qN's favorite showsby qptainnemo | created - 01 Nov 2015 | updated - 10 Jun 2020 | Public
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1. Black Sails (2014–2017)
TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Follows Captain Flint and his pirates twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel "Treasure Island."
Stars: Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Zach McGowan
It does everything I want out of a dramatic story and does it exceptionally well. It's just dark enough and it's just idealistic enough. It can bring you the thrills and the chills and then warm your heart. Probably the best character arcs I've ever seen anywhere. I absolutely love it in the fullest sense of the word.
2. Nocturne (2019– )
A live weekly show, where a band of professional Twitch Streamer improvise, role-play and roll their way through a dark Unknown Armies campaign.
3. Chance (2016–2017)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A forensic neuro-psychiatrist reluctantly enters a dangerous and violent world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.
Stars: Hugh Laurie, Ethan Suplee, Greta Lee, Stefania LaVie Owen
An excellent thriller grounded firmly in reality only to sweep the ground from under your feet. Intense and uncompromising but very uplifting and inspiring.
4. Killing Eve (2018–2022)
TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After a series of events, the lives of a security operative and an assassin become inextricably linked.
Stars: Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia
5. Riverdale (2017– )
TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
While navigating the troubled waters of romance, school and family, Archie and his gang become entangled in dark Riverdale mysteries.
Stars: Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, K.J. Apa
6. Fortitude (2015–2018)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now.
Stars: Richard Dormer, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Sienna Guillory, Mia Jexen
Oh man, how much talent it'd take to actually describe what Fortitude is. That's just how good and unique it is. It's a thriller with a chunk of slice of life as well as... some unusual elements that I refuse to even categorize to avoid spoiling. It's both extremely true to life. consistent, genuine and absolutely insane in the best possible way. If you like dark stories, interesting believable psychology and things that are unique in every way that counts, this is an absolute gem.
7. Jonathan Creek (1997–2016)
TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Jonathan Creek, a magician with a natural ability for solving puzzles, works from his home in a converted windmill. He uses his abilities to solve impossible crimes and mysterious murders.
Stars: Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin, Stuart Milligan, Julia Sawalha
Cozy, cheeky and legitimately intellectually impressive detective show about a total nerd working in stage magic and solving perfect mindboggling crimes.
8. 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
There is dark, there is grimdark, there is depressingly soul-crushingly bleak and then there is Utopia that makes all the previous and everything else in general feel like a small children's song. If you want an uncompromising but smart and tasteful story that faces some very extremely uncomfortable but completely realistic ideas in unflinching and interesting ways, this is it.
9. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Nine noble families fight for control over the lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for millennia.
Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
A truly epic story that deserves its acclaim and popularity. Not much to say here, if you like epic-scale multi-character stories of conflict, intrigue, personal drama with some fantasy stuff added in, as well as quality plot twists, it's absolutely worth watching.
10. The Expanse (2015–2022)
TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
In the 24th century, a group of humans untangle a vast plot which threatens the Solar System's fragile state of detente.
Stars: Steven Strait, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo
I wish every sci-fi show was like this.
11. The Walking Dead (2010–2022)
TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.
Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan
Turns out when you combine brutal survival with properly fleshed out characters it's interesting to watch for a long long time.
12. Deadwood (2004–2006)
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History
A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.
Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif
Probably the ultimate slice of life. And not just because it's heavily based on history, which it is, but also because of its presentation, structure and commitment to being genuine.
13. 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
Fantastic tone and characters, incredibly disappointing handling of one of the central storylines.
14. Dark Matter (2015–2017)
TV-14 | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
In the dystopian 27th century, six people wake up on a deserted spaceship with no memory of who they are or what they're doing there. They reluctantly team up and set off to find answers with the help of a female android.
Stars: Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland
Poor man's sci-fi show on the surface, a charming beauty when you get to know it better. Has real soul and really shines where it matters.
15. House (2004–2012)
TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery
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.
Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer
Probably will forever be a testament of how to make a cool TV show and do cool storytelling in general. It does just about everything right.
16. Altered Carbon (2018–2020)
TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.
Stars: Chris Conner, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Dichen Lachman, Will Yun Lee
Looks fantastic and provides with a solid story to follow. Maybe won't become your favorite thing ever, it didn't become mine, but a perfect "What's not to like?" deal if you're into sci-fi.
17. 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
Charming witty lovable rogues go on adventures and it's fun.
18. Magic Funhouse! (2016–2017)
TV-MA | 18 min | Comedy, Drama
Brandon Rogers stars as the screaming, foul-mouthed host of an overly colorful low-budget children's TV show featuring the worst advice for kids, an inept crew, and numerous technical difficulties.
Stars: Brandon Rogers, Jess Weaver, TJ Smith, Elise Christian
This is a masterpiece of defiant comedy. It's consistently inappropriate, edgy, and most importantly absolutely hilarious.
19. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
TV-MA | 55 min | Drama
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.
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill
A heartfelt slice of life following lives of a news agency employees. Basically Aaron Sorkin makes everybody super likable and you end up liking them a lot.
20. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006–2007)
TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama
A behind-the-scenes look at a fictional sketch-comedy television show.
Stars: Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, Steven Weber
A heartfelt slice of life about entertainers working for a TV station. Everybody is super lovable and charming, it's almost annoying how much you end up liking and caring about everybody.
21. Orphan Black (2013–2017)
TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.
Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard
The first season is probably the most perfect thriller I've ever seen. The rest is cerebrally impressive as one of the most well-planned long stories but also utterly underwhelming in comparison. And not just to the first season, but to like, everything.
22. Wonderfalls (2004)
TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
24-year-old loner B.A. Jaye lives in a trailer park and sells souvenirs in Niagara Falls. Animal figurines and dolls speak to her and force her to interact with people and try to help them.
Stars: Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso, William Sadler
Oh shit. I have to explain why this is good? Oh no. I think this is where my limits are. Basically it's like really really charming? I guess you're on your own with this one.
23. The X-Files (1993–2018)
TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.
Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis
The cute and charming supernatural series.
24. Black Books (2000–2004)
TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy
Bernard Black runs a book shop, though his customer service skills leave something to be desired. He hires Manny as an employee. Fran runs the shop next door. Between the three of them many adventures ensue.
Stars: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Paul Beech
A comedy show that is very funny. Ha ha ha.
25. The Inside (2005–2006)
TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A rookie FBI agent is recruited as the new violent crimes task force profiler to solve murder cases.
Stars: Rachel Nichols, Adam Baldwin, Katie Finneran, Nelsan Ellis
A super edgy procedural with some cool ideas. Unfortunately it didn't take off but the ideas were really quite cool.
26. Spaced (1999–2001)
TV-14 | 25 min | Action, Comedy
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.
Stars: Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, Julia Deakin, Nick Frost
A comedic slice of life story. Really excels in both comedy and life departments.
27. Blindspot (2015–2020)
TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body.
Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza, Ashley Johnson
A not-so-guilty pleasure. It has all the grace of a greasy burger but guess what, greasy burgers are tasty. If you can look past all the cheese and incredibly implausible scenarios, it has a surprising amount of character depth and touching relationships. And some plot twists are legitimately cool. And then there is the absolutely unhinged badassery of the action scenes of course. Definitely not for everybody, but if you like burgers this is the biggest greasiest burger you've ever seen.
28. Broadchurch (2013–2017)
TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.
Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan
Super sad sadness: the show. Constantly tragic but very tasteful and compassionate. If you want some drama, this is like the maximum drama.
29. A Touch of Cloth (2012–2014)
60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
DCI Jack Cloth and DC Anne Oldman are paired to investigate a series of grisly murders done by a devious killer.
Stars: John Hannah, Suranne Jones, Navin Chowdhry, Adrian Bower
A hilarious parody of all the procedurals. Silly. Stupid. Tear-and-choke-inducingly hilarious.
30. 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: Bae Doona, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton
An action show with feels. Very moving and enjoyable.
31. Into the Badlands (2015–2019)
TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A mighty warrior and a young boy with supernatural powers search for enlightenment in a ruthless post-apocalyptic America controlled by feudal barons.
Stars: Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Emily Beecham, Aramis Knight
Badassery, drama, post-apocalypse and nice characters. It sounds like a recipe for success and it is.
32. Maniac (2018)
TV-MA | 386 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Two strangers are drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial for a drug that they're assured will, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, permanently solve all of their problems. Things do not go as planned.
Stars: Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Sonoya Mizuno, Justin Theroux
33. True Detective (2014–2019)
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
34. Little Dorrit (2008)
TV-PG | 420 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
The Dorrits are a family whose life revolves around the Marshalsea, a debtor's prison. Amy Dorrit's kind nature brings the family into contact with a wide swath of English society, from the poorest to the richest, and back again.
Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Judy Parfitt
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