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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sepinwall and Seitz Pick The Greatest TV Shows Ever


Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz have been arguing about television shows since they were both critics at the Newark Star-Ledger in the 1990s. Alan now writes for HitFix.com and is the author of “The Revolution Was Televised.” Matt writes for New York magazine, is editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com, and author of “The Wes Anderson Collection” and “Mad Men Carousel."

All these years later, Matt and Alan are still arguing about TV, which led to “TV: The Book,” in which they rank the greatest American shows of all time. When they both joined me on the air, I asked them:
  • What were the criteria for how you ranked the shows?
  • What did you do about your natural bias for shows from your lifetime or that you’ve reviewed?
  • How much did the rape revelations about Bill Cosby affect your score for "The Cosby Show"?
  • How did you view shows that ran too long and got worse in their later years?
  • How did NBC's problems in the 1990s affect shows like "30 Rock"?
  • What show are you disappointed you couldn't include in the top 100 because the other guy wouldn't rate it high enough?
  • Do shows that only lasted one season deserve to be on the list?
  • What's the effect of binge viewing on a show's greatness?
  • Are all of the shows in the book available online, so you could go back and watch/re-watch them?
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