Favorite TV Shows

by 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.

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

Votes: 1,267,373

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.

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

Votes: 1,595,779

"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.

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

Votes: 253,935

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.

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

Votes: 608,392

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.

Stars: Zendaya, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane

Votes: 28,638

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.

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

Votes: 185,966

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.

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

Votes: 112,598

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.

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

Votes: 262,491

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.

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

Votes: 260,235

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.

10. The Boys (2019– )

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

A group of vigilantes set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.

Stars: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty

Votes: 94,647

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.

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

Votes: 355,693

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.

Stars: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross

Votes: 158,205

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.

Stars: Karoline Eichhorn, Louis Hofmann, Jördis Triebel, Maja Schöne

Votes: 145,891

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.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 87,096

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.

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

Votes: 455,822

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.

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

Votes: 283,771

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.

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 125,176

18. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

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

An Atlantic City, A 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: 162,301

19. Rick and Morty (2013– )

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

An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson.

Stars: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke

Votes: 294,664

20. Westworld (2016– )

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton

Votes: 363,602

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.

Stars: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin

Votes: 285,817

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.

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

Votes: 307,715

23. 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: 668,153

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.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett

Votes: 260,474

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.

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 207,133

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.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 143,922

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.

27. 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: 158,536

28. Narcos: Mexico (2018– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama

The rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an American DEA agent learns the danger of targeting narcos in Mexico.

Stars: Diego Luna, Scoot McNairy, Teresa Ruiz, Michael Peña

Votes: 38,493

29. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 231,705

30. 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: 230,840

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.

Stars: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz

Votes: 42,107



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