What's the best TV show of all time? Who knows?
This poll is strictly about favorite shows, the programs people in
Hollywood hold nearest to their hearts — that remind them of better times or
speak to their inner child or inspire their creativity or just help them unwind
after a crappy day at the studio — even if one or two of the programs listed
here aren't exactly masterpieces of the medium.
Last year, THR published the world's
first movie list based on a polling of Hollywood pros. This year's
TV survey was handled in a similar fashion. We asked more than 2,800 industry
people — including 779 actors, 365 producers and 268 directors, among others —
to choose their favorite series of all time (excluding talk shows and news
programs). Although the survey was anonymous, some big names were willing to go
on the record. "My favorite is Twin Peaks," says Damon
Lindelof, co-creator of Lost (No. 15 on the list, five above David
Lynch's mystery). "It quite literally changed the way my brain
worked." Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu, picks The Sopranos (No. 6).
"It's just classic. It had everything," he says. But even when
respondents didn't volunteer their own identities for the public, the results
of this survey are full of surprises, starting with the show Hollywood chose as
its all-time No. 1 favorite...