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"The Sopranos" tops TV Guide's list of the best television shows of 1999.

In its Dec. 25 issue, TV Guide describes the HBO mobster comedy as "intensely dramatic yet wildly funny, tender yet shockingly brutal."

The other shows on the list are: "The West Wing," NBC; "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS; "Once and Again," ABC; "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," WB; "NYPD Blue," ABC; "Friends," NBC; a tie for "The Practice" on ABC and "Ally McBeal" on Fox; "Freaks and Geeks," NBC, and "The X-Files," Fox.

Nearly half of this year's list consists of new prime-time standouts.

In the same issue, NBC's "Passion" is rated the year's top soap opera. The magazine also named Susan Flannery, who plays Stephanie on "The Bold and the Beautiful," as best actress; Tony Geary, who plays Luke on "General Hospital," as best actor; Nancy Lee Grahn, who plays Alexis on "General Hospital," as best supporting actress, and Kevin Spirtas, Craig on "Days of Our Lives," as best supporting actor.

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