We are easily in the golden age of TV; from Game of Thrones to Orange is The New Black, we're literally spoilt for choice. So in that respect, it's pretty hard to determine what is the best TV show ever, however Rolling Stone's recent '100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time' list has determined that crime drama The Sopranos is the best TV show ever.

While there may be those who disagree with the choice, we can honestly say that David Chase's classic mob serial is a solid pick for the top spot. Since its inception in 1999, and throughout six outstanding seasons, it engrossed audiences in the life of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, played by the late great James Gandolfini.

Considering you have shows like the aforementioned GoT, Mad Men, The Wire and The Simpsons, The Sopranos getting the top spot is a testament to how influential the show has been through its writing, acting and directing. Rolling Stone justified their reason, saying:

"The crime saga that cut the history of TV in two, kicking off a golden age when suddenly anything seemed possible. With The Sopranos, David Chase smashed all the rules about how much you could get away with on the small screen. And he created an immortal American antihero in James Gandolfini's New Jersey Mob boss, Tony Soprano, presiding over a crew of gangsters who also double as damaged husbands and dads, men trying to live with their murderous secrets and dark memories. As the late, great Gandolfini told Rolling Stone in 2001, "I heard David Chase say one time that it's about people who lie to themselves, as we all do. Lying to ourselves on a daily basis and the mess it creates.""

Here's the complete list of Rolling Stones '100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time'

100. Eastbound and Down

99. Oz

98. The Golden Girls

97. Portlandia

96. Gunsmoke

95. Key & Peele

94. Jeopardy

93. Mystery Science Theater 3000

92. American Idol

91. Broad City

90. The Dick Van Dyke Show

89. Homeland

88. Party Down

87. Doctor Who

86. Good Times

85. The Real World

84. Real Time with Bill Maher

83. House of Cards

82. The Jeffersons

81. Dallas

80. The Fugitive

79. In Living Color

78. Thirty Something

77. The Walking Dead

76. Late Night with Conan O’Brien

75. American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson

74. The Ren & Stimpy Show

73. Transparent

72. Girls

71. Mr. Show

70. Roseanne

69. The Ed Sullivan Show

68. The State

67. The Odd Couple

66. Downton Abbey

65. Happy Days

64. Chappelle’s Show

63. The Wonder Years

62. Sex and the City

61. Your Show of Shows

60. Beavis and Butt-Head

59. Hill Street Blues

58. Roots

57. Fawlty Towers

56. 24

55. Six Feet Under

54. The Muppet Show

53. The Bob Newhart Show

52. The Colbert Report

51. Fargo

50. ER

49. Taxi

48. The Office (U.S.)

47. The Rockford Files

46. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

45. Battlestar Galactica

44. Columbo

43. The Americans

42. NYPD Blue

41. The Honeymooners

40. The Shield

39. Lost

38. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

37. Orange is the New Black

36. Law & Order

35. My So-Called Life

34. 30 Rock

33. South Park

32. I Love Lucy

31. Sesame Street

30. The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

29. Monty Python’s Flying Circus

28. The X-Files

27. Arrested Development

26. Friends

25. Veep

24. Friday Night Lights

23. Deadwood

22. Louie

21. The Office (U.K.)

20. Cheers

19. Curb your Enthusiasm

18. Star Trek

17. Twin Peaks

16. M*A*S*H

15. The West Wing

14. The Larry Sanders Show

13. Late Night with David Letterman

12. Game of Thrones

11. Freaks and Geeks

10. The Daily Show

9. All in the Family

8. Saturday Night Live

7. The Twilight Zone

6. The Simpsons

5. Seinfeld

4. Mad Men

3. Breaking Bad

2. The Wire

1. The Sopranos

Salute to the Boss...


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