Top 100 TV Showsby bacboris | created - 06 Apr 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
There's nothing worse than a Top 100 list that strives to be everyone's cup of tea. This list reflects that sentiment.
These TV shows tell a great story fused with superb acting. Hopefully you can find a gem among this long-collected list!
As for the list's criteria/parameters:
1. Each show has at least 3 episodes 2. The oldest program on here is from 1978 (Sorry Classic TV aficionados) 3. As for format, you wont find any Anime (Just don't quite get the form) or Shows categorized as 'Family'/'Children'
4. Most importantly, All classics have to hold up over time and to another viewing. As such, great writing and meaningful stories have far more weight on here than 'Critic's Choices'.
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1. Firefly (2002–2003)
TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
4. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama
A New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and leads him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.
7. Profit (1996– )
90 min | Drama
Jim Profit works for a multinational company, and isn't above using any means necessary to get ahead, and that includes bribery, blackmail, intimidation, extortion, and even murder. Now ... See full summary »
8. La Femme Nikita (1997–2001)
60 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Section One, a clandestine anti-terrorist organization, fakes the death of a jailed, convicted murderer and, believing her twin assets of beauty and ability to kill will make her a valuable... See full summary »
10. Dag (2010–2015)
23 min | Comedy, Drama
Dag is a Norwegian comedy series about a marriage counselor who think people should live in solitude. He hates spending time with other people, except from his friend Benedict who is ... See full summary »
12. Altered Carbon (2018– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.
14. House M.D. (2004–2012)
TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery
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.
15. Raines (2007– )
TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Los Angeles. Present day. Michael Raines, an eccentric but brilliant cop, solves murders in a very unusual way - he turns the victims into his partners. These visions are figments of Raines... See full summary »
16. Touching Evil (2004– )
60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Returning from a year-long psychological leave of absence after surviving a gunshot wound to the head, a detective is assigned to the F.B.I.'s new Organized and Serial Crime Unit (O.S.C.U.)... See full summary »
18. Jekyll (2007– )
334 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi
London, 2007. Tom Jackman is the only living descendent of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He has made a deal with his dark side: a body share. What Mr. Hyde doesn't know is that Tom has a family.... See full summary »
19. Wiseguy (1987–1990)
TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Vinnie Terranova does time in a New Jersey penitentiary to set up his undercover role as an agent for the OCB (Organized Crime Bureau) of the United States. His roots in a traditional ... See full summary »
21. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.
27. Vikings (2013– )
TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The world of the Vikings is brought to life through the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Viking to emerge from Norse legend and onto the pages of history - a man on the edge of myth.
29. Las Vegas (2003–2008)
TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama
Welcome to the Montecito Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, where you can do anything you want, but Ed Deline and his crack surveillance team will be watching. Just remember: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
30. The Last Kingdom (2015– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Action, History, Romance
The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the... See full summary »
34. Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993–1997)
60 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Kwai Chang Caine was a priest at a Shaolin temple, where his son Peter also lived and studied. The temple was destroyed and father and son each thought the other had perished in the fire. ... See full summary »
35. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama.
36. Slings and Arrows (2003–2006)
60 min | Comedy
In the fictional town of New Burbage, legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure... See full summary »
40. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
43. Golden Boy (2013)
60 min | Drama
Walter Clark is destined to be the youngest police commissioner in the history of the NYPD. This is the story of how it came to be. It begins 7 years before he became commissioner, when he ... See full summary »
46. Sports Night (1998–2000)
30 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
Casey McCall and Dan Rydell are sports anchors and best friends. On "Sports Night," their nightly cable program, the two display their unique talent and skills in reporting up-to-the-minute... See full summary »
53. Awake (2012)
TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
After a car accident takes the life of a family member, a police detective lives two alternating parallel lives, one with his wife and one with his son. Is one of his "realities" merely a dream?
55. Backstrom (2015)
TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
The Portland Police Bureau's Elite Special Crimes Unit is led by Det. Lt. Everett Backstrom, an alcoholic and smoker who is in failing health, but takes on cases in special circumstances.
56. Game of Thrones (2011– )
TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.
58. The Collector (2004–2006)
60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
Centuries ago, Morgan Pym made a deal with Satan: his soul, in exchange for 10 years with his one true love. After she died, Morgan - desperate to avoid eternity in hell - agreed to become ... See full summary »
60. Karen Sisco (2003–2004)
60 min | Crime, Drama
Smart. Sexy. Tough. Karen Sisco is a United States marshal on Miami's Gold Coast. In pursuit of dangerous fugitives, Karen must pick her way through the dark underbelly of South Beach ... See full summary »
62. Dracula (2013–2014)
TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Dracula travels to London, with dark plans for revenge against those who ruined his life centuries earlier. However, his plan is complicated when he falls in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
72. Eureka (2006–2012)
TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A U.S. Marshall becomes the sheriff of a remote cozy little Northwestern town of Eureka where the best minds in the US have secretly been tucked away to build futuristic inventions for the government which often go disastrously wrong.
74. Brotherhood (2006–2008)
TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama
Set in an Irish neighbourhood in Providence, the series reflects around two brothers on opposite sides of the law: one a gangster (Jason Isaacs) and the other a politician (Jason Clarke).
77. Four Kings (2006)
30 min | Comedy
Barry (Green), Ben (Cooke), Jason (Grinnell), and Bobby (McRae) are lifelong friends who affectionately refer to themselves as the "Four Kings of New York. The guys find their bonds to one another tested when they all move into the apartment that Ben inherited from his grandmother.
81. Medici: Masters of Florence (2016– )
60 min | Biography, Drama, History
A political family drama set in Florence in the early 15th century. Cosimo de Medici finds himself at the helm of his banking dynasty when his father, Giovanni, dies suddenly.
83. The Almighty Johnsons (2011–2013)
47 min | Drama, Fantasy
The Almighty Johnsons is a new South Pacific Pictures comedy-drama series about four brothers, raised in heartland New Zealand, who also happen to be the living incarnations of Norse Gods. ... See full summary »
84. Eli Stone (2008–2009)
60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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.
85. Endgame (2011)
60 min | Crime, Drama
Endgame is an original drama series centering on brilliant chess master, Arkady Balagan. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver ... See full summary »
86. Jericho (2006–2008)
TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
A small town in Kansas is literally left in the dark after seeing a mushroom cloud over near-by Denver, Colorado. The townspeople struggle to find answers about the blast and solutions on how to survive.
88. Breakout Kings (2011–2012)
43 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A squad of U.S. marshals team up with cons (former fugitives) to work together on tracking down prison escapees in exchange for getting time off their sentences.
91. Republic of Doyle (2010– )
60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Jake Doyle and his father Malachy run a private investigations agency in St. John's, Newfoundland. Their cases involve them in all sorts of dealings - not all of them on the right side of the law.
94. It's Like, You Know... (1999–2001)
30 min | Comedy
New York-writer Arthur Garment moves to L.A. to write a book about his hatred of the city and its vapid and superficial culture, however, the longer he remains there, he finds himself growing increasingly fond of it.
95. Do Over (2002– )
30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Thirty-four-year-old Joel Larsen gets a second chance to get his life right, thanks to a freakish accident that catapults him back to 1981. Blessed with adult wisdom, though hampered by ... See full summary »
100. Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005)
TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy
A teenage girl is visited by God, disguised as everyday people, and is given assignments and tasks that eventually have a positive outcome on people's lives.