The Times on The 50 best US TV shows


There are some odd omissions here, and of course The Wire is at #1 in spite of the fact that only 400,000 people watched it on FX and only another million or so are watching it on BBC2. On the other hand, viewing figures have never been a measure of quality, though I still haven’t reached the “just one more” stage mentioned in the article. I certainly did that with Alias, Seinfeld, and Firefly – none of which make this list of 50.

Still, the good news is that Supernatural is at #11, which is pretty respectable for a show that gets 657,000 viewers on ITV2, and a further 227,000 on ITV2+1.

50 Best US TV Shows.

It is an odd list, though, that includes cancelled shows like The West Wing and Sex and the City, but not cancelled shows like Buffy or Seinfeld.

I want to say more about shows like The Sopranos, The Shield and The Wire when I have time, because I think there’s a connection between them and what was said on Charlie Booker’s Newswipe this week…