Television at its best!

by Jaclyn16 | created - 02 Jan 2011 | updated - 09 Jan 2011 | Public

A handful of my favourite television shows. No particular order. I'd find it hard to choose. Although, Supernatural is leading the pack at the moment.

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1. Supernatural (2005– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters", fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins

Votes: 327,241

I think this has become one of the biggest events in my television show diary!

2. Dexter (2006–2013)

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

Votes: 564,325

What can possibly be said about this show? I've just finished Season Five and I am breathless.

3. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Set after the events in Terminator 2 (1991), 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.

Stars: Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau, Richard T. Jones

Votes: 53,569

Short lived, but excellent. It was just beginning to really take off. I spent last night watching all of season two and I've moved it to the top 5 of the list. What makes this such a wonderful experience is the creativity and the acting. Summer Glau and Thomas Dekker are particularly watchable - although the John Connor character can be so flawed it makes me want to hammer him! Glau's performance is remarkable (again) she moves cat like, demonstrates an amazing ability to observe in a robotic way and mostly she's captivating in most of the things she does because she does them so well. Brian Austin Green is another standout, Lena Headey is brilliant as the angst ridden Sarah and other Richard T Jones and Garret Dillahunt (in such stunning fashion) underline why everyone should watch this show.

4. NCIS (2003– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington DC Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Stars: Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum, Sean Murray

Votes: 98,733

Consistent quality. Excellent characters and still as good if not better with age!

5. Criminal Minds (2005– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), 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.

Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Thomas Gibson

Votes: 126,364

This is one of those shows you just must watch. Excellent characters and storylines.

6. Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore other planets through the recently discovered Stargates.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge

Votes: 72,916

The original show - still fantastic entertainment, and the inspiration for my first ever convention. Thanks!

7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

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.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 112,128

Highlights are of course Spike and season six and seven. But I can watch the entire show again, it is brilliant. Joss Whedon is genius!

8. Angel (1999–2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption.

Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 56,306

Of course the spin-off from Buffy would be here - especially season 5 - Spike and Illyria, wow!

9. Leverage (2008–2012)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A crew of high-tech crooks attempt to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen.

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf

Votes: 37,623

What a fantastic show - wish there were more episodes a season. It is awesome. Love each and every character, although Eliot edges it as utter fave.

10. CSI: NY (2004–2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

C.S.I. head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes in New York City.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper, Eddie Cahill

Votes: 39,544

I love all the CSI shows, but this one is a particular favourite especially season 7. Love the new character!

11. Dark Angel (2000–2002)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A group of genetically-enhanced children escape from a lab project. Years later we meet Max, one of the escapees who now works for a messenger service in the post-apocalyptic Pacific Northwest.

Stars: Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn, J.C. MacKenzie

Votes: 27,546

So short lived, such a shame - excellent potential. Michael Weatherly was very good in this, along with Jessica Alba and Jensen Ackles.

12. Life (I) (2007–2009)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A former police officer returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin, Brent Sexton

Votes: 30,813

Another premature end. Brilliantly written show with some fantastic characters. Damien Lewis is amazing.

13. Castle (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 127,909

Absolutely brilliant entertainment - Fabulous cast, and very good writing.

14. Bones (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and cocky F.B.I. Special Agent Seeley Booth build a team to investigate murders. Quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.

Stars: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne

Votes: 124,170

Terrific cast, stories, laughs and romance that does not irritate me. Well done!

15. Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith.

Stars: Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett, Jason Momoa

Votes: 53,824

What a shame this show was cancelled to make way for SGU - it was endless in story arcs, as well as some fascinating exploration.

16. SGU Stargate Universe (2009–2011)

Not Rated | 43 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Trapped on an Ancient spaceship billions of light-years from home, a group of soldiers and civilians struggle to survive and find their way back to Earth.

Stars: Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque

Votes: 42,651

With so many fans complaining about the cancellation of SGA, it was only a matter of time before the abandonment meant it would be following its sister show after only two seasons.

17. Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club.

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates

Votes: 214,051

Absolutely brilliant. I can't wait for the next series, it just gets better and better. Keep it up Kurt and cast!

18. NCIS: Los Angeles (2009– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Naval Criminal Investigation Service's Office of Special Projects takes on the undercover work and the hard to crack cases in LA. Key agents are G. Callen and Sam Hanna, streets kids risen through the ranks.

Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa, Linda Hunt

Votes: 41,237

Very promising indeed. I am enjoying the second season and like all the characters more than I thought.

19. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 158,365

This just has to be on any list - at least for the first four seasons. Lost the way after that. But it was still compelling to the end, if not for the storyline for the acting.

20. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

Votes: 60,964

Elliot Stabler and John Munch, two of my favourite characters on this show.

21. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

This third Law & Order series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view.

Stars: Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 19,797

Robert Goren is still my favourite detective in these shows.

22. Shark (2006–2008)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sebastian Stark is a Los Angeles hot-shot lawyer, who leaves his lucrative career as a defender of rich criminals to try public prosecution under the District Attorney. He forms a trial ... See full summary »

Stars: James Woods, Danielle Panabaker, Sophina Brown, Sarah Carter

Votes: 10,581

Loved this show - shame it ended. Entertaining and witty, great storylines and what can you say about James Woods?

23. Numb3rs (2005–2010)

43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Working for the F.B.I., a mathematician uses equations to help solve various crimes.

Stars: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch, Alimi Ballard

Votes: 35,656

A great show, brilliantly cast and very well written.

24. Lie to Me (2009–2011)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

About Cal Lightman, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies.

Stars: Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines, Monica Raymund

Votes: 98,526

Great show, Tim Roth is excellent as always.

25. The Mentalist (2008–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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.

Stars: Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman

Votes: 144,645

Patrick Jane makes this show but the other characters, especially Cho are brilliant too.

26. V (2009–2011)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An extraterrestrial race arrives on Earth with seemingly good intentions, only to slowly reveal their true machinations the more ingrained into society they become.

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman

Votes: 49,297

I am enjoying the remake very much. Excellent show.

27. MacGyver (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The adventures of a secret Agent armed with almost infinite scientific resourcefulness.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill, Robin Mossley

Votes: 30,875

Makes any list! RDA is so brilliant in this show - it is mentioned in so many other shows and movies. Iconic.

28. New Tricks (2003– )

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Three retired police officers are drafted in to solve cold cases, with a touch of comedy and drama

Stars: Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, James Bolam

Votes: 3,970

This is a fantastic British show. I enjoy watching this so much, it's just so well acted and written. Well done.

29. Medium (2005–2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Suburban mom Allison DuBois attempts to balance family life with solving mysteries using her special gift. The dead send her visions of their deaths or other crimes while she sleeps.

Stars: Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber, Sofia Vassilieva

Votes: 22,955

Terrific show - fantastic dynamics.

30. The Unit (2006–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators.

Stars: Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson, Robert Patrick

Votes: 17,999

Damn I wish they had not cancelled this show - it was awesome. Truly engaging.

31. Firefly (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 212,375

Another rash cancellation. Such ignorance of quality. Darn it.

32. Seven Days (1998–2001)

42 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Drama

An ex-CIA is the point man for a government organization dedicated to time traveling to correct errors that occurred in the previous week.

Stars: Jonathan LaPaglia, Don Franklin, Justina Vail, Nick Searcy

Votes: 2,853

Liked this show - shame it didn't run for long.

33. Brimstone (1998–1999)

60 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A dead cop, sentenced to Hell, is returned to Earth by the Devil to recover 113 escaped evil spirits.

Stars: Peter Horton, John Glover, Lori Petty, Teri Polo

Votes: 1,444

Another promising show cut off in its prime.

34. Killer Instinct (2005–2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

San Francisco Detectives handle the City's most Bizarre Crimes

Stars: Johnny Messner, Chi McBride, Kristin Lehman, Ramon De Ocampo

Votes: 534

I really liked this show - for what there was of it.

35. Justified (2010–2015)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 72,338

Interesting. I've caught a few episodes and I confess I like this show a lot.