Best of TV-Shows: Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Crime, Sci-Fi & Cartoons

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1. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 157,025

✔ Mystery/Drama (ABC) ● 1990 - 1991 ● US

2. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

A chronicle of the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.

Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 111,786

✔ Drama (HBO) ● 2001 - 2005 ● US

3. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 258,899

✔ Crime/Drama (HBO) ● 1999 - 2007 ● US

4. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,244,727

✔ Crime/Drama (AMC) ● 2008 - 2013 ● US

5. Twin Peaks (2017)

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

Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Michael Horse, Chrysta Bell

Votes: 44,918

✔ Mystery/Drama (Showtime) ● 2017 - 2017 ● US

6. The Godfather Saga (1977)

434 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) were re-edited together in chronological order with additional footage added.

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan

Votes: 3,895

✔ Crime/Drama (NBC) ● 1977 - 1977 ● US

7. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 250,921

✔ Crime/Drama (HBO) ● 2002 - 2008 ● US

8. Shameless (2011– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Comedy, Drama

A scrappy, fiercely loyal Chicago family makes no apologies.

Stars: Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky, Jeremy Allen White

Votes: 173,059

✔ Comedy/Drama (Showtime) ● 2011 - (open) ● US

9. Gomorra (2014– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Ciro disregards tradition in his attempt to become the next boss of his crime syndicate. The internal power struggle puts him and his entire family's life at risk.

Stars: Salvatore Esposito, Marco D'Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, Cristiana Dell'Anna

Votes: 23,362

➽ Start Season 4: 29.03.2019 | Crime/Drama (Sky) ● 2014 - (open) ● IT

10. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

An Atlantic City, New Jersey politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 161,217

✔ Crime/Drama (HBO) ● 2010 - 2014 ● US

11. Kozure ôkami (1973– )

Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of a samurai and his young son.

Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Takumi Satô, Taketoshi Naitô, Kazutaka Nishikawa

Votes: 206

✔ Drama/Chambara (NTV) ● 1973 - 1976 ● JP

12. Black Mirror (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 344,098

➽ Start Season 5: 2019 | Drama/Sci-Fi (Channel 4/Netflix) ● 2011 - (open) ● UK

13. The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd

Votes: 131,434

➽ Start Season 3: April 2019 | Drama/Dystopia (Hulu) ● 2017 - (open) ● US

14. Fargo (2014– )

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

Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Votes: 279,741

➽ Start Season 4: 2020 | Crime/Comedy/Drama (FX) ● 2014 - (open) ● US

15. The Leftovers (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Three years after the disappearance of two percent of the global population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler

Votes: 66,768

✔ Drama/Mystery (HBO) ● 2014 - 2017 ● US

16. Better Call Saul (2015– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Crime, Drama

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.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 255,077

➽ Start Season 5: 2019 | Drama/Comedy (AMC) ● 2015 - (open) ● US

17. Olive Kitteridge (2014)

TV-14 | 239 min | Drama

A middle-school math teacher Olive and her marriage with Henry which spans 25 years.

Stars: Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, John Gallagher Jr., Ken Cheeseman

Votes: 15,647

✔ Drama (HBO) ● 2014 - 2014 ● US

18. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,577,555

➽ Start Season 8: 14.04.2019 | Fantasy/Drama (HBO) ● 2011 - (open) ● US

19. Mad Men (2007–2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

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.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 183,752

✔ Drama/Comedy (AMC) ● 2007 - 2015 ● US

20. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 60,920

✔ Comedy (BBC) ● 1969 - 1974 ● UK

21. Luther (2010– )

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

DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Votes: 107,920

➽ (5x01) | Crime/Drama (BBC) ● 2010 - (open) ● UK

22. Stranger Things (2016– )

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour

Votes: 647,151

➽ Start Season 3: 04.07.2019 | Mystery/Sci-Fi (Netflix) ● 2016 - (open) ● US

23. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

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.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 330,223

✔ Drama/Action (HBO) ● 2001 - 2001 ● US/UK

24. Bron/Broen (2011–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.

Stars: Sofia Helin, Rafael Pettersson, Sarah Boberg, Dag Malmberg

Votes: 50,347

✔ Mystery/Crime (SVT1/DR1/ZDF) ● 2011 - (open) ● DK/SE

25. Sense8 (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order.

Stars: Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton

Votes: 125,825

✔ Drama/Sci-Fi (Netflix) ● 2015 - 2018 ● US

26. Narcos (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 302,753

✔ Crime/Drama (Netflix) ● 2015 - 2017 ● US

27. True Detective (2014– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 450,866

➽ (3x01) | Crime/Drama (HBO) ● 2014 - 2015 ● US

28. The Shield (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace

Votes: 66,645

✔ Crime/Drama (FX) ● 2002 - 2008 ● US

29. Lost (2004–2010)

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

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 460,890

✔ Mystery/ Drama (ABC) ● 2004 - 2010 ● US

30. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 82,473

✔ Crime/Drama (HBO) ● 1997 - 2003 ● US

31. Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)

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

A biker struggles to balance being a father and being involved in an outlaw motorcycle club.

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

Votes: 233,491

✔ Crime/Drama (FX) ● 2008 - 2014 ● US

32. 4 Blocks (2017– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

Based in Neukölln, Berlin Toni manages the daily business of dealing with the Arabic gangs and ends up wanting to leave his old life behind for his family, but as expected, it's never that simple.

Stars: Kida Khodr Ramadan, Almila Bagriacik, Veysel Gelin, Maryam Zaree

Votes: 3,898

➽ Start Season 3: Winter 2019 | Crime/Drama (TNT) ● 2017 - (open) ● DE

33. The Killing (2011–2014)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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.

Stars: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Liam James

Votes: 90,485

✔ Crime/Drama (AMC/Netflix) ● 2001 - 2014 ● US/CA

34. Taboo (2017– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London during the War of 1812 to rebuild his late father's shipping empire. However, both the government and his biggest competitor want his inheritance at any cost - even murder.

Stars: Tom Hardy, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin

Votes: 102,862

➽ Start Season 2: 2019 | Drama (BBC One/FX) ● 2017 - (open) ● UK

35. The Knick (2014–2015)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama

A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century.

Stars: Clive Owen, André Holland, Jeremy Bobb, Juliet Rylance

Votes: 39,863

✔ Drama (Cinemax) ● 2014 - 2015 ● US

36. Happy Valley (2014– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama

Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Shane Zaza, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 28,757

➽ Start Season 3: 2019 | Crime/Drama (BBC) ● 2014 - (open) ● UK

37. Breaking Bad: Original Minisodes (2009–2011)

Short, Comedy, Crime

A side series that focuses on the other scenarios revolving on Walter White or those who are connected with Walter White.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Matt Jones, Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston

Votes: 645

✔ Crime/Drama (AMC) ● 2009 - 2011 ● US

38. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family

A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan

Votes: 109,349

✔ Comedy (Fox) ● 2000 - 2006 ● US

39. 19-2 (2014– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

Character-driven drama, 19-2 revolves around the day-to-day life of two unwilling partners of the Montreal Police Department, Officers Nick Barron and Ben Chartier. These two beat cops ... See full summary »

Stars: Adrian Holmes, Jared Keeso, Mylène Dinh-Robic, Benz Antoine

Votes: 1,832

✔ Crime/Drama (Bravo/CTV) ● 2014 - 2017 ● CA

40. Bosch (2014– )

TV-MA | 51 min | Crime, Drama

An L.A.P.D. homicide detective works to solve the murder of a thirteen-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court for the murder of a serial killer.

Stars: Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick

Votes: 34,723

➽ Start Season 5: 13.04.2019 | Crime/Drama (Amazon) ● 2014 - (open) ● US

41. Peaky Blinders (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 214,746

➽ Start Season 5: 2019 | Crime/Drama (BBC) ● 2013 - (open) ● UK

42. The Americans (2013–2018)

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

At the height of the Cold War two Russian agents pose as your average American couple, complete with family.

Stars: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor

Votes: 74,197

✔ Thriller/Drama (FX) ● 2013 - 2018 ● US

43. Gravity Falls (2012–2016)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Twin siblings Dipper and Mabel Pines spend the summer at their uncle's tourist trap in the enigmatic town of Gravity Falls.

Stars: Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 55,703

✔ Cartoon/Mystery (Disney Channel) ● 2012 - 2016 ● US

44. The Fall (I) (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A seemingly cold but very passionate policewoman goes head to head with a seemingly passionate father who is in fact a cold serialist in this procedural out of Belfast. The only thing they share is their common complexity.

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Aisling Franciosi

Votes: 66,648

✔ Crime/Drama (BBC/Netflix) ● 2013 - 2016 ● UK

45. Bodyguard (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service.

Stars: Richard Madden, Sophie Rundle, Vincent Franklin, Ash Tandon

Votes: 70,269

➽ Start Season 2: TBA | Crime/Drama (BBC/Netflix) ● 2018 - (open) ● UK

46. In the Face of Crime (2010– )

479 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The worlds of a young Russo-German cop who investigates within the Berlin Russian mafia milieu and a young Russian woman who is forced into prostitution, intertwine when they meet and fall in love.

Stars: Max Riemelt, Ronald Zehrfeld, Marie Bäumer, Alina Levshin

Votes: 1,366

✔ Crime/Drama (Arte) ● 2010 - 2010 ● DE/AT

47. Utopia (I) (2013–2014)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'.

Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins, Neil Maskell, Fiona O'Shaughnessy

Votes: 36,000

✔ Mystery/Drama (Channel 4) ● 2013 - 2014 ● UK

48. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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