TV at its Best

In no particular order. All either U.S, or British I'm afraid. I think the Americans have the hardest hitting dramas and Britain (one Irish) the better comedy, but a pretty even spread in the end.
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1.
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.)
“ The last episode of season 4 is perhaps the single best hour of TV ever made ” - spioncap
 
2.
Life on Mars (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers. (60 mins.)
 
3.
Ashes to Ashes (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
DCI Gene Hunt swaps the Ford Cortina for an Audi Quattro and joins the London Metropolitan Police to deal with the 'Southern Nancy' criminal scum. (60 mins.)
“ On the whole. not as good as Life on Mars but the last episode was perfection. ” - spioncap
 
4.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
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.)
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Wire in the Blood (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A psychologist gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England. (69 mins.)
 
7.
Modern Family (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. (22 mins.)
 
8.
The Muppet Show (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show. (30 mins.)
 
9.
Inspector Morse (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case. (100 mins.)
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
A Touch of Frost (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
DI Jack Frost is an unconventional policeman with sympathy for the underdog and an instinct for moral justice. Sloppy, disorganized and disrespectful, he attracts trouble like a magnet. (105 mins.)
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
The Killing (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
“ Couldn't have had a better final episode. Superb. ” - spioncap
 
14.
Only Fools and Horses.... (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Classic comedy following the misadventures of two Wheeler Dealer brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter who scrape their living by selling dodgy goods believing that next year they will be millionaires. (95 mins.)
 
15.
Have I Got News for You (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so... (29 mins.)
 
16.
Deadwood (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime. (55 mins.)
 
17.
Justified (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky. (44 mins.)
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
 
20.
Phoenix Nights (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The misadventures of club owner Brian Potter who is determined to make The Phoenix Club the best working men's club in Greater Manchester. (25 mins.)
 
21.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield. (22 mins.)
 
22.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 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.)
 
23.
The Royle Family (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house. (45 mins.)
 
24.
The Fast Show (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society. (30 mins.)
 
25.
Father Ted (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Crazy sitcom about 3 priests and their housekeeper who live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland it seems! (25 mins.)
 
26.
The Mentalist (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
 
27.
Fawlty Towers (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away. (30 mins.)
 
28.
Porridge (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system. (45 mins.)
 
29.
Blackadder Goes Forth (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war. (175 mins.)
 
30.
Black Adder the Third (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In the Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time. (180 mins.)
 
31.
Car Share (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When a supermarket issues a new car share scheme. Assistant Manager John Redmond (Peter Kay) and Promotions Rep Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) are forced to commute together every day. But will they get along? (30 mins.)
Director: Peter Kay
 
32.
Boys from the Blackstuff (1982 Mini-Series)
Episode: Yosser's Story (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Yosser, alone with custody of his children takes desperate measures to get a job. Yosser looks like the pressure of life has finally beaten him. (50 mins.)
“ You need to watch the whole series, but this episode is perhaps the most powerful, saddest, best acted and best written piece of british tv ever. 30 something years on and it's still marvellous. ” - spioncap
 
33.
Ray Donovan (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Ray Donovan, a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous in LA, can make anyone's problems disappear except those created by his own family. (60 mins.)
“ Gets better and better ” - spioncap
 
34.
Luther (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
 
35.
Band of Brothers (2001 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
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.)