42 Best TV Shows

These are the best shows I have thus far seen. Some were cancelled too early, some have out stayed their welcome, but all are shows that when at their very best have proved how good TV can be.
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1.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
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While a civil war brews between several noble families in Westeros, the children of the former rulers of the land attempt to rise up to power. Meanwhile a forgotten race, bent on destruction, plans to return after thousands of years in the North. (56 mins.)
 
2.
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth. (44 mins.)
 
3.
Fargo (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota (53 mins.)
 
4.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions. (45 mins.)
 
5.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
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The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. (44 mins.)
 
6.
Carnivàle (2003 TV Series)
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During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell. (55 mins.)
 
7.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (88 mins.)
 
8.
Rome (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic. (90 mins.)
 
9.
The Hour (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme. (60 mins.)
 
10.
Twin Peaks (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks. (47 mins.)
 
11.
Pushing Daisies (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A pie-maker, with the power to bring dead people back to life, solves murder mysteries with his alive-again childhood sweetheart, a cynical private investigator, and a lovesick waitress. (44 mins.)
 
12.
Halt and Catch Fire (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Set in the early 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary... (60 mins.)
 
13.
The Bletchley Circle (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking center, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer. (45 mins.)
 
14.
Penny Dreadful (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. (60 mins.)
 
15.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper. (47 mins.)
 
16.
Hannibal (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. (44 mins.)
 
17.
Black Books (2000 TV Series)
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Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers... (25 mins.)
 
18.
Boardwalk Empire (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era. (55 mins.)
 
19.
Spaced (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford. (25 mins.)
 
20.
Black Sails (2014 TV Series)
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Captain Flint and his pirates, twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island". (56 mins.)
 
21.
Downton Abbey (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. (58 mins.)
 
22.
Peaky Blinders (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world. (60 mins.)
 
23.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. (45 mins.)
 
24.
Merlin (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The adventures of the legendary sorcerer as a young man. (45 mins.)
 
25.
True Detective (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
An anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law. (55 mins.)
 
26.
TURN: Washington's Spies (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Follows New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring... (60 mins.)
 
27.
Ash vs Evil Dead (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Ash has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind's only hope. (30 mins.)
 
28.
True Blood (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire. (55 mins.)
 
29.
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992 TV Series)
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The adventures of the archelogical treasure hunter in his youth. (45 mins.)
 
30.
Alias (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college and trained for espionage and self-defense. (42 mins.)
 
31.
Firefly (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them. (44 mins.)
 
32.
The Muppet Show (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show. (30 mins.)
 
33.
The Killing (2011 TV Series)
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A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car. (45 mins.)
 
34.
Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. (48 mins.)
 
35.
Supernatural (2005 TV Series)
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Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth. (44 mins.)
 
36.
Masters of Sex (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution. (60 mins.)
 
37.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
In the not-too-distant future, a man and his robots are trapped aboard the Satellite of Love, where mad scientists force them to sit through the worst movies ever made. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Hodgson
 
38.
Being Human (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost try to live together and get along. (60 mins.)
 
39.
Mozart in the Jungle (2014 TV Series)
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Love, money, ambition and music intertwine in Mozart in the Jungle, a half hour comedic drama that looks at finding yourself and finding love while conquering New York City. A brash new maestro Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) stirs up the New York Symphony as young oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke) hopes for her big chance. (29 mins.)
 
40.
The Fall (2013 TV Series)
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Two hunters, one cold, deliberate and highly efficient and the other, a strong, athletic man with a wife, two children and a counselling job... one of them is a serial killer and one is a cop. (60 mins.)
 
41.
Call the Midwife (2012 TV Series)
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Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s to early 1960s. (60 mins.)
 
42.
The Originals (2013 TV Series)
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A family of power-hungry thousand year old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong. (45 mins.)