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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


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.

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

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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i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I loooveee Moment of Truth! That list is a bit insulting, though. How could Living Lohan and Farmer Wants a Wife be better than Moment of Truth?! That's just ridic!
xojennifer xojennifer 9 years
mm, they shouldve made a category just for reality shows, in my opinion.
xojennifer xojennifer 9 years
Can you even compare the two of them? haha, thats funny. They're completly different shows. Honestly, I like "the moment of truth" better... (wait for people to throw things at her :)) but thats only because i've never watched one single episode of lost. Im sure that if I'd start watching it from season 1, i'd most likely love it. But I was too busy when it started airing and now it would be stupid to start watching it so late.
raieven raieven 9 years
Lost better than the Wire?? I DON'T THINK SO!
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Yeah Friday Night Lights! It's good to see it there :)
Nina_79 Nina_79 9 years
I love Lost but Battlestar should have won. Best TV Show ever made!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Hooray for LOST!!!
suzpuz suzpuz 9 years
yay happy to see fnl at #5!!
lesley1216 lesley1216 9 years
how is american idol in the worst category? isn't that the mosted watched show around?
Allyace Allyace 9 years
I have to say that it does seem odd that Jezebel and Cashmere Mafia would come out lower than some of the other awful things that have been on this year. I also tried hard to like both shows. You would have thought that a show by the creator of the Gilmore Girls (Jezebel) would have been better, but that show was just bad.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
As much as I am a fan of Lost, there's NO WAY it should rank higher than the Wire, which was consistently good. Lost, lost, in season 3.
idawson idawson 9 years
seems pretty consistent i tried to like cashmere mafia but it was like watching a train wreck i felt bad for lucy lui when i was watching it
supertramp supertramp 9 years
Hells yeah to House and Breaking Bad for cracking the top 10. woohoo Gossip Girl at least got some love, number 24 is not that bad.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
em113 — what's funny is that apparently Living Lohan came out the week the surveys went out, so even TV Week admitted that might have biased things a bit! By the way, here's the list of critics who were surveyed.
em113 em113 9 years
The list is so poorly done. Jezebel worse than farmer wants a wife? Quarterlife tied with Living Lohan? Ridiculous.
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
OBVIO lost is the number one ... it's the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!! I onyl watched 3 of the top ... but where is Pushing Daisies??? I didn't watch any of the worst!
fate125 fate125 9 years
I was so bummed The Return of Jezebel James wasn't better. I love Parker Posey.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
GO LOST!!! YESSSS! I cant wait for the next season! I watched 5 of the top 10 best so I'm in good shape!
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