Best/Favorite T.V. Shows Past & Current...

I love quality t.v. that is unique, well-written, and contains characters that you are wholly intrigued by. Great television allows for a fun escape/visual adventure. IMO, the very best shows are re-watchable, and pull from many genres/themes or convey something powerfully novel.
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1.
Firefly (2002 TV Series)
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Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them. (44 mins.)
“ All time favorite show! Perfect characters (cast!), universe, dialogue, as well as containing some of the most unique episodes that I've ever seen. Firefly has a something for everyone; action, mystery, humor, romance, horror, drama...Sci-Fi is one of my favorite genres. You'd never think that pairing a show set 500 years in the future with an early, 20th century western theme would work, but it does! Unfortunately, (or tragically) it's only one season/14 episodes, but they are very fulfilling. Plus, there's a great follow up movie to the series; Serenity. It that's not enough, the show has some of the best fan-fiction writers out there. ” - Dumbhead28
 
2.
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.)
“ IMO, great from seasons 4 and on, when Buffy starts to mature. Spike is one of the best characters ever. Andrew and Anya are also great. Season 7 is not the greatest, but the series has a very satisfying finish. ” - Dumbhead28
 
3.
Rome (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
“ Great leads! Intriguing and unpredictable historically askew drama. ” - Dumbhead28
 
4.
Carnivàle (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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.)
“ Most unknown/underrated show out there! Wish it had gone on longer than 2 seasons! It really does a great job of transporting you to the 1930's dust bowl era, and the carnival is the perfect setting to host some larger-than-life themes. ” - Dumbhead28
 
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.)
“ A show that makes you really and truly actualize the concept of your own mortality. ” - Dumbhead28
 
6.
Spaced (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford. (25 mins.)
“ Another unknown gem! Spaced is painfully hilarious. From the creators of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, what else would you expect? ” - Dumbhead28
 
7.
Freaks and Geeks (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year. (44 mins.)
“ One of the few shows to capture what high school can truly be like, despite the 1970's setting. Very funny and well-written. ” - Dumbhead28
 
8.
My So-Called Life (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A 15-year-old girl and her trials and tribulations of being a teenager and dealing with friends, guys, parents and school. (60 mins.)
“ The other show that gets HS right. It's dated, yet identifiable, and somehow nostalgic all at the same time. When re-watching, I often find the 'parents' story line as unintriguing as I did when I was a teen viewer. I will never understand why this show lasted only one season. My only guess is that it was ahead of it's time... ” - Dumbhead28
 
9.
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.)
“ Amazing and captivating universe! It can sometimes be hard to watch, because these characters are really put through the ringer. However, that's what makes the show so damn good. Tyrion Lannister for King! ” - Dumbhead28
 
10.
New Girl (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (22 mins.)
“ Really comes into its own in the second season. If you are a fan of awkward, and quirky comedy, this show is for you. Watch for the douche jar and Nick/Jess. ” - Dumbhead28
 
11.
The Mindy Project (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young Ob/Gyn doctor balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office. (30 mins.)
“ As a major fan of Mindy Kaling, this show could do no wrong in my eyes from the get-go. The title character in The Mindy Project, reminds me of an americanized 'Bridget Jones'. Watch it for the humor, and don't take it too seriously. ” - Dumbhead28
 
12.
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.)
“ But only up to season 7. I was a huge fan, but after Steve Carell left, the show went downhill fast! Rainn Wilson/Dwight is one of the best things about TO.The British version is also great. ” - Dumbhead28
 
13.
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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.)
“ Edge-of-your-seat type show. Lots of gore, and character drama. Watch how hell-on-earth, transforms its characters for better or worse... ” - Dumbhead28
 
14.
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.)
“ This is truly an odd-ball supernatural show. Yet, it has all the other makings of the genre, horror, violence, drama, suspense, romance and lot's of blood! I love all the different creatures in True Blood's mythology. Sex can be gratuitous, and unnecessary, but that's HBO for you. ” - Dumbhead28
 
15.
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.)
“ My crack show! Everyone has one. ;p ” - Dumbhead28
 
16.
Awkward. (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An unpopular 15 year old gains immediate, yet unwanted, popularity at her high school when the student body mistakes an accident she has for a suicide attempt. (22 mins.)
“ Hilarious and self explanatory. ” - Dumbhead28
 
17.
Downton Abbey (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. (58 mins.)
“ My Jane Austen loving-self couldn't resist this one... ” - Dumbhead28
 
18.
Grimm (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces. (45 mins.)
“ It's just fun, what else can I say? :) ” - Dumbhead28
 
19.
Shameless (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
An alcoholic man lives in a perpetual stupor while his six children with whom he lives cope as best they can. (46 mins.)
“ ^ The title captures the true essence of this show. However, watch for some great acting by Emily Rossum and William H. Macy. However wacky and out there it can sometimes be, the elemental heart of the show remains pure; family. ” - Dumbhead28
 
20.
American Horror Story (2011 TV Series)
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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.)
“ Richly intriguing and genuinely scary. A Horror-themed television show is definitely one of the first of its kind, and it works. The reuse of actors from season to season is quite fun. ” - Dumbhead28
 
21.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
“ Authentic, and opulent period drama. Starts out kind slow, but sucks you right in with its character driven story-lines. ” - Dumbhead28
 
22.
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.)
“ If a serial-killing main character can get you to root for him, than you know it's something worth watching... ” - Dumbhead28
 
23.
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.)
“ The journey of the main character from geeky, unsuspecting man to bad-ass criminal will leave you blown away. ” - Dumbhead28
 
24.
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.)
“ Character driven thriller with a side of romance. I watch for Claire Danes. ” - Dumbhead28
 
25.
How I Met Your Mother (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
“ Pretty funny stuff. Only downside is the formulaic repetitiveness in some of the episodes. ” - Dumbhead28
 
26.
Felicity (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young fresh out of high school girl follows her high school crush to college to be near him. (60 mins.)
 
27.
Roswell (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The lives of three young alien/human hybrids with extraordinary gifts in Roswell. (42 mins.)
 
28.
The Wonder Years (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting. (22 mins.)
 
29.
ER (1994 TV Series)
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The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital. (44 mins.)
 
30.
Jericho (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A small town in Kansas is literally left in the dark after seeing a mushroom cloud over near-by Denver, Colorado. The townspeople struggle to find answers about the blast and solutions on how to survive. (45 mins.)
 
31.
Big Love (2006 TV Series)
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A polygamist and his relationship with his three wives. (60 mins.)
 
32.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Set after the events in Terminator 2, Sarah Connor and her son, John, try to stay under-the-radar from the government, as they plot to destroy the computer network, Skynet, in hopes of preventing Armageddon. (60 mins.)
 
33.
Continuum (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future. (45 mins.)
 
34.
Orphan Black (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her. (44 mins.)
 
35.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013 TV Series)
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The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. (45 mins.)
 
36.
House of Cards (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him. (51 mins.)
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
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.)
 
39.
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.)