Writers Guild Of America Lists The 101 Best Written TV Shows Of All Time

Let the debate begin. Sunday night, the Writers Guild of America revealed its list of the 101 "Best Written TV Series of All Time." What took the top spot? The HBO drama The Sopranos, followed by Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family and M*A*S*H. Solid choices all, but are they the five best? Where do some of your other all time favorite shows rank? You'll find shows like Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Friends, Lost, The X-Files, South Park, Star Trek and more on the list. Check the ranking to find out how the writers' guild lined them all up.

Thanks to the WGA for this list.

1. The Sopranos

2. Seinfeld

3. The Twilight Zone

4. All in the Family

5. M*A*S*H

6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

7. Mad Men

8. Cheers

9. The Wire

10. The West Wing

11. The Simpsons

12. I Love Lucy

13. Breaking Bad

14. The Dick Van Dyke Show

15. Hill Street Blues

16. Arrested Development

17. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

18. Six Feet Under

19. Taxi

20. The Larry Sanders Show

21. 30 Rock

22. Friday Night Lights

23. Frasier

24. Friends

25. Saturday Night Live

26. The X-Files

27. Lost

28. ER

29. The Cosby Show

30. Curb Your Enthusiasm

31. The Honeymooners

32. Deadwood

33. Star Trek

34. Modern Family

35. Twin Peaks

36. NYPD Blue

37. The Carol Burnett Show

38. Battlestar Galactica (2005)

39. Sex & The City

40. Game of Thrones

41. The Bob Newhart Show and Your Show of Shows (tie)

43. Downton Abbey, Law & Order and Thirtysomething (tie)

46. Homicide: Life on the Street and St. Elsewhere (tie)

48. Homeland

49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

50. The Colbert ReportThe Good Wife and the UK Office (tie)

53. Northern Exposure

54. The Wonder Years

55. L.A. Law

56. Sesame Street

57. Columbo

58. Fawlty Towers and The Rockford Files (tie)

60. Freaks and Geeks and Moonlighting (tie)

62. Roots

63. Everybody Loves Raymond and South Park (tie)

65. Playhouse 90

66. Dexter and the US Office (tie)

68. My So-Called Life

69. Golden Girls

70. The Andy Griffith Show

71. 24, Roseanne and The Shield 

74. House and Murphy Brown (tie)

76. Barney Miller and I, Claudius (tie)

78. The Odd Couple

79. Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Upstairs, Downstairs (tie)

83. Get Smart

84. The Defenders and Gunsmoke (tie)

86. Justified, Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show (tie)

88. Band of Brothers

89. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

90. The Prisoner

91. Absolutely Fabulous and The Muppet Show (tie)

93. Boardwalk Empire

94. Will & Grace

95. Family Ties

96. Lonesome Dove and Soap

98. The FugitiveLate Night with David Letterman and Louie

101. Oz

So, so much to talk about here. Just at a quick glimpse, I'm beyond happy to see The Wire in the top ten but there does seem to be a bit of favoritism for shows released in the past decade or so. Maybe that's because of the television renaissance or that writers are most familiar with those shows. Other notes, is The Simpsons not making the top ten a reflection on its recent years? Are new shows like Homeland or Game of Thrones really better than Sesame Street or The Wonder Years? What shows were snubbed? Feel free to discuss all this and more below.