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By Adam Ferenz

It has been quite some time since I posted on this site. As some of you may recall, I was last working on an enormous project-helped in its infancy by the late, great, Alan Fish-to determine my choices for the top 300 tv programs from around the world. This list will include ongoing series, miniseries, movies, specials and documentaries. Pretty much every genre is covered in the larger list. What follows is the current top 100. I think Alan would have enjoyed seeing the progress. It is posted here, today, for enjoyment and discussion.

# 1. The Wire (June 2, 2002-March 9, 2008, HBO)

 # 2. The Sopranos (January 10, 1999-June 10, 2007, HBO)

# 3. Breaking Bad (January 20, 2008-September 29, 2013, AMC)

# 4. Mad Men (July 19, 2007-May 17, 2015, AMC)

# 5. The Twilight Zone (October 2, 1959-June 19, 1964, CBS)

# 6. Fanny & Alexander (1983, Swedish)

# 7. Heimat (1984, 1993, 2004, German)

# 8. Berlin Alexanderplatz (October 12-December 29, 1980, WDR)

# 9. Dekalog (1989, SFB/TVP)

# 10. Seinfeld (July 5, 1989-May 14, 1998, NBC)

# 11. Twin Peaks (April 8, 1990-June 10, 1991 & May 21-September 3, 2017, ABC & Showtime)

# 12. Homicide: Life on the Street (January 21, 1993-May 31, 1999/February 13, 2000, NBC)

# 13. G.B.H. (June 6-July 18, 1991, ITV)

# 14. Deadwood (March 21, 2004-August 22, 2006, HBO)

 # 15. Yes Minister/Yes, Prime Minister (February 25, 1980-December 23, 1982, and December 17, 84 and January 9, 1986-January 28, 1988, BBC)

# 16. Our Friends in the North (January 15- March 11, 1996, BBC2)

# 17. The Singing Detective (November 16-December 21, 1986, BBC)

# 18. Community (September 17, 2009-June 2, 2015, NBC & Yahoo Screen)

# 19. Battlestar Galactica (December 8, 2003-March 20, 2009, Sci-Fi)

# 20. The Honeymooners (1951-56, October 1-September 22 (classic 39, 55-56) Dumont & CBS

# 21. Brideshead Revisited (October 12-December 22, 1981, ITV)

# 22. M.A.S.H. (September 17, 1972-February 28, 1983, CBS)

# 23. Cheers (September 20, 1982-May 20, 1993, NBC)

 # 24. The Thick of It (May 19, 2005-October 27, 2012, BBC 4 & 2)

# 25. The Prisoner (September 29, 1967-February 1, 1968, ITV)

# 26. Better Call Saul (February 8, 2015-, AMC)

# 27. Angels in America (December 7-14, 2003, HBO)

# 28. Roots & Roots the Next Generation (January 23-30, 1977 & February 18-24, 1979, ABC)

# 29. Playhouse 90 (October 4, 1956-May 18, 1960, CBS)

# 30. The West Wing (September 22, 1999-May 14, 2006, NBC)

 # 31. Hill Street Blues (January 15, 1981-May 12, 1987, NBC)

# 32. The Age of Uncertainty (1977, BBC/CBS/KCET/OCET)

 # 33.  I, Claudius (September 20-December 6, 1976, BBC)

# 34. Our Hitler: A Film From Germany (November 5, 1978, BBC)

# 35. Scenes from a Marriage (April, 1973, SR)

# 36. Babylon 5/Crusade (February 22, 1993-November 25, 1998/June 9-September 1, 1999, PTEN & TNT)

# 37. Person of Interest (September 22, 2011-June 21, 2016, CBS)

 # 38. St. Elsewhere (October 26, 1982-May 25, 1988, NBC)

# 39. Band of Brothers/The Pacific (September 9-November 4, 2001 & March 14-May 16, 2010, HBO)

# 40. Ken Burns American Trilogy: Civil War, Baseball, Jazz. (September 23-27, 1990/ September 18-28 1994 & September 28-29, 2010/ January 8-31, 2000, PBS)

# 41. Winds of War/War and Remembrance (February 6-13, 1983 & November 13-May 14, 1988-89, ABC)

# 42. Freaks and Geeks (September 25, 1999-July 8, 2000, NBC)

# 43. Rome (August 28, 2005-March 25, 2007, HBO)

# 44. And The Band Played On (September 11, 1993, HBO)

# 45. Wolf Hall (January 21-February 25, 2015, BBC2) (more…)

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by Sam Juliano

The creative process metaphorically evokes a conveyor belt, where each worker is assigned with a specific task, each vital to reaching the finish line.  In Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler, just a single missing link in the undertaking will prevent final consummation and dash the titular expectation from reaching the final destination.  But this validation of teamwork doesn’t remotely ponder the failings of a work in progress, rather it celebrates the efficiency and passion of those committed to imparting their unique skills to a veritable melting pot of architectural, technological, and engineering acumen, where many hands and minds are needed to carry out ordered and time-orchestrated tasks to achieve the desired result.  In the spirit of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and a few other classic works by Virginia Lee Burton, Someone Builds the Dream is one of the busiest picture books on record, with nineteen spreads displaying physical and mental energy and documenting seven projects, the last of which joyfully brings this exhilarating book full circle.

The prolific veteran illustrator Loren Long has fashioned expansive acrylic and colored pencil tapestries to Wheeler’s bouncy minimalist verse.  A New York Times bestselling artist of the Otis the Tractor  series and The Little Engine That Could with Watty Piper, Long illustrated the poll position hit Of Thee I Sing for President Barack Obama and on September 21st his art for the twenty-three year-old, Harvard educated inaugural poet Amanda Gorman in the work titled Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem.  After a mid-range line-up including a crane, a mechanical shovel and a tractor-plow on the title page spread, Wheeler makes a general statement that defines the book’s theme and foretells its narrative flow: (more…)

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