Rachel Dire Staff Writer
Get ready to officially add a show to your binge watching list because the Writers Guild of America just named the HBO hit series The Sopranos the Number 1 top best written series in television history!
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) listed The Sopranos, Seinfield, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, and M*A*S*H as the top 5 on the list of shows that were voted 101 Best Written TV series in TV History. Among the list of 101 shows are current shows such as Modern Family, Game of Thornes, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Saturday Night Live, Homeland, Dexter, Downtown Abby and Mad Men.
In a joint statement WGAW President Chris Keyser and WGAE President Michael Winship said, “At their core, all 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. 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.”
The list released by WGA is big but it’s worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for that show or bundle of shows to binge on just enough to distract you until all the major networks release their fall lineup.
Here are the Top 25 shows on the Best Written list:
The Sopranos Created by David Chase
Seinfield Created by Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld
The Twilight Zone Season One writers: Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Robert Presnell, Jr., Rod Serling
All in the Family Developed for Television by Norman Lear, Based on Till Death Do Us Part, Created by Johnny Speight
M*A*S*H Developed for Television by Larry Gelbart
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns
Mad Men Created by Matthew Weiner
Cheers Created by Glen Charles & Les Charles and James Burrows
The Wire Created by David Simon
The West Wing Created by Aaron Sorkin
The Simpsons Created by Matt Groening, Developed by James L. Brooks and Matt Groening and Sam Simon
I Love Lucy "Pilot," Written by Jess Oppenheimer & Madelyn Pugh & Bob Carroll, Jr.
Breaking Bad Created by Vince Gilligan
The Dick Van Dyke Show Created by Carl Reiner
Hill Street Blues Created by Michael Kozoll and Steven Bochco
Arrested Development Created by Mitchell Hurwitz
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Created by Madeleine Smithberg, Lizz Winstead; Season 1 – Head Writer: Chris Kreski; Writers: Jim Earl, Daniel J. Goor, Charles Grandy, J.R. Havlan, Tom Johnson, Kent Jones, Paul Mercurio, Guy Nicolucci, Steve Rosenfield, Jon Stewart
Six Feet Under Created by Alan Ball
Taxi Created by James L. Brooks and Stan Daniels and David Davis and Ed Weinberger
The Larry Sanders Show Created by Garry Shandling & Dennis Klein
30 Rock Created by Tina Fey
Friday Night Lights Developed by Television by Peter Berg, Inspired by the Book by H.G. Bissinger
Frasier Created by David Angell & Peter Casey & David Lee, Based on the character “Frasier Crane” created by Glen Charles & Les Charles
Friends Created by Marta Kauffman & David Crane
Saturday Night Live Season One: Writing Supervised by Walter Kempley, Harry Shearer; Written by: Ann Beatts, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Rosie Michaels, Garrett Morris, Michael O’Donoghue, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Alan Zweibel
**View the full list of the top 101 Best Written Shows at WGA (Source)