Greatest TV drama of the past 25 years*

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#1 Posted by Sweep (8974 posts) -


#2 Posted by Sweep (8974 posts) -

Vulture.com is asking for people to vote for what they believe to be the greatest TV drama of the past 25 years. These are the 4 semi-finalists and, looking at them, I'm hard pressed to decide which is my favourite. I feel like I should say The Wire...

Mad Men, though.

Everybody vote! Conform to the illusion of democratic decision! Huzzah!

EDIT: I remade the poll because I cocked up the title. I can do that, because I'm a mod. Also, because I'm awesome. Deal with it.

#3 Posted by HistoryInRust (6397 posts) -

Nah. The Sopranos. It was basically the forerunner to all modern dramas.

#4 Posted by Rokkaku (223 posts) -

The Wire. The way it took that young cast in Season 4 and had them portray just as compelling a story as those depicted with the older actors was extremely impressive. Oh, and OMAR.

#5 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2730 posts) -

The Wire, hands down.

#6 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3489 posts) -

The Wire, easily.

#7 Posted by ArcadeHero (74 posts) -

Knock, Knock.

#8 Posted by Brother_PipPop (259 posts) -

I picked Breaking Bad, but I'm thinking Oz is my favorite. Though I've beer seen the wore, maybe I should fix that.

#9 Posted by RollingZeppelin (2104 posts) -

My vote right now would easily be Breaking Bad, the last season made it over take the Sopranos for me. I haven't watched The Wire though, I guess I should really get on that, cause apparently that show is fucking amazing if it's better than all those.

#10 Posted by believer258 (12176 posts) -

Scrubs.

#11 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3084 posts) -

I think more deserve to be mentioned, though The Sopranos seems like a winner to me. I've seen them all except The Wire, but I've heard good things.

#12 Posted by Harkat (1119 posts) -

Why can't I pick The Cape?

#13 Edited by whyareyoucrouchingspock (975 posts) -

Surprise surprise... The Wire.

#14 Posted by MattyFTM (14431 posts) -

I haven't seen any of those. Does that make me a bad person?

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#15 Posted by Danteveli (1203 posts) -

The Wire was pure epic with every episode.

#16 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2730 posts) -

@MattyFTM said:

I haven't seen any of those. Does that make me a bad person?

You fucking have to watch The Wire.

#17 Posted by BombcastGoldthwait (250 posts) -

Homicide: Life on The Streets was my favorite, But out of this bunch, I have to go with Sopranos, because I live in Jersey (pray for me) and the "Bada Bing" (real name: Satin Dolls) is right down the street from me.

#18 Posted by TheHT (11768 posts) -

Mad Men or Breaking Bad... gotta give it to Heisenberg

#19 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3489 posts) -

@MattyFTM said:

I haven't seen any of those. Does that make me a bad person?

Yes.

#20 Posted by Sweep (8974 posts) -

Not enough love for Mad Men happening here. That show does such a flawless job of portraying life in 60's America. It manages to make mundane issues actually interesting through excellent writing and acting across the board.

Don Draper is my hero.

#21 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

no MASH?
no LOST?
 
wut...

#22 Posted by plop1920 (450 posts) -

I've seen all of these except The Wire. How dark is it? I really don't like gloomy and gritty television, I found some of Breaking Bad to be even too dark at times. I still would like to check it out though

#23 Edited by mylifeforAiur (3489 posts) -

@SeriouslyNow said:

no MASH? no LOST? wut...

No The Shield? No Oz? Booo!

#24 Posted by whyareyoucrouchingspock (975 posts) -

I wouldn't exactly call Lost great. It had a decent opening but went down hill fast. Same with shows like Heroes.

Battlestar Galatica (it is a drama) and Breaking Bad kept the quility bar consistent from start to finish (in the case of Breaking Bad the end of season 4).

#25 Edited by Sweep (8974 posts) -

@SeriouslyNow: LOST didn't make it through the first round, and I'm not really surprised. That shit ran in inconsistent, pretentious circles for years. Compared to something solid like The Sopranos it's a bit of a joke.

I liked OZ, though. The later seasons got a little ridiculous, as they kept trying to escalate the drama that was happening, and if you looked at it outside-the-box later on then it seemed fairly mental. Prison ain't no fairytale.

#26 Posted by Vexxan (4612 posts) -

Out of those, Breaking Bad.

#27 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3489 posts) -

Buffy slayed Deadwood?! What reprehensible madness is this! I demand a recount!

#28 Edited by Jaytow (705 posts) -

The only one of these shows I'd consider to be good is the Sopranos. The second season of the wire was terrible.

#29 Posted by James_Giant_Peach (751 posts) -

Well I wish Twin Peaks was there, but it'll have to be The Sopranos. I've watched every episode of all four of those shows, and they're all excellent but Sopranos is the only one I've gone back and watched again.

#30 Posted by astonish (211 posts) -

I'd say deadwood though I have never seen the wire (for shame!). There have gotta be some oldies people are missing.

#31 Posted by Jazz (2312 posts) -

None of the above

Twin Peaks

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#32 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5818 posts) -

I'm only 3 seasons into The Wire, but I still think it's by far the best drama I've ever seen. 
 
Breaking Bad is right up there too though.

#33 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

Out that list it's gotta be The Wire.   The Sopranos went up its own psychological anus for a while there and the last three episodes redeemed it.   The Wire was always consistently great.  Breaking Bad is incredible but it remains to be seen how it will end.

#34 Posted by EVO (3940 posts) -

I'm only familiar with Breaking Bad out of those, which is amazing. But Six Feet Under.

#35 Posted by Slaker117 (4843 posts) -

Out of the four, I've only watched Breaking Bad and The Wire. I like Breaking Bad a lot, but The Wire takes it by a mile.

#36 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@EVO said:

I'm only familiar with Breaking Bad out of those, which is amazing. But Six Feet Under.

Yeah but SFU eventualy became a more modern Party of Five, sadly.  Teh dramaz vs well written drama if you get me.
#37 Edited by Shrimpy (93 posts) -

The Sopranos. I've been meaning to watch The Wire for ages but haven't had time, from what I've seen it could the best of those but I can't say for sure.

#38 Posted by EVO (3940 posts) -

@SeriouslyNow said:

@EVO said:

I'm only familiar with Breaking Bad out of those, which is amazing. But Six Feet Under.

Yeah but SFU eventualy became a more modern Party of Five, sadly. Teh dramaz vs well written drama if you get me.

Did it? I thought it got better with each season. But hey, I liked Party of Five.

#39 Posted by zombie2011 (5048 posts) -

I chose Mad Men, i really enjoy period pieces.

I just finished watching Downton Abbey, and the first series was some of the best television i've seen. Second series went a little weird with the plot lines, it wasn't as focused as the first but it was still pretty great.

#40 Edited by GetEveryone (4458 posts) -

@Sweep said:

Not enough love for Mad Men happening here. That show does such a flawless job of portraying life in 60's America. It manages to make mundane issues actually interesting through excellent writing and acting across the board.

Don Draper is my hero.

Bah. It's pretty fucking vacuous and Don being an enigma doesn't necessarily work to the shows benefit. It's very divisive and I can see why. Finished season 1 a few years ago and never had any motivation to go back.

Saying that, putting both Mad Men and Breaking Bad on the list seems a bit premature. It'd be like finishing up the first 3/4 of a novel and deciding it's your favourite of all time.

There's no arguing they are amazing shows, though. I Google News "Breaking Bad" at least once a week - something that I've, worryingly, been doing for probably the last couple of years now. I'm sick.

Voted The Wire since, as a complete package, it was far better than The Sopranos (I actually watched both series very close to one another in my first year of university. Hangover days, procrastination and some great TV shows. Man, I miss that). I don't think I'd ever seen something like it at the time - by the culmination of the series I was genuinely upset that it had ended. Don't want to give the game away for those who haven't seen it, but some of the events towards the end really moved me.

@ArcadeHero said:

Knock, Knock.

I like that, out of context, this appears super-badass.

In context, though, Walt is totally emasculated - he's working for a dude that wants him ice-cold and he has no alternative but to continue punching-in every day while he's desperately looking for an out. Though, "I am the one who knocks" appears to be a self-fulfilling prophesy. Given the nature of the season - Walt learning what it takes to be the man in charge - it's great watching that scene again with knowledge of the full-arc. Right then he's kidding himself, but by the last moments of the season he's stepped into the shoes of the big bad.

#41 Posted by owl_of_minerva (1455 posts) -

@Jazz said:

None of the above

Twin Peaks

This! Most artistically advanced and intriguing show to ever somehow make it on TV.

#42 Posted by Sweep (8974 posts) -

@zombie2011: Eurgh, I hate all that 19th-century costume drama bullshit. Oh, Mr Darcy, one was quite enamoured by the quality of one's luncheon. Die in a fire.

#43 Posted by laserbolts (5365 posts) -

Breaking Bad is the greatest show in the history of television so that.

#44 Posted by ShaneDev (1696 posts) -

I've only seen Mad Men so I picked that one.

#45 Posted by Adamsons (873 posts) -
@Sweep said:

I liked OZ, though. The later seasons got a little ridiculous, as they kept trying to escalate the drama that was happening, and if you looked at it outside-the-box later on then it seemed fairly mental. Prison ain't no fairytale.

@SeriouslyNow said:
The Sopranos went up its own psychological anus for a while there and the last three episodes redeemed it. Breaking Bad is incredible but it remains to be seen how it will end.
 
These two completely echo my thoughts, I still enjoyed and rate both series though. Went with The Wire, it's just outstanding really.
 
For someone who has little interest in politics, loved The West Wing also.
#46 Posted by duggshammer (158 posts) -

Lost.

#47 Posted by AlexW00d (6430 posts) -

24...

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#48 Posted by Sweep (8974 posts) -

Is House a drama, or does it fall under some other category? Because House is fucking awesome, despite it's formulaic repetition. That was the one show that I was slightly disappointed to not see even receive a mention.

#49 Posted by Cheesebob (1249 posts) -

@Sweep Its a medical drama all right, but the last 2 seasons have been pretty shitty. Season 8 is pretty good, however. I shall have to go with Breaking Bad. It's the one I have watched the most of, although The Wire is catching up.

#50 Posted by Toxin066 (3326 posts) -

No option for The West Wing? Tsk tsk tsk.

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