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Favorite Television Dramas Of All Time

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For me:

1.The West Wing (actually head and shoulders better than anything else in my view; the only thing that comes close to Sorkin's personal writing of all dialogue in the first 4 seasons is other Sorkin work like A Few Good Men).

2. The Sopranos

3. Hill Street Blues

4. St. Elsewhere

5. Homicide: Life on the Street

6. 24

7. The Original Star Trek (sentimental favorite from my childhood; what's not to like).

8. Upstairs, Downstairs (do even Brits remember this BBC classic from the 70s? The World War I episodes are incredible; Trivia: the main characters are Chelsea fans)

9. I, Claudius (another BBC classic that was inspirational for the producers of the current HBO/BBC Rome).

10. ER

I left out Lost because it has "Lost" me lately; literally.

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ER for me. Couldn't get enough of it, although I haven't seen it in quite a while. Used to watch the Sporanos now and again.

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I haven't seen many of them that you mentioned WB. I hear Sopranos is very good though, worth me getting on DVD or something?

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ER was certainly excellent back in it's heyday but I've not seen it for years. Not even sure if it is still running.

I have to watch Boston Legal but having said that I've not seen it once all season. It's also the only non-comedy or non-documentary TV series which I've ever bothered to purchase. However, I guess it is equal parts comedy and drama. Shatner is just brilliant in it, as is Spader. I've always been a Shatner fan though as I grew up on classic Trek.

I think the new 'Rome' is excellent. Gritty and realistic and extremely well performed. It does annoy me slightly how they insist on a different director for each episode as it can make it look very different stylistically from one show to the next. A recent episode was way too heavy on the close-up head shots.

I enjoyed I Claudius all those years ago. Jaccoby was excellent.

The Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes was excellent.

Inspector Morse was worth a mention and I enjoyed Ian McShane in Lovejoy but maybe that is also more borderline comic drama.

Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere were great. I cannot abide any of the more recent imitations/reinventions.

I've never seen West Wing or The Sopranos. These days unless it's sport or documentary I try to avoid watching new shows like the plague as I don't want to get into them. The ones I've ended up liking I 'Fell" into watching somehow, except for Rome since I love anything set in the classical world. .

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Sorry, I know everbody hates it but Lost is the best TV show ever. So There!

House. 'nuff said ;)

I have to watch Boston Legal but having said that I've not seen it once all season. It's also the only non-comedy or non-documentary TV series which I've ever bothered to purchase. However, I guess it is equal parts comedy and drama. Shatner is just brilliant in it, as is Spader. I've always been a Shatner fan though as I grew up on classic Trek.

Absolutely love that show. It's funny, but at the same time, the cases are almost always interesting.

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House is probably 2nd on my list.

1. Lost - Everyone hates it, who cares I love it. Addictive, TV at it's best.

2. House - Very funny and good drama too. Hugh Laurie makes it, without him it would be average.

3. ER - Watched it for about 6/7 series now and most episodes are great.

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