Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge



The Sopranos (P621) "Made In America"
Polls and top tens lists and all that crap, whether compiled by critics or voted for by “the public”, are all inherently arbitrary and silly. The only exception to this rule is when my favourite show, The Sopranos, is rightfully anointed the greatest television series of all time. To sweeten the deal even further, that square-jawed cardboard cut out of a cop you’re all so fond of limps in at a laughable no. 14… For more on The Wire vs. The Sopranos see:

I’m Going to Watch Television Now, I May Be Gone for Some Time (October 14th)
Menace II Sobriety (October 29th)
10 Reasons Why ‘The Wire’ Sucks Balls (November 11th)

January 12th, 2010.


  1. Dolly Says:

    Good to see the sopranos recognised as the class that it is. But why pit the two against each other they’re both brilliant!

  2. Pedro Says:

    Fuck you Eoin.

  3. Pedro Says:

    I’ve always wanted to leave a fuck you comment on someone’s blog without any explanation.
    The purpose is defeated here though as I know you outside the interwebs.

    The Wire is fantastic.
    Far better than The Sopranos.
    And that’s not an insult to the pseudo Mafia warlords, it’s still a great show.

    A TV that took me by surprise is Mad Men.
    All three seasons are quite brilliant.
    And it featured in the number 4 slot on the Guardian Poll, a feat that impresses me to an emphatic degree.

  4. Eoin Says:

    No worries Pete, different strokes for different folks.

  5. Eoin Says:

    Now go back and get your fuckin’ shoeshine box…

  6. DD Says:


  7. Eoin Says:

    I think it proves everything EK.

  8. Kate Says:

    The Sopranos is the greatest tv series of all time. But, i think that list is shiiiit, The Wire and The Sopranos are two completely different beasts and The Wire is bloody brilliant.

  9. Eoin Says:

    That’s a really good point Kate. According to that list, Eastenders is better than the Simpsons. Okay, that makes it officially a farce.

  10. paul Says:

    So it seems you were right all along Butler.

  11. Karl Says:

    I think exactly what Kate thinks. The Sopranos is the best TV show ever, but you are still wrong about the Wire, not least because I’m not even fond of McNulty, he’s a cunt.

    If you were to have said “that junkie with a heart of gold you’re all so fond of limps in at 14”, you’d not only be closer to the truth, but you’d also have accurately represented Bubbles’ walking style.

  12. Eoin Says:

    @ Karl – Bubbles? Yeah, he’s the Tiny Tim of critically acclaimed DVD box set television series.

    @ Paul – sweet, sweet vindication. It’s only because I experience it so often that I’m able to handle it so well.

  13. Lisa Says:

    Yawn. The whole which-HBO-series-takes-the-edge is sooooo 2009.

  14. Lisa Says:

    Yawn. The whole which-HBO-series-takes-the-edge thing is sooooo 2009.

  15. Eoin Says:

    Yawn, the whole leaving two comments when you intended only to leave one thing is equally sooooooo 2009. What do you say though, Lisa, to Kate’s point that The Simpsons is by some margin better than either of them?

    (Also, have you even seen the Sopranos yet?)

  16. Colin Says:

    It’s a weird Top 50, Coronation, Eastenders, Brookside, Grange Hill all made the list.

    Let’s draw a line, McNulty and find some new entertainment. Telly that’s new/still running that isn’t on the list. Burn Notice, White Collar, Breaking Bad and Dexter, several I enjoy.

  17. Lisa Says:

    I think you’ll find you’re wrong there, duplicating comments is THE thing to do for 2010. I should know – I’m on the pulse of all things new and trendy. (Hang on, just need to flip over the Blue Rodeo cassette in the tape deck) But no, still haven’t seen The Sopranos so will gracefully exit on that note.

  18. Eoin Says:

    Ha ha, how embarrassing for you

  19. Eoin Says:

    Ha ha, how embarrassing for you

  20. Lisa Says:

    You may have won the battle but you haven’t won the war!

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