21 best US TV shows in the last 21 years

21 amazing and/or groundbreaking TV shows made in USA 1990-2011, listed by year.
I have only included shows I have watched in their entirety.
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1.
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.)
“ Exceptional, extraordinary, groundbreaking. Bob still scares me. ” - v-e-e
 
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.)
“ Absurdly funny. Jerry is a bad actor but a hilarious comedian. ” - v-e-e
 
3.
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore. (60 mins.)
“ A-M-A-Z-I-N-G show from David Simon (who was later to create The Wire). ” - v-e-e
 
4.
Beavis and Butt-Head (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Animated MTV series about two teen aged heavy-metal music fans who occasionally do idiotic things because they are bored. For them, everything is "cool" or "sucks." (15 mins.)
“ From a time when MTV was still a _music_ television, comes this tale of ultimate metalheads. ” - v-e-e
 
5.
My So-Called Life (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A 15-year-old girl and her trials and tribulations of being a teenager and dealing with friends, guys, parents and school. (60 mins.)
“ For most people 'Freaks and Geeks' seems to be the best high-school show. I disagree. Predating F&G by 5 years, this show captured the best and the worst of the high-school experience in a (mostly) realistic manner and launched the careers of Claire Danes and Jared Leto. Like F&G, it was cancelled after only 1 season. ” - v-e-e
 
6.
Oz (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants. (55 mins.)
Director: Gregory Dark
“ This show works on a plethora of dramatic levels and is outstanding in every way. The hot naked guys are just a bonus. ” - v-e-e
 
7.
Daria (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A smart and cynical girl goes through teenage life as a proud outsider in a world of mainly idiotic adolescents and condescending adults. (30 mins.)
Director: Karen Disher
“ My hero. ” - v-e-e
 
8.
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.)
“ The early seasons were funny and interesting. The recent ones not so much.. with an odd exception here and there. ” - v-e-e
 
9.
Sex and the City (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the '90s. (30 mins.)
“ A show that defined a generation of women... for better or worse. ” - v-e-e
 
10.
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. (55 mins.)
 
11.
Invader ZIM (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
An alien from the planet Irk is sent to Earth, not realising that his leaders were fooling him and didn't think a planet was there. He manages to fit in with school children but one boy sees through his disguise. (30 mins.)
“ By Jhonen Vasquez, the creator of "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac" and "Squee". Sadly, has under 30 episodes... ” - v-e-e
 
12.
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.)
“ Shakespeare meets the western. Love, love, LOVE the dialogues. ” - v-e-e
 
13.
Rescue Me (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Tommy Gavin deals with the fears of his job as a firefighter and seeing his ex-wife dating other men. (60 mins.)
“ Funny scripts, very dynamic storylines, interwoven with poignant and thought provoking moments. ” - v-e-e
 
14.
House M.D. (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
“ When it first aired, there was nothing quite like it. Sadly it has grown too predictable and derivative. It should have been cancelled a few seasons ago so we could remember it for its brilliance and not the rom-com-drama-whatever drivel it has turned into. ” - v-e-e
 
15.
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.)
“ An ironic peek into the film industry. ” - v-e-e
 
16.
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.)
“ Liz Lemon is like a grown-up "Daria", and Jack Donaghy is a comedy version of SATC's Mr. Big. ” - v-e-e
 
17.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
“ Is it weird that I like the antagonists more than the main characters? John Lithgow was beyond amazing. ” - v-e-e
 
18.
Californication (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A self-loathing, alcoholic writer attempts to repair his damaged relationships with his daughter and her mother while combating sex addiction, a budding drug problem, and the seeming inability to avoid making bad decisions. (28 mins.)
Director: Adam Bernstein
“ Season 2 is the best. I loved Lew Ashby!! ” - v-e-e
 
19.
Sons of Anarchy (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (45 mins.)
 
20.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's financial future. (49 mins.)
 
21.
Justified (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (44 mins.)
“ The best show currently on TV.
The scripts are always engaging, funny and to the point, Olyphant is brilliant as Rayland Givens, and Walton Goggins steals every scene he appears in. ” - v-e-e