Great Series I Have Known

Series or miniseries not commonly available on "regular network television", so (although I love them) no House, Cheers, Modern Family or Friends. Look for these shows on DVD and/or premium channels.
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1.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (88 mins.)
“ Sherlock Holmes in the 21st century - the same powers of observation and deduction, with cellphones and GPS added to the mix. ” - Narce
 
2.
Warehouse 13 (2009 TV Series)
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After saving the life of the President in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S Secret Service agents are whisked... (43 mins.)
“ Funny, innovative, sometimes scary but always watchable ” - Narce
 
3.
Deadwood (2004 TV Series)
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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime. (55 mins.)
“ Not for those who are bothered by strong language, but worth watching. ” - Narce
 
4.
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.)
“ A mesmerizing look at the ad business in the 60s - or so they tell us. ” - Narce
 
5.
Neverland (2011 Mini-Series)
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Raised on the streets of turn-of-the century London, orphaned Peter and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets... (180 mins.)
“ A fabulous prequel/back-story to the Peter Pan we all know. ” - Narce
 
6.
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.)
“ A lawman who has been in trouble for unorthodox methods returns to his old home town and has to deal with characters from his past. ” - Narce
 
7.
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.)
“ Strong language, but powerful imagery and sterling performances. ” - Narce
 
8.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
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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.)
“ A chilling character, but somehow understandable and perhaps even likable. ” - Narce
 
9.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 TV Series)
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A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama. (44 mins.)
“ A petite blonde who can kill vampires and save the world. ” - Narce
 
10.
Veronica Mars (2004 TV Series)
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After her best friend is murdered and her father is removed as county sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune. (44 mins.)
“ A petite blonde who can solve mysteries and save the world. ” - Narce
 
11.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
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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.)
“ Perhaps the funniest series I have ever seen on television. Fabulous writing and a talented cast perfectly used. ” - Narce
 
12.
Wonderfalls (2004 TV Series)
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Jaye Tyler is a loner living in Niagara Falls who, after graduating college, has fallen into a care-free... (60 mins.)
“ A likable lead character, strong stories and interesting situations. Gone all too soon. ” - Narce
 
13.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
“ Gritty, sometimes hard to take, but gripping television. Don't watch if you can't stand "the F word" or you'll miss a LOT of dialog. ” - Narce
 
14.
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
“ A writer who is amoral, has poor judgment, is unreliable, disloyal and disappointing to those around him...and I wish I were him! Strong language and sexual situations. ” - Narce
 
15.
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.)
“ Vampire walk among us...and drink bottled blood at the local bar. Strong language and sexual situations. ” - Narce
 
16.
Spiral (2005 TV Series)
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Follows criminal investigations in Paris from all the different points of view of a criminal investigation. (52 mins.)
“ A French series (in French) by way of the BBC, who added subtitles. Another murder mystery, but very well done. ” - Narce
 
17.
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. (594 mins.)
“ A gritty and sometimes gory depiction of a troop of American soldiers in WWII ” - Narce
 
18.
The Pacific (2010 Mini-Series)
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The Pacific Theatre of World War 2, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines. (530 mins.)
“ A gritty and sometimes gory depiction of a troop of American soldiers in WWII, produced by Tom Hanks after making "Saving Private Ryan" ” - Narce
 
19.
Downton Abbey (2010 TV Series)
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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. (58 mins.)
“ You would think that you might have no way to relate to the life of a rich family in England around the time of WWI -- but you would be mistaken. ” - Narce
 
20.
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.)
“ Based on the premise of "Set a thief to catch a thief", this series is smart, funny and very watchable. ” - Narce
 
21.
Pushing Daisies (2007 TV Series)
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A pie-maker, with the power to bring dead people back to life, solves murder mysteries with his alive-again childhood sweetheart, a cynical private investigator, and a lovesick waitress. (44 mins.)
“ Yes, this was shown on network TV - but it was so original, funny and captivating (and so tragically cut short) that I'm including it here just the same. ” - Narce
 
22.
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.)
“ A really screwed-up family with drug connections would seem to be strange fodder for a really good, funny show, but there you go. ” - Narce
 
23.
Southland (2009 TV Series)
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The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department. (42 mins.)
“ A police procedural, as seen from the viewpoint of the beat cops. Strong writing and excellent performances. ” - Narce
 
24.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008 TV Series)
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A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana. (60 mins.)
“ Funny, heartwarming and fascinating stories with memorable characters based on the books by Alexander McCall Smith. Another series with great potential that was cut short before its time. ” - Narce
 
25.
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.)
“ In New Orleans after Katrina, Treme follows several different story/character lines. Strong language. ” - Narce
 
26.
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 plays the "troubled yet brilliant" British detective John Luther -- but it is Ruth Wilson's depiction of Alice Morgan that steals the show for me. ” - Narce
 
27.
Eureka (2006 TV Series)
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The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government's benefit. (60 mins.)
“ Fun and funny series with a definite science-fiction twist. Almost a companion series (with characters and actors crossing back and forth) to Warehouse 13 - and that's not a bad thing! ” - Narce
 
28.
Haven (2010 TV Series)
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She has no past. She has no family. She was raised in an orphanage. So, she lives for what she does best: be an FBI agent... (60 mins.)
“ Steven King series set in Maine (but filmed in Nova Scotia) is interesting in a very unorthodox, Steven King-ish way. ” - Narce
 
29.
Lost Girl (2010 TV Series)
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Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans... (44 mins.)
“ Aside from the fact that this show features one of the most beautiful actresses on TV, it is one of the few fantasy "creatures that walk among us" shows that doesn't rely heavily on vampires and werewolves. ” - Narce
 
30.
Lilyhammer (2012 TV Series)
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A New York mobster goes into hiding in rural Lillehammer in Norway after testifying against his former associates. (45 mins.)
“ Offbeat and sometimes just plain strange. Look for the version with English subtitles if you don`t speak Norweigan. ” - Narce
 
31.
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.)
“ Private investigators who masquerade as pool guys - sorry, ladies, but they may not be the hot ones you were looking for! ” - Narce
 
32.
The White Queen (2013 Mini-Series)
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Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th Century England. (60 mins.)
“ An interesting viewpoint on the War of the Roses. I would like it even better if Elizabeth and her mother were not (supposedly) endowed with witch powers. Although this is a rare and minor aspect of the plot, it detracts from the historic feel. ” - Narce
 
33.
Magic City (2012 TV Series)
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Centers on Miami mobsters and other characters from Miami Beach in the late 1950s. (50 mins.)
“ Sopranos meets CSI Miami meets Vegas - set in the 60s when the mob-controlled hotels of Havana suddenly got shut down by the revolution. Sex, violence and strong language. ” - Narce
 
34.
Longmire (2012 TV Series)
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Walt Longmire is the dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit. (60 mins.)
“ Crusty older sherriff (seen THAT before) but mixed in with a little supernaturalism - he sees dead people. Odd, but not off-putting. ” - Narce
 
35.
Futurama (1999 TV Series)
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Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999. (22 mins.)
“ Formerly a network show, then cancelled, but kept on in various incarnations, it is now difficult to find sometimes. From Matt Groening, this is well-written and often hilarious. As with the Simpsons, watch for little gems in the background, like Robbie the Robot in the episode where the robots revolt. ” - Narce
 
36.
Endeavour (2012 TV Series)
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Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford. (89 mins.)
“ If you liked Inspector Morse, you should like Endeavour, about his early years in Oxford. He doesn`t yet drive the Jag, he doesn`t yet like opera, but you can see these things starting to take root. ” - Narce
 
37.
Rectify (2013 TV Series)
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Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question. (60 mins.)
“ A look at the life of a freed convict, whose sentence was ended due to DNA evidence - but it doesn`t really come out and say he is innocent. A spookily-rendered character, he is sometimes eloquent, sometimes naive. ” - Narce
 
38.
The Bletchley Circle (2012 TV Series)
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In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking center, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer. (45 mins.)
“ A group of ladies who worked in the great Bletchley Park code-breaking circle get together in the 50s and offer their puzzle-solving abilities to the police. ” - Narce
 
39.
Broadchurch (2013 TV Series)
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The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart. (48 mins.)
“ A murder mystery, but original and entertaining, featuring the great Jodie Whittaker as a young mother whose child is found dead. ” - Narce
 
40.
Moone Boy (2012 TV Series)
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Martin Moone is a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend Sean to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky small-town Irish family circa 1990. (23 mins.)
“ Funny and original, this series recounts the adventures of young Martin Moone and his imaginary friend / companion / bad advisor Sean Murphy ” - Narce