Here are, in my opinion, the best TV shows in any genre, and the top 5 episodes within each TV show.
The Sopranos: About a mob boss trying to maintain a balance in his attention to his real family and problems with his crime family. In terms of production and writing, this is one of the greatest shows of all time. But a terrible ending keeps it out of my list.
Lie To Me: This Psychological Crime Thriller about the new-born science of reading facial expressions staring Tim Roth, started out as one of the best Crime shows to date, but the series steadily decline throughout the second and third season, resulting in its cancellation.
Homeland: As far as TV shows and movies about the post-9/11 war on Terror goes, Homeland is pretty unbiased, but the show is simply to young to be considered as a show for the ages.
Lost: A fast-paced exciting story about a mysterious island where the passengers of an American Airline flight are stranded slowly turned into a far-fetched pseudo-scientific time-travel show that answered none of the questions it created. As with Sopranos, the show also failed miserably at its finale.
A Bit of Fry & Laurie: A Brilliant british sketch show that would definitely be on this list except for the fact that it's not for everybody.
Mr. Bean: Another hilarious british show, that would be on this list if it were longer.
(1997 TV Series)
Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. (22 mins.)
“ Without a doubt the greatest TV show of all time. With more than 200 episodes in the bag, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, somehow manage to still be hilarious, while enduring controversy after controversy as they poke fun at America and its culture.
Must-See Episodes: Scott Tenorman Must Die, 200, You're Getting Old, Mecha Streisand, 'Make Love, Not Warcraft' ” - aryafsharm
(2010 TV Series)
The life of Louis CK, a divorced comedian with two kids living in New York. (22 mins.)
“ Louis CK stars in, directs, writes and edits all the episodes of this revolutionary independent series. Although the series began loosely based on the real-life Louis CK, it gradually got darker and more surreal. The show has been frequented by many top-notch comedians and actors, and also features stand-up clips by Louis CK in the style of Seinfeld.
Must-See Episodes: Late Night (3 Parts), Duckling, Come On God, Poker/Divorce, Dentist/Tarese ” - aryafsharm
(2004 TV Series)
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. (44 mins.)
“ Hugh Laurie does a perfect job at portraying an anti-social diagnostic medicine savant, Dr. House, while Robert Sean Leonard does an equally amazing job at portraying House's loyal best (and Only) friend, in a pair that has drawn comparisons to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. If that's not enough, on the medical front, House and his diagnostic team deal with increasingly extraordinary medical cases that are mostly based on real-life patients.
Must-See Episodes: House's Head, The Jerk, House vs. God, No Reason, Broken ” - aryafsharm
(1999 TV Series)
In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another. (22 mins.)
“ Created by the enfuriatingly-gifted Seth MacFarlane, this TV Show follows the footsteps of many family-oriented Animation shows, but set itself apart from the bunch, by being chaotically random.
Must-See Episodes: Barely Legal, 420, Stewie Kills Lois, Peter's Two Dads, Death Lives ” - aryafsharm
(2004 TV Series)
Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running Kelley series The Practice, following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole and Schmidt. (44 mins.)
“ An ordinary courtroom drama series with a twist. Set in Boston and around the lawyers at a very respectable firm, the series deals with extremely unique situations and in doing so, critiques the politics and the laws of the U.S and its justice system. Most episodes contain amazing closing arguments by Alan Shore (portrayed by James Spader), the firm's leading lawyer, which are perhaps the strong suit of this show.
Must-See Episodes: Schmidt Happens, Schadenfreude, Fine Young Cannibal, The Good Lawyer, The Court Supreme ” - aryafsharm
(1989 TV Series)
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
“ In terms of the sheer quantity of funny episode, this show is perhaps the most constantly funny series of all time. With its unique point of view, the show pokes fun at the routine social situations that everyone is familiar with, this show is the best example of observational comedy.
Must-See Episodes: The Contest, The Pen, The Soup Nazi, The Parking Garage, The Good Samaritan ” - aryafsharm
Six Feet Under
(2001 TV Series)
A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family that runs an independent funeral home. (55 mins.)
“ A unique drama series follows the life of a family that owns a funeral home. A great cast and gripping drama (and the fact that it ends great, something most shows seem to be unable to do) make this show truly phenomenal.
Must-See Episodes: The Room, I'll Take You, The Trap, Untitled, Static ” - aryafsharm
That '70s Show
(1998 TV Series)
A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin. (22 mins.)
“ A group of pot-smoking teenagers in the 70s get into various sticky situations in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin.
Must-See Episodes: I Love Cake, The Trials of M. Kelso, The Canadian Road Trip, Eric's Buddy, Stone Cold Crazy ” - aryafsharm
(2006 TV Series)
Dexter Morgan is a Forensics Expert, a loyal brother, boyfriend, and friend. That's what he seems to be, but that's not what he really is. Dexter Morgan is a Serial Killer that hunts the bad. (53 mins.)
“ Dexter is a like-able serial killer portrayed brilliantly by Michael C. Hall in this incredibly addictive TV show that keeps you at the edge of your seat, even while waiting for a new episode to air.
Must-See Episodes: A Horse of a Different Color, The Big One, Living The Dream, About Last Night, Return to Sender ” - aryafsharm
Curb Your Enthusiasm
(2000 TV Series)
The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself in with his friends and complete strangers. (28 mins.)
“ Larry David follows up Seinfeld with this largely improvisational TV show that takes a look at the everyday life of a social assassin.
Must-See Episodes: The Bare Midriff, The N Word, The Carpool Lane, The Bisexual, Meet the Blacks ” - aryafsharm
(2007 TV Series)
In a surreal world, a large maximum security prison, which houses thousands of dangerous inmates is run by an eccentric warden and his equally odd staff. (10 mins.)
“ An insane animation show, set in a violent and surreal universe.
Must-See Episodes: Don't Be a Negaton, Ladies Night, Superbar, Jailbot 2.0, Sticky Discharge ” - aryafsharm
The IT Crowd
(2006 TV Series)
The comedic adventures of a rag-tag group of technical support workers at a large corporation. (25 mins.)
“ One of the funniest British comedy series of all time. Follows the adventures of two IT geeks, their computer-illiterate supervisor and their eccentric bosses.
Must-See Episodes: The Red Door, Return of the Golden Child, Are We Not Men?, Bad Boys, Calendar Geeks ” - aryafsharm
(2008 TV Series)
A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's financial future. (49 mins.)
“ This series has it all: Incredible Story, all-round decent performances, and a great setting. The pace is slow at times, but it just adds to the realism of the show.
Must-See Episodes: Crazy Handful of Nothin', Negro Y Azul, I.F.T, Phoenix, Bullet Points ” - aryafsharm
The Big Bang Theory
(2007 TV Series)
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. (22 mins.)
“ Jim Parsons' portrayal of the Introvert genius Sheldon Cooper alone makes this one of the most hilarious Sitcoms on the air today.
Must-See Episodes: The Middle-Earth Paradigm, The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis, The Adhesive Duck Deficiency, The Precious Fragmentation, The Thespian Catalyst ” - aryafsharm
(2006 TV Series)
A working class family and their oddball friends. (30 mins.)
“ HBO and Louis CK's First attempt at a sitcom was cancelled after only one season because of low ratings but this is one of the funniest sitcoms ever. Yet, considering what Louis CK did next, one can say that it was all for the best.
Must-See Episodes: A Mugging Story, Long Weekend, Control, Discipline, Confession ” - aryafsharm
How I Met Your Mother
(2005 TV Series)
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. (22 mins.)
“ This show beats Friends at their own game. A suspenseful story and solid performances by Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Allyson Hannigan, and a star-studded guest list make this show one of the best romantic comedies ever.
Must-See Episodes: Mary The Paralegal, Swarley, Slapsgiving, The Naked Man, The Broath ” - aryafsharm
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
(2005 TV Series)
Four young friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia. (22 mins.)
“ A unique series where all the characters are *beep*
Must-See Episodes: The Gang Gets Racist, The Gang Gets Held Hostage, The Nightman Cometh, Mac and Dennis Break Up, Thunder Gun Express ” - aryafsharm
(2011 TV Series)
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.)
“ A Humorous look at the differences between British and American TV Shows.
Must-See Episodes (The Episodes are named Episode One, Two, etc., and the count goes back to One at the beginning of each season): S1 Episode Two, S1 Episode Four, S2 Episode 2, S2 Episode 6, S2 Episode 8 ” - aryafsharm
My Name Is Earl
(2005 TV Series)
A ne'er do well wins $100,000 in the lottery and decides to right all the wrongs from his past with his newfound realization. (22 mins.)
“ A Premature Cancellation closed the curtain on a great cast in this great series.
Must-See Episodes: The Professor, Stole A Badge, Robbed A Stoner Blind, Midnight Bun, Reading Is a Fundamental Case ” - aryafsharm
(2007 TV Series)
When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, CIA and NSA assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down. (43 mins.)
“ A Computer geek accidentally becomes a CIA asset when his college best buddy sends him encrypted government secrets that are downloaded in his brain. This show mixes elements of Action, Comedy and Drama in an unprecedented way.
Must-See Episodes: Chuck vs. The Sizzling Shrimp, Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer, Chuck vs, The Nacho Sampler, Chuck vs. The A-Team, Chuck vs. The Bullet Train ” - aryafsharm