TV On Another Level

"Don't you wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There's one marked 'Brightness,' but it doesn't work." --Gallagher

List of TV that doesn't make me feel dumber having witnessed it. Which by no way means I am particularly calling for a reprise/sequel/whatever of any of these. For me, these shows spark a further curiousity or understanding of humanity at-large, in one way or another. Will elaborate more later...
Includes shows that have been, are now or coming soon, in no particular order.
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1.
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.)
 
2.
Orange Is the New Black (2013 TV Series)
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The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend. (59 mins.)
 
3.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
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The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions. (45 mins.)
 
4.
Line of Duty (2012 TV Series)
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DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation. (60 mins.)
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Final Witness (2012 TV Series)
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The voices of the dead come to life in this true-crime series which offers a unique look at some of the nation's most shocking murders...
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
Junior Bake Off (2011 TV Series)
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Director: Amanda Westwood
“ The confidence and creativity of these suprisingly articulate pre -teens is quite impressive. The judges provide critique with constructive feedback without resorting to twisting the knife for entertainment value. Nor is there incentive to exploit these kids for fun and profit. Which is why, sadly, I hope they NEVER make an American version. ” - FocoLocoLonzo
 
9.
Elementary (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Possibility Two (2013)
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A wealthy scientist comes to Holmes with a unique case: he believes he has been "poisoned" with a genetic disorder. Holmes has to determine how a healthy person can be contaminated with a genetic disease that no one in his family has. (60 mins.)
 
10.
In the Flesh (2013 TV Series)
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Four years after the Rising, the government starts to rehabilitate the Undead for reentry into society, including teenager Kieren Walker, who returns to his small Lancashire village to face a hostile reception, as well as his own demons. (56 mins.)
“ From script to screen, an AMAZING production. The story is so original and thought out: it considers the complex nature of fear, regret, denial, and forgiveness and plants it in the raw emotional terrain of life after a tragic event (here, a zombie apocalypse/annihilation). Much more of a meditation on the gift of life and second chances, then a blood-and-guts show. Brilliant. ” - FocoLocoLonzo
 
11.
Desmond's (1989 TV Series)
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Desmond, his non-confirming family and the regulars of his hairdressers in Peckham, London. (50 mins.)
Director: Joan Sargent
“ So happy to rediscover this with my family. Still sharp, funny, and relevant. Although not sure the relevance is a good thing. You know, whiffs of racial tension and all that. It's sad there hasn't been a successful majority minority show (in America) since The Cos' :( ” - FocoLocoLonzo
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind (2004 TV Series)
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Derren Brown demonstrates his unique powers of psychological mentalism, hypnotism, misdirection and showmanship. (30 mins.)
“ Really anything Derren Brown. ” - FocoLocoLonzo
 
14.
Vicious (2013 TV Series)
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Freddie and Stuart are an old gay couple who have been together for nearly 50 years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every opportunity. (23 mins.)
 
15.
Rev. (2010 TV Series)
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The misadventures of an Anglican vicar, his wife, and a small but odd group of parishioners in London. (30 mins.)
 
16.
Louie (2010 TV Series)
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The life of Louis CK, a divorced comedian with two kids living in New York. (22 mins.)
 
17.
Wilfred (2011 TV Series)
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The story of a depressed man who inexplicably is the only one who can see his neighbor's dog as a full grown man in a dog suit. (22 mins.)
“ Devilishly clever ” - FocoLocoLonzo
 
18.
Who Do You Think You Are? (2010 TV Series)
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Celebrities are given the opportunity to research their family trees with surprising and often unexpected results. (60 mins.)
 
19.
Later... With Jools Holland (1992 TV Series)
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Late-night music and chat show with celebrity guests. (35 mins.)
“ Known, obscure, super-local, way foreign-- good music is good music. 5 bands, 1 stage. Performers are the audience and vice-versa. One big awesome jam--no ego enabling. THIS I would love to see over here, but who could be the American Jools Holland? ” - FocoLocoLonzo
 
20.
20/20 (1978 TV Series)
Episode: What Would You Do? (2008)
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Hidden Cameras are used to capture reactions during everyday scenarios. (60 mins.)
Director: Roger Goodman
 
21.
The Booth at the End (2011 TV Series)
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Everyone wants something. There is a mysterious figure who sits in the booth at the end, who you make a deal with to get what you want... (30 mins.)
 
22.
American Horror Story (2011 TV Series)
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An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, an enigmatic hotel and a sinister farmhouse in Roanoke, North Carolina. (60 mins.)
 
23.
Key and Peele (2012 TV Series)
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Project sees Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in front of a live studio audience bantering about a topic weaved between filmed shorts and sketches. (30 mins.)
 
24.
TEDTalks (2006 TV Series)
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Series of talks about technology, entertainment, and design.
 
25.
Misfits (2009 TV Series)
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A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers. (60 mins.)
 
26.
Friday Night Dinner (2011 TV Series)
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Two siblings share their Friday night dinners at their parents home and, somehow, something always goes wrong. (24 mins.)
 
27.
The Young Turks (2005 TV Series)
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A daring, funny, and brutally honest show that covers politics, entertainment, movies, sports, and pop culture. (120 mins.)
Director: Jesus Godoy
 
28.
The New Normal (2012 TV Series)
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A single mother's life after she accepts the offer to be a surrogate mother for a gay couple. (30 mins.)
 
29.
My Mad Fat Diary (2013 TV Series)
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Set in 1996 in Lincolnshire, the show tells the tragic and humorous story of a very troubled young girl... (47 mins.)
 
30.
Black Mirror (2011 TV Series)
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A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology. (60 mins.)
 
31.
The Unteachables (2005 TV Series)
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(50 mins.)
 
32.
Growing Up Fisher (2014 TV Series)
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A typical family in the middle of a divorce: two kids, mom, dad and guide dog. Oh, and dad's blind. (30 mins.)
 
33.
The Quest (2014 TV Series)
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Fantasy meets reality as 12 contestants engage in epic challenges in the world of "Everealm". (42 mins.)
 
34.
The Knick (2014 TV Series)
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A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century. (58 mins.)
 
35.
Science of Stupid (2014 TV Series)
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Host Richard Hammond, from the hit series Top Gear, explains the science behind videos taken from the Internet.