Favorite TV Showsby Tempest7 | created - 28 Nov 2012 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
The top 3 are, for the most part, are all interchangeable depending on my mood. They are each fantastic and have been my number 1 at one point or another. With that said, this is the best I can do ranking them definitively.
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1. 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.
Simply perfection. The only show I've seen that gets better exponentially with every season right up until the end, and it is one wild ride start to finish.
2. 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.
"A Song Of Ice And Fire" by George R.R. Martin is one of my all time favorite book series, and this stays true to the source material remarkably well. However, because I'm so familiar with the books I am sometimes disappointed with the changes made in the show. Regardless this is truly a masterpiece series and adaptation, with nothing else quite like it on television.
Edit: Holy shit did the final seasons of this series suck. It wasn’t enough to totally tarnish it’s legacy, but I’m still not sure I’ll ever get over the bad taste it left in mouth, which comes back whenever I think of it. Bleh!
3. The Wire (2002–2008)
TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.
An unparalleled achievement in authenticity, The Wire is the most realistic and impressively crafted show I’ve ever seen. Certainly deserving of all it’s praise.
4. 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.
Incredible first four seasons, but after Clyde Phillips left the writing quality dropped off a cliff and everything turned to shit. Sad because at one point it was my favorite show. Still a solid guilty pleasure at least.
Seasons 1-4 10/10
5. Euphoria (2019– )
TV-MA | 55 min | Drama
A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, sex, and violence.
No other show has ever made me “feel” the way this one does. It’s way to early to say whether or not it’ll be truly great (and I know I’m being impulsive by rating it so highly so soon), but Euphoria has definitely tapped into something special. It’s electric, stylish, unflinching, and has already managed to make me obsessed in only 5 episodes. It’s been the biggest surprise of the year for me, and I’m so glad it was renewed for S2. Zendaya is amazing and bound to be a huge star.
6. 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.
Best period piece ever televised. Prove me wrong.
Who is Don Draper?
7. 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.
American Beauty the series (and almost as good).
8. 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.
This modern day Goodfellas is the one that started it all, as well as paved the way for practically every other serious television drama on this list. It still remains among the very best, despite being surprisingly slow moving (which isn’t a dig). James Gandolfini actually managed to make me care about a mob boss. No small feat.
9. 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.
Messy start, but still shockingly good once it finds it’s feet. I’m impressed how different it is from Breaking Bad despite the heavy ties. It’s much better than it has any right to be if I’m totally honest.
11. 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.
21st century Twilight Zone, but better.
12. Mindhunter (2017– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.
This is certainly the best show I’ve ever seen about serial killers and those who hunt them. It’s also consistently meticulous in it’s period detail and all around incredibly well made. I’m loving David Fincher’s transition to TV. His perfectionism remains characteristic.
13. Dark (2017– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A family saga with a supernatural twist, set in a German town, where the disappearance of two young children exposes the relationships among four families.
This is one of those shows that just keeps getting more and more complex and always leaves you with more questions than answers (which I usually hate). Even though it’s still up in the air as to whether or not it’ll provide a satisfying ending, something about the assured nature of the storytelling, and that fact that up until now there aren’t any notable inconsistencies or retcons, has me cautiously optimistic that they might just pull it off. After all, It does seem like they’ve had a clear plan from the beginning, unlike Lost which was obviously made up as it went along.
14. 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.
Tough and gritty frontier western from HBO that was glorious in it’s heyday, but tragically cancelled before it could reach it’s full potential. I’m hoping the movie can capture some of the same old magic.
15. 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.
Fantastic start. Likely to rise up the list if it can retain the quality of its surprisingly great first season.
Edit: Jinxed it. Lol.
16. 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.
I really love the Coen brother's film, and, even if it's not quite as good, the series does a great job capturing the zaniness and charm of the movie and town while being different enough to stand alone. My only real complaint is that it would frequently go off on tangents or introduce conflicts and plot lines that were never addressed again, or at least not fully resolved. Still a fantastic show, and I will definitely be returning if there ends up being a second season.
Edit: Season 2 was indeed better than Season 1. Wow.
17. Big Little Lies (2017– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.
21. Mr. Robot (2015– )
TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Elliot, a brilliant but highly unstable young cyber-security engineer and vigilante hacker, becomes a key figure in a complex game of global dominance when he and his shadowy allies try to take down the corrupt corporation he works for.
22. 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.
24. Arrested Development (2003– )
TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy
Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.
25. Hannibal (2013–2015)
TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.
26. Rome (2005–2007)
TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
Of all the worst cancellations (Deadwood, Carnivale, Firefly) I think Rome was the most tragic. It had so much potential after it's shocking and groundbreaking first season that it is such a huge shame it wasn't allowed to continue to grow and flourish. Still, at least it paved the way for future HBO masterpieces such as Boardwalk Empire, and more significantly Game Of Thrones.
31. Atlanta (2016– )
TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene. Along the way they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood.