• Top 100 List Shows Hollywood’s Priorities

    by  • October 7, 2015 • Television • 2 Comments

    The Top 100 TV Shows of All Time – according to Hollywood.

    Recently, The Hollywood Reporter released an article in which current Hollywood producers, writers, and executives ranked what they believe are the Top 100 TV programs in history, “the programs people in Hollywood hold nearest to their hearts.” The list says much about the beliefs and priorities of those in charge of the entertainment industry today.

    In brief, Hollywood believes that:


    Family Guy – with its jokes about child molestation and rape — is better than The Brady Bunch, The Rockford Files,The Bob Newhart Show, and Sesame Street.

    Dexter – a graphically-violent series in which a serial killer was the hero — was better than The Wonder Years, Downton Abbey, The Carol Burnett Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and All in the Family.

    South Park is better than both the original Star Trek and The Muppet Show.

    Sex and the City was better than Mary Tyler Moore, The Twilight Zone, and M*A*S*H.

    Game of Thrones is better than I Love Lucy.

    And the single greatest TV program of all time? Friends.

    Not included on the list at all were any of the dramatic anthologies from TV’s Golden Age, like Studio One, Playhouse 90, or Omnibus. Also not included were Your Show of Shows, The Hallmark Hall of Fame, The Fugitive, The Andy Griffith Show, The Honeymooners, or ANY Western.


    Once, Hollywood was concerned with providing entertainment the American people wanted, and which could be enjoyed by the entire family. But increasingly, those in the entertainment industry make programs which reflect their own interests and preferences. With this list’s demonstration of entertainment industry’s priorities, is it any wonder there is so little for families to watch together today?


    For the complete list, click here.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    2 Responses to Top 100 List Shows Hollywood’s Priorities

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    2. moax429
      October 7, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Also not included was “The Partridge Family,” one of my all-time favorite shows when I was a kid in the 70′s. My younger sister and I couldn’t wait for Friday nights to see both shows (The Bradys were on first, then the Partridges right after). I also have the CDs of the Partridges’ seven original albums (not counting greatest hits compilations and a 1971 Christmas album). I also have *all* the DVD box sets of the Bradys’ and the Partridges’ entire series.

      But – if “Hollyweird” would have included “The Partridge Family” on their list – they probably would have placed it in the bottom 10 also, like “The Brady Bunch.” Also not included was “The Lucy Show,” Ms. Ball’s 1960′s series in which she played Mrs. Carmichael, and which I liked *much* better than “I Love Lucy;” I likewise have *all 6* season DVD box sets of that series. But if that were included on the list, “Hollyweird” probably would have put that near the bottom, too. *Very* sad.

      But I do give them credit for one thing – “The Bob Newhart Show,” which always managed to put me to sleep whenever my folks endured me to that when I was a kid, was in the bottom 10. I *never* liked that show then, and I *still don’t* now. Otherwise, PTC, I *strongly* agree with everything else you said!

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