best tv series

by rainbowflat | created - 16 Dec 2016 | updated - 15 Feb 2018 | Public

outstanding series that I've watched since 2012

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1. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 15,706

2. Brideshead Revisited (1981)

659 min | Drama, Romance

Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner, Phoebe Nicholls

Votes: 6,573

3. Edge of Darkness (1985)

307 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When his daughter Emma is murdered, cop Craven discovers, that she was in a GAIA group of activists occupied with exposing Northmoor nuclear waste storage facility for illegal activities.

Stars: Bob Peck, Joe Don Baker, Charles Kay, Ian McNeice

Votes: 3,507

4. The Singing Detective (1986)

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall

Votes: 4,104

5. A Very British Coup (1988)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama

Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative... See full summary »

Stars: Ray McAnally, Marjorie Yates, Geoffrey Beevers, Hugh Martin

Votes: 812

6. Our Friends in the North (1996)

623 min | Drama, History

A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends, Nicky, Geordie, Mary, and Tosker, from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong, Gina McKee, Daniel Craig

Votes: 1,512

7. This Life (1996–1997)

45 min | Drama

A series following the lives of Miles, Milly, Warren, Egg and Anna, five young professionals.

Stars: Jack Davenport, Amita Dhiri, Andrew Lincoln, Daniela Nardini

Votes: 2,040

8. That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2010)

720 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A comedy sketch show featuring David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, James Bachman, Mark Evans

Votes: 8,141

So many classic sketches.

9. Peep Show (2003–2015)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King, Olivia Colman

Votes: 52,981

2003-2015

I don't think there's a show that gives me more lpm (laughs per minute).

10. The Thick of It (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.

Stars: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 20,560

11. Black Mirror (2011– )

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

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

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

Votes: 440,233

Awesomely high-quality show, almost every episode has been memorable.

12. 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

Votes: 3,457

Half-a-dozen long episodes in total, an amazingly silly spoof of the omnipresent police procedural.

13. In the Flesh (2013–2014)

TV-14 | 56 min | Drama, Horror

Four years after the Rising, the government starts to rehabilitate the Undead for reentry into society, including teenager Kieren Walker, who returns to his small Lancashire village to face a hostile reception, as well as his own demons.

Stars: Luke Newberry, Harriet Cains, Marie Critchley, Steve Cooper

Votes: 12,676

I think it's the best thing (movie or series) with zombies. (Other contenders: I guess Les Revenants, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Girl with All the Gifts, and the Romero original.) Not so many episodes, sadly.

14. Moonlighting (1985–1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency.

Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley, Curtis Armstrong

Votes: 18,106

Good morrow, sir. I'm Lucentio, come hither for to see fair Padua, pleasant garden of great Italy, to seek out and happily begin a course of learning and studies herein.

You've mistaken me, sir, for someone who careth.

15. 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: 283,427

16. Silicon Valley (2014–2019)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

Follows the struggle of Richard Hendricks, a Silicon Valley engineer trying to build his own company called Pied Piper.

Stars: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr

Votes: 125,823

17. 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: 371,735

Amazingly good.

18. Nathan for You (2013–2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan's genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.

Stars: Nathan Fielder, Anthony Filosa, William Heath, Brian S. Wolfe

Votes: 19,190

19. City of Men (2002–2018)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Life in Rio de Janeiro is told in short, fast alternating scenes from the viewpoints of two sets of characters, all youngsters, but from both sides of unequal life: generally dark-skinned ... See full summary »

Stars: Darlan Cunha, Douglas Silva, Camila Monteiro, Roberta Rodrigues

Votes: 2,758

20. Danger 5 (2011–2015)

24 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

It's Christmas in the 1980s, Adolf Hitler is alive and has two Yuletide wishes: Danger 5 dead and the world under his Christmas tree.

Stars: David Ashby, Sean James Murphy, Natasa Ristic, Amanda Simons

Votes: 4,174

Crazy and very funny 60s-retro Australian series about a group of agents trying to complete their weekly mission..and kill Hitler.

21. Forbrydelsen (2007–2012)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Police detective Sarah Lund investigates difficult cases with personal and political consequences.

Stars: Sofie Gråbøl, Morten Suurballe, Lars Mikkelsen, Bjarne Henriksen

Votes: 24,143

Grr. It's really called Forbrydelsen (The Crime)

22. Borgen (2010–2013)

TV-14 | 58 min | Drama

A political drama about a prime minister's rise to power, and how power changes a prime minister.

Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Emil Poulsen, Freja Riemann

Votes: 19,154

Amazingly good.

"about how power changes a prime minister" says the IMDb blurb. Uh.... really? Hmm I don't remember her changing a lot, if at all, over the 3 seasons. Someone else who had this in a list on here wrote that season 1 & 2 are great, season 3 is awful. Funny. I thought season 3 was no weaker than the others, maybe better.

In the user comments to Ikiru on here, someone wrote that the first 1/2 is dreadful, but the 2nd half, the finest in cinema. Someone else wrote the complete opposite. Personally I loved both halves. :-)

23. Rita (2012–2020)

TV-MA | 40 min | Comedy, Drama

Following the life of a very outspoken and rebellious woman, Rita is a school teacher who is competent in the classroom, but seems to need a teacher of her own, when it comes to her personal life.

Stars: Mille Dinesen, Lise Baastrup, Nikolaj Groth, Carsten Bjørnlund

Votes: 7,393

24. The Legacy (2014–2017)

55 min | Drama

The death of a matriarch brings forgotten secrets out into the open and causes a prolonged battle for the family inheritance.

Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Marie Bach Hansen, Carsten Bjørnlund, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 2,757

Per Fly's Performances A wonderful 6-part Danish series. A view of a (fictional) staged production of Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis and its cast and their intertwined lives, through the eyes of a different character each episode. Magnificent stuff, unforgettable. Love, life, art, loss, beauty, tragedy, jealousy, madness etc

26. Spiral (2005–2020)

TV-PG | 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: 5,065

It's actual name is "Engrenages" which means nothing like "Spiral". It's more like interlocking gears/mechanisms. This is a fabulous series, am currently desperately waiting for the next season to appear..

27. Un village français (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 52 min | Drama

A French village and its inhabitants go through the ups and (mainly) downs of the occupation by the German army from 1940 to 1945. The village doctor is assigned as mayor, and confronted ... See full summary »

Stars: Robin Renucci, Audrey Fleurot, Thierry Godard, Marie Kremer

Votes: 1,078

I didn't think it likely that this would be anywhere near as good as Engrenages.. but it is.

28. The Returned (2012–2015)

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In a small French mountain town where everyone knows each other, the dead begin to inexplicably return as if their death never happened. Forcing the townsfolk to confront their difficult past as they seek to understand this phenomenon.

Stars: Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Frédéric Pierrot, Céline Sallette

Votes: 19,464

Les Revenants I loved Season 1, but lost interest soon after that.

29. Spin (2012–2016)

Not Rated | 52 min | Drama

After the french president is killed by an assassin, a political intrigue about the following campaign begins. The best friend of the dead president and his spindoctor installs the ... See full summary »

Stars: Bruno Wolkowitch, Grégory Fitoussi, Philippe Magnan, Yves Pignot

Votes: 673

30. The Bureau (2015– )

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama

After six years of undercover work in Syria, French intelligence officer Malotru returns home, where he struggles to forget his undercover identity, train a young recruit, and investigate when a colleague disappears in Algeria.

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Florence Loiret Caille, Jonathan Zaccaï, Sara Giraudeau

Votes: 7,797

31. Mr. Robot (2015–2019)

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, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström

Votes: 331,109

Season 1 I thought was outstanding... season 2 lost the plot and my interest.

32. South Park (1997– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall

Votes: 330,289

33. Môsô dairinin (2004)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

Stars: Shôzô Îzuka, Toshihiko Seki, Michael McConnohie, Liam O'Brien

Votes: 9,634

34. Yes Minister (1980–1984)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms, or so he thinks.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 12,615

35. G.B.H. (1991)

567 min | Drama

Michael Murray (Robert Lindsay) is an ambitious and charismatic politician, Jim Nelson (Sir Michael Palin) is a much loved headmaster of a local school for disturbed children. When the ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin, Dearbhla Molloy, Alan Igbon

Votes: 650

36. Ride Upon the Storm (2017– )

60 min | Drama

The story centers on a family of priests: Johannes, Elisabeth and their sons August and Christian. Johannes is God-like to his sons - he gives, loves, and punishes. His favoritism for ... See full summary »

Stars: Lars Mikkelsen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Simon Sears, Fanny Louise Bernth

Votes: 1,301

37. Hunderby (2012–2015)

30 min | Comedy

Set in the 1830s, this black comedy centers on a woman who is washed ashore after her ship is wrecked off the English coast.

Stars: Julia Davis, Alexandra Roach, Alex Macqueen, Rufus Jones

Votes: 910

38. The Wrong Mans (2013–2014)

29 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

From actor/writer duo James Corden and Mathew Baynton, The Wrong Mans series centers on Sam Pinkett and Phil Bourne, office workers for Berkshire County Council, who have their menial ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathew Baynton, James Corden, Sarah Solemani, Dawn French

Votes: 6,695

39. You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

When a group of ordinary people learn that an eight-mile-wide comet is on a collision course with Earth, they hunker beneath the town of Slough to watch the end of the world on television.

Stars: Mathew Baynton, Jenna Fischer, Joel Fry, Gaia Scodellaro

Votes: 6,968

40. 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

Votes: 92,983

41. This Is Not My Life (2010)

44 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Alec Ross awakes one morning to find that he doesn't know who or where he is and doesn't recognize his wife or children.

Stars: Charles Mesure, Tania Nolan, Miriama McDowell, Ariana Brunet

Votes: 571



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