Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest TV Shows proves we’re really in the Golden Age of Television

That doesn't mean we don't have more than a few gripes with the individual rankings

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    They say we’re in the Golden Age of Television, and if you put much merit into Rolling Stone’s latest behemoth of a list, it’s hard to argue otherwise. Following similar listicles for the 100 greatest drummers, the 40 greatest punk albums, and the 50 best songs of the 1990s, RS contributing editor Rob Sheffield has now ranked the 100 greatest television shows.

    Seeing as that we’re now seventy years into TV’s existence, it says a lot that 26 of the included shows are still airing new episodes. Of those, some are obvious — Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louie, and Veep. South Park of course made it — but at No. 33? I know the first 10 seasons of The Simpsons were untouchable, but at what point do the later seasons start to factor in? Key and Peele, but not Nathan For You? For shame.

    Late night programs hosted by O’Brien, Letterman, Sanders, and Stewart all made the cut (sorry, Jay!). Oz is mad disrespected at 99. Roseanne at No. 70 also seems much too low, especially with inferior shows like Sex and the City, Lost, and 24 ranked ahead of it (and this is coming from a Jack Bauer super fan). Orange is the New Black at No. 37 is surprising. The West Wing at No. 15 is way too low; I blame Trump.


    As for the top 10, they’re all fairly obvious picks. Seeing Seinfeld at No. 5 seems a bit strange, but when you consider what’s ahead of it — Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Wire, and The Sopranos — it’s like having to choose between your favorite cat. Then again, I do believe The Wire is a better show than The Sopranos. Fight me.

    Check out the full list at Rolling Stone, and see the notable inclusions below. If I were making my own list, Million Dollar Listing, 90 Day Finance, and Vice Principals would all receive serious love.

    100. Eastbound and Down
    99. Oz
    91. Broad City
    89. Homeland
    87. Doctor Who
    85. The Real World
    83. House of Cards
    77. The Walking Dead
    76. Late Night with Conan O’Brien
    75. American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson
    74. The Ren & Stimpy Show
    73. Transparent
    72. Girls
    70. Roseanne
    66. Downton Abbey
    65. Happy Days
    64. Chappelle’s Show
    62. Sex and the City
    60. Beavis and Butt-Head
    56. 24
    55. Six Feet Under
    54. The Muppet Show
    52. The Colbert Report
    48. The Office
    43. The Americans
    39. Lost
    37. Orange is the New Black
    34. 30 Rock
    33. South Park
    29. Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    28. The X-Files
    27. Arrested Development
    26. Friends
    25. Veep
    24. Friday Night Lights
    22. Louie
    20. Cheers
    19. Curb Your Enthusiasm
    17. Twin Peaks
    15. The West Wing
    14. The Larry Sanders Show
    13. Late Night with David Letterman
    12. Game of Thrones
    11. Freaks and Geeks
    10. The Daily Show
    06. The Simpsons
    05. Seinfeld
    04. Mad Men
    03. Breaking Bad
    02. The Wire
    01. The Sopranos