The greatest television shows or mini series that I have seen.

This is a list of the most fascinating, original, and down right entertaining story telling that television has to offer. A lot of the shows on this list rank right up there with some of the greatest cinema. Very close to being in order.

I have still not seen Oz.
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1.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
 
2.
Band of Brothers (2001 Mini-Series)
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The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day. (594 mins.)
 
3.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and ends up seeking professional psychiatric counseling. (55 mins.)
 
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.)
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
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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. (57 mins.)
 
7.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
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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. (49 mins.)
 
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.)
 
9.
Rome (2005 TV Series)
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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic. (90 mins.)
 
10.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
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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. (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.)
“ The first three seasons of this show were so unbelievably excellent that they more than make up for the fall in quality of the last three seasons. ” - dogteal
 
12.
Treme (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000 TV Series)
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The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself in with his friends and complete strangers. (28 mins.)
 
15.
Da Ali G Show (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Hipster Ali G. interviews a variety of guests from the world of crime prevention, drug enforcement and... (30 mins.)
 
16.
Generation Kill (2008 Mini-Series)
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A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003. (70 mins.)
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
Frontline (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Investigative journalist documentaries. (60 mins.)
 
19.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005 TV Series)
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Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, traveler, visits places all around the world sampling various foods. (60 mins.)
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003 TV Series)
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Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds. (60 mins.)
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
“ Even though this show verges on campy gore fest / soft core porn, the political aspects of the time that they explore make it all worth it. To be honest, some of that gore / light porn stuff can be fun at times too. ” - dogteal
 
24.
Freaks and Geeks (1999 TV Series)
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A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year. (44 mins.)
 
25.
Boss (2011 TV Series)
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Mayor Tom Kane, diagnosed with a dementia disorder, struggles to keep his grip on power in Chicago. (56 mins.)
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
The Killing (2011 TV Series)
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A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car. (45 mins.)
 
28.
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
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Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma, to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. (44 mins.)
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
John Adams (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years. (71 mins.)
 
31.
Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. (533 mins.)
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
Cosmos (1980 Mini-Series)
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe. (60 mins.)
 
34.
In Treatment (2008 TV Series)
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A psychotherapist questions his abilities and gets help by reuniting with his old therapist, whom he has not seen for ten years. (25 mins.)
 
35.
Extras (2005 TV Series)
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Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment. (30 mins.)
 
36.
South Park (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. (22 mins.)
“ Consistently funny show. ” - dogteal
 
37.
Archer (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones. (22 mins.)
 
38.
House of Lies (2012 TV Series)
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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. (28 mins.)
 
39.
The Office (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium. (22 mins.)
 
40.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)