I Like to Watch

Britain’s Empire magazine has chosen the 50 best TV shows ever made. Turns out they think only 40 of them are American shows!

1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italicize the shows you’ve seen at least one episode of.
3. Underline the shows you own on DVD (or VCR tape).
4. Post your answers.

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood
30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf
25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who
15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24
05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons

Buffy, Sopranos and Simpsons are the only three that made the Empire and UGO’s Top 10, as well as Time’s 2007 all-time 100. (All three also made TV Guide’s 2002 top-50 list – if you want to throw a list from the pre-“Wire” era into the mix).

Note that nine of Empire’s top 10, The Simpsons, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos, The West Wing, Lost, 24, Friends, The Wire and The X-Files, all made Time’s all-time Top-100 list last year. (Spaced was the only component of Empire’s top 10 absent from Time’s 100.)

For the record, I have a complete set of Babylon 5, Star Trek, Buffy and Firefly. I’ll probably complete my set of The Shield and Battlestar Galactica when the final seasons are out on DVD.

I might watch too much TV…