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June 3rd, 2013 8:26pm EDT

The SopranosHBO's hit series The Sopranos has been named the best written TV show in U.S. history.

Officials at the Writers Guild of America have compiled a list of the most cleverly written shows to appear on American Television, and James Gandolfini's Gangster series, which had 86 episodes, came out on top.

Ground breaking sitcom Seinfeld was second on the countdown, followed by the original 1959 series of The Twilight Zone. All in the Family, whose star Jean Stapleton died on Friday, and M*A*S*H round out the top five.

A statement from Writers Guild of America, West president Chris Keyser reads, "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. 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."

Here's the list of top 25 TV Shows.

1. The Sopranos
2. Seinfeld
3. The Twilight Zone
4. All in the Family
5. M*A*S*H
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Mad Men
8. Cheers
9. The Wire
10. The West Wing
11. The Simpsons
12. I Love Lucy
13. Breaking Bad
14. The Dick Van Dyke Show
15. Hill Street Blues
16. Arrested Development
17. The Daily Show
18. Six Feet Under
19. Taxi
20. The Larry Sanders Show
21. 30 Rock
22. Friday Night Lights
23. Frasier
24. Friends
25. Saturday Night Live

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