The Greatest Television Series of All Time

Next up for polling at Wonders in the Dark are The Greatest Television Series of All Time. For theses ballots, both series and mini-series can be considered.

As daunting as this was (and as difficult as it was to consider current running series that deserve a spot, but who knows how they might last or age over time), I had to put in my ballot.

The Top 60 countdown at WitD will begin later this summer.

Until then, see how your own choices would stack up against mine.

#57 I’ll Fly Away

#53 Newsradio

#49 Chappelle’s Show

#35 The Kingdom

#31 Homefront

#18 Elizabeth R

#14 Rome

#10 The Prisoner

#7 BoJack Horseman

#4 The Decalogue

#1 Twin Peaks

And now for the Spin’s Full Top 60 (with some “oh-so-close’s”)

1

Twin Peaks (Original & The Return)

2

Fanny & Alexander

3

Mad Men

4

The Decalogue

5

Seinfeld

6

The Sopranos

7

BoJack Horseman

8

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

9

The Dick Van Dyke Show

10

The Prisoner

11

Game of Thrones

12

Boardwalk Empire

13

Homeland

14

Rome

15

My So-Called Life

16

South Park

17

Bob’s Burgers

18

Elizabeth R

19

Star Trek: The Next Generation

20

24

21

Carnivale

22

Law & Order (Cumulative Franchise)

23

Curb Your Enthusiasm

24

The Honeymooners

25

Saturday Night Live

26

ER

27

The X-Files (Original)

28

Cheers

29

Dallas (Original)

30

John Adams

31

Homefront

32

The Twilight Zone

33

Fawlty Towers

34

Star Trek (Original)

35

The Kingdom (Riget I & II)

36

True Detective

37

The Leftovers

38

Gilmore Girls

39

Monthy Python’s Flying Circus

40

Everybody Loves Raymond

41

Mildred Pierce

42

Big Little Lies

43

Six Feet Under

44

Orange is the New Black

45

American Crime

46

Picket Fences

47

The Simpsons

48

Deadwood

49

Chappelle’s Show

50

Newhart

51

The Night Of

52

Olive Kitteridge

53

Newsradio

54

I Love Lucy

55

Frasier

56

Fargo

57

I’ll Fly Away

58

Police Squad!

59

Will & Grace

60

Modern Family

“Oh So Close”

  • 30 Rock
  • All in the Family
  • Ally McBeal
  • American Dad
  • American Gothic
  • Billions
  • Black Mirror
  • The Bob Newhart Show
  • The Cosby Show
  • Dexter
  • Elizabeth I (the HBO mini-series, not to be confused with Elizabeth R above)
  • Enlightened
  • Family Guy
  • Friends
  • Golden Girls
  • Good Times
  • House of Cards
  • The Killing
  • Murphy Brown
  • Northern Exposure
  • The Office (US)
  • The Pacific
  • The Practice
  • Southland
  • Wings

Written by David H. Schleicher

Share you favorite television series in the comments form!

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5 comments on “The Greatest Television Series of All Time

  1. AUDIBLES:

    I realize now two egregious omissions:

    Nowhere Man – a Prisoner/Fugitive conspiracy laden cult fave that ran for one season in the mid 90’s on UPN (before it went extinct). Probably would’ve been an “Oh So Close”.

    The Wonder Years – how could I forget this!!!!! Definitely a Top 60 show.

  2. Sam Juliano says:

    David, it was thrilling to get your list, as your television prowess has been first-rate through the years here at THE SCHLEICHER SPIN. Some really great choices, and in agreement on many. I see your two additions and recognize them as excellent shows as well. The project is nearing the end of the ballot stage, but we still have a bit over a week left. Thank you so much!

  3. Check out my essay on Fanny & Alexander over at the Wonders in the Dark as part of their epic countdown:

    https://wondersinthedark.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/74-fanny-and-alexander-1982/

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