Best TV Shows Period

In no particular order or genre these are the best TV shows ever to grace the small screen. I will keep adding as shows come to me...
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1.
Leverage (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A crew of high-tech crooks attempt to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen. (42 mins.)
“ Action/suspense/thriller. Take "Ocean's 11" mix that with "Robin Hood" and you get "Leverage." This show is intelligent, action packed, funny, exciting, and yet holds itself back from becoming a stereotype of any one genre. Well worth the investment of your time. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
2.
The Mentalist (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A famous "psychic" outs himself as a fake and starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he can find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter. (43 mins.)
“ Murder/mystery. Smart and witty "The Mentalist" plays out like many other good detective shows, namely Monk, Columbo, Psych (it borrows from these three without becoming a clone). However, there is a dark side to this show as the shows hero (The Mentalist of the shows title) is hunting down a serial killer called Red John who killed his wife and son and who unfortunately is always one step ahead of him. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
3.
Psych (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A novice sleuth is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases. (44 mins.)
“ Murder/mystery/comedy. Funnier than most sit-com's, this show mixes the tried and tested detective formula with liberal helpings of laugh out loud humor. If you like stupid college and slapstick humor with loads of 1980's references thrown in for good measure you'll love "Psych." ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
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.)
“ Sci-fi. Cheesy, cheap, and cheerful, this remake of the original "Doctor Who" is the best of British. It's a shame David Tennant moved on after season 4 as he was for me the best Doctor ever! Oh well, from what I've seen and heard the new guy is pretty good. Lots of great sci-fi story lines and therein lies this shows strength. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
5.
Monk (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Adrian Monk is a brilliant San Francisco detective, whose obsessive compulsive disorder just happens to get in the way. (47 mins.)
“ Murder/mystery. One of the best detective shows of all time... one par with the best that "Columbo" had to offer. At times Mr Monk could be just plain annoying, but that was the point. A detective show with a difference, the main character Mr Monk has OCD. This makes for an enjoyable and quirky detective show. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
6.
Eureka (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government's benefit. (60 mins.)
“ Sci-fi. Off the wall hit about a town of geniuses and the ordinary sheriff who always saved the day when disaster looms... which is in every episode. Funny and well thought out sci-fi for the discerning fan of this genre. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
7.
The Pretender (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A specially gifted man, with the ability to instantly master any skill, escapes from a secret agency and travels the country taking on a different jobs and helping strangers. (60 mins.)
“ Action/thriller/sci-fi. One my favorite shows "The Pretender" was a clever mix of action, thriller, and sci-fi. Earlier episodes are reminiscent of "Quantum Leap" "Early Edition" and the like, in that the shows hero sets about helping those in need. However, the shows back story take more a center stage in later seasons and that's when it comes into it's own. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
8.
Chuck (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, CIA and NSA assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down. (43 mins.)
“ Action/comedy/sci-fi. Awesome! That's the one word I would use to describe this show. Right from the start I knew this show was going to be something special. If you looking for a good show, one that will keep you entertained with no filler episodes, then check out "Chuck." Awesome!!! ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
9.
Castle (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes. (43 mins.)
“ Murder/mystery. Nathan Fillion ("Firefly" see below) is back on the small screen in yet another amazing show. He may have given up his space cowboy outfit for a tailored suit, but Fillion's wicked sense and boyish charm of humor continue to shine through. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
10.
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.)
“ Sci-fi/western. One season!?! Seriously, what was Fox thinking. I wasn't too sure of a space cowboy adventure but by the end of the series I was hooked. Nathan Fillion starts as the shows hero who is reminiscent of a certain Mr Han Solo, but with a wicked sense of humor. Throw in the fact that Adam Baldwin ("Chuck") plays his usual grunting self and you have a winning combo. Cancelled way too soon "Firefly" was followed up by the brilliant movie "Serenity" in 2005. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
11.
Merlin (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
These are the brand new adventures of Merlin, the legendary sorcerer as a young man, when he was just a servant to young prince Arthur on the royal court of Camelot who has soon become his best friend and turned Arthur into a great king and a legend. (45 mins.)
“ Fantasy. Set in the days of ancient lore, "Merlin" is like the "Smallville" of the ancient world. For a BBC produced show the FX are very good, but as with anything produced by the 'Beeb' the writing is this shows strength. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
12.
Human Target (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A unique bodyguard protects his clients by secretly infiltrating their lives in order to draw out and eliminate threats. (60 mins.)
“ Action/adventure. If James Bond and Jason Bourne had a love child then you would get Christopher Chance, the hero of this show. Lots of action, there is a fight in every episode, this show rocks. Some of the episodes are a little weak, but hey what show doesn't have weak ep's? ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
13.
Frasier (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lives with his father and works as a radio psychiatrist. (22 mins.)
“ Comedy. Still one of the best sit-com's ever! Funny, sarcastic, witty, and even slapstick humor is on offer here, but it's the deep loving relationship's that hold this show together and make it one of the most poignant shows to ever air. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
14.
The Dead Zone (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Johnny Smith has been leading an idyllic small-town life. Employed as a science teacher, Johnny takes... (60 mins.)
“ Sci-fi/thriller. Based on the novel of the same title by Stephen King I hated the 1983, movie but loved this show. Sure it's a little cheesy in places and there are some episodes that were extremely weak, but at the end of the day the show works. Dark and foreboding, yet hopeful, this show lasted six seasons. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
15.
The 4400 (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As the reappearance of 4,400 missing persons on a single day confounds the global community, federal agents on the case slowly discover the ways in which the victims have been changed. (43 mins.)
“ Sci-fi. This show was amazing. The premise was very simple, yet brilliant - 4400 people who were abducted by "aliens" are returned to earth, each with a special power. The show lasted 4 seasons and to be honest could have gone on for at least a couple more. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
16.
Doc Martin (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Trials and tribulations of a socially challenged doctor in Cornwall, England (46 mins.)
“ Drama/comedy. I love this quirky little show from Britain. It's about a big city doctor who goes to live and work in a small seaside town; the quirkiness comes from the fact that he suffers from hemophilia (fear of blood). As a Brit I totally got this show, but I know some of my friends here in North America didn't get it at all. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
17.
Eli Stone (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
San Francisco lawyer Eli Stone begins to see things, which leads him to discover a brain aneurysm. But his visions lead him to accept cases with little monetary gain but a lot of moral goodness. (60 mins.)
“ Legal drama/spiritual. "Eli Stone" takes the familiar idea of helping those in need and mixes it with a legal drama then adds in spirituality. Oh, and then there's those song and dance routines. Sounds like it shouldn't work but it does, and well. I was sad to see Mr Stone go away never to grace our screens again, but at least we have 2 wonderful seasons to watch again and again. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
18.
Flashforward (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A special task force in the FBI investigates after every person on Earth simultaneously blacks out and awakens with a short vision of their future. (42 mins.)
“ Sci-fi/thriller/drama. Pre-destination vs. free will. A huge subject to cover in a TV show, but FF did it well. I was PO'd at the end because they left so many loose ends and more questions which they probably would have gotten to if they had filmed a second season. A good example (like "Firefly") that studios don't know a classic when it bites them on the ass. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
19.
The Listener (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young paramedic discovers he has telepathic powers. (42 mins.)
“ Sci-fi/drama/thriller. One of the few Canadian shows I own, this show borrows much from many places but makes it work. A little dark and deals with subject matter that most other shows tend to shy away from. Not my favorite, but worthy of a mention. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
20.
Quantum Leap (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time--"leaping" into the body of a different person in a different time period each week. (60 mins.)
Director: John Cullum
“ Sci-fi/drama. Dr Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished! And thus began one of the all time best shows. A heartfelt and warm show that got better as it progressed through it's 5 seasons. A classic to be sure. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
21.
Sliders (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A boy genius and his comrades travel to different parallel universes, trying to find their way back home. (60 mins.)
“ Sci-fi. Similar to the brilliant show "Quantum Leap" in that the Sliders help those in need on their travels. The big difference is that they aren't jumping from time to time they are 'sliding' between parallel worlds. The early episodes are a little weak and show really takes off in season 3. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
22.
Stargate SG-1 (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore the recently discovered Stargates. (44 mins.)
“ Sci-fi. I love the Stargate franchise. The first of three shows that follow the adventures of a team of 'off-world' explorers who use the Stargate to travel to world's throughout space. Lost steam around season 8 but as a whole worth watching. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
23.
Stargate: Atlantis (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith. (44 mins.)
“ Sci-fi. In my books this was far superior to SG1 in that it has stronger characters, better bad guys, and is way funnier. If you loved SG1 you'll love this! ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
24.
SGU Stargate Universe (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Trapped on an Ancient spaceship billions of light-years from home, a group of soldiers and civilians struggle to survive and find their way back to Earth. (43 mins.)
“ Sci-fi. Stargate in name only. This show is more Battlestar Galactica than SG1 of Atlantis. Saying that, it did grow on me and by the end of season 1 I was hooked. More adult oriented than SG1 and Atlantis. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
25.
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.)
“ Comedy. Classic comedy with many memorable moments. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
26.
According to Jim (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A TV show centered around macho everyman, his loving wife, and their three precocious children. (30 mins.)
“ Comedy. Funny and surprisingly touching this show focuses on a family living in Chicago. Some episodes were just plain weak, but most of them were laugh out loud funny. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
27.
The Fugitive (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Dr. Richard Kimble is framed for his wife's murder by a mysterious one-armed man. During sentencing... (60 mins.)
“ Action/thriller. I for one loved this remake of the 1960's show. I was shocked when it didn't come back for a second season as it had all the right elements to make a long lived show - action, thrills, good story-lines, great acting, and heart. ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
28.
Primeval (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When strange anomalies start to appear all over England, Professor Cutter and his team must track down and capture all sorts of dangerous prehistoric creatures from Earth's distant past and near future. (60 mins.)
“ Leave it to the Brits to come up with a show in which dinosaurs roam modern day England. Havoc and mayhem ensue as a plucky band of dino-hunters save the day again and again... ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
29.
Warehouse 13 (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After saving the life of the President in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S Secret Service agents are whisked... (43 mins.)
“ Think X-Files lite mixed with Indiana Jones lite and you get what this show is like. Good fun; no big shocks or genre altering storylines... just good fun! ” - ChristianFilmGuy
 
30.
Fawlty Towers (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away. (30 mins.)
“ Without doubt one of the funniest things ever to grace the TV screen. John Cleese is brilliant as the OTT hotel owner Basil Fawlty. A classic in every sense. ” - ChristianFilmGuy