My Favorite 20 TV Shows in the First 20 Years of IMDb

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1.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
“ If you haven't watched this yet, quit your job to make some time. You're not a fully functioning member of society. ” - mhaze-2
 
2.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
“ I have a quote from this show for every occasion. I use them several times a day. ” - mhaze-2
 
3.
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.)
“ I didn't get on board until late, but had a ball going back to watch the entire series. ” - mhaze-2
 
4.
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.)
“ Best re-boot ever? Yes, I believe so. ” - mhaze-2
 
5.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and ends up seeking professional psychiatric counseling. (55 mins.)
“ How do you get people to do what you want them to do if you don't yell at them? ” - mhaze-2
 
6.
Deadwood (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime. (55 mins.)
“ It still makes me mad that this ended after only three seasons, and there's no other show I can say that for. ” - mhaze-2
 
7.
Freaks and Geeks (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year. (44 mins.)
“ Watching this now is like making a huge archeological find, but instead of the face of Agamemnon, you've found a trove of comic superstars. So many hints at what was to come. I love this show. ” - mhaze-2
 
8.
Northern Exposure (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town. (60 mins.)
“ I never missed this show, and I watched all the repeats on A&E. It was super cool to see my wife play a show at The Brick a couple years back. ” - mhaze-2
 
9.
South Park (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. (22 mins.)
“ They go there, man, and it is hilarious. ” - mhaze-2
 
10.
Entourage (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Film star Vince Chase navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty agent. (28 mins.)
“ It's like Sex and the City, but with guys and in LA. And way better. ” - mhaze-2
 
11.
Glee (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice, while working to pursue dreams of their own. (44 mins.)
“ Musicals are not really my genre, but this show makes me think maybe if I practiced a little more I could actually fill Steve Perry's shoes if Journey came knocking. ” - mhaze-2
 
12.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable. (489 mins.)
“ Why didn't people watch this? It was really funny. ” - mhaze-2
 
13.
30 Rock (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan", must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful TV show without losing her mind. (22 mins.)
“ Pay attention, because the jokes are fast and furious and they are really good. ” - mhaze-2
 
14.
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.)
“ There are lots of reasons to dislike just about every character, but we can't wait for the next episode, right? ” - mhaze-2
 
15.
Trailer Park Boys (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Three petty felons have a documentary made about their life in a trailer park. (30 mins.)
“ Canadians who live in cars, grow dope, ALWAYS have a rum and coke in hand, fix shopping carts for a living, and engage in occasional gunplay are unbelievably funny. ” - mhaze-2
 
16.
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.)
“ She's dead. Wrapped in plastic. That is the weirdest first line of any teevee show in history. ” - mhaze-2
 
17.
Eastbound & Down (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer returns to teach Physical Education at his old middle school. (28 mins.)
“ Kenny Powers. ” - mhaze-2
 
18.
24 (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster. (44 mins.)
“ This show was great, but I stopped watching early on when the heroin addiction came into play. ” - mhaze-2
 
19.
Heroes (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented. (45 mins.)
“ It was so fun those first two seasons! ” - mhaze-2
 
20.
Malcolm in the Middle (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family. (22 mins.)
“ Wholesome, classy, poignant. ” - mhaze-2
 
21.
Law & Order (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court. (45 mins.)
“ I loved it when they ripped it from the headlines. ” - mhaze-2