Hollywood's 100 Favorite TV Shows: 9 Fox Shows That Made the List

10:09 AM 4/7/2016

by THR staff

'The Simpsons, ' 'The X-Files,' and 7 other shows from newest of the four broadcast networks loved by industry insiders.

Arrested Development Cast - H 2015

Arrested Development Cast - H 2015

Everyone has a favorite TV show. It might be the one you loved most as a kid or the one you watched with friends in a dorm room or the the one you shared with a significant other. The Hollywood Reporter asked more than 2800 Hollywood insiders people — including 779 actors, 365 producers and 268 directors, among others — to tell us their favorites and then ranked the top 100 from Desperate Housewives (No. 100) to …..

Beyond the No.1 showTHR looked at how each network fared in the voting for the 100 favorite shows: ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, and NetflixTHR also looked at the best shows by decade: 50s60s70s80s90s2000s.

Here are the nine shows from Fox that made the list of Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows. 


  • Ally McBeal (No. 97)

    David E. Kelley's quirky, genre-busting series about an adorably abashed young female attorney (Calista Flockhart, now on CBS' Supergirl) broke all the rules but ended up a hit anyway. "We made the pilot," recalls Kelley, 59, "and [then 20th Century Fox TV president] Peter Roth said, 'You've made a lovely little film. But nobody will watch it. Do you want us to air it anyway?' I responded, 'Please.'"

    Read more THR's 'Ally McBeal' First Episode Review in 1997

  • Married… With Children (No. 78)

    The subversive family sitcom put the fledgling Fox network on the map. But Katey Sagal, who played Peggy opposite Ed O'Neill's Al Bundy, was careful about who in her family she let watch. "My two kids were born when I was on the show," she recently told THR. "I would never let them see me in the red wig because I thought it was going to scare them."

    Watch Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill Pose as Peg and Al Bundy

  • 24 (No. 74)

    "We were shooting our fourth or fifth episode when the World Trade Center towers went down," recalls producer Howard Gordon, 54. "We thought, 'Well, this is done. Who is going to want to watch this show?' " A lot of people wanted to watch the real-time adventures of federal agent Jack Bauer, including fans like Bill Clinton and Rush Limbaugh.

    Read more THR's '24' First Episode Review in 2001


  • Firefly (No. 68)

    Joss Whedon's Buffy follow-up was a quirky space Western that got canceled its first season. But in that short time, the show built enough of a cult following for Fox to reassemble the cast for a feature adaptation, 2005's Serenity. "The fact that Firefly was canceled and the fans continue to come — it truly moves me," says star Nathan Fillion.

    Read more THR's 'Firefly' First Episode Review in 2002

  • Family Guy (No. 65)

    Creator Seth MacFarlane, 41, has admitted that he based Peter Griffin, Family Guy's loudmouthed cartoon dad, on a security guard he knew while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. "The guy could read a phone book and make me laugh," he has said. Still unanswered: Who exactly was the inspiration for Peter's English-speaking, Prius-driving, novel-writing dog?

  • House (No. 64)

    Hugh Laurie, who played the crabby, Vicodin-addicted title character in this quirky medical drama, hated the show's title. "I remember being on the phone for 45 minutes with Hugh convincing him that, no, House was a good title," says creator David Shore, 56. "Hugh felt that by calling it House, we were putting too much of a focus on one character."

  • Arrested Development (No. 16)

    Proving cancellation isn't forever, the comedy about the dysfunctional Bluth family that Fox shut down in 2006 came back on Netflix in 2013. But with one change: The show now focuses on one character per episode. "I like to think of it as chapters in a book," says creator Mitchell Hurwitz, "or spokes in a wheel."

    Read more THR's 'Arrested Development' First Episode Review in 2003

  • The Simpsons (No. 10)

    There was a recent near-disaster (Harry Shearer almost walked over a contract dispute), but the longest-running scripted series in TV history — 573 episodes and counting — looks set for another 27 seasons. Two things you'll never see no matter how long it's on the air: "Homer and Marge will never break up," promises showrunner Al Jean. "And Bart and Lisa will never age."

    Read more THR's 'Simpsons' First Episode Review in 1989

    Photos THR Behind the Scenes: The Making of 'The Simpsons'

  • The X-Files (No. 3)

    The creepy title music. The endless conspiracy theories. The tapeworm guy living in the sewer. "There was nothing like it on TV," says creator Chris Carter, 57, of the paranormal thriller, one of Fox's first home runs. "We were taking a genre that had been unloved for a long time and super heating it. I think we opened up an opportunity for a different kind of storytelling, the kind of saga storytelling that's become a staple of cable TV."

    Read more THR's 'X-Files' First Episode Review in 1993

    Photos 'The X-Files': Most Memorable Moments