Great TV Shows and Animated Series to See

The best shows I've seen. No particular order. If you haven't seen anime before, please give it a chance. I actually find many anime to be even more compelling and immersive than great shows like Breaking Bad.

* I know anime stigma exists with lots of people, esp. with the mainstream kiddie anime you hear about, but if you're open-minded enough, you'd see that many anime series tell great stories, complemented by the style of the anime.
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1.
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.)
 
2.
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.)
“ Season 1 is amazing, season 4 is pretty good as well. I can't say the same for the others. ” - Lance Vance
 
3.
Usagi Drop (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A man adopts his six-year-old aunt and raises her as his own kin.
“ An anime underrated on IMDB, as are many of the great, non-mainstream anime. This is a simplistic yet endearing and heartwarming anime. ” - Lance Vance
 
4.
Firefly (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
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. (44 mins.)
 
5.
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.)
“ This is a clever and hilarious show. I just don't get why people hate on this show. ” - Lance Vance
 
6.
Raising Hope (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jimmy becomes a single parent to an infant after the mother he had a one-night stand with ends up on death row. (22 mins.)
“ I feel this is underrated. Definitely a show that deserves way more attention and praise than what New Girl gets ” - Lance Vance
 
7.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Four young friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia. (22 mins.)
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
Steins;Gate (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After discovering time travel, a university student and his colleagues must use their knowledge of it to stop an evil organization and their diabolical plans. (24 mins.)
“ First 12 episodes not exciting, but it picks up after that ” - Lance Vance
 
11.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Six childhood friends have grown apart over the years following the death of one of them, Menma. The original 'leader' of this friend group... (23 mins.)
 
12.
Death Note (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it. (24 mins.)
 
13.
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.)
“ A humorous portrayal of random sh*! that happens in life. ” - Lance Vance
 
14.
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.)
“ Every time Leon is in an episode, 10/10. bringin' the ruckus ” - Lance Vance
 
15.
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.)
“ Never a dull moment, but to be honest, I think this is overrated on IMDB. When it comes to humor, it does an okay job. Just because it's clever in its subtle humor and references doesn't make it the best comedy ever. It just doesn't have many of those moments that make you laugh hysterically. ” - Lance Vance
 
16.
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.)
“ If there's anything to criticize, it's the pace of this series. It's incredibly slow and takes some patience. ” - Lance Vance
 
17.
Monster (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A brilliant neurosurgeon living in Germany finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient. (24 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Kojima
“ A literary anime with biblical references, lots of suspense. Not as complex as Shakespeare, but still a very intelligent anime. Quite amazing. ” - Lance Vance
 
18.
Community (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body. (22 mins.)
“ I had to add this, reminds me of my cc days ” - Lance Vance
 
19.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The Empire of Britannia has invaded Japan using giant robot weapons called Knightmare Frames. Japan is now referred to as Area 11... (24 mins.)
“ I like R1 and R2. Although the story becomes jumbled up, I enjoy every episode and I can appreciate the ending. ” - Lance Vance
 
20.
Cowboy Bebop (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners. (24 mins.)
“ Not much of a story, but the depth of the characters, the action, the setting, adventures, and music make this anime great. ” - Lance Vance
 
21.
Dragon Ball (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Follows the adventures of an extraordinarily strong young boy named Goku as he searches for the seven dragon balls... (24 mins.)
Director: Daisuke Nishio
“ A classic, I enjoy Goku's personality and the adventures ” - Lance Vance
 
22.
Mushi-Shi (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi... (25 mins.)
“ Kind of reminds me of The Twilight Zone, but more artistic, with incredible scenery and stories. ” - Lance Vance
 
23.
The Big Bang Theory (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory. (22 mins.)
“ Yes, it's formulaic, but I can relate to the characters because I am like them: they are eccentric and unintentionally funny. ” - Lance Vance
 
24.
Mr. Bean (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Life is a difficult challenge for Mr Bean, who despite being a grown adult, has trouble completing even the simplest of tasks. Thankfully, his perseverance is usually rewarded, and he finds an ingenious way around the problem. (350 mins.)
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
How I Met Your Mother (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother. (22 mins.)
“ Seasons 1-4 are great, 5 is okay, and I've stopped following for the current season. ” - Lance Vance
 
27.
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. (48 mins.)
“ Incredible. The original narration (David Attenborough) is much better than Sigourney Weaver's narration. ” - Lance Vance
 
28.
Life (2009 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes... (473 mins.)
 
29.
Frozen Planet (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic. (60 mins.)
 
30.
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. (70 mins.)
 
31.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Banks family, a respectable Californian family, take in a relative - Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from Philadelphia. The idea is to make him respectable, responsible and mature, but Will has got other plans... (22 mins.)
“ Underrated IMO, I can still watch this show today and enjoy it with friends. ” - Lance Vance
 
32.
Nodame kantâbire (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two musicians united in talent, divided by nature - the upper-class perfectionist Chiaki and the sloppy middle-classer Nodame - fall in love. (47 mins.)
“ Both live and anime are excellent ” - Lance Vance
 
33.
Nodame kantâbire (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Chiaki is a first class musician whose dream is to play among the elites in Europe.He is an infamous perfectionist... (25 mins.)
Director: Kenichi Kasai
 
34.
Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The Elric brothers' deciding to perform a forbidden human transmutation to bring their dead mother back, they end up losing their bodies. Now Edward must find the chemical privileges to restore their body back. (24 mins.)
 
35.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Two brothers search for a Philosopher's Stone after an attempt to revive their deceased mother goes awry and leaves them in damaged physical forms. (24 mins.)
 
36.
Hajime no ippo (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Makunouchi Ippo is an ordinary high school student in Japan. Since he spends most of his time away from... (20 mins.)
“ The Rocky of anime. Very inspirational. ” - Lance Vance
 
37.
Baccano! (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A crazy fantasy caper involving alchemists, immortals, gangsters, outlaws and an elixir of immortality, spread over several decades. (25 mins.)
Director: Takahiro Ômori
 
38.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (88 mins.)
“ Definitely in my top 5 most exciting shows ” - Lance Vance