Empire picks the 50 greatest TV shows of all-time
Quick, what do the following TV shows have in common: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Twilight Zone, The Andy Griffith Show, M*A*S*H, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson?
Answer: they're not on Empire Magazine's list of the 50 best greatest TV shows of all-time. Let the arguments begin!
Of course, being a British publication, Empire is going to have some shows on the list that we here in America probably wouldn't have: Father Ted, Cracker, Spaced, Red Dwarf, and Only Fools and Horses. But I don't care if you live in the jungles of Africa or on the moon, there's no way that a list of the 50 best shows in TV history can not include the shows I mentioned in the question above. It seems that all these lists you find on the web of the best TV shows is some sort of weird combination of what shows are the quality shows, what shows get buzz and a hipness factor, and what shows get ratings. And when you do that, you end up like Empire's list: you don't include The Mary Tyler Moore Show but you have room for THREE Star Trek shows and Prison Break. I don't understand how they can have so many recent shows on an "all-time" list.
There's a lot to like on the list though, of course, including Lost, The West Wing, The X-Files, and the surprise inclusion of Alias. (By the way, there's no way to see the whole list on one page, you have to click page by page - ugh.)
There's also a severe lack of music/variety/talk shows on the list.