My Top 63 Standout Television Shows

This is a list of television shows that I feel stand out from the rest of the bunch. Some are dramatic, some comedic, but all are greatly entertaining and enjoyable.
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1.
Taxi (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things. (30 mins.)
 
2.
Twin Peaks (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks. (47 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable. (22 mins.)
 
6.
The Larry Sanders Show (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show. (30 mins.)
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
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.)
“ Brilliant! ” - Coldust
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself in with his friends and complete strangers. (28 mins.)
 
13.
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.)
“ Mainly the early seasons. ” - Coldust
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
I Love Lucy (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations. (30 mins.)
 
17.
Bored to Death (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels. (28 mins.)
 
18.
The Abbott and Costello Show (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies. (25 mins.)
 
19.
Black Books (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers... (25 mins.)
 
20.
The IT Crowd (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The comedic adventures of a rag-tag group of technical support workers at a large corporation. (25 mins.)
 
21.
Louie (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The life of Louis CK, a divorced comedian with two kids living in New York. (22 mins.)
 
22.
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.)
 
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.)
 
24.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (88 mins.)
 
25.
Columbo (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes. (100 mins.)
 
26.
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A bounty hunter rides the Old West, fighting bad guys, many with futuristic-type gadgets. (45 mins.)
 
27.
Dream On (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Cult adult comedy about dreamer Martin Tupper, whose life is full of colourful characters. Divorced and living with his growing teenage son... (30 mins.)
 
28.
The Addams Family (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family. (30 mins.)
 
29.
The Munsters (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely. (30 mins.)
 
30.
Tales from the Crypt (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s. (25 mins.)
 
31.
Sanford and Son (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son. (30 mins.)
 
32.
Eastbound & Down (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer returns to teach phys ed at his old middle school. (28 mins.)
 
33.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl. (23 mins.)
 
34.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Five friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia. (22 mins.)
 
35.
Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe. (30 mins.)
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
Party Down (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A group of actors move to LA to make it big, but end up working as caterers. (30 mins.)
Director: Rob Thomas
 
38.
Portlandia (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A sketch-comedy series that parodies life in Portland, Oregon. (22 mins.)
 
39.
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
 
40.
Saturday Night Live (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show. (90 mins.)
“ The first five seasons only. ” - Coldust
 
41.
Huff (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Psychiatrist Craig Huffstodt (Azaria) experiences his own midlife crisis. (55 mins.)
 
42.
Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions. (100 mins.)
 
43.
Archer (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones. (22 mins.)
 
44.
The Office (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager Brent as they continue their daily lives. (30 mins.)
 
45.
Bob's Burgers (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Bob Belcher, along with his wife and three children, try to run their last hope of holding the family together, which is running Bob's dream restaurant. (22 mins.)
 
46.
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago. (51 mins.)
Director: Allen Baron
 
47.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
 
48.
It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Garry Shandling pokes fun at sitcom conventions. (30 mins.)
 
49.
Gilligan's Island (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm. (30 mins.)
 
50.
Soap (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates. (30 mins.)
 
51.
Mission Hill (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The misadventures of a group of disparate roomates who live in a hip neighbourhood in a major city. (30 mins.)
Director: Christian Roman
 
52.
Workaholics (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A single-camera comedy featuring three friends who work together as telemarketers from 9 to 5 and live together from 5 to 9. (22 mins.)
 
53.
Happy Days (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie. (30 mins.)
 
54.
Chappelle's Show (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture. (22 mins.)
Director: Todd Broder
 
55.
Broad City (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Broad City follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time. (22 mins.)
 
56.
Futurama (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999. (22 mins.)
 
57.
BoJack Horseman (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the '90s - 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show "Horsin' Around," but today he's washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing colorful sweaters. (25 mins.)
 
58.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The adventures of a quartet of humanoid warrior turtles and their friends. (30 mins.)
 
59.
Derek (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Derek is a loyal nursing home care assistant who sees only the good in his quirky co-workers as they struggle against prejudice and shrinking budgets to care for their elderly residents. (23 mins.)
 
60.
Silicon Valley (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Follows the struggle of Richard Hendricks, a silicon valley engineer trying to build his own company called Pied Piper (28 mins.)
 
61.
Get a Life (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The misadventures of a 30-year-old paper-boy (played by Late Night alum Chris Elliot) and his wacky parents... (30 mins.)
 
62.
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.)
 
63.
Orange Is the New Black (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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.)
 
64.
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.)