You already know what your favorite TV shows are, and you probably also know your friend’s favorite shows, especially if they’re sincere on social media. But have you ever wondered how the people who make these series think of all the projects that fulfill TV history?
THR asked more than 2,800 Hollywood professionals – including 779 actors, 365 producers and 286 directors – to name (mostly) anonymously their favorite series ever, and their response is quite surprising for many reasons. While you can read 11-100 entries on THR’s website, here are the top 10 and we’ll start with the most flexible animated family we’ve ever had.
The Simpsons have made people laugh – and other people quarrel when the show’s golden age ended – for decades, and it’s going to season 27 with all of its actors, even though it looked like Harry Shearer would be back on money issues earlier this year. No one could have predicted that this Tracy Ullman Show spin-off would have lasted more than 570 episodes, but this dysfunctional family has certainly earned its place on this list. We can all thank Poochie for that, right?
Few performances have seen the kind of massive criticism that Matthew Weiner’s dramatic crazy men earned during his seven seasons at AMC. With special attention to detail and constantly intricate motivations, this series made Dom Draper a common name that reminded the world of how much alcohol and cigarettes were abused in the 1960s. In addition, it raised AMC as a map network to be taken into account in high-quality original series.
I like Lucy
The only product on this list shipped before the 1960s, I Love Lucy was one of the first truly classic comedies rooted in Lucille Ball’s sometimes manic and always funny style. And yes, the support games for Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley were also pretty good. Several other series were separated from this flagship performance, but none were better than I Love Lucy, and a few comedy episodes are never more fun than ‘’ Lucy makes a TV commercial. ”
If you think The Simpsons are the longest performance on this list, you’d be wrong, because this difference goes to Saturday Night Live, a beloved and very cruel sketch show that created the careers of dozens of comedians. Because of its vibrant nature and current approach, which doesn’t allow for too much planning in advance, almost no SNL season is perfect, but each year produces a handful of unforgettable moments that make everything else more bearable.
HBO produced the original series many years before David Chase The Sopranos appeared in 1999, but it was an infamous mafia drama that pushed the cable network to the upper stages. With reliably excellent performances by James Gandolfin, Edie Falco and a stunning band, The Sopranos was one of a series that ushered in a new era of comic books, and the finale remains one of the most memorable episodes of TV shows. Whether it’s good or bad, it’s up to you.
The show from scratch has many things for many people, and one of them is “an incredibly funny observation of how strange people can be”. In particular, Seinfeld took seemingly benign subjects, such as the kitchenette or a wrinkled shirt, and turned them into pop culture icons. The central square was perfect for the show, which Jerry Seinfeld decided to close before the show culminated. Not because there was anything wrong with that.