Nicholas' Favorite TV Shows of All Time

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1.
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. Meanwhile, a forgotten race hell-bent on destruction returns after being dormant for thousands of years. (56 mins.)
“ This shown recently dethroned 24 as my favorite of all time. There are no words to explain how amazing this show is. Truly a masterpiece. ” - Njroertgen
 
2.
24 (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster. (44 mins.)
“ Though it may not be the most well made TV series on this list, it is the first TV show to ever have me completely obsessed. I will always be loyal to Jack Bauer. ” - Njroertgen
 
3.
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.)
“ Perhaps the best character arc of any character in television history. The writing on Breaking Bad was simply genius. ” - Njroertgen
 
4.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
“ Though it had a disappointing final season, the first 5 season of Dexter were unbelievable. ” - Njroertgen
 
5.
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.)
“ Best TV show to ever get cancelled then brought back and then cancelled again. I still wonder what could have been. ” - Njroertgen
 
6.
Entourage (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Film star Vince Chase navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty agent. (28 mins.)
“ Best bromance comedy of all time. ” - Njroertgen
 
7.
Banshee (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
An ex-con assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff in the small town of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he has some unfinished business. (60 mins.)
 
8.
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 overrun by the undead, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. (44 mins.)
“ Seasons 6 and 7 saved this show. ” - Njroertgen
 
9.
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.)
“ Homeland is a very well written, captivating show that has potential to top this list one day. ” - Njroertgen
 
10.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. (44 mins.)
“ It is no question that the first seasons trump the later ones. While some people hated the finale, I was one of the few who loved it. Lost is truly a unique story like nothing we have ever seen. ” - Njroertgen
 
11.
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.)
“ Sex. Lies. Drugs. Corruption. Politics. Kevin Spacey. House of Cards is dark, witty and a suspenseful political drama and Kevin Spacey is genius. ” - Njroertgen
 
12.
Smallville (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville. (60 mins.)
“ Though not every episode of Smallville is high quality must see TV, every season's story arc always brought the season to an epic finale. It is no question that the show dropped in quality when Lana and Lex left, but the first 6 seasons had some of my favorite TV episodes. No doubt Smallville had some episodes that made me question how much I actually liked the show, but the best episodes were as captivating as any show on TV. I have always been a sucker for Superman, but his personality and moral code leaves you desperately wanting to be like him . ” - Njroertgen
 
13.
The O.C. (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California. (44 mins.)
“ The O.C was the second show that I was ever hooked on. In middle school and high school during the 4 year run, this show spoke to me. Each character was different and had its own interesting story line. The dynamic between Ryan and Seth and Ryan and Marisa made for great television. This show would be higher if it wasn't for a horrible season 4. ” - Njroertgen
 
14.
Stranger Things (2016 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back. (55 mins.)
 
15.
One Tree Hill (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott trade between kinship and rivalry both on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends in the small, but not so quiet town of Tree Hill, North Carolina. (60 mins.)
“ Like many of the shows on this list, the early seasons of One Tree Hill were excellent. Being in high school and being on the basketball team when I started watching this, it was very easy for me to connect with OTH. The dynamics between the main characters were excellent and each episode had a strong message behind it. The school shooting episode is still one of my favorite episodes of any TV series ever. Unfortunately, when Lucas and Peyton left so did the quality. ” - Njroertgen
 
16.
Parenthood (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The lives and tragedies of the Braverman family tree. (60 mins.)
“ Perhaps the most realistic drama about life I have ever seen. Parenthood makes the most mundane normal moments, that most people go through, captivating television. Every moment seems so real and its never over the top or exaggerated. The conversations are real, the characters are real, the moments in their lives are events that every family goes through, and the characters speak and react like normal people do. It is so easy to connect with the characters because each one reminds you of someone you know. ” - Njroertgen
 
17.
NCIS (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington DC Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. (60 mins.)
“ A great cast all around, every episode is high quality television. There is no wonder this is the most watched show on television 5 years running. The season finales are always excellent. ” - Njroertgen
 
18.
House M.D. (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
“ Dr. House was the most captivating character in television history until Heisenberg. Though every episode followed the same routine, House's character made every episode worth watching. House is humorous and mysterious at the same time. It was a fun ride trying to figure out his motives for doing what he does. ” - Njroertgen
 
19.
Hawaii Five-0 (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father's killer. The governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0). Steve's team is joined by Chin Ho Kelly, Danny "Danno" Williams, and Kono Kalakaua. (42 mins.)
 
20.
Mr. Robot (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Follows Elliot, a young programmer working as a cyber-security engineer by day, and a vigilante hacker by night. (49 mins.)
 
21.
Silicon Valley (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success... (28 mins.)
 
22.
Suits (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers. (44 mins.)
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
The Man in the High Castle (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war. (60 mins.)
 
25.
This Is Us (2016 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, to so much more than anyone would expect. (45 mins.)
Director: Glenn Ficarra
 
26.
Criminal Minds (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The cases of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again. (42 mins.)
 
27.
Lie to Me (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
About Cal Lightman, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies. (43 mins.)
“ This was a very unique show with potential. Cal Lightman was a very interesting character, much like Dr. House, and I have always been a fan of the body language science. I was sad so see it cancelled. ” - Njroertgen
 
28.
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.)
“ What can I say about Modern Family? The show has excellent characters, excellent actors and excellent writers. ” - Njroertgen
 
29.
The Americans (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government. (44 mins.)
 
30.
Westworld (2016 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
A Western-themed futuristic theme park, populated with artificial intelligence, allows high-paying guests to live out their fantasies with no consequences or retaliation from the android hosts, until now. (60 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Nolan
 
31.
True Detective (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
An anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law. (55 mins.)
 
32.
Sneaky Pete (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A con man on the run from a vicious gangster takes cover by assuming the identity of his prison cellmate... (60 mins.)
 
33.
Better Call Saul (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (46 mins.)
 
34.
Gracepoint (2014 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy's family into further turmoil and upends the lives of all of the town's residents. (60 mins.)
 
35.
Graceland (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A rookie FBI agent is sent to a house for undercover agents in Southern California, where he is trained by a former legend FBI agent. (42 mins.)
 
36.
Heroes (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented. (45 mins.)
“ If I were to rate this show strictly on seasons 1 and 2, Heroes would easily make my top 10, however, Seasons 3 and 4 were extremely disappointing. Heroes had so much potential to be epic, but they ruined it with season 3 and season 4 continued the downward spiral. So much potential but so disappointing. ” - Njroertgen
 
37.
The Leftovers (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Three years after the disappearance of 2% of the global population, a group of people from New York struggle to continue their lives, while they cope with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event. (60 mins.)
 
38.
Last Resort (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A US sub picks up Navy SEALs and receives an order for a nuke launch. Due to the circumstances of the order, the Captain refuses to fire. After escaping an attack from another US sub, the crew and SEALs take refuge on a small island. (60 mins.)
“ Another show that was cancelled to early. Though the show ended only after one season, that 1 season is worth watching. If not for the unique story line, atleast watch it for Andre Braugher's badass portrayal of Captain Marcus Chaplin. ” - Njroertgen
 
39.
The League (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ensemble comedy that follows a group of old friends in a fantasy football league who care deeply about one another -- so deeply that they use every opportunity to make each other's lives miserable. (22 mins.)
 
40.
Scandal (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets. (43 mins.)
 
41.
American Horror Story (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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, a hotel and a sinister farmhouse. (60 mins.)
“ Season 1 was amazing. They should have ended there. ” - Njroertgen
 
42.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Four young friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia. (22 mins.)
 
43.
How to Make It in America (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A group of 20 somethings living in New York City. Ben and Cameron work on starting a fashion company, while enjoying their lives in the greatest city in the world. (30 mins.)