Rolling Stone ranked the 100 greatest television shows of all time and put ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ at number 18.
Rolling Stone ranked the 100 greatest television shows and put Star Trek: The Original Series at number 18. Now before we go and get all worked up about them disrespecting the series that obviously should be at number 1, I want to say that it’s not a terrible article. It’s a lot of fun going through the list and seeing what’s written about all the shows you love, and a few you may have forgotten.
On the other hand how is Star Trek #18? Most of the list is pretty good, but the top 20 is ridiculously out of order. The top 10 was clearly done so that they could aim the list at a particular age group. I loved the Sopranos, but there is no way that’s the best show of all time.
I’d probably go #1 Star Trek, #2 MASH, #3 I Love Lucy. The reason being that MASH made it clear a comedy could cover a serious topic and do it well, Lucky created syndication and probably had a bigger impact on TV than any other show, and Star Trek…
Star Trek did two things, one it pushed forward and covered serious social issues in a science fiction show. This made science fiction more than a genre for kids.
Secondly Star Trek inspired so many real life scientists and so many real life inventions, no other show can claim that. That’s why Star Trek is the most important show of all time.
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