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"24" Drops Like a Stone in TV Critics' Rankings

"24" Drops Like a Stone in TV Critics' Rankings

Twice a year, a bunch of TV critics submit their lists of the best and worst shows of the season so far, tracking which shows are on the rise and which are tanking. The results of the latest poll were just published in TV Week, and maybe the biggest surprise is "24"'s huge decline — from No. 4 on last summer's list of best shows to No. 2 on this summer's worst list. Critics seemed mostly to berate the series for not living up to its own standards, something you've also mentioned. TV Guide's Michael Ausiello points out that this news came on the same day that "24" had to delay production for the seventh season after Fox scrapped the planned storyline.

"Grey's Anatomy" also took a tumble in the critics' poll — albeit a much smaller one — from No. 4 on the winter list of best shows to No. 9 on the summer list. "Lost," on the other hand, moved up from No. 6 after the fall portion of its season to No. 2 after that intense season finale.

The best overall show in the summer poll was "The Sopranos" — even after the controversial finale — while the worst was "October Road." Check out the full list, then let me know if you think the critics got it right. Or, to see the top 10 best and worst,

Best Series

  1. "The Sopranos"
  2. "Lost"
  3. "Friday Night Lights"
  4. "The Office"
  5. "Ugly Betty"
  6. "Heroes"
  7. "30 Rock"
  8. "The Shield"
  9. "Grey's Anatomy"
  10. "The Tudors"

Worst Series

  1. "October Road"
  2. "24"
  3. "The Real Wedding Crashers"
  4. "The Black Donnellys"
  5. "The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll"
  6. "Tyler Perry's House of Payne"
  7. "Nancy Grace"
  8. "Sons of Hollywood"
  9. (tie) "On the Lot" and "The Wedding Bells"
  10. Photo courtesy of Fox

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