TV Shows You Must See Before You Die

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1.
Damages (2007 TV Series)
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A law school graduate becomes the protégée of a successful high-stakes litigator. (60 mins.)
 
2.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
 
3.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
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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. (49 mins.)
 
4.
The Shield (2002 TV Series)
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The lives and cases of a dirty LAPD cop and the police unit under his command. (47 mins.)
 
5.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
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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. (47 mins.)
 
6.
House M.D. (2004 TV Series)
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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. (44 mins.)
 
7.
Six Feet Under (2001 TV Series)
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A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family that runs an independent funeral home. (55 mins.)
 
8.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield. (22 mins.)
 
9.
I Love Lucy (1951 TV Series)
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A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations. (30 mins.)
 
10.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his metal state and ends up seeking professional psychiatric counseling. (55 mins.)
 
11.
The Office (2005 TV Series)
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A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium. Based on the hit BBC series. (22 mins.)
 
12.
Saturday Night Live (1975 TV Series)
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A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show. (90 mins.)
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
Oz (1997 TV Series)
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A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants. (55 mins.)
Director: Gregory Dark
 
15.
Friends (1994 TV Series)
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Follows the personal and professional lives of six 20 to 30-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan. (22 mins.)
 
16.
The West Wing (1999 TV Series)
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Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House. (44 mins.)
 
17.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
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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.)
 
18.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
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Dexter Morgan is a Forensics Expert, a loyal brother, boyfriend, and friend. That's what he seems to be, but that's not what he really is. Dexter Morgan is a Serial Killer that hunts the bad. (53 mins.)
 
19.
24 (2001 TV Series)
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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.)
 
20.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
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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. (22 mins.)
 
21.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
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The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
 
22.
Deadwood (2004 TV Series)
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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime. (55 mins.)
 
23.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999 TV Series)
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This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually related crimes. (60 mins.)
 
24.
Twin Peaks (1990 TV Series)
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An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks. (47 mins.)
 
25.
Prison Break (2005 TV Series)
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Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside. (44 mins.)
 
26.
Entourage (2004 TV Series)
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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. (28 mins.)
 
27.
That '70s Show (1998 TV Series)
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A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin. (22 mins.)
 
28.
Family Guy (1999 TV Series)
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In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another. (22 mins.)
 
29.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000 TV Series)
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The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself in with his friends and complete strangers. (28 mins.)
 
30.
Modern Family (2009 TV Series)
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Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. (22 mins.)
 
31.
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV Series)
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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.)
 
32.
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
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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. (44 mins.)
 
33.
American Horror Story (2011 TV Series)
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An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel and a sinister farmhouse. (60 mins.)
 
34.
Friday Night Lights (2006 TV Series)
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The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff. (44 mins.)
 
35.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
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Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros. Meanwhile, a forgotten race hell-bent on destruction returns after being dormant for thousands of years. (56 mins.)
 
36.
Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010 TV Series)
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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. (55 mins.)
 
37.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
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A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil. (55 mins.)
 
38.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
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The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions. (45 mins.)
 
39.
House of Cards (2013 TV Series)
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A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him. (51 mins.)
 
40.
Orange Is the New Black (2013 TV Series)
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The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend. (59 mins.)
 
41.
The Newsroom (2012 TV Series)
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A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor. (55 mins.)
 
42.
True Detective (2014 TV Series)
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An anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law. (55 mins.)
 
43.
The Amazing Race (2001 TV Series)
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Multiple teams race around the globe for $1,000,000 to 'amazing' locations. (60 mins.)
 
44.
Transparent (2014 TV Series)
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An L.A. family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone's secrets to spill out. (30 mins.)
 
45.
Louie (2010 TV Series)
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The life of Louis CK, a divorced comedian with two kids living in New York. (22 mins.)
 
46.
So You Think You Can Dance (2005 TV Series)
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Dancers skilled in everything from ballroom and ballet to salsa, jive, hip-hop and krumping, all compete to be named the best... (60 mins.)
 
47.
Stranger Things (2016 TV Series)
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When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back. (55 mins.)
 
48.
How I Met Your Mother (2005 TV Series)
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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. (22 mins.)
 
49.
Miami Vice (1984 TV Series)
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Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami. (48 mins.)
 
50.
The Golden Girls (1985 TV Series)
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Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times. (30 mins.)
 
51.
M*A*S*H (1972 TV Series)
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The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. (25 mins.)