The Writers Guild of America announced its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time” Sunday, culled from online voting by members of the writers’ union from both coasts. The list pretty much included the shows you’d expect (the top ten, in descending order: The Sopranos, Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, M*A*S*H, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mad Men, Cheers, The Wire, The West Wing) — with a few notable exceptions. Yes, even in a list of 101 comedies, dramas, variety shows, and (weirdly) mini-series, they’re bound to make a few mistakes.
Browncoats unite! Yes, Joss Whedon’s first television masterpiece made the cut (Buffy the Vampire Slayer is present and accounted for in 49th place — a little low, but that’s neither here nor there), yet his short-lived but widely beloved sci-fi/Western/adventure series is nowhere to be found. Who knows why; with its intricate plotting, wiseguy (and gal) dialogue, and effortless shifts in and out of satire, each episode showcased the untouchable skill of Whedon and his talented writing staff.