50 Best American TV Series

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1.
Person of Interest (2011 TV Series)
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An ex-assassin and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes--including the civilians' roles--are left a mystery. (43 mins.)
 
2.
The Following (2013 TV Series)
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A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command. (43 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
Threshold (2005 TV Series)
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A team of experts are assembled after the U.S. Navy discovers an extra-terrestrial object briefly appeared near a ship in the Atlantic Ocean. (60 mins.)
 
5.
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 TV Series)
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Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before. (44 mins.)
 
6.
Grey's Anatomy (2005 TV Series)
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A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors. (41 mins.)
 
7.
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. (55 mins.)
 
8.
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 financial future. (49 mins.)
 
9.
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 with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family. (22 mins.)
 
10.
How I Met Your Mother (2005 TV Series)
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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.)
 
11.
Numb3rs (2005 TV Series)
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Working for the FBI, a mathematician uses equations to help solve various crimes. (43 mins.)
 
12.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. (45 mins.)
 
13.
Criminal Minds (2005 TV Series)
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The cases of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again. (42 mins.)
 
14.
Bones (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A forensic anthropologist and a cocky FBI agent build a team to investigate death causes. And quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones. (40 mins.)
 
15.
Third Watch (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the City of New York as police officers, firemen, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct. (44 mins.)
 
16.
ER (1994 TV Series)
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The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital. (44 mins.)
 
17.
The Unit (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators. (60 mins.)
 
18.
Babylon 5 (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A space station in neutral territory is the focus of a unique five year saga. (45 mins.)
 
19.
V (2009 TV Series)
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An extraterrestrial race arrives on Earth with seemingly good intentions, only to slowly reveal their true machinations the more ingrained into society they become. (42 mins.)
 
20.
Picket Fences (1992 TV Series)
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An aging sheriff tries to keep the peace in a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes. (120 mins.)
 
21.
Boston Public (2000 TV Series)
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The lives of 10 faculty members at a high school in Boston, Mass. weave in and out of dealing with trouble-makers, having a personal life, and keeping sanity. (60 mins.)
 
22.
Fame (1982 TV Series)
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The stories of the students and faculty of the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. (60 mins.)
 
23.
Hill Street Blues (1981 TV Series)
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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct. (60 mins.)
 
24.
Cold Case (2003 TV Series)
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The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she's assigned "cold cases" -- older crimes that have never been solved. (44 mins.)
 
25.
The District (2000 TV Series)
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Despite having over 30 law enforcement agencies, Washington DC still has the highest crime rate in the US... (44 mins.)
 
26.
In the Heat of the Night (1988 TV Series)
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The cases and adventures of the police forces in and around Sparta, Mississippi. (60 mins.)
 
27.
Magnum, P.I. (1980 TV Series)
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The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator. (48 mins.)
 
28.
Miami Vice (1984 TV Series)
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Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami. (48 mins.)
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
Falcon Crest (1981 TV Series)
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Set in the vineyards of California, this prime-time soap opera featured the conflict within the powerful Gioberti family... (60 mins.)
Director: Jeff Freilich
 
31.
Medium (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Suburban mom Allison Dubois attempts to balance family life with solving mysteries using her special gift. The dead send her visions of their deaths or other crimes while she sleeps. (60 mins.)
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
Millennium (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A former FBI profiler with the ability to look inside the mind of a killer begins working for the mysterious Millennium Group. (45 mins.)
 
34.
Chicago Story (1982 TV Series)
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This is the story of three lawyers, a street cop, two detectives, and two doctors in the Windy city. And how an incident or person's life is affected by one or more of these people. (90 mins.)
 
35.
Lady Blue (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Katy Mahoney patrols the grittier streets of Chicago, dispatching the seamier elements before reporting to her boss Terry McNichol. Katy's intensity about her job interfered with her social life. (60 mins.)
Director: John D. Hancock
 
36.
Hack (2002 TV Series)
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When corruption charges strip him of his job, his family and his pride, former cop Mike Olshansky forges a new identity as a Philadelphia cab driver, patrolling the city as a roving vigilante who works with local police. (60 mins.)
 
37.
Little House on the Prairie (1974 TV Series)
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The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American West. (60 mins.)
 
38.
The Munsters (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely. (30 mins.)
 
39.
Highway to Heaven (1984 TV Series)
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A probationary angel sent back to earth teams with an ex-cop to help people. (60 mins.)
 
40.
The Guardian (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Nick Fallin is a hotshot lawyer working at his father's ultrasuccessful Pittsburgh law firm. Unfortunately... (60 mins.)
 
41.
The Commish (1991 TV Series)
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Slightly offbeat television police comedy/drama. Tony Scali is the police commissioner in a small town... (60 mins.)
 
42.
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.)
 
43.
Band of Brothers (2001 Mini-Series)
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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.)
 
44.
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.)
 
45.
Mike & Molly (2010 TV Series)
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A couple meet at an Overeaters' Anonymous meeting. (30 mins.)
 
46.
Blue Bloods (2010 TV Series)
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Revolves around a family of New York cops. (43 mins.)
 
47.
True Detective (2014 TV Series)
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An anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law. (55 mins.)
 
48.
Law & Order (1990 TV Series)
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The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court. (45 mins.)
 
49.
The Blacklist (2013 TV Series)
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A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her. (43 mins.)
 
50.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually related crimes. (60 mins.)