You probably realize what your beloved and best TV series are, and you likely know what the favorite shows of your mates are, especially if they are social media expressive. But have you ever pondered how the individuals making the greatest TV shows of all time feel about all the ventures populating TV history?
Over 2,800 entertainment professionals in Hollywood were questioned to (mostly) anonymously name their all-time favorite top TV shows, comprising 779 actors, 365 producers and 286 directors, among others, and their responses are very fascinating for a variety of reasons. While the 11-100 entries on the THR website can be read, here are the top 10 TV shows of all time.
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So no one informed you that life was going to be this route, or that six New York City buddies years after the hit series left the airwaves, the universe was going to stay so tightly connected to them. One of the key reasons why NBC was renowned for humor in the 1990s was Friends, and the show rocketed its team to stardom (in some instances, for better or worse). At times, the show was able to balance childishness with realism, and the palette of characters gave someone to connect to almost all, even if it was Ugly Naked Guy. Although it is hard for me to grasp this, Friends is clearly Hollywood’s favorite and one of the 10 best TV shows of all time.
2. Breaking Bad
The amount of items Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad did effectively is difficult to count, but one of the biggest was certainly to turn Bryan Cranston from sitcom star to tragic antihero. Breaking Bad will probably remain one of TV’s best series for decades to come, a series that never lost its black comedy when laying out one miserably dark turn of events after another, which will potentially act as a message to any high school teachers who choose to join the meth game. In the best TV shows of all time list, the series has its own glamour.
3. The X-Files
The X-Files succeeded to integrate almost every critical feature that makes a show popular in its nine seasons (and hopefully in the forthcoming limited series). It had an entertaining overarching plot involving its core characters, combined with its monster-of-the-week strategy in procedural elements, effectively carried its “will they/won’t they” for Mulder and Scully for the entire run, and contained a host of unforgettable side characters that added enjoyment and suspense to both. While things got less perfect in later years, there was still plenty for everyone in The X-Files. The belief that “everybody” likes alien conspiracy theories make the series one of the best TV series of all time.
4. Game of Thrones
Although The Sopranos made HBO a strong competitor in the drama competition, the network was turned into a rating giant by Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones enraptures audiences with a large cast of characters, a lot of disputes and aggression, a smattering of sex and a winning blend of fiction and majestic politics, built on the highly popular novel series by author George R.R. Martin.
Next one of the most popular TV shows of all time is Seinfeld. For a number of folks, the Show About Nothing is a lot of stuff, and one of those stuff is “an incredibly funny observation of how strange people can be.” Seinfeld took relatively innocent subject matter in particular, including a soup kitchen cook or a ruffled shirt, and made them into symbols of pop culture. All across the show’s operation, the core foursome was pitch-perfect, which Jerry Seinfeld wanted to terminate before the show went past its prime.
6. The Sopranos
Before The Sopranos of David Chase arrived around in 1999, HBO had been making original series for several years, but it was that sensational gang drama that put the cable network in the upper echelon. The Sopranos was one of the best TV shows that ushered in a new age of serialized television with consistently outstanding roles from James Gandolfini, Edie Falco and a stellar cast, and its finale stays one of the most unforgettable episodes of the best TV dramas ever. It is up to you if it is a successful one or a poor one.
7. Saturday Night Live
You would be mistaken if you assumed The Simpsons would be the longest running show on this list of top TV dramas / series, as that honor goes to Saturday Night Live, the much-loved and very-maligned sketch show that gave birth to dozens of comedians’ careers. Almost no season of SNL is flawless due to its live nature and contextual approach, which does not permit too much preparation ahead of time, but each year generates a number of memorable memories that make anything else seem more bearable in retrospect.
8. I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy was one of the first genuinely classic sitcoms and popular TV series, led by the occasionally manic and often hilarious styles of Lucille Ball, the only name on this list to air before the 1960s. And yeah, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley’s supporting cast were fairly decent, too. This flagship show spun off many other shows, but none were greater than I Love Lucy, and few episodes of any comedy will ever be more funny than “Lucy Does a TV Commercial.”
9. Mad Men
Few shows have seen the sort of mass critical acclaim received during its seven seasons on AMC by Matthew Weiner’s period drama Mad Men. This series created Dom Draper a household name through incredible dedication to detail and a cast of characters with constantly complex motivations, reminding the audience just how much alcohol and cigarettes were misused during the 1960s. It also put AMC on the map as a network for top-quality original series to be associated with.
10. The Simpsons
The Simpsons has been making viewers laugh for years and making other viewers argue when the show is Golden Age finished, and it is on the road to Season 27 with all its cast intact, even though it seemed like earlier this year Harry Shearer was going to back out about financial troubles. This Tracy Ullman Show spinoff may not have been expected to have lasted for more than 570 episodes, but this dysfunctional family has certainly won its position on this list.