EliteSeries

This list celebrates the absolute best television series from the last 15 years. What separates them from other series is that they seem to transcend time which allows them to be watched perhaps 10-20 years from now without losing any entertainment value. There is no specific order or ranking thus far. One major criteria in order to be added is that a series must have completed 3 seasons at least. However there will be a few exceptions of course. Also, there are several series that I've yet to watch so they will not be added just yet.
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1.
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.)
 
2.
Damages (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A law school graduate becomes the protégée of a successful high-stakes litigator. (60 mins.)
 
3.
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, which affects his mental state and ends up seeking professional psychiatric counseling. (55 mins.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Nip/Tuck (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The dark and twisted trials of two plastic surgeons. (44 mins.)
 
7.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself in with his friends and complete strangers. (28 mins.)
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Five friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia. (22 mins.)
 
10.
Weeds (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is. (28 mins.)
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
 
13.
Six Feet Under (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 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.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
The Larry Sanders Show (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show. (30 mins.)
 
16.
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A divorced father, he has custody of his 23-year-old slacker son Ben, who dreams of wealth and freedom but is too lazy to find a real job... (30 mins.)
 
17.
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two comedians, average nobodies, and celebrity guest stars perform bizarre low-budget comedy sketches. (11 mins.)
 
18.
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 David Brent as they continue their daily lives. (30 mins.)
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-splatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers. (53 mins.)
 
21.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 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.)
 
22.
Prison Break (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside. (44 mins.)
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
This is a sketch-comedy show. The twist here is that all of the sketches (Even the monologue) are connected in some strange way. (27 mins.)
 
25.
The Sarah Silverman Program. (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Sarah Silverman stars as Sarah Silverman, an unemployed single woman who still behaves like a child... (22 mins.)
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
Extras (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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.)
 
28.
Trailer Park Boys (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Three petty felons have a documentary made about their life in a trailer park. (30 mins.)
 
29.
Kenny vs. Spenny (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two best friends, Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice, face each other in various competitions. At the end of each episode, the loser gets humiliated. (22 mins.)
 
30.
Flight of the Conchords (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Bret and Jemaine are Flight of the Conchords, a folk-rock band from New Zealand living in New York City in search of stardom. (28 mins.)
 
31.
The Life & Times of Tim (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Watch as Tim finds himself in several awkward situations in this HBO cartoon comedy.
 
32.
Bored to Death (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels. (28 mins.)
 
33.
Californication (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A writer tries to juggle his career, his relationship with his daughter and his ex-girlfriend, as well as his appetite for beautiful women. (28 mins.)
Director: Adam Bernstein
 
34.
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The comedy illusionist duo explore various topics and debunk what they consider misconceptions about them. (30 mins.)
 
35.
Wonder Showzen (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An all-cynical, all-evil absurdist variety show that parodies the classic educational PBS shows of the 1970s, made up of old cartoons and educational films, children, and puppets from one's worst nightmares. (30 mins.)
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
Generation Kill (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003. (70 mins.)
 
39.
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 U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day. (594 mins.)
 
40.
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.)