The critics speak

Daily Variety asked several dozen TV critics across the nation to register their opinion on hourlong dramas throughout the history of the medium.

Not surprisingly, the saga of an overweight New Jersey dad in the waste management business garnered strong reaction while Joss Whedon will be happy to learn that, although the Emmys have never been kind to “Buffy,” the critics think otherwise.

Favorite drama of all time

1. The Sopranos

2. Hill Street Blues

3. Homicide: Life on the Street

4. Six Feet Under

5. St. Elsewhere

6. thirtysomething

7. Twin Peaks

8. NYPD Blue

9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10. The West Wing

Favorite character of all time

1. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)

2. Fox Mulder (The X-Files)

3. Frank Pembleton (Homicide)

4. Andy Sipowicz (NYPD Blue)

5. Brenda Chenowith (Six Feet Under)

6. Colleen McMurphy (China Beach)

7. Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files)

8. Vic Mackey (The Shield)

9. Lou Grant (Lou Grant)

10. Josiah Bartlet (The West Wing)

Most underrated drama of all time

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2. Homicide: Life on the Street

3. My So-Called Life

4. Law & Order

5. Family

6. EZ Streets

7. Touched by an Angel

8. Oz

9. Third Watch

10. Party of Five

Most overrated drama of all time

1. ER

2. Six Feet Under

3. The West Wing

4. NYPD Blue

5. The Sopranos

6. Law & Order

7. thirtysomething

8. Dallas

9. The Practice

10. Miami Vice

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