Recognizing the essential role that writers have played in creating and elevating the medium of television since its inception, the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced the list of the 101 Best Written TV Series, honoring seven decades of outstanding television programming and the writers who brought it all to life.
The top 10 is riddled with titles like The Sopranos (#1), The Twilight Zone (#3) and Mad Men (#7), but two genres favorites made the top 50, which is pretty damn cool, nor surprising since they were, after all, trail-blazers.
Chris Carter’s The X-Files ranked #26, meanwhile, Buffy the Vampire Slayer just squeaked into the top 50 at #49.
Dexter trailed in at #66 (also a spot shared with The Office in a tie)
The list was determined through online voting by WGAW and WGAE members. A follow-up to the WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays (2006), the “TV 101” list honors classic, trailblazing series and miniseries, as well as current and critically acclaimed programs, from comedies and dramas to variety/talk and children’s programming. “At their core, all of these wonderful series began with the words of the writers who created them and were sustained by the writers who joined their staffs or worked on individual episodes,” said WGAW President Chris Keyser and WGAE President Michael Winship in a joint statement. “This list is not only a tribute to great TV, it is a dedication to all writers who devote their hearts and minds to advancing their craft.”
For the complete list, click here.