Top Smartly written, Well-acted Epic TV Shows

a List of Phenomenal TV shows that reinforces our belief that the young millennium has launched a new Golden Age of Television
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1.
Boardwalk Empire (2010 TV Series)
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An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era. (55 mins.)
 
2.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
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By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers. (53 mins.)
 
3.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
 
4.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011 Mini-Series)
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Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed... (55 mins.)
 
5.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
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Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years. (57 mins.)
 
6.
True Blood (2008 TV Series)
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Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire. (55 mins.)
 
7.
Six Feet Under (2001 TV Series)
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A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family that runs an independent funeral home. (55 mins.)
 
8.
Californication (2007 TV Series)
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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
 
9.
House of Lies (2012 TV Series)
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A subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. Marty, a highly successful, cutthroat consultant is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want. (28 mins.)
 
10.
Brotherhood (2006 TV Series)
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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). (60 mins.)
 
11.
American Horror Story (2011 TV Series)
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An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, and a cult. (60 mins.)
 
12.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
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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.)
 
13.
Kings (2009 TV Series)
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A modern day, alternate-reality drama about a hero who rises to become the King of his nation, based on the biblical story of King David. (60 mins.)
 
14.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
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A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil. (55 mins.)
 
15.
Luck (2011 TV Series)
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A TV series centered around characters who are tied to the same horse-racing track. (52 mins.)
 
16.
Rome (2005 TV Series)
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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic. (90 mins.)
 
17.
Shameless (2011 TV Series)
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An alcoholic man lives in a perpetual stupor while his six children with whom he lives cope as best they can. (46 mins.)
 
18.
Nurse Jackie (2009 TV Series)
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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.)
 
19.
Damages (2007 TV Series)
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A law school graduate becomes the protégée of a successful high-stakes litigator. (60 mins.)
 
20.
Treme (2010 TV Series)
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Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA. (59 mins.)
 
21.
Southland (2009 TV Series)
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The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department. (42 mins.)
 
22.
The Big C (2010 TV Series)
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A suburban mother faces her cancer diagnosis while trying to find humor and happiness as well. (30 mins.)
 
23.
United States of Tara (2009 TV Series)
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A woman struggles to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and raising a dysfunctional family. (30 mins.)
 
24.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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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.)
 
25.
Entourage (2004 TV Series)
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Film star Vince Chase navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty agent. (28 mins.)
 
26.
Boss (2011 TV Series)
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Mayor Tom Kane, diagnosed with a dementia disorder, struggles to keep his grip on power in Chicago. (56 mins.)
 
27.
Smith (2006 TV Series)
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A drama about the lives of a crew of professional criminals. (60 mins.)
 
28.
Hung (2009 TV Series)
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A former high school sports legend turned middle-aged high school basketball coach finds a way to benefit from his biggest asset. (30 mins.)
 
29.
Leverage (2008 TV Series)
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A crew of high-tech crooks attempt to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen. (42 mins.)
 
30.
In Plain Sight (2008 TV Series)
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U.S. Marshall Mary Shannon must hunt down witnesses for federal cases in the witness protection program while also managing rather dysfunctional family and her own personal life. (60 mins.)
 
31.
Burn Notice (2007 TV Series)
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A spy recently disavowed by the U.S. government uses his special ops training to help others in trouble. (44 mins.)
 
32.
The Good Wife (2009 TV Series)
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Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm. (43 mins.)
 
33.
Starved (2005 TV Series)
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A comedic look at a support group with eating disorders. (30 mins.)
Director: Eric Schaeffer
 
34.
Nikita (2010 TV Series)
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A rogue assassin returns to take down the secret organization that trained her. (60 mins.)
 
35.
Awake (2012 TV Series)
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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? (43 mins.)
 
36.
Lie to Me (2009 TV Series)
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About Cal Lightman, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies. (43 mins.)
 
37.
White Collar (2009 TV Series)
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A white collar criminal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter, and conman. (40 mins.)
 
38.
Suits (2011 TV Series)
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On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers. (44 mins.)
 
39.
The Chicago Code (2011 TV Series)
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Detective Jarek Wysocki, one of Chicago's toughest cops, struggles to clean up the town's violence and corruption. (44 mins.)
 
40.
Men of a Certain Age (2009 TV Series)
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A group of college buddies in the throes of middle age keep their friendship going long after they've graduated. (60 mins.)
 
41.
Breakout Kings (2011 TV Series)
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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. (43 mins.)
 
42.
Trust Me (2009 TV Series)
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A look at the private and professional lives of employees at the Chicago advertising agency Rothman, Greene & Moore. (60 mins.)
 
43.
The Killing (2011 TV Series)
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A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car. (45 mins.)
 
44.
Nip/Tuck (2003 TV Series)
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The dark and twisted trials of two plastic surgeons. (44 mins.)
 
45.
In Treatment (2008 TV Series)
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A psychotherapist questions his abilities and gets help by reuniting with his old therapist, whom he has not seen for ten years. (25 mins.)
 
46.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2007 TV Series)
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Based on the popular diary of the anonymous sex worker known only as Belle de Jour. (30 mins.)
 
47.
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
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Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. (44 mins.)
 
48.
Enlightened (2011 TV Series)
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A self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work. (28 mins.)
 
49.
The Borgias (2011 TV Series)
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The saga of a crime family in 15th century Italy. (50 mins.)
 
50.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
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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.)
 
51.
Camelot (2011 TV Series)
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King Uther dies suddenly. Britain is facing chaos. The sorcerer Merlin appoints the not so known son... (45 mins.)
 
52.
Human Target (2010 TV Series)
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An unique bodyguard protects his clients by secretly infiltrating their lives in order to draw out and eliminate threats. (60 mins.)
 
53.
Flashforward (2009 TV Series)
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A special task force in the FBI investigates after every person on Earth simultaneously blacks out and awakens with a short vision of their future. (42 mins.)
 
54.
The Shield (2002 TV Series)
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The lives and cases of a dirty LAPD cop and the police unit under his command. (47 mins.)
 
55.
Band of Brothers (2001 Mini-Series)
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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.)
 
56.
The Beast (2009 TV Series)
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A veteran FBI agent is assigned a new partner, unaware that he was recruited as a double agent to investigate his activities. (60 mins.)
 
57.
Dark Blue (2009 TV Series)
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Officer Carter Shaw and his team go undercover - sometimes too deep, among the criminals of modern-day Los Angeles. (60 mins.)
 
58.
Robbery Homicide Division (2002 TV Series)
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Drama centers on Lt. Sam Cole and his team of cops in the elite robbery/homicide division of the Los Angeles Police Department. (60 mins.)
 
59.
Sons of Anarchy (2008 TV Series)
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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.)
 
60.
Alcatraz (2012 TV Series)
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In 1963, all the prisoners and guards mysteriously disappear from Alcatraz. In the present day, they resurface and a secret agency are tasked with re-capturing them. (60 mins.)
 
61.
Extras (2005 TV Series)
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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.)
 
62.
The Firm (2012 TV Series)
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Defense Attorney Mitch McDeere is targeted for execution by the Chicago Mob in retaliation for bringing down a profitable Mob-operated Memphis law firm ten years earlier. (60 mins.)
 
63.
Episodes (2011 TV Series)
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British writer-producers Beverly and Sean Lincoln (Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan), have a wonderful marriage and a hit TV series to their credit... (30 mins.)
 
64.
Archer (2009 TV Series)
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Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones. (22 mins.)
 
65.
Justified (2010 TV Series)
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Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky. (44 mins.)
 
66.
Louie (2010 TV Series)
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The life of Louis C.K., a divorced comedian living in New York with two kids. (22 mins.)
 
67.
Terriers (2010 TV Series)
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Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business. (45 mins.)
 
68.
Weeds (2005 TV Series)
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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.)