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Are These TV Shows the "New Classics"?

Are These TV Shows the "New Classics"?

If you like lists, you should really check out the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, which has tons of No. 1s to debate as they break down the "new classics" in various fields of entertainment. The issue names the best movies, TV shows, movie posters, books, and even theme songs of the past 25 years — an overwhelming amount of information, but also a great read.

I got especially sucked into their list of the 100 New Classic TV Shows. It's pretty impressive that they managed to cover the whole pop-culture spectrum, from high-brow (The Sopranos, The Wire) to low-brow (The Osbournes). Even Saved by the Bell got a spot, albeit the final spot. My main quibbles are with placement: 30 Rock above The Office? Dawson's Creek all the way down at No. 90?

I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this list, especially because — unlike, say, the AFI movie lists — these are all shows that have actually been on the air in my lifetime. What would you change or move? Is anything missing entirely? Check out the full list, or to see the top 25, just


  1. The Simpsons (1989-present)
  2. The Sopranos (1999-2007)
  3. Seinfeld (1989-98)
  4. The X-Files (1993-2002)
  5. Sex and the City (1998-2004)
  6. Survivor (2000-present)
  7. The Cosby Show (1984-92)
  8. Lost (2004-present)
  9. Friends (1994-2004)
  10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
  11. The Wire (2002-08)
  12. South Park (1997-present)
  13. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)
  14. The Daily Show (1996-present)
  15. The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986-present)
  16. Arrested Development (2003-06)
  17. The Office, UK version (2001-03)
  18. American Idol (2002-present)
  19. ER (1994-present)
  20. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000)
  21. Roseanne (1988-97)
  22. The Real World (1992-present)
  23. The West Wing (1999-2006)
  24. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94)
  25. Miami Vice (1984-89)


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