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Critics Love Lost, Hate The Moment of Truth



The results of the latest TV Week critics' poll are out, and Lost has claimed a spot at the top of the list. Critics ranked the show first for the six months starting in January, beating out The Wire for the No. 1 slot. The show apparently won by a wide margin, claiming a spot in the top five on almost every list submitted.

Because of the writers' strike, it's even tougher than usual to compare this Summer's list with the Winter rankings that found Pushing Daisies at the top; that show didn't air a single episode in 2008, so it didn't qualify. But there were still a few interesting changes to note, including the jump of The Office from No. 8 in the Winter to No. 4 now. But 30 Rock came in at No. 3, leapfrogging over The Office for the first time to claim the title of highest-ranked comedy on the list. Three CBS comedies — How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, and The New Adventures of Old Christine — also ranked in the top 25.

On the worst side, The Moment of Truth topped the list, prompting one critic to proclaim, "This is the worst in every category into which it can be fitted." I just have to feel a little sorry for poor The Return of Jezebel James, though — sure, it didn't come close to expectations, but was it really worse than Secret Talents of the Stars?

Also, one show managed to make both the best and worst lists. To see what it was — and debate the best and worst — just read more.

The show that managed to claim a spot on both lists was American Idol, which ranked No. 20 best and tied for No. 9 worst.

BEST SERIES
1. Lost
2. The Wire
3. 30 Rock
4. The Office
5. Friday Night Lights
6. House
7. Battlestar Galactica
8. Breaking Bad
9. John Adams
10. (tie) In Treatment
10. (tie) The Tudors

WORST SERIES
1. The Moment of Truth
2. The Return of Jezebel James
3. (tie) Quarterlife
3. (tie) Living Lohan
5. (tie) Big Brother
5. (tie) Cashmere Mafia
7. (tie) Secret Talents of the Stars
7. (tie) Farmer Wants a Wife
9. (tie) American Idol
9. (tie) According to Jim

Photos copyright 2008 ABC, Inc. and courtesy of Fox

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