.

No, it's really not.

The only kind of person who would say this is someone who hasn't seen the show. It's one of the best-written series ever created.
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Re: WGA's 101 Best Written TV Shows of All Time

Postby FilmFan720 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:24 pm

Except for those of us (and I think it is a larger group than you think) who find it a far superior show to The Sopranos, and maybe on par with The Wire.
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Postby ksrymy » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:51 pm

Breaking Bad will probably almost always be ranked high for its dialogue and complete character transformations; however, I agree in that it won't pass TV establishments like The Sopranos and The Wire.

Also, like in film, comedy and drama are completely different kinds of writing. I wouldn't have minded 50 Best Comedy and 50 Best Drama lists from the WGA.
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Postby Franz Ferdinand » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:15 am

I feel that Breaking Bad is bound to be viewed as overrated in its time and won't hold up as well as some of these shows.

My wife and I finished the Sopranos in the past year, and I am still reeling from the finale. What an unbelievably shot final five minutes, and what a show period.

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Re: WGA's 101 Best Written TV Shows of All Time

Postby Bog » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:34 pm

This is writing, not Jerry's acting or the supposed weak finale. I'm proud they had the gall to put Seinfeld where it justly belongs...right behind THE show. The effect had on pop culture is directly a result of the scripts and little else.

With only this summer's swan song remaining for the saga of Walter White and the continued brilliance of its counterpart, Mad Men...in another 20 years this list will likely consist of 2 shows in the top 5 aired exclusively on a cable movie channel.

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Re: WGA's 101 Best Written TV Shows of All Time

Postby OscarGuy » Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:31 pm

Seinfeld is way WAY too high. I'm disappointed in a number of placements on the list, especially the fact that MTM is so low in the Top 10. It was easily a better written show than Seinfeld.
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Postby flipp525 » Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:04 pm

anonymous1980 wrote:Six Feet Under is too high.

No, it's really not.
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Postby Big Magilla » Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:35 am

Nah, Playhouse 90 is too low and Seinfeld is too high.
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WGA's 101 Best Written TV Shows of All Time

Postby anonymous1980 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:33 am

The list.

Six Feet Under is too high. The Office (UK) is too low.


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