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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

Join The Conversation
lkzg lkzg 9 years
I so disagree with Matt Roush, TV Guide about his scathing review of October Road. It is not deserving of Worst Program--what about the stupid "Cashmere Mafia" or the new "Lipstick Jungle"--both wanabees for SATC. There is a story line that does deal with relevant issues of the day that we can relate to more than we can relate to the "successful, high-powered females" in such phony lines of work. Self-importance is not attractive on anyone, especially these women. As for 24-- give it another chance instead of clobbering it when there will not even be a series this season because of the writers' strike. It is, after all, writers who write for the programs. Do they deserve any raises if they think so poorly of how the programs are written?
taylorbath taylorbath 10 years
24 was just not that exciting this season. I love that show but it really did disappoint this year. Now it sounds like they're having trouble planning out the story for the next season too.
vanyvrgs vanyvrgs 10 years
American Idol ahead of House is a bit disconcerting (sp?) but I am also glad the Riches and Rescue Me are on the list...
fuschia-froggie fuschia-froggie 10 years
Yes, season 7 of 24 was not as good as the last, but I loved every minute of it.
Food Food 10 years
The Tudors?? really? and I wanted to like that show and couldn't get into it. also 24 was ridiculous this season, i hope it gets better because i hearts it, but not as much as i hearts Lost!!!
radarkitty radarkitty 10 years
Sad for my 24. :(
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 10 years
American idol... yikes!!! I second that" house is one of the best shows!!! so.. 1. Heroes 2. House 3. whocares
shafiii shafiii 10 years
I'm really happy about Lost, Heroes, Brothers & Sisters and The Tudors. but i do think Brothers and Sisters should have been a little higher on the list. And American Idol does not deserve to be on that list or at least not in the top 20. Ugly Betty also didn't deserve to be above Heroes, is it because of the anti-climatic finale? still not reason enough though. and i so agree with you soulight, October Road, although written horribly was not that bad, Pussycat Dolls, Tyler Perrys's, and On The Lot are far worse than poor October Road. On The Lot should have been number 1.
hotstuff22069 hotstuff22069 10 years
I can't believe that they put American Idol ahead of House! House is probably one of the best written shows on TV. This list is crazy!
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 10 years
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? ugly Betty is before Heroes... shame shame
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 10 years
I quit watching 24 after season 2. It became too predictable.
soulight soulight 10 years
I know that October Road is full of cliches and isn't the best written show around, but for some reason I really liked it. Hmm maybe that's why I'm not a critique, but Happsmjc, I totally agree that there has to be worse show than October Road. I mean the Pussycat Doll show was pretty brutal!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 10 years
I totally agree about Greys! But, October Road as the WORST show?! I've seen much worse and I would usually watch it because of when it was on. I mean it wasn't great but still. And I did love the music in it.
vanyvrgs vanyvrgs 10 years
I am glad Lost is getting some love, cause I heart Lost with a passion. If only I did not have to wait until February of 08 for new episodes I would be in heaven.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I thought "The Sopranos" overall this last season was a BIG disappointment, and not just because I hated the series finale. "Lost" gave fans an excellent second half of the season -- its best ever, I think. I never watch "24" and don't want to. "Grey's" wasted itself on stupid sweeps stunts. I can't even count the ways Shonda ruined my once-favorite show this past season! I could smack you, Shonda. Seriously.
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