This year marked the 60th anniversary of TV Guide Magazine, which debuted in April 1953, and to celebrate has been publishing a variety of “60 Greatest” lists, including the 60 Greatest Cartoons of All Time, the 60 Greatest Game Shows of All Time and the 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments.
Last week, its list of the 60 Best Series of All Time was released. You can find the entire list here. M*A*S*H ranked eighth, with this description:
Laughing in the face of death, Hawkeye, Trapper John, B.J., Hot Lips and the other cutups of the 4077th made war a little less hellish. M*A*S*H wore its Purple Heart on its bloody sleeve, and we cared deeply for these reluctant heroes on the front lines of daring satire.
Here’s the Top Ten:
- The Simpsons
- Breaking Bad
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show
- The Wire
- The Twilight Zone
- All in the Family
- I Love Lucy
- The Sopranos
I’ve never seen The Sopranos or The Wire but I would definitely have put M*A*S*H above The Mary Tyler Moore Show. For the record, back in 2002 for its 50th anniversary, TV Guide Magazine published a list of the 50 Best Shows of All Time and M*A*S*H ranked 25th.
(Thanks to Gail for passing this along.)