I'm usually at odds with Time Magazine (more over ideology or anything) but I found myself presently surprised when I came across their list of the 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME (Get it? It's a double entendre!) Why? Because three of my favorite four shows were on the list:
LOST: Duh. If this show wasn't on the list, I had decided to stop reading.
South Park: Wow, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are recognized by someone besides Penn & Teller?
And what was the third show?
Wait for it...
Survivor: Yes, I was shocked as well, but, obviously, agree completely.
The only show I would add to the list is House (the fourth of my favorites). Though it wasn't the creators' original interpretation, the show has become a beautiful reinterpretation of CSI-esque procedural dramas as a brilliant character study. Hugh Laurie plays Gregory House a genius doctor (and an objectivist that Ayn Rand would drool over) that his fellows and peers want to embrace but won't. It is that struggle that attracts the (American) audience as it is the same one they face every day.
Check out the rest of the list here. It's made me decide to pick up, err, sit down for a few classics.