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1. The Mentalist (2008–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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A famous "psychic" outs himself as a fake, and starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he can find "Red John", the madman who killed his wife and daughter.

Stars: Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman

Votes: 142,113

2. Chuck (2007–2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. assign two Agents to protect him, and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Vik Sahay

Votes: 114,580

3. House M.D. (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

8.8
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An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer

Votes: 342,087

4. Supernatural (2005– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.5
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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.

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins

Votes: 318,892

5. Weeds (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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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.

Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 91,739

6. Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.6
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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.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 190,174

7. Californication (2007–2014)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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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.

Stars: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 155,321

8. Touch (2012–2013)

43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.4
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A widower struggling to raise his emotionally challenged son discovers that he can predict events before they happen.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, David Mazouz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lukas Haas

Votes: 39,344

9. Heroes (II) (2006–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented.

Stars: Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka

Votes: 210,942

10. Life (I) (2007–2009)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A former police officer returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin, Brent Sexton

Votes: 30,605

11. Hawaii Five-0 (2010– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father's killer. The Governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0).

Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Taylor Wily, Daniel Dae Kim

Votes: 54,767

12. Royal Pains (2009–2016)

TV-PG | 42 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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An unfairly discredited but brilliant diagnostic surgeon winds up working with his cheesy brother in the Hamptons as a concierge doctor to the uber-rich and ultra-elite.

Stars: Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay

Votes: 17,189

13. Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.6
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Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend.

Stars: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

Votes: 132,029

14. Game of Thrones (2011– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

9.5
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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.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,266,167

15. The Unit (2006–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators.

Stars: Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson, Robert Patrick

Votes: 17,711

16. Terra Nova (2011)

TV-14 | 46 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.8
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Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

Stars: Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams, Allison Miller

Votes: 73,695

17. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.4
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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.

Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 496,952

18. Two and a Half Men (2003–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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A hedonistic jingle writer's free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.

Stars: Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones, Conchata Ferrell

Votes: 212,739

19. Rules of Engagement (2007–2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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Two couples and their single friend, all at different stages in their relationships, deal with the complications of dating, commitment and marriage.

Stars: Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich

Votes: 28,397

20. Lost (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.4
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The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 421,542

21. Numb3rs (2005–2010)

43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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Working for the F.B.I., a mathematician uses equations to help solve various crimes.

Stars: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch, Alimi Ballard

Votes: 35,303

22. Eli Stone (2008–2009)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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San Francisco lawyer Eli Stone begins to see things, which leads him to discover a brain aneurysm. But his visions lead him to accept cases with little monetary gain but a lot of moral goodness.

Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Natasha Henstridge, Loretta Devine, Matt Letscher

Votes: 8,726

23. Breakout Kings (2011–2012)

43 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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A squad of U.S. marshals team up with cons (former fugitives) to work together on tracking down prison escapees in exchange for getting time off their sentences.

Stars: Domenick Lombardozzi, Brooke Nevin, Malcolm Goodwin, Jimmi Simpson

Votes: 13,596

24. White Collar (2009–2014)

TV-PG | 40 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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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.

Stars: Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiessen

Votes: 102,941

25. The Event (2010–2011)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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When a man goes looking for his missing girlfriend, he stumbles upon a government conspiracy that is bigger than the president himself.

Stars: Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Ian Anthony Dale, Zeljko Ivanek

Votes: 24,329

26. Arrow (2012– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.8
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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.

Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

Votes: 345,840

27. Fringe (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.4
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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.

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole

Votes: 193,694

28. Last Resort (2012–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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A US sub picks up Navy SEALs and receives an order for a nuke launch. Due to the circumstances of the order, the Captain refuses to fire. After escaping an attack from another US sub, the crew and SEALs take refuge on a small island.

Stars: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Camille De Pazzis

Votes: 19,885

29. Suits (2011– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers.

Stars: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty

Votes: 287,808

30. The Big Bang Theory (2007– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

Votes: 585,665

31. House of Lies (2012–2016)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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A subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. Marty, a highly successful, cutthroat consultant is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want.

Stars: Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson

Votes: 21,614

32. According to Jim (2001–2009)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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A TV show centered around macho everyman, his loving wife, and their three precocious children.

Stars: Jim Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell, Taylor Atelian

Votes: 30,879

33. Heroes (I) (2006– )

Drama

7.5
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True stories of real people who have saved someone's life, including reenactments.

Stars: Jean Burgmeier, Keith Michael Gregory, Lynn Schlueter, Isaiah Stanley

Votes: 8,369

34. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.5
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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.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,042,102

35. New Girl (2011– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

7.7
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After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her - most of the time.

Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone

Votes: 155,062

36. Eureka (2006–2012)

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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A U.S. Marshall becomes the sheriff of a remote cozy little Northwestern town of Eureka where the best minds in the US have secretly been tucked away to build futuristic inventions for the government which often go disastrously wrong.

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston

Votes: 41,765

37. Monk (2002–2009)

TV-PG | 47 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Adrian Monk is a brilliant San Francisco detective, whose obsessive compulsive disorder just happens to get in the way.

Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard

Votes: 54,288

38. Men at Work (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Comedy following the misadventures of four buddies who work together at a magazine.

Stars: Danny Masterson, Michael Cassidy, Adam Busch, James Lesure

Votes: 7,488

39. Friends (1994–2004)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.9
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Follows the personal and professional lives of six 20 to 30-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.

Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 563,512

40. Homeland (2011– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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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.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend

Votes: 257,513

41. Elementary (2012– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill

Votes: 84,124

42. Hannibal (2013–2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.6
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Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 183,224