To find out what the Guardian’s TV writers really think is the best TV drama ever made, we asked Nancy Banks-Smith, Sam Wollaston, Lucy Mangan, Sarah Dempster, Mark Lawson, Grace Dent and Richard Vine to rate, and then debate, what they consider the greatest ever series. (via The Guardian)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer came in at 22!
22 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB/UPN, 1997-2003)
You can’t get sick of the tale of a SoCal blonde popsy who turns out to be her generation’s vampire slayer. Over seven series thick with classical allusions, pop culture references, wit, charm, martial arts sequences and achingly painful love stories, she grows into the role and gradually learns what it means to be the chosen one. She made old-fashioned ideals like honour and sacrifice relevant and accessible again, and even resurrected ancient feminist beliefs by fighting back against the demons that sought to subdue her. Instead of forever being rescued (or punished – for having sex or self-confidence) like the damsels in horror stories of yesteryear, she saved the world. A lot. Grief, love, betrayal, nobility, self-indulgence versus self-sacrifice – Buffy gave us all this to think about, and some excellent punning too. LM (via The top 50 TV dramas of all time: 21-30.)