Shows I've seen ranked by quality

Emphasis on QUALITY and not preference. My favourite show is Buffy, but as seen below, I don't believe it's the best show I've ever seen.

Also, a HUGE deal to me when watching a show is honest character development. This will explain why some shows are rated higher than expected and others are rated lower e.g. Nip/Tuck. (It's a good thing American Horror Story is using new characters every year, because Ryan Murphy tends to suck in this department).

It's just a matter of opinion...
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1.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
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.)
 
2.
Angel (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption. (44 mins.)
 
3.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
 
4.
South Park (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. (22 mins.)
 
5.
Six Feet Under (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family that runs an independent funeral home. (55 mins.)
 
6.
Friends (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Follows the personal and professional lives of six 20 to 30-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan. (22 mins.)
 
7.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. (44 mins.)
 
8.
Modern Family (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. (22 mins.)
 
9.
Sons of Anarchy (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
 
10.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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.)
 
11.
Prison Break (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
 
12.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
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.)
 
13.
Gilmore Girls (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. (44 mins.)
 
14.
The Good Wife (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
 
15.
The Newsroom (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor. (55 mins.)
 
16.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
 
17.
Orange Is the New Black (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life changing prison can really be. (59 mins.)
 
18.
Scandal (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets. (43 mins.)
 
19.
Grey's Anatomy (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors. (41 mins.)
 
20.
Veronica Mars (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
 
21.
Supernatural (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
 
22.
Dead Like Me (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After being hit on the head by a toilet seat, a young temp clerk becomes a grim reaper in death. (60 mins.)
 
23.
American Horror Story (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
 
24.
Ugly Betty (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young, smart and wise woman named Betty Suarez goes on a journey to find her inner beauty. The only... (60 mins.)
 
25.
Desperate Housewives (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor. (45 mins.)
 
26.
The 4400 (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As the reappearance of 4,400 missing persons on a single day confounds the global community, federal agents on the case slowly discover the ways in which the victims have been changed. (43 mins.)
 
27.
Pushing Daisies (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
 
28.
The O.C. (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California. (44 mins.)
 
29.
Greek (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Freshman Rusty Cartwright arrives at college and decides he no longer wants to be the boring geek from high school. He decides to pledge a fraternity. He is offered 2 bids; one from his sister's boyfriend Evan's fraternity and one from Cappie, his sister's ex-boyfriend's fraternity. Rusty must learn to handle his new life, and his new relationship with his sister. His sister must decide if she loves Evan who is stable or Cappie who really loves her. (60 mins.)
“ One of the very few shows that was consistent to the end. ” - oh_yeah
 
30.
Entourage (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Film star Vince Chase navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty agent. (28 mins.)
 
31.
Weeds (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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.)
 
32.
Sex and the City (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the '90s. (30 mins.)
 
33.
Nip/Tuck (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The dark and twisted trials of two plastic surgeons. (44 mins.)
 
34.
Revenge (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An emotionally troubled young woman makes it her mission to exact revenge against the people who wronged her father. (44 mins.)
 
35.
Girls (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A comedy about the experiences of a group of girls in their early 20s. (28 mins.)
 
36.
Arrow (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow. (42 mins.)
 
37.
Brothers & Sisters (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of the drama surrounding a family's adult siblings. (60 mins.)
 
38.
Heroes (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented. (45 mins.)
 
39.
Episodes (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
 
40.
Glee (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice, while working to pursue dreams of their own. (44 mins.)
 
41.
One Tree Hill (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott trade between kinship and rivalry both on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends in the small, but not so quiet town of Tree Hill, North Carolina. (60 mins.)
“ Decided to put it higher due to the monologue writing (which is really awesome IMO), the fact that the show has characters you care about and can't help but be invested in and its heart. Of all the shows I have ever watched, I feel the 'heart' aspect is such a rarity and I kind of took it for granted. Yes, there were outlandish storylines and sometimes below par acting. Yes, it did drag on a bit. But I feel like I discredited the show and didn't really take the above things into account. Because when it comes down to it there is only one Tree Hill. And I'm really happy I grew up watching it. ” - oh_yeah
 
42.
The Vampire Diaries (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young teen struggles to make a decision between two vampire brothers and their supernatural lives. Soon after she discovers the truth her whole world turns upside down. (43 mins.)
“ The main reason this show is above True Blood: it has bigger balls. ” - oh_yeah
 
43.
True Blood (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire. (55 mins.)
 
44.
Private Practice (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A spin-off of the medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" centering on the life of neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery. (60 mins.)
 
45.
Hung (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A former high school sports legend turned middle-aged high school basketball coach finds a way to benefit from his biggest asset. (30 mins.)
 
46.
The Originals (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A family of power-hungry thousand year old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong. (45 mins.)
 
47.
Drop Dead Diva (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A vapid aspiring model killed in a car crash gets brought back to life as an intelligent, overweight lawyer, hoping to find the meaning of inner beauty. (60 mins.)
 
48.
My Wife and Kids (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Michael Kyle longs for a traditional life, but his day-trader wife Janet, gangsta rap-worshipping son Michael Jr., and brooding daughters Claire and Kady make his dream just that ... a dream. (30 mins.)
 
49.
Joan of Arcadia (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A teenage girl is visited by God, disguised as everyday people, and is given assignments and tasks that eventually have a positive outcome on people's lives. (60 mins.)
 
50.
Charmed (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three sisters discover their destiny, to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones. (42 mins.)
 
51.
Popular (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two girls who despise each other, due to being on opposite sides of the "popularity fence", are forced together upon learning that their parents are getting married. (60 mins.)
 
52.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. (45 mins.)
 
53.
Gossip Girl (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York can hide no secret from the ruthless blogger who is always watching. (42 mins.)
 
54.
The New Normal (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A single mother's life after she accepts the offer to be a surrogate mother for a gay couple. (30 mins.)
 
55.
Pretty Little Liars (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend. (44 mins.)
 
56.
Tru Calling (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A university graduate working in the city morgue is able to repeat the same day over again to prevent murders or other disasters. (43 mins.)
 
57.
90210 (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Kansas family relocates to Beverly Hills, where their two children adapt to the infamous social drama of West Beverly Hills High. (60 mins.)
 
58.
Ravenswood (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Five strangers are connected by the curse that has plagued Ravenswood for generations. (43 mins.)
Director: I. Marlene King
 
59.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
After an unplanned pregnancy, teenager Amy Juergens's life will never be the same, as she deals with other teenagers around her. (43 mins.)
“ Didn't think I'd ever see a show worse than 90210, but this program is appallingly awful. The fact that money goes towards making it should be a criminal and moral offence. ” - oh_yeah