My 30 Favorite Television Series

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1.
I Love Lucy (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations. (30 mins.)
 
2.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
 
3.
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
 
4.
Bewitched (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces. (25 mins.)
 
5.
Jonny Quest (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Quest family and their bodyguard investigate strange phenomena and battle villains around the world. (30 mins.)
 
6.
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The original rapid fire sketch comedy show. (60 mins.)
 
7.
The Archie Show (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The comedic misadventures and music of Archie Andrews and his friends. (30 mins.)
Director: Hal Sutherland
 
8.
The Partridge Family (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The humourous adventures of a family of pop musicians. (30 mins.)
“ While I adore this show, for me, the first two seasons are the best. The entire appeal for me was how the Partridges maintained being a family in the world of show business, and at the same time they touched on topics and situations relevant for the times. For whatever reason the producers of the show decided to domesticate the Partridges in the final two seasons and it started to become as bland as The Brady Bunch. But, there were some later episodes that were outstanding. ” - TheFabulousThomasJ
 
9.
Mary Tyler Moore (1970 TV Series)
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The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
 
10.
The Golden Girls (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times. (30 mins.)
 
11.
Designing Women (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The misadventures of four women and their handyman running a design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. (30 mins.)
 
12.
Thirtysomething (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Hope and Michael are a married couple in their thirties, living in Philadelphia, and struggling with everyday adult angst... (60 mins.)
 
13.
Roseanne (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems: Marriage, Children, Money and Parents in Law. (22 mins.)
 
14.
The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The gross misadventures of a hyper chihuahua and a stupid cat. (30 mins.)
 
15.
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
“ Of all of the 25 shows I have listed, this is the only one that never had a less-than-stellar episode IMHO; every episode was first-rate. ” - TheFabulousThomasJ
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
Will & Grace (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Will and Grace live together in an apartment in New York. He's a gay lawyer, she's a straight interior designer. (22 mins.)
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Gilmore Girls (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. (44 mins.)
 
20.
Queer as Folk (2000 TV Series)
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The lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (47 mins.)
 
21.
The Closer (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases. (46 mins.)
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Torchwood (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. (50 mins.)
 
24.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
Modern Family (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. (22 mins.)
 
27.
The Middle (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the town of Orson, Indiana. (22 mins.)
 
28.
Archer (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones. (22 mins.)
 
29.
American Horror Story (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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, and an enigmatic hotel. (60 mins.)
 
30.
Boss (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Mayor Tom Kane, diagnosed with a dementia disorder, struggles to keep his grip on power in Chicago. (56 mins.)