50 Excellent Television Shows

50 of my favourite television shows. The top 25 i added in some of my own little taught's and reviews i would have done the whole lot but i'm too dam lazy! But be warned these may contain **SPOILERS**

It's my first list so if the writing in my little 'i say's' or 'dont miss' is not up to scratch.... Well i dont really care.

Hope i can sway you towards something that you might go on to enjoy.

Hit me with any comments.

Stephen
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1.
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
Modern day morality tale about New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, as he deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life. (58 mins.)

I Say :
Oooooooohh... It may be violent, racist, sexist, and bad to the bone, but it is also funny, melodramatic and cool. Its hard to think of another series that boasts so much intelligence, sublime writing or first rate performances.

Dont miss :
Christophers intervention ” - costello-stephen
 
2.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers, and law enforcement. (60 mins.)

I say :
Its A gritty series with a different theme each season, some of the seasons may not be for everyone (i hear people b*tch about the second season a lot) but never has a television series so faithfully and thoroughly involved itself and the narrative in the hierarchy of power and corruption that contribute towards the endemic poverty and exploitation of a city and its people - from the 'ground level' violence to the docks, City Hall and the press.

Dont miss :
Omar Little - Nuff said! ” - costello-stephen
 
3.
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
A show set in the late 1800's, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime. (60 mins.)

I say :
Ian McShanes or lovejoy's (as a lot of people know him) Al Swearengen is a stomping, violent, angry, ruthless, brilliant, petty and hilarious whore-master.... Easily one of the best villains to grace the television screen. His 'one-liners' are not to be missed.

Dont miss :
Al Swearengen's 'one-liner' as he makes his way into the his bar after a violent encounter and notices that 'A Jewish person' has been shot. (season 2 episode 1) ” - costello-stephen
 
4.
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
A likable Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals whom he believes have escaped justice. (60 mins.)

I say :
A serial killer with heart. Good television.... I wasn't a huge fan of season 5, but there's still enough entertainment in the previous seasons to make this a top show, lets just hope season 6 is a return to form or the networks 'Dark Passanger' can kill it off all together.

Dont miss :
John Lithgow creeping it real season 4.... ” - costello-stephen
 
5.
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
“ IMDB Says :
A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

I say :
A blend of black humor and outright horror, cutting commentary and the basest brutality the story lines jump from obscure to gripping in a flash.

Dont miss :
Simon Adebisi's little hat! How he keeps that thing on his head alone is gripping. ” - costello-stephen
 
6.
The Inbetweeners (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Follows four friends and their antics during their final years of school. (25 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
The exploits of four friends, who are socially only marginally above what one of them calls "the freaks"

I say :
This is hilarious because it represents a comedic image of how tragic most of our lives were as teenagers, Some people will hate this because the sense of humour in it isn't for everyone. But for me its modern British comedy at its best. Roll on the movie!

Dont miss :
Jay! His foul mouth! His lies! His sex advice to Simon and most of all his insults to Will...... Oh! and dont miss Neil wetting the bed in season 2! ” - costello-stephen
 
7.
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by the walking dead. Fighting the dead, fearing the living. (44 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies. (45 mins.)

I say :
Now THIS is Thriller! All we are missing is Michael Jackson dancing around in the back round! A high-budget American series featuring zombies, Personally, I love the visuals, but find the acting and story to be less-than-desirable, but there's enough in here to keep us entertained all through season 1 and have high hopes for season 2.

Dont miss :
The open questions that need to be answered in season 2 ” - costello-stephen
 
8.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (88 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

I say :
Sherlock Holmes in modern times. Really! Well they nailed it! There's no deer-stalkers or "elementary my dear Watson" instead we have a slick witty and eccentric Holmes and a Dr Watson who's not just a dumb sidekick as he has often been. The only negative thing I can come up with is that the first season had only three episodes but the cliffhanger between the seasons just makes me wanna see more!

Dont miss :
The choice Holmes has to make at the end of the last episode in season 1. ” - costello-stephen
 
9.
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 future. (49 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Informed he has terminal cancer, an underachieving chemistry genius turned high school chemistry teacher turns to using his expertise in chemistry to provide a legacy for his family... by producing the world's highest quality crystal meth.

I say :
I have to admit this one did not grab me from the start, but it is a show that will grow on you if you stick with it, and it only improves as the episodes continue. The transition of the characters is slow but beautifully written with plot twists coming in refreshing ways, and at just the right times.

Dont miss :
Walter's transition as he embrace's his darker side. ” - costello-stephen
 
10.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
Kings, queens, knights and renegades use schemes and swords to battle for the throne. (60 mins.)

I say :
Its a family fued at its best, i dont like my neighbours either but i dont go marching around with a sword! But the Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, and Tyrell families.... well they're a little diffrent. Love, betrayal, greed, murder, corruption and keeping your head on is the name of 'The Game' in this medieval drama.

Dont miss :
Season 1 episode 9 last twenty minutes. WTF!!??? You'll understand when you see it! ” - costello-stephen
 
11.
Boardwalk Empire (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era. (55 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson, the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster.

I say :
Slow, un-interesting, boring ... These are just some of the reviews i have read about 'Boardwalk Empire' but generally out numbered by glistening reviews. So it seems opinions are split on this one, well opinions are like nipples, everybody has one. Some have firm points, others are barely discernible through layers, and some are displayed at every opportunity regardless of whether the audience has stated "I am interested in your nipples" or not... so here's my nipple. With production values that are mind-boggling, cast, and a budget that surpass's anything that has gone before HBO is now the super-power of modern television, and Boardwalk Empire although may be contrived as slow or boring is the jewel in they're crown. It's a slick, stylish period drama that does have its flaws but also has a new standard is set with the storytelling, cinematography, production, cast & sets.

Dont miss :
The introduction of a 'Young ambitions gangster' and the performance by Michael Shannon (Zod bless him) ” - costello-stephen
 
12.
The Office (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager Brent as they continue their daily lives. (30 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager Brent as they continue their daily lives.

I say :
A bit like marmite this one... You'll either love it or hate it. But for me show is almost perfect. It's got an original concept, the writing is sheer brilliance, the 'comedy' itself dos'ent actually come from slapstick jokes or gags (imagine that?) but rather but rather from the awkward, cringy, embarrassing, unbearable to watch moments of chaos created by David Brent (Ricky Gervais). The support characters & cast are just marvelous and equally as intriguing, with side-splitting humor, watch through your fingers awkwardness and genuine touching moments the show starts on a high and (with only three seasons it's faithful to it's own legacy) finish's on a high. A must see.

Dont miss :
Season 1, Episode 4: Training ” - costello-stephen
 
13.
Father Ted (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Crazy sitcom about 3 priests and their housekeeper who live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland it seems! (25 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Crazy irish sitcom about 3 priests and their housekeeper who live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland it seems!

I say:
What can be said about Ireland's greatest comedy Father Ted? Well I love it. I would recommend it to everybody. The plots are imaginative and silly its almost impossible to deliver an objective review of this show because everything about it is near-perfect for me. The four main characters (Ted, Dougal, Jack & Mrs Doyle) are all you need for great comedy but the gold comes with the range of Priests each with they're own unique characteristic (the dancing priest, the monkey priest, the boring priest to name a few) and Craggy island natives themselves. The 'Simpsonesque' spoofing of classic film stories is fabulous in this semi-cartoon world. A joy to watch over & over.

Its as mad as a bag of spiders!

Dont miss :
The Craggy Island inhabitants. ” - costello-stephen
 
14.
Shameless (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of a young group of siblings pretty much abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits... (90 mins.)
Director: David Evans
“ IMDB Says :
The story of a young group of siblings pretty much abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits - and humor - on a rough Manchester council estate

I Say :
Poverty, abandonment, destitution on a council estate in Manchester! This should make for a depressing TV show eh? Well the beauty in Shameless is that it's not even remotely depressing, its the basic story of 'i get by with a little help from my friends' as the six Gallagher kids, their friends and neighbours form an extended family where everyone loves and supports everyone else, and the result is bawdy, rude, uplifting, heartwarming and fun but above all this is comedy/drama at its best.

Dont miss :
The copper arriving to ask Paddy Maguire has he seen "A stolen racehorse?" ” - costello-stephen
 
15.
Luther (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions. (60 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
"Luther" follows the cases of a troubled yet brilliant English police detective, DCI John Luther (Idris Elba). Separated from his wife, whom he loves passionately, he is torn between an unrelenting approach to solving serial killings and his attempts to rekindle his marriage

I say :
As you can probably see with my selection of crime drama's over cop drama's you'll notice i'm not a hugh fan of police or detective shows, however Luther like Craker is an exception, it dosent fall into the same pitfalls as other police drama's (They throw in a new criminal each episode to fill up most of the time and add a little bit of main story progression at the very end of the episode.... Here's looking at you CSI) instead it boasts intelligent writing with true British style and a good cast and character's who are very detailed and constantly evolving and growing with Idris Elba (Stringer Bell Ya'll) playing DCI Luther, constantly fighting his own deamons and a rich cast of characters who make his life 'interesting'.

Dont miss :
The last episode. ” - costello-stephen
 
16.
Misfits (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers. (60 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
A group of kids doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers.

I say :
This one is just entertaining as hell, it's got a unique style and quality that blends fantasy and horror with skins or shameless'esque style comedy. It's got balls! The 'Misfits' themselves are a group of interesting, likable and believable characters involved in well thought-out stories that are not over-complicated but still challenge the audience. The look of the show and realism in the dialogue mixed in with a excellent soundtrack gives it its own unique charm. I would recommend it to anyone who likes that blend 'Shaun of the Dead' horror/humor.
It's cool as biscuits!

Dont miss :
Th soundtrack ” - costello-stephen
 
17.
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
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.

I say :
I have to admit i haven't watched as much of this as i would have liked to but from what i have seen It oozes class, style, sophistication, cinematic production.... its basically a show for real actual grown ups. I have only watched three episodes but what i got from that was the writing in it is great & the 60s were racist, sexist, unhealthy, and unsafe but stylish as sh*t.

Dont miss :
Haven't watched much of this so.... Eh? ..... The Soprano's?
Sorry! ” - costello-stephen
 
18.
The Take (2009 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Based upon the novel by Martina Cole, this TV series is mostly about Freddie Jackson, portrayed by Tom Hardy, who is just out of prison. He has the right connections and now he's ready to use them.
Director: David Drury
“ IMDB Says :
Freddie Jackson (Tom Hardy) is just out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections and now he's ready to use them.

I say :
Tom Hardy as Freddy... He's got money, he's got power, but he's got issues. This drama is raw and unforgiving, it follows Freddy's up-rising and downfall over four decades.

Dont miss :
The nighties. ” - costello-stephen
 
19.
Extras (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment. (30 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably in end in failure and embarrassment.

I say :
Ricky Gervais's "difficult second album" as he calls it, we'll if that's the case this is like Oasis (band) following 'Definitely Maybe' with 'Whats the story morning glory' its BIGGER, not necessary BETTER but the quality is still there. The sad thing is this will always be bundled in and compared to 'The Office." but for me the quality and writing of this program see's it as a stand alone piece. The characters are more outlandish than any we see in the office and the guest stars playing an over the top & usually hilarious variant on on themselves.



Dont miss :
Stephen Merchant as Andy's agent Darren Lamb - He steals the show. ” - costello-stephen
 
20.
Family (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Mother is dying and invites her family to spend a few days in a chalet in Austria. In the isolation of the snow-covered mountains... (91 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
This four-part made-for-TV drama focuses up close on a Dublin couple with four children. Charlo is a hustler, a head-first footballer, a thief, abusive. Paula drinks, objects to Charlie's thievery and adultery without the will to chuck him out.

This was actually made in 1994 and called 'The Family' but i couldn't find it when adding it to this list so i just pulled the above for the title, the 'imdb say's' description is actually from wikipedia. Anyway this one is a pain in the hole as i have only seen it once when i was a kid and loved it! As did all Irish people and a lot of people from the UK from various comments on various sites. It's a based on a book by Roddy Doyle (The Commitments (1991) The Snapper (1993) The Van (1996) who is known for his intelligent, sharp, witty and funny style of writing. The sad thing about this is has never been made available on DVD from the BBC. To sum up, many years before 'Shameless' there was an Irish version called 'The Family' (see comments on shameless and replace Manchester with Dublin)
Although it has been reported recently that the BBC are about to make this available on DVD for the first time its a shame that it's taken this long. David Chase reference's it as an inspiration for 'The Soprano's' if you ever get to see it you'll see the similarities.

Dont miss :
The DVD release if they'll ever get the finger out ” - costello-stephen
 
21.
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

I say :
12 episodes of pure comedy gold. Nobody dishes out snobby snidey insults like Basil Fawlty. John Cleese and Andrew Sachs steal the show as Basil Fawlty, the highly faulty proprietor of a small hotel and Manuel, the hapless busboy and constant doormat for Basil.

Dont miss :
The lovable but hapless Manuel as he struggles with every interaction with Basil, with the 'fire drill' being a particular highlight. ” - costello-stephen
 
22.
Ghostwatch (1992 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters... (91 mins.)
Director: Lesley Manning
“ IMDB Says :
The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'.

I say :
I threw this on here cause i seen this when i was about 10 and it frightened the bejaysus out of me.
It was reveled after much controversy and the highest number of complaints about one show EVER to the BBC that it was a fake documentary hoax. I decided to watch it again recently as an adult knowing it was a hoax ..... and guess what!
IT FRIGHTENED THE BEJAYSUS OUT OF ME!
Check it out!

Dont miss :
Parkinson possessed ” - costello-stephen
 
23.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. (44 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
The survivors of a plane crash are forced to live with each other on a remote island, a dangerous new world that poses unique threats of its own.

I say :
I have to admit a lot of the time it's just like they are making it up on the spot to keep the show going and that the plot is going no where! But dam can this show p*ss you off and keep you hooked at the same time. It's like playing with a Rubik's Cube some will stick with the twists and turns till the end, others realize there's better things to be doing with they're lives and others will peel the stickers off and stick them back on to get a cheap view of the completed article.

Dont miss :
Dont die before you see the last episode or you'll never know what happens and instead of going to heaven you end up on an island where weird plot lines get dragged out to the point that you kill yourself and end up back on the island and the cycle repeats itself, actually maybe that's what happened? Who knows?
Check it out! ” - costello-stephen
 
24.
Cracker (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An abrasively eccentric forensic psychologist aids in the solving of difficult police cases. (100 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
An abrasively eccentric forensic psychologist aids in the solving of difficult police cases.

I say :
It's impossible to overstate how classy this programme is. The cast are uniformly superb, Jimmy Mc Govern's writing is by times disturbing and violent, by times deeply compassionate, and the overall tone of the piece is dark and moody, but with just enough ascerbic humour to lighten the weight.

Dont miss :
The terrific supporting cast including Robert Carlisle,Christopher Eccleston, Geraldine Sommrevile and the superb Ricky Tomlinson ” - costello-stephen
 
25.
An Idiot Abroad (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Brit Karl Pilkington has led a sheltered life. Not having done any traveling, he enjoys living within the comforts of what he knows... (43 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
The man who doesn't know if he controls his brain, or his brain controls him, delivers exactly what you would expect.

I Say :
It's hard to explain this show, but its everything that David Attenbrough or Michael Palin is not and its absolutely hilarious. It's an un-willing Manc in country that he dosent wana be in doing stuff that he dosent wanna do and If you "get" Karl Pilkington then you will adore this. You'll find his dry humour and insights to be brilliant. (His detractors claim he's simply stupid, but there is a certain level of genius to the majority of his comments and quick wit, including that story about the toad at the end of episode one and how he masterfully tied it together with the theme of the episode itself and his earlier experiences attempting to eat one of the creatures.) It's just great fun.

Dont miss :
Karl offering 'Monster Munch' to a local tribe. ” - costello-stephen
 
26.
Family Guy (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
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. ” - costello-stephen
 
27.
Nurse Jackie (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas. (27 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas. ” - costello-stephen
 
28.
The Shield (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The lives and cases of a dirty LAPD cop and the police unit under his command. (47 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking... (60 mins.)

I say :
Michael Chiklis looks lie a testical ” - costello-stephen
 
29.
Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. (533 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
David Attenborough shows us the planet, as we have never seen it before. ” - costello-stephen
 
30.
Teachers (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Comedy drama that follows the exploits of school staff both inside and out of the classroom. (50 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Comedy drama that follows the exploits of school staff both inside and out of the classroom. ” - costello-stephen
 
31.
The Ricky Gervais Show (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant talk to Karl Pilkington about important things in life whilst Karl provides anything but intelligent answers. Comedy at its finest with wonderful animation. (30 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
The Ricky Gervais Show is a comedy audio show in the UK starring Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington, later adapted into an animated televised version debuting for HBO

I say :
Interaction between Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington and Stephen Merchant ... extremely funny.... this man believes a stick insect was evolved when at some stage an insect has "had it off" with a stick! ” - costello-stephen
 
32.
The Royal Family (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Al Royal and his wife Victoria had just settled down to retire when their daughter Elizabeth, newly divorced from a man that Al had always hated... (30 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house. ” - costello-stephen
 
33.
Detroit 1-8-7 (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The everyday trials and tribulations of Detroit's homicide unit. (42 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Fictional documentarians follow and film Detroit homicide police. ” - costello-stephen
 
34.
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
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 gang. (45 mins.) ” - costello-stephen
 
35.
Underbelly (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Each season of this multi award winning Television series takes you through a 13 episode run in the... (60 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Australian television mini-series, Underbelly is a fictionalised account of the events behind the Melbourne gangland war that lasted from 1995 until 2004. ” - costello-stephen
 
36.
24 (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
Federal Agent Jack Bauer can't afford to always play by the rules. As a member of the L.A. Counter Terrorist Unit, Jack must stop bombs, viruses, assassination attempts, and usually save someone he cares about at the same time. Every season of this series has 24 episodes, each unfolding in real time following a consecutive hour in one very bad day. (42 mins.)

I say :
Apparently Chuck Norris watched a whole season in 6 hours! ” - costello-stephen
 
37.
Brotherhood (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(88 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
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). ” - costello-stephen
 
38.
Six Feet Under (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family that runs an independent funeral home. (55 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family that runs an independent funeral home. ” - costello-stephen
 
39.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield. (22 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
The satiric adventures of a working class family in the misfit city of Springfield. ” - costello-stephen
 
40.
Malcolm in the Middle (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family. (22 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
A gifted young teen tries to survive with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family. (30 mins.) ” - costello-stephen
 
41.
Band of Brothers (2001 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day. (594 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day. ” - costello-stephen
 
42.
The Pacific (2010 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. (530 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. ” - costello-stephen
 
43.
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.)
“ Imdb says :
An idiosyncratic FBI Agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

I say :
Some bird goes missing..... Sh*t gets weird. ” - costello-stephen
 
44.
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
A satirical look at three different families and the trials they face in each of their own uniquely comedic ways. (30 mins.) ” - costello-stephen
 
45.
This Is England '86 (2010 Mini-Series)
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Shaun has just finished his final exams and he realizes he is no longer a kid. It's mid 80's England, and the gang are back, looking for a laugh, a job, and something that resembles a future. (47 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Much of the series was filmed around the sprawling, down-at-heel Gleadless Valley area of Sheffield, with most of the drama centring on Ironside Road and the large, concrete-sided maisonettes are a prominent feature across either side of Blackstock Road, the estate's main artery. ” - costello-stephen
 
46.
Peep Show (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life. (25 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life. ” - costello-stephen
 
47.
Brass Eye (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Controversal spoof of current-affairs TV and the role of celebrity in the UK. (25 mins.)
“ IMDB Says :
Controversial spoof of current-affairs TV and the role of celebrity in the UK. ” - costello-stephen
 
48.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
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. ” - costello-stephen
 
49.
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.)
“ IMDB Says :
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. ” - costello-stephen
 
50.
Skins (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures. (46 mins.)
“ The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures. ” - costello-stephen