5. The Wire
4. South Park
3. Breaking Bad
1. The Soprano's
I had no choice. Without Tony Soprano we don't get characters like Walter White, Don Draper and others. My big thing with this list was shows that never fell off in quality. Some people would say The Soprano's went through some rough patches. And I hated the finale at the time. But until stupid David Chase said Tony lived, it left you to make up your own ending in your mind and wonder what happened. It got better the more you thought about it. And it really just changed TV. Before The Soprano's there was never a drama on television with movie quality writing and production. Now all the best writing is done on TV. The Soprano's started that.
Friday Night Lights-A personal favorite but not the same level of quality.
Mad Men-If we expanded the list it would've made it. Just got too boring at times.
30 Rock-I honestly think the 2nd best written sitcom in my lifetime.