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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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Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I definitely think Friends should be higher on that list and I'm not sure I would have put Roseanne in the top 25...I use to watch it but its definitely not that great IMO.
baciobisou baciobisou 9 years
friends>survivor. with out a doubt. It had a lasting fan base for 10 years. Survivor barely has a buzz left
iheartstyle iheartstyle 9 years
yah, buffy is in the top ten!
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
I agree with Seinfeld, Sex & the City, The Cosby Show, Sopranos, and Friends. They definitely never get old to me. Any show I watched when I was a kid and now continue to watch on Nick at Nite, I view as a classic too!!
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
Friends should've definitely been higher...definitely. Ditto to The Office. hmmm. & while I love Mystery Science Theater 3000, some of the shows below it definitely deserved to be higher. The O.C. isn't even there, but The Hills is?! WTF?!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Lost is way too high on the list. Sure it started off as a great show, and it did get a lot better this season, but its definitely not a consistently good show. It changes from one day to the next, especially since JJ Abrams completely ditched the show to work on a movie career.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
I'm not really liking this list... -Lost at #8, wtf? No way, it's sucked for a while. -The Hills, are you kidding me, that's crap!!! -Friday Night Lights above Married w/ Children, so wrong! Too many of the shows were only on for one season, I mean, if they were so good wouldn't they have stayed on longer? The only one of these I'll stick up for is my cult-fave Freaks and Geeks, which was one of the best teen shows ever!!!
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
definitely! all these shows are great and had/have super ratings
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Good list, especially because it includes Mad Men! Overall, it's fairly accurate, even though some show could be moved up--or down--on the list. The book list is interesting as well. Happy to see The Things They Carried on that one.
Cherylish Cherylish 9 years
So glad Buffy made it up there so high! Sorry, best show EVER! For me it should even be higher, but I know that its not quite as classic for everyone. I personally don't care that Friends didn't make it higher but I'm surprised that it didn't because it is pretty classic even if the constant reruns get on my nerves. I agree The Office should be higher than 30 Rock. That's random. Also, where is The OC? It might have only lasted 4 seasons (not all which were good), but I think it was pretty classic, for awhile like everyone seemed to be watching it. As well as Gossip Girl although I suppose that hasn't been on the air long enough. I think it will make the list next time around though! I also think Veronica Mars deserved a spot, that show was also pretty awesome!
em113 em113 9 years
Buffy totally deserves top ten. I don't even watch the show, but I know that people are in love with it and its a critic favorite. It's a cult-classic and Joss Whedon is worshiped. I thought Felicity was an odd choice. I like the show, but I don't remember it having a huge following or being incredibly memorable. 30 Rock season one was incredible, but season two was so-so, it hasn't been around long enough/had enough consistency for that spot. Freaks and Geeks deserved a spot, but probably not that high, it should switch with Arrested Development (talk about a show that blew up after its cancellation) I think ER might be too high, even though its been on forever, it hasn't had a big fanbase or critical praise in almost a decade...King of the Hill just sucks. I know its been on forever but ew. Lastly I think Lost, Survivor and the Amazing Race were all too high.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I think maybe Cheers is left off on a technicality — it started in 1982, and the list specifies shows from 1983 on.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
Lost definitely not.
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 9 years
Lost=No Buffy=Maybe Freaks and Geeks=No
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Pee-Wee's Playhouse is on the list?! I just realized I didn't look at the whole list.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I agree. Except Buffy at #10? maybe #100...
CandyGram CandyGram 9 years
I don't understand why people love The Ben Stiller Show so much. I watched it back in the day, but tried to watch it recently and it was awful. I mean just awful.
linb linb 9 years
Freaks and Geeks was a great show, but does it really deserve the 13 spot? There are several other shows further down on the list that would be considered a classic before F&G - Frasier (41), for example, and am I just not seeing it, or is Cheers not even on the list? I am super excited to see Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Kids in the Hall on there.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I think this list is pretty right on actually. Except Survivor which I think is a joke. And Lost is pretty high up there which rules. Oh how I miss lost.
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
Ok, I looked over the whole list and I'm FLOORED that Frasier made it and Cheers didn't! How can that happen??
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
YAY #4 ;-)
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I only like a couple from that list especially AD and The Office.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
Agree completely although I think Friends should be higher up!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Hmmm...I think Friends should be higher on that list.
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