'Sopranos' Tops 'Seinfeld' as TV's Best-Written Show, Writers Guild Says

Tim Molloy
June 3, 2013

The Writers Guild of America has named "The Sopranos" the best-written TV show of all time, followed by "Seinfeld."

The writers' list features only one show -- "The Twilight Zone" -- from the era considered the golden age of television, the 1950s. It came in third.

The top 10 includes three shows that aired at least primarily in the '70s -- "All in the Family," "M*A*S*H" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and one from the '80s, "Cheers."

The newest show on the list looks back on the '60s: "Mad Men," which premired in 2007, came in seventh.

Rounding out the top 10 were "The Wire" and "The West Wing." For the list of all 101 shows, click here. The new list follows the WGA's 2006 list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays.

Here's the top 10:

1. The Sopranos (HBO) Created by David Chase

2. Seinfeld (NBC) Created by Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld

3 The Twilight Zone (1959) CBS Season One writers: Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Robert Presnell, Jr., Rod Serling

4. All in the Family (CBS) Developed for Television by Norman Lear, Based on "Till Death Do Us Part," Created by Johnny Speight

5. M*A*S*H (CBS) Developed for Television by Larry Gelbart

6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS) Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns

7. Mad Men (AMC) Created by Matthew Weiner

8. Cheers (NBC) Created by Glen Charles & Les Charles and James Burrows

9. The Wire (HBO) Created by David Simon

10. The West Wing NBC Created by Aaron Sorkin

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