The very best of modern television

Just a list of tv shows you and your SO can snuggle into and make those week nights a special occasion.
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1.
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.)
 
2.
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.)
“ Doesn't ring true for an episode or two; and then it really breaks stride. ” - dc-211
 
3.
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.)
“ Beautifully thoughtful update of the original Sherlock Holmes stories. Pisses from a great height on Guy Ritchie's illiterate efforts. ” - dc-211
 
4.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
“ Never misses a beat. I watched nearly 24 hours of this straight and spent the next week stalking Croydon like the ghetto. ” - dc-211
 
5.
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. (70 mins.)
 
6.
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.)
“ It's a crying shame there isn't more of this show - someday they'll bring it back. ” - dc-211
 
7.
Falling Skies (2011 TV Series)
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Survivors of an alien attack on earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back. (42 mins.)
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
Fringe (2008 TV Series)
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An FBI agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena. (46 mins.)
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
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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. (44 mins.)
“ Ok, it lost its way (arf) eventually, and the ending still has people bemused, but Lost kept surprising us right the way through multiple seasons and the win moments were big win moments. ” - dc-211
 
12.
Kings (2009 TV Series)
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A modern day, alternate-reality drama about a hero who rises to become the King of his nation, based on the biblical story of King David. (60 mins.)
 
13.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
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While a civil war brews between several noble families in Westeros, the children of the former rulers of the land attempt to rise up to power. Meanwhile a forgotten race, bent on destruction, plans to return after thousands of years in the North. (56 mins.)
“ Some of the most visceral and enjoyable epic fantasy ever rendered to film. ” - dc-211
 
14.
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.)
“ A rich vein of fun to be had in the old west. Some echoes of Game of Thrones. ” - dc-211
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
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.)
“ A surprise. Hamlet and Harleys in a seamless and engrossing blend. ” - dc-211
 
17.
Southland (2009 TV Series)
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The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department. (42 mins.)
“ By turns light and dark, gritty and funny. Strong dialogue and characters you can't avoid caring about. ” - dc-211
 
18.
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.)
Director: Gregory Dark
“ Lot of HBO stuff on my list, but that's cos they keep knocking out the hits. Intense politics, claustrophobia and casual violence. ” - dc-211
 
19.
The Shield (2002 TV Series)
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The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking... (47 mins.)
“ Clever and intense antihero crime drama. ” - dc-211
 
20.
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
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Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by the walking dead. Fighting the dead, fearing the living. (44 mins.)
“ Enjoyable (if not faithful) screen adaptation of the comic books. ” - dc-211
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
Alias (2001 TV Series)
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Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college and trained for espionage and self-defense. (42 mins.)
 
23.
Titanic (2012 Mini-Series)
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The world's largest ship, the Titanic, meets with disaster when it strikes an iceberg on its maiden voyage. (190 mins.)
“ Forget the movie, this is the real deal. ” - dc-211
 
24.
Ideal (2005 TV Series)
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Moz is a drug dealer and has very strange clientele who come and go from his flat. (30 mins.)
“ Very funny and surreal life of a minor hash dealer in Manchester. Worth it for CartoonHead alone. ” - dc-211
 
25.
Marchlands (2011 Mini-Series)
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A supernatural drama telling the story of three different families living in the same house in 1968, 1987 and the present day, linked by the spirit of the young daughter of the 1960s family, who drowned in mysterious circumstances. (60 mins.)
“ Didn't click the first time we tried it, but rewatching improved things immensely. More like a long movie. ” - dc-211
 
26.
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, and an enigmatic hotel. (60 mins.)
“ By the end you've largely given up hoping for things to just work out somehow. A fascinating watch for horror fans. ” - dc-211
 
27.
The Mentalist (2008 TV Series)
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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. (43 mins.)