You may or may not know this, but I have utter and complete contempt for about 90% of what is on television. However, even while recognizing the medium provides a lot of awful material, there are gems of beautiful art provided by television. I think we need to recognize this: contempt for the medium itself, or for the majority of the material provided by the medium, is no reason to abandon everything the medium provides as schlock.
So here is a list of television shows that I consider "great art" (as problematic as that phrase may be). I think other TV shows are art (like Star Trek or The Twilight Zone), but I can't think of other shows beside these that I'd call great art (barely missing the cut is The Kids in the Hall).
The first show to really bring an artist's precise analysis to the everday, mundane, commonplace facets of our society.
If the sitcom can aspire to the title of art, that it is necessary to place the greatest sitcom ever made into our list.
Every TV critic already agrees.
This would probably be the inclusion that would get the most disagreement, but I believe it is great art.
Six Feet Under
There aren't a lot of shows so focused on the realities of death.
Possibly the greatest work the Western genre has offered us.
The X Files
The pinnacle of its genre.
So brilliant, so all-encompassing: if Fox ever asks me what America was like in the 90s, I'm going to tell him to watch this show.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Larry David takes Seinfeld up a notch.
That is my current list: now I want some of your opinions.