Lost is NOT the best TV drama of all-time
You know, I really want to like Chuck Klosterman. He's probably the only person in the world who takes pop culture more seriously than I do, and he often has some interesting things to say. But more often than not he's simply maddening. And you know what else? The guy is just incredibly wrong, time and time again.
Case in point: in the new Esquire, he calls Lost "the best network drama in the history of television." Sorry Chuck, but you are sadly mistaken.
Look, I love Lost. It's a fantastic show. But when you go around calling it the best drama that's ever been on TV, that's a lot to live up to. What about The Twilight Zone, The West Wing, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, The Sopranos, ER, Gunsmoke, one of the Star Treks, The Fugitive, Buffy, Homicide, Law and Order, The X-Files? And that's just off the top of my head.
It's obvious Klosterman doesn't really watch that much television, unless it's reality television. He tries to come off as someone who has watched all of television and is able to proclaim Lost as the best drama of all-time. But it's all surface knowledge. Lost is complex, Lost is popular, Lost is a very good show, and Klosterman doesn't really know much about TV drama, so all that makes Lost the best TV drama ever.
And you know how you can tell Klosterman is wrong? He proves it himself, by saying the only other (let me repeat, the only other) TV show that could compete with Lost as the best ever is Twin Peaks. I guess because Twin Peaks was hip and edgy and different than anything else on TV at the time means it was the greatest, or second greatest.
It's fine for people to have their opinion. Everyone is entitled to theirs, of course. But Klosterman always tries to position himself, pushing his opinion as fact. And that's just lame.