Over 125 of the Most Intelligent TV Dramas

by stephanieericsson | created - 21 Nov 2015 | updated - 27 Sep 2016 | Public

If you're tired of being treated like an idiot audience by network execs, then you'll like this list. I want tour de force, well-scripted, intelligent shows with unpredictable plots, complex characters & renegade direction. Shows that take risks to create exceptional television. Many are British, Canadian or Aussie. It's all drama, suspense, mystery but no zombies, vampires or super heroes. 1998 to 2016 in no particular order after the first 15. Feel free to comment but please be polite.

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1. 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: 1,587,617

Has taken television to a new level. My favorite characters are Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)... can't wait til the dragons arrive at the Seven Kingdoms...

2. 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: 332,578

Breathtaking. This was the first television mini-series that made me take television as seriously as feature films. In fact, by virtue of having so much time, character & story development is taken to a whole new level.

3. 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

Votes: 86,682

"...intellectually daunting, digressive, arcane, wittily profane—" (New Yorker, February 14, 2005) I couldn't put it better myself. A character-driven drama, set during the historic Black Hills gold rush days in Deadwood, SD, it's a study in redeeming the irredeemable, where each character becomes fully human through the crucible of their own depravity and moral failure. There isn't a saint who doesn't fall or a sinner who doesn't win over your heart. IMHO, this is the best dialogue ever written in the history of television. Superb acting, direction & production. A tour de force for creator/writer David Milch.

4. Flesh and Bone (2015)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A talented but emotionally troubled dancer runs away to New York City and quickly finds herself immersed in the cutthroat world of professional ballet.

Stars: Sarah Hay, Ben Daniels, Emily Tyra, Irina Dvorovenko

Votes: 9,153

Created by Moira Walley-Beckett, one of the top writers on Breaking Bad, F&B is the most audacious, original show ever aired on TV. It excavates taboo territory with fearlessness.Think Greek tragedy. But also -- think allegory. It is about a woman in a cosmic battle for her soul. The writing is sterling as are the acting & direction. After being exposed to such masterful artistry, it was hard to stomach regular TV.

5. The Borgias (2011–2013)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

In the fifteenth century, Pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war, and marriage alliances.

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Peter Sullivan

Votes: 45,712

Up there with Game of Thrones, but more cohesive -- no holds barred on content & production. Irons' tour de force. Created & written by Neil Jordan, known for The Crying Game (1992), The End of the Affair (1999) and Michael Collins (1996).

6. 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

Votes: 97,160

Probably the some of the best dialogue ever in the history of TV. Aaron Sorkin's genius is played out by a stunning heavyweight cast, but the lesser characters played by Dev Patel, Alison Pill & Olivia Munn are unforgettable. Gutsy in every way.

7. 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, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 222,761

Cillian Murphy is electric in this period drama set in industrial Birmingham in the 20's about an Irish gang-family taking control of horse-racing betting. Helen McCrory plays Aunt Polly, the crone matriarch and gets some of the most sardonic lines ever written in television. Sam Neill does his best work yet.

The music is contemporary but blends perfectly with the house band being Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

8. 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: 1,256,006

I kept wondering how much farther Walt would go... One of the best TV shows ever made. And brilliantly, they ended the show leaving us all wanting more...

9. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 145,639

Wonderful... needs no description except to say that you will come to love these characters like old friends.

10. 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: 252,584

Broke the mold. Gritty, real, tour de force. One of the top 10 best shows ever made. Created by David Simon, known for his writing on Show Me a Hero (2015), Treme (2010–2013), Generation Kill (2008), The Corner (2000), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999).

11. Vikings (2013– )

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

Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.

Stars: Gustaf Skarsgård, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Travis Fimmel

Votes: 353,121

Travis Fimmel, who otherwise is a mediocre actor, is electrifying as the main character. Don't quibble with historical accuracy (it tries to stay close) because there is little but most of the characters were real and the exploits part of legend.

12. The Hour (2011–2012)

60 min | Drama

A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.

Stars: Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 8,974

British period drama set in the 50s when news programs were battling for journalistic freedom. Romola Garai is compelling as a female reporter butting up against the old-boy network. Dominic West is good too as the confused pretty boy anchor, but it's Ben Whishaw, the wiry, ballsy, arrogant reporter/producer who really drives this show. Written by brilliant Abi Morgan, known for Shame (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), and most currently, River (2015). Sadly, it only lasted 2 seasons.

13. The Man in the High Castle (2015– )

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

In a dystopian America dominated by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, a young woman discovers a mysterious film that may hold the key to toppling the totalitarian regimes.

Stars: Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rufus Sewell, Rupert Evans

Votes: 68,530

This is being billed as 'alternate history' but it isn't really, at least, not in the strictest definition of the genre -- and yes, Alternate History (AH) is a genre of its own. PK Dick's books usually challenge what we accept as real, and here, he uses the the 'what if the German's had won WWII? question as a structure to pose this challenge. Sterling cast, scripting & direction, it is also stunning in art direction and cinematography. This is a contender to Flesh & Bone for my pick of the best shows of 2015.

14. Spiral (2005– )

Not Rated | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Follows criminal investigations in Paris from all the different points of view of those involved.

Stars: Caroline Proust, Audrey Fleurot, Thierry Godard, Philippe Duclos

Votes: 4,242

(aka Engrenages) Addicting. Gritty French detective series. this is my number one favorite on this list. Flawless, powerful acting. Recently renewed for a 5th & 6th season.

15. 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: 234,702

Love the bad boys, the bad boy toys, the bad boy women, the bad boy justice. SOA challenges the real boundaries between 'legitimate' and 'illegal' with characters who are normally considered society's scum but who are often the real heroes.

Their last season floundered, in my opinion. The characters I loved became evil and irredeemable. Seems like a case of the show's producers not knowing when it's time to end a good thing.

16. Outlander (2014– )

TV-MA | 64 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 97,007

Loved the Outlander book series and this television adaption has not disappointed. Set in the late 1700s in Scotland during the conflict which led to Culloden & the Highland Clearances, with characters so real I could put them on my Christmas card list. Sets & costumes are exquisite, acting & directing unsurpassed, this series is even better than Game of Thrones. Ronald D. Moore, creator.

17. 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: 161,786

Visually gorgeous, great story and even the oily, creepy Steve Buscemi endures, although it seems to lose its edge in the last season.

18. The Good Wife (2009–2016)

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

Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm.

Stars: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry

Votes: 63,948

Julianna Margulies is great in this but after 4 seasons, I wondered how this show could hang on to it's edge. Well, season 5 is full of surprises.

19. 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: 78,518

Cops & robbers with manners ... Blows away stereotypes of Kentucky folk. Created by a brilliant Graham Yost, known for Raines (2007), Broken Arrow (1996), Speed (1994).

20. 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: 90,866

Dark, gritty crime series based on a Danish one. Mireille Enos & Joel Kinnaman play the detective team brilliantly. The writing, directing and production is so stellar that the first 26 episodes are about a single case! Veena Sud is the creator.

21. 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: 50,734

Brilliant Danish series (not to be confused with the 2013 US remake, which is only second rate at best.).

22. Homeland (2011– )

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

A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend

Votes: 283,418

Love the ambiguity in the characters, motives, political agendas... Will keep you guessing. However, once Damian Lewis leaves in the 4th season, the show loses it's pull. Claire Danes doesn't have the greatness to sustain the show, IMHO.

23. 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: 108,629

Top notch in every way. Idris Elba is superb and Ruth Wilson is terrifying.

24. Wire in the Blood (2002–2009)

TV-MA | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A psychologist gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England.

Stars: Robson Green, Mark Letheren, Emma Handy, Mark Penfold

Votes: 6,600

Intriguing British crime series starring Robson Green, a mentally disturbed psychologist/consultant with an uncanny instinct for the dark side of the human psyche. This is an overdone premise now, but in 2002, it was fresh and Robson Green is still the best of these characters.

25. 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: 66,890

Brilliant, gritty cop show about corrupt cops in LA. Michael Chiklis is... well, Michael Chiklis...

26. Luck (2011–2012)

52 min | Drama, Sport

A television series centered around characters who are tied to the same horse racing track.

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Richard Kind

Votes: 5,209

One of the biggest shames HBO should bear is cancelling this show because rarely do we ever see a show about a subculture that's never been done before. Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, Nick Nolte star among other brilliant actors. David Milch, the creator, must have had a good cry when he lost this one.

27. Hell on Wheels (2011–2016)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Western

The Civil War is past, but former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon can't put it behind him. Fresh are the memories of the death of his wife, killed at the hands of the Union soldiers, an act that sets him on a course of revenge.

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy, Phil Burke

Votes: 45,083

Great characters. Macho plots. Cowboys & Indians & villainous tycoons. YahOO! Could look at Anson Mount all day si it's nice that he can act too... Christopher Heyerdahl forges his place among the great television villains of all time.

28. Scandal (2012–2018)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Thriller

A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.

Stars: Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Díaz

Votes: 64,205

Kerry Washington is mesmerizing as the political fixer although I, personally, couldn't see what she sees in Tony Goldwyn's character. Still there are some other good characters that shine.

By the 3rd year, this series falls into my "Should Have Quit While They Were Ahead" List. By then, practically every character's dialogue has the same cadence as Olivia Pope which becomes tiring -- something that signaled to me that the writers & directors were burnt out.

29. Ray Donovan (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Ray Donovan, a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous in Los Angeles, can make anyone's problems disappear except those created by his own family.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Katherine Moennig

Votes: 69,508

I'm very ambivalent about this series, because, although the cast is stellar and, in particular, Jon Voight's portrayal of Mickey Donovan will go down in history as his magnum opus, the story arc seems to lack a clear direction... Still, Paula Malcomson does a great job as Ray's crazy bitch wife, and Eddie Marsan and Dash Mihok are worth the price of admission. Liev Schreiber, in my opinion, is the weakest actor of all the principals which surprised me. It could be the writing, but he comes off as a moody narcissist without much depth.

30. Bomb Girls (2012– )

60 min | Drama, War

A drama about World War II women at work in a munitions factory.

Stars: Meg Tilly, Jodi Balfour, Charlotte Hegele, Ali Liebert

Votes: 3,759

The stories of four women working in a Canadian munitions factory during World War II, beginning in 1941. Meg Tilly is great in this as are the rest of the female cast.

31. Touch (2012–2013)

43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A widower struggling to raise his emotionally challenged son discovers that he can predict events before they happen.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, David Mazouz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lukas Haas

Votes: 41,054

Really fascinating premise about a father with an autistic & gifted son who leads him on a very long arc of stories & encounters that involve the chaos theory. Made me ponder whether everything that happens in this world isn't part of a greater design. I just wish Kiefer Sutherland would catch his breath and learn how to act.

32. Birdsong (2012)

165 min | Drama, History, Romance

As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Clémence Poésy, Matthew Goode, Rory Keenan

Votes: 5,173

Historic period drama by BBC/PBS about an ill-fated love affair during WWI. Clémence Poésy is superb.

33. Spooks (2002–2011)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.

Stars: Peter Firth, Hugh Simon, Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones

Votes: 13,401

Bingeworthy. Great cast, although Matthew Macfadyen, who I find tedious, is the weakest link in an otherwise stellar group for the first couple of seasons. After he exits the show, Rupert Penry-Jones, Keeley Hawes, Nicola Walker, Raza Jaffrey and Richard Armitage really bump up the caliber of the show.

34. Missing (2012)

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

When a woman's son goes missing under suspicious circumstances, she will do anything it takes to find him.

Stars: Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis, Adriano Giannini, Nick Eversman

Votes: 9,298

Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis and Sean Bean in edge of your seat action. Great series that ABC, in its infinite idiocy, cancelled after one season. The show was nominated for 2 Emmys, including Best Actress... sigh.

35. Hunted (2012)

TV-MA | 59 min | Action, Drama

Meet Sam. A spy. A hunter. And herself hunted by an enemy more ruthless and determined than any she's ever known.

Stars: Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane, Morven Christie

Votes: 8,311

Melissa George tends to be under-rated as an actress, but she's a very talented Australian. As an espionage operative with a mysterious past, she brings a European quality to the character that is absent in (most) Hollywood actresses.

36. Whitechapel (2009–2013)

180 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A fast-tracked inspector, a hardened detective sergeant, and an expert in historical homicides investigate modern crimes with connections to the past in the Whitechapel district of London.

Stars: Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis, Steve Pemberton, Sam Stockman

Votes: 10,084

Rupert Penry-Jones is quite good-- British crime series w/ a Sherlock Holms theme.

37. Prisoners Wives (2012–2013)

60 min | Drama

Gemma's perfect life comes crashing down when her husband is arrested for murder. As Gemma learns to navigate the prison system, she starts to think the unthinkable.

Stars: Pippa Haywood, Polly Walker, Phoebe Dynevor, Iain Glen

Votes: 770

Excellent BBC series about 4 very different women struggling to hold it together while their men are in prison. Excellent characters & believable stories.

38. Da Vinci's Inquest (1998–2006)

44 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

A Vancouver cop turned coroner searches for truth and justice with the help of his friends.

Stars: Nicholas Campbell, Donnelly Rhodes, Venus Terzo, Ian Tracey

Votes: 1,027

Nicholas Campbell is brilliant as Dom Da Vinci, the ME. The Canadians make great cop shows.

39. Awake (2012)

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

After a car accident takes the life of a family member, a police detective lives two alternating parallel lives, one with his wife and one with his son. Is one of his "realities" merely a dream?

Stars: Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris, Dylan Minnette

Votes: 19,919

Only lasted 1 season, but what can we expect from myopic NBC... Still, anything with Jason Isaacs in it is worth watching and he's brilliant in this. Kyle Killen, creator.

40. One Night (2012)

104 min | Drama

A young woman is stabbed, sexually assaulted and murdered in public as her neighbors ignore her cries for help.

Director: Lucas Belvaux | Stars: Yvan Attal, Sophie Quinton, Nicole Garcia, François Feroleto

Votes: 1,244

Thought provoking mini-series about one incident from the POV of 4 unrelated people involved.

41. Magic City (2012–2013)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama

Centers on Miami mobsters and other characters from Miami Beach in the late 1950s.

Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Steven Strait, Jessica Marais

Votes: 11,416

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is very believable as a 1950s Miami mobster trying to run a legit business as he negotiates with other treacherous, psychopathic & perverted mobsters like Ben Diamond, brilliantly played by Danny Huston. It only lasted 2 seasons, unfortunately. Mitch Glazer, creator.

42. 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: 104,865

This series started off strong but quickly became redundant within the first few episodes... however, miraculously pulled out of its dive and recovered and then it was cancelled.

43. In Treatment (2008–2010)

TV-MA | 25 min | Drama

A psychotherapist questions his abilities and gets help by reuniting with his old therapist, whom he has not seen for ten years.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes, Blair Underwood

Votes: 14,511

Gabriel Bryne as the troubled but talented psychotherapist. Some of his patients are just plain annoying, but most of them develop into real, 3 dimensional people.

44. Wallander (2008–2016)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A television show centered on a soul-searching Swedish cop.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Richard McCabe, Jeany Spark, Sarah Smart

Votes: 11,258

Love Kenneth Branagh as Wallander but I confess that I haven't watched the Swedish-language Wallander (2005) with Krister Henriksson.

45. Mrs Biggs (2012)

90 min | Drama

The true story of Charmian Brent (née Powell), the rebellious product of a strict 1950s upbringing, and her whirlwind romance with Ronald Biggs leading to a descent into crime, most infamously 1963's Great Train Robbery.

Stars: Sheridan Smith, Daniel Mays, Caroline Goodall, Adrian Scarborough

Votes: 594

BBC series about the true story of a train robbery and the couple on the run. Sheridan Smith is excellent as Mrs. Biggs who holds things together while her weasily, spineless husband, played by Daniel Mays, keeps *beep* up on the run over 3 continents.

46. The Bletchley Circle (2012–2014)

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

In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle, Anna Maxwell Martin

Votes: 9,500

Really good BBC series about the real genius of the support women of the code-breaking operation at Bletchley Park.

47. Falcón (2012–2013)

Crime, Drama

Falcón is a brilliant detective whose personal and professional life is compromised by dark secrets from the past.

Stars: Carla Sánchez, Hayley Atwell, Rick Bacon, Santiago Cabrera

Votes: 697

Marton Csokas is riveting as Chief Inspector Javier Falcón in this British crime series set in Spain.

48. The Mill (2013– )

60 min | Drama

The hard labour of cotton mill workers and the abuse they endure.

Stars: Kerrie Hayes, Ciaran Griffiths, Barbara Marten, Matthew McNulty

Votes: 669

British period drama about the slavish practices of the English textile industry in late 1800s.

49. Orphan Black (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi