TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time

TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time

by Alan Sepinwall, Matt Zoller Seitz

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Is The Wire better than Breaking Bad? Is Cheers better than Seinfeld? What's the best high school show ever made? Why did Moonlighting really fall apart? Was the Arrested Development Netflix season brilliant or terrible?

For twenty years-since they shared a TV column at Tony Soprano's hometown newspaper-critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz have been debating these questions and many more, but it all ultimately boils down to this:

What's the greatest TV show ever?

That debate reaches an epic conclusion in TV (THE BOOK). Sepinwall and Seitz have identified and ranked the 100 greatest scripted shows in American TV history. Using a complex, obsessively all-encompassing scoring system, they've created a Pantheon of top TV shows, each accompanied by essays delving into what made these shows great. From vintage classics like The Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy to modern masterpieces like Mad Men and Friday Night Lights, from huge hits like All in the Family and ER to short-lived favorites like Firefly and Freaks and Geeks, TV (THE BOOK) will bring the triumphs of the small screen together in one amazing compendium.

Sepinwall and Seitz's argument has ended. Now it's time for yours to begin!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455588206
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 330,994
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz have been writing together since 1997, when they were paired up on the TV beat at the Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, the newspaper at the end of Tony Soprano's driveway.
Matt Zoller Seitz is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, the TV critic for New York Magazine and, the editor in chief of, and the author of books on television and cinema, including Mad Men Carousel, The Wes Anderson Collection, and The Oliver Stone Experience. Alan Sepinwall is the TV critic for and the author of The Revolution Was Televised. Sepinwall's episode-by-episode approach to reviewing his favorite TV shows "changed the nature of television criticism," according to Slate, which called him "the acknowledged king of the form."

Table of Contents

TV (THE BOOK): The Introduction ix

TV (THE BOOK): The Explanation xiii

The Pantheon: The 100 Greatest Shows Ever

The Great Debate: How Do You Pick the Best Show of All Time? 3

1-10: The Inner Circle

The Simpsons 21

The Sopranos 31

The Wire 37

Cheers 42

Breaking Bad 47

Mad Men 52

Seinfeld 59

I Love Lucy 63

Deadwood 69

All in the Family 75

11-50: No-Doubt-About-It Classics

M*A*S*H 79

Hill Street Blues 85

The Shield 87

The Twilight Zone 90

Arrested Development 96

The Larry Sanders Show 99

The Honeymooners 102

Louie 105

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 108

The X-Files 110

Curb Your Enthusiasm 116

SpongeBob SquarePants 120

The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show 120

Twin Peaks 126

Lost 129

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 131

Freaks and Geeks 134

My So-Called Life 137

Oz 140

The Dick Van Dyke Show 142

Friday Nights Lights 145

NYPD Blue 148

Frasier 151

Homicide: Life on the Street 153

Battlestar Galactica 155

In Treatment 158

South Park 160

The West Wing 163

Mary Hartman, Mary Hart man 167

It's Garry Shandling's Show 167

The Jack Benny Program 167

Soap 167

The Andy Griffith Show 172

The Cosby Show 175

Moonlighting 180

Taxi 182

East Side/West Side 184

Hannibal 186

ER 190

Parks and Recreation 191

Roseanne 194

30 Rock 196

The Bob Newhart Show 198

Malcolm in the Middle 199

51-75: Groundbreakers and Workhorses

Miami Vice 205

The Office 208

St. Elsewhere 210

Community 213

The Golden Girls 215

Friends 215

Police Squad! 218

24 219

The Defenders 221

Gunsmoke 222

Sex and the City 224

Star Trek 227

Firefly 230

Law & Order 231

Maude 236

The Rockford Files 237

China Beach 238

Enlightened 239

Everybody Loves Raymond 241

The Wonder Years 242

Barney Miller 244

Frank's Place 245

Justified 246

76-100: Outlier Classics

Thirtysomething 251

Columbo 252

Futurama 254

The Outer Limits 256

Northern Exposure 257

Batman 259

King of the Hill 261

Veronica Mars 262

Cagney & Lacey 263

EZ Streets 264

Wiseguy 264

Gilmore Girls 266

Six Feet Under 267

Sports Night 270

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 271

Batman: The Animated Series 271

Boardwalk Empire 272

NewsRadio 273

Picket Fences 274

Scrubs 275

WKRP in Cincinnati 275

How I Met Your Mother 277

Terriers 278

Works in Progress 280

A Certain Regard 306

Miniseries 351

TV-Movies 372

Live Plays Made for Television 380

Appendix 385

Acknowledgments 391

Index 395

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