The Best TV Shows of 2010

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1. Treme (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Music

8.2
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Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA.

Stars: Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo

Votes: 11,777

2. Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.6
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Watch the story of history's greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 190,177

3. Louie (2010– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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The life of Louis C.K., a divorced comedian living in New York with two kids.

Stars: Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 66,530

4. Fringe (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.4
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An F.B.I. agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole

Votes: 193,698

5. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.5
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A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,042,126

6. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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The Pacific Theatre of World War 2, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 78,024

7. Mad Men (2007–2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

8.6
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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.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 161,159

8. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 127,805

9. Modern Family (2009– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.5
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Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 280,235

10. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Sport

8.7
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The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Aimee Teegarden

Votes: 47,095

11. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.8
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A young teen struggles to make a decision between two vampire brothers and their supernatural lives. Soon after she discovers the truth her whole world turns upside down.

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

Votes: 242,906

12. Terriers (2010)

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business.

Stars: Donal Logue, Michael Raymond-James, Laura Allen, Kimberly Quinn

Votes: 9,432

13. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.6
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An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 148,615

14. Luther (2010–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley

Votes: 85,732

15. Doctor Who (2005– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.7
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The further adventures of the time travelling alien adventurer known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender, and his/her companions.

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

Votes: 166,477

16. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.6
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The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 147,660

17. Lost (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.4
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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.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 421,548

18. Weeds (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is.

Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 91,740

19. Dexter (2006–2013)

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

Votes: 551,968

20. The Good Wife (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm.

Stars: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry

Votes: 56,615

21. The Walking Dead (2010– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

8.5
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Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs

Votes: 721,023

22. Justified (2010–2015)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.6
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Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 70,605

23. Big Love (2006–2011)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

7.6
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A polygamist and his relationship with his three wives.

Stars: Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin

Votes: 18,397

24. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.4
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A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother.

Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 496,957

25. Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club.

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates

Votes: 207,971

26. Rubicon (2010– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Will Travers is an analyst at a New York City-based federal intelligence agency who is thrown into a story where nothing is as it appears to be.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Jessica Collins, Lauren Hodges, Dallas Roberts

Votes: 9,439

27. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

8.7
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The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself into with his friends and complete strangers.

Stars: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman

Votes: 76,436

28. True Blood (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 211,604

29. Misfits (2009–2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers.

Stars: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon, Lauren Socha

Votes: 80,726

30. Party Down (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

8.3
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A group of actors move to LA to make it big, but end up working as caterers.

Stars: Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr

Votes: 24,725

31. Carlos (2010– )

Not Rated | 334 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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94 Metascore

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting.

Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Fadi Abi Samra, Lamia Ahmed

Votes: 11,249 | Gross: $0.15M

32. Futurama (1999–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999.

Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 175,451

33. House M.D. (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

8.8
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An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer

Votes: 342,095

34. How to Make It in America (2010– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A group of 20 somethings living in New York City. Ben and Cameron work on starting a fashion company, while enjoying their lives in the greatest city in the world.

Stars: Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Lake Bell, Eddie Kaye Thomas

Votes: 13,875

35. Nikita (2010–2013)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A rogue assassin returns to take down the secret organization that trained her.

Stars: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford

Votes: 44,488

36. Entourage (2004–2011)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Film star Vince Chase navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty agent.

Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 144,653

37. Glee (2009–2015)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.7
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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.

Stars: Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith

Votes: 121,136

38. The Office (2005–2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.8
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A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.

Stars: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson

Votes: 237,074

39. The Big C (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A suburban mother faces her cancer diagnosis while trying to find humor and happiness as well.

Stars: Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, Gabriel Basso, John Benjamin Hickey

Votes: 12,771

40. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.2
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 614,767

41. In Treatment (2008–2010)

TV-MA | 25 min | Drama

8.3
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A psychotherapist questions his abilities and gets help by reuniting with his old therapist, whom he has not seen for ten years.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes, Blair Underwood

Votes: 13,710

42. Community (2009–2015)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.5
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A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body.

Stars: Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase

Votes: 160,271

43. The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.

Stars: Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 24,561

44. Bored to Death (2009–2011)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.9
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A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels.

Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson, Heather Burns

Votes: 29,077

45. 30 Rock (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

8.2
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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 television show without losing her mind.

Stars: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 98,031

46. Eastbound & Down (2009–2013)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

8.3
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Many 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.

Stars: Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon, Elizabeth De Razzo

Votes: 44,798

47. Hung (2009–2011)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A former high school sports legend turned middle-aged high school basketball coach finds a way to benefit from his biggest asset.

Stars: Thomas Jane, Jane Adams, Charlie Saxton, Sianoa Smit-McPhee

Votes: 19,247

48. Nurse Jackie (2009–2015)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas.

Stars: Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa

Votes: 21,321

49. Better Off Ted (2009–2010)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.2
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In a science-based company, a manager tries to keep control of his scientists while being pressured by his shrewd boss.

Stars: Jay Harrington, Portia de Rossi, Andrea Anders, Jonathan Slavin

Votes: 22,705

50. This Is England '86 (2010)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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Shaun has just finished his final exams and he realizes he is no longer a kid. It's mid 80's England, and the gang are back, looking for a laugh, a job, and something that resembles a future.

Stars: Andrew Ellis, Andrew Shim, Chanel Cresswell, Danielle Watson

Votes: 8,909