The 101 Best Written TV Series

1.    THE SOPRANOS
Created by David Chase

"A mobster in therapy, having problems with his mother," was how The Sopranos initially sparked, according to creator David Chase, though he was thinking about the premise for a feature film... READ MORE 

 

2.    SEINFELD
Created by Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld

At the end of Seinfeld’s run, Jerry Seinfeld commented that one of the more underrated aspects of his show was the number of its locations and sets, creating a sense of indoor-outdoor movement... READ MORE 

 

3.    THE TWILIGHT ZONE
Season One writers: Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Robert Presnell, Jr., Rod Serling

No show in the history of television has lingered in the imagination quite like Rod Serling’s anthology series... READ MORE 

 

4.    ALL IN THE FAMILY
Developed for Television by Norman Lear, Based on Till Death Do Us Part, Created by Johnny Speight

Asked how he’d been able to be so controversial on All in the Family, creator Norman Lear said in 2009: “I don’t really know how to explain it...” READ MORE 

 

5.    M*A*S*H
Developed for Television by Larry Gelbart

M*A*S*H remains the only long-running series, comedy or drama, set around a war zone... READ MORE 

 

6.    THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW
Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns

The MTM brand, under Moore and then-husband Grant Tinker, was responsible for an iconic run of comedies (and dramas) in the 1970s, beginning with The Mary Tyler Moore Show... READ MORE 

 

7.    MAD MEN
Created by Matthew Weiner

Matt Weiner wrote the Mad Men pilot nearly a decade before it found a home as the first scripted drama at AMC, where the series debuted in the summer of 2007... READ MORE 

 

8.    CHEERS
Created by Glen Charles & Les Charles and James Burrows

The qualities that made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a seminal sitcom in the 1970s gave Cheers the same importance to the ’80s... READ MORE 

 

9.    THE WIRE
Created by David Simon

No series, arguably, is more responsible for the novelistic ambitions possible for television writers now... READ MORE 

 

10.    THE WEST WING
Created by Aaron Sorkin

“The people who get angry at us on one Wednesday night will be standing up and cheering the next Wednesday night,” Aaron Sorkin wrote in Written By before The West Wing premiered... READ MORE 

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