The New Classics, according to who?
I'm afraid the writers at Entertainment Weekly failed to understand that. This week's issue of EW features what the famed magazine calls "The New Classics" -- a ranking of the best of the best from film to television in the last 25 years.
Never before while reading a magazine have I uttered the word "What?!" in such great succession. (Well, with the exception of perusing the latest Playboy, but for entirely different reasons.)
This being a TV blog, I figure its best to focus on the boob tube classics first. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan. But putting The Simpsons at Numero Uno for the last 25 years may be a bit ridiculous. Sure, seasons three through seven, maybe even eight, were pretty solid, but let's be honest -- any thing after that is complete rubbish. I agree the show should definitely see the Top Five but a show that is riding purely on the coattails of a better era is not deserving of the top rank.
From here, the list finds a bit of sanity, ranking The Sopranos at No. 2 (I've never seen it, but heard it has the goods to support bragging rights) and Seinfeld at No. 3 -- a wise choice. Then out of nowhere, in comes The X-Files at number four -- um, nerd alert! I know the program lasted nearly 10 years on the air but c'mon, really? One of the best shows ever in the last 25 years?
Now, there are 100 shows on this list and so as not to bore you with my analysis of why each one was picked, I would just like to point out a few more that left me scratching my head and endlessly shaming the writers at Entertainment Weekly:
-- 10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
-- 17. The Office (U.K. version) yet 61. The Office (U.S. version)
-- 21. Roseanne
-- 30. Late Show with David Letterman yet 43. Late Night with Conan O'Brien
-- 64. The Osbournes
-- 74. Wiseguy
-- 78. I'll Fly Away (really??)
-- 94. Married ... With Children
-- And finally, barely making the cut off 100. Saved by the Bell (C'mon! That was a great show!)
To see the complete list, plus rankings of the new "classic" movies, music, books, style, technology (I know, what?), videogames and stage performances, click here. Trust me, if you're confused now, it'll only get worse.