The Definitive TV Series list

All are must sees and may lead to: Relationship failure, cramp, square eyes, Obesity, Headaches, obsessive compulsive disorder etc...

For all those wondering where the comedies are. Those are for another list, as comedy is so much more individual to the person, so apologies.

NOT in any particular order! x
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1.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
“ There is little that has not been said about this one. Just enjoy ” - taurean_jay1980
 
2.
Oz (1997 TV Series)
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A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants. (55 mins.)
“ Can't quite put my finger on why this prison series is the best, but it is. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
The Tudors (2007 TV Series)
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A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII. (60 mins.)
“ As for virtuoso performance the winner is.... ” - taurean_jay1980
 
5.
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.)
“ What did you expect from a series boasting Tony and Ridley Scott as its producers ” - taurean_jay1980
 
6.
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.)
“ THE gangster series, 'nough said ” - taurean_jay1980
 
7.
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.)
“ Could be argue to be the best original take on a crime series ever ” - taurean_jay1980
 
8.
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.)
“ Brave to take on Horror as a series, but does manage to encompass the new with the old in most horror movies gone before. True genius, which would be hard to follow with a second series. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
9.
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.)
“ for all those Vampire diary fans, here is how it is done ” - taurean_jay1980
 
10.
Fringe (2008 TV Series)
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An F.B.I. agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena. (46 mins.)
“ Quite simply the best non-space situated Sci-Fi there is ” - taurean_jay1980
 
11.
Supernatural (2005 TV Series)
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Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters", fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth. (44 mins.)
“ After watching the first few, it would appear to be a little lacking in direction and one for the teenagers, then as a storyline developed, it's too late, your hooked. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
12.
The Borgias (2011 TV Series)
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In 15th century, pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war and marriage alliances. (50 mins.)
“ intrigue and history and jeremy irons doing what he does best. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
13.
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.)
“ Although the second series not quite as slick as the first. imagine Lord of the rings as a series and thats's nearly what you have ” - taurean_jay1980
 
14.
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.)
“ Could be classed as a comedy by some, so may not belong in this list, but others will say for sheer entertainment and escapism it had to be. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
15.
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.)
“ A zombie series was always going to be difficult, but done with some style ” - taurean_jay1980
 
16.
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.)
“ Steve Buschemi wades in with a masterful performance that may have otherwise found this gripping drama slightly short of this list ” - taurean_jay1980
 
17.
Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010 TV Series)
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Watch the story of history's greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus. (55 mins.)
“ starts slow and doesn't have as much depth as Rome, but if extreme violence, sex and intrigue in abundance is what you want. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
18.
Black Mirror (2011 TV Series)
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A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology. (60 mins.)
“ Get a group to watch this mini-series and discuss where those ideas could have come from. Very interesting. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
19.
Carnivàle (2003 TV Series)
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During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell. (55 mins.)
“ For those that have no idea how this series could work. All I can say is it does more than just work. A Subtle and dark take on circus life ” - taurean_jay1980
 
20.
The Pillars of the Earth (2010 Mini-Series)
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Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. (60 mins.)
“ Just a good story, well acted and produced. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
21.
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.)
“ Before anybody watched this, you could hear the cries of, "A serial killing cop? I don't think so." Well I and many others definitely do. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
22.
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.)
“ Stylish, slick even down to the soundtrack and the main character. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
23.
Prison Break (2005 TV Series)
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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.)
“ I can see the producers with the same wall of mess as Wentworth Miller had in his cell trying to put together this masterpiece together ” - taurean_jay1980
 
24.
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.)
“ Are we alone? who knows but if you entertain the idea and want to know how. Here you go, groundbreaking and still relevant. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
25.
Lie to Me (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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.)
“ Could have been even more, but Tim Roth just about carries it into this list ” - taurean_jay1980
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
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.)
“ Not usually one for the old terrorists strike again, i.e. omission of 24, but this struck a chord. ” - taurean_jay1980
 
28.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
“ Got to have some nostalgia in here ” - taurean_jay1980
 
29.
Tales of the Unexpected (1979 TV Series)
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Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories. (25 mins.)
“ See above ” - taurean_jay1980
 
30.
Luther (2010 TV Series)
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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.)
“ Idris Elba from the wire for those who don't know (I admit that won't be many, creates and stars in the best British Crime series for some time. (just putting it out there). Sherlock may have more history and legs, but it's not as tight. ” - taurean_jay1980