The Writers Guild of America, West has ranked The 101 Best Written TV Series. Topping the list at #1 is The Sopranos.
Genre shows regarded as the best-written series of all time are:
3. The Twilight Zone
26. The X-Files
33. Star Trek
38. Battlestar Galactica
40. Game of Thrones
49. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
79. Star Trek: The Next Generation
90. The Prisoner
The WGAW is sending certificates to the writers for these series — Harlan Ellison announced he’s received two, for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Star Trek.
Isn’t “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” a genre show? If Ellison received a certificate for it, shouldn’t it have been listed as well?
Oh, and “Playhouse 90” had genre episodes as well.
I always thought of Alfred Hitchock’s show as “weird crime” — how close is that to sf & f? But Ellison’s script for that series wasn’t genre — “Memos From Purgatory” is about somebody who wants to write a book about a juvenile street gang and researches his subject by joining one. Ellison used his own experiences in that line for a nonfiction book, too.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS had a Ray Bradbury adaptation on it, “Marrionettes, Inc.” About robots.