The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly is a double issue, which is something they do when they either have something really big to talk about or when they want to take the next week off. This week, it is the latter situation. Because this issue is filled with lists. The Top 100 Movies, the Top 100 TV Shows, the Top 100 Books, the Top 100 Albums, and the Top 50 Plays.
And these are the most boring lists imaginable. The best things in the world are Citizen Kane, The Wire, Anna Karenina, Revolver, and Death of a Salesman. The rest of the Top 10 of the movie list? The Godfather, Casablanca, Bonnie and Clyde, Psycho, It’s a Wonderful Life, Mean Streets, The Gold Rush, Nashville, and Gone With the Wind. And sure, there are comments. But it’s not like you need professional entertainment journalists to tell you “It’s what we don’t see that makes us scream in Spielberg’s terrifying tale of what happens When Sharks Attack. Hollywood’s blockbuster era began here.”
The television list is the same sort of thing. I’d tell you what the top shows were, but they’re exactly what you think they are. I mean, maybe you wouldn’t have Your Show of Shows tenth. But you might. No one would bat an eye at it.
And that’s my whole problem with this issue. It’s a bunch of choices that no one would bat an eye at. And that’s the problem. You can’t take two weeks off and not at least try to say something slightly interesting.