Few And Far Between: The Very Best TV Shows Ever (A Short List)

I don't watch a lot of TV, and never really have. This is a list of the only TV shows I ever really thought were absolutely great.
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1.
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by the walking dead. Fighting the dead, fearing the living. (44 mins.)
“ The single best show ever on television. Excellent from start to finish, plot, actors, storyline, progression.... Plus, it brings to life the fantasy of the lack of consequence of killing the living, the dead, and the undead. It's primal survival in an apocalyptic worst case scenario, where not only is civilization gone, but it's out to make you its bitch. ” - deerpic-1
 
2.
Moonlighting (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency. (60 mins.)
“ Rare Bruce Willis in a comedy-drama that easily surpasses anything he's done since, and Willis is one of the rare actors who never does anything bad. IMO, Bruce Willis was better in a somewhat comedic role... his true genius is shown full-blown here. ” - deerpic-1
 
3.
Firefly (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
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.)
“ Absolutely cannot believe this show got cancelled after less than a season. The single biggest mistaken cancellation any network has ever made. Ever. It was simply never given the chance to attract the viewership Joss Whedon's shows normally enjoyed. The mistake was the name Firefly. You don't know what it's about, unlike Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, for instance. ” - deerpic-1
 
4.
Brimstone (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A dead cop, sentenced to Hell, is returned to Earth by the Devil to recover 113 escaped evil spirits. (60 mins.)
“ Such a good show with the most unique and visionary premise. Was probably just tragically a bit before its time. ” - deerpic-1
 
5.
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.)
“ Still the best sit-com ever! A decade and a half after its demise, the silly episodic plots about nothing are still relevant in today's world. ” - deerpic-1
 
6.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. (45 mins.)
“ The show that single-handedly redefined what a TV show could be. It opened your mind and pushed the boundaries of what was conceivable. The truth is out there. ” - deerpic-1
 
7.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends. (44 mins.)
“ The original vampire show that paved the way for the more recent obsession. Action, comedy, romance, violence, horror... it had something for everyone. Plus, Sarah Michelle Gellar, perhaps the hottest thing I'd ever want to trade stick pokes with. ” - deerpic-1
 
8.
Quantum Leap (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time--"leaping" into the body of a different person in a different time period each week. (60 mins.)
Director: John Cullum
“ The best sci-fi time-travel show. Each episode had its own purpose, and there were no bad episodes. Damn you NBC for leaving us hanging at the end! ” - deerpic-1
 
9.
The New Detectives: Case Studies in Forensic Science (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
True stories of crime investigations using forensic science. (60 mins.)
“ Before there was Forensic Files, there was Discovery Channel's The New Detectives, an hour-long show focusing on 3 cases each episode and how the killer was caught using forensic science with re-enactments. The narration and representation in this show was so much more ominous than in Court TV's (TruTV) Forensic Files. ” - deerpic-1
 
10.
Forensic Files (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A series featuring detailed accounts on how notable crimes and diseases were solved through forensic science. (30 mins.)
Director: Richard Monahan
“ The most well-known real-life forensics show. Half an hour was always too short though and episodes seemed a bit rushed; however, a helpful must-see for dyi'rs. :P ” - deerpic-1
 
11.
Three's Company (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The misadventures of two women and one man living in one apartment and their neighbors. (30 mins.)
“ Great, great, great show! One of the few comedies the jokes are funny each and every time you see them! ” - deerpic-1
 
12.
Dark Matter (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The six-person crew of a derelict spaceship awakens from stasis in the farthest reaches of space. Their memories wiped clean... (42 mins.)
“ The closest thing we'll ever get to a Firefly reboot. ” - deerpic-1
 
13.
Fear the Walking Dead (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in The Walking Dead? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question. (60 mins.)
“ A new angle on a universe we're already familiar with. And because we understand it better than the characters, watching that learning curve unravel is riveting. ” - deerpic-1
 
14.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day. (30 mins.)
“ The show that broke just about every TV rule there was. The show that could absolutely never exist today as it would be deemed too "insensitive." Folks back then got its message and consequently, the show ushered in an opening up of the dialogue of once-thought forbidden topics. And Archie wasn't always in the wrong either.... ” - deerpic-1
 
15.
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.)
“ The most relatable character ever on television. Or is it just me? ” - deerpic-1
 
16.
12 Monkeys (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will nearly destroy the human race. (42 mins.)
“ Surprisingly good. Better than the movie. ” - deerpic-1
 
17.
The A-Team (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military. (60 mins.)
“ The epitome of good bad guys out for hire to help those who cannot help themselves and those who local law enforcement will not. Action plus violence plus strategy, and downright pity for the fool who doesn't love this show. ” - deerpic-1
 
18.
Newhart (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Dick Loudon and his wife Joanna decide to leave life in New York City and buy a little inn in Vermont... (30 mins.)
“ It's hard not to love Bob Newhart. His best work, G-rated, but funny as #&@%!! ” - deerpic-1
 
19.
The Big Bang Theory (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
“ Ok, here's the thing. This is a funny show, every episode, no matter how many times I see them. ” - deerpic-1
 
20.
The 4400 (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As the reappearance of 4,400 missing persons on a single day confounds the global community, federal agents on the case slowly discover the ways in which the victims have been changed. (43 mins.)
“ Here's another bizarre show with an unusual storyline that was cancelled too soon. After its demise, it spawned a series of books that try to carry on the storyline, but so disappointing it is the story was cut short in its native format. ” - deerpic-1
 
21.
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.)
“ Original take on the mundane life of a divorcé trying to put his life back together... a comedy without annoying laugh tracks. Instead, relevant and amusing black and white television flashbacks. Miss this show. ” - deerpic-1