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The Sopranos is voted best written TV series

The cast of The Sopranos
Image caption The Sopranos was created by David Chase and ran from 1999-2007

The Sopranos has been voted the best written TV series of all time by the Writers Guild of America.

The drama about a mob boss who undergoes therapy topped a poll of 101 TV series.

Comedy series Seinfeld came in second place, while Korean war comedy M*A*S*H also made the top five.

Mad Men was the only current TV series to make the top 10 taking seventh place, but close to half of the list aired within the last decade.

Recent series Breaking Bad and 30 Rock also made the top 20.

Other popular current shows on the list include Game of Thrones at 40 and Homeland at 48.

The highest rating British show on the list was Downton Abbey at number 43.

The Office was at 50, while the US version of the show also made the list at 66.

Other British shows making the top 101 were Fawlty Towers, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Upstairs Downstairs and Absolutely Fabulous.

The TV 101 list honours a wide range of TV series from comedies and dramas to variety/talk and children's programming.

Sesame Street, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, South Park and Late Night with David Letterman were also on the list.

The poll was voted for by members of the Writers Guild of America East and West.

"This list is not only a tribute to great TV, it is a dedication to all writers who devote their hearts and minds to advancing their craft," said WGAW president Chris Keyser and WGAE president Michael Winship in a joint statement.

"At their core, all of these wonderful series began with the words of the writers who created them and were sustained by the writers who joined their staffs or worked on individual episodes," they said.

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