Good TV Series & Mini-Series

by Heksa6 | created - 09 Feb 2015 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

In very crude order and the list is incomplete. Couldn't find (nor remember) all shows & series, especially National Geographic's series. Approximately 1/3 missing. In order to make a true ranking, I would have to watch many of these series again. But with mixed entries, that would be flimsy and pointless anyway.

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1. 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: 251,269

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: 330,795

3. Through the Wormhole (2010–2017)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there ... See full summary »

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Sean Carroll, Michio Kaku, Carlos Frenk

Votes: 15,909

4. Cosmos (2014– )

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller, Piotr Michael, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 99,055

5. The Untold History of the United States (2012–2013)

58 min | Documentary, History, War

Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jim Ward, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 7,114

6. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself into with his friends and complete strangers.

Stars: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman

Votes: 87,234

7. Ihmebantu (2009– )

Comedy

The creators of Ihmebantu called the series scary and difficult. Ihmebantu is a surrealistic trip for adult's taste. Every episode of the series is full of skits which aren't really skits ... See full summary »

Stars: Kari Hietalahti, Elina Knihtilä, Tommi Korpela, Pirjo Lonka

Votes: 411

8. Kummeli (1991–2004)

30 min | Comedy

Finnish sketch show with no real plot, just filled with random sketches.

Stars: Timo Kahilainen, Heikki Silvennoinen, Olli Keskinen, Heikki Hela

Votes: 1,127

9. Lääkärit tulessa (1998– )

30 min | Comedy

The venerable professor Volmari Kuulapää dictatorially leads his motley crew of out-to-lunch doctors, patients and staff through idiotical operations and outrageous happenstances with the ... See full summary »

Stars: Timo Kahilainen, Heikki Vihinen, Esko Roine, Jyrki Kovaleff

Votes: 204

10. Generation Kill (2008)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, War

A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.

Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Jon Huertas

Votes: 43,627

11. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 152,001

12. The Genius of Charles Darwin (2008– )

60 min | Documentary

In this three-part series Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary scientist and bestselling author, takes us on a journey of discovery. How does evolution work? How do we know it's true - and why... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Dawkins, The Naked Cowboy, Steven Pinker

Votes: 854

13. Lost (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 461,234

14. Pain, Pus & Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines (2013)

177 min | Documentary

The discoveries that revolutionized medicine In this "entertaining medical series" (The Sunday Times, U.K.), Dr. Michael Mosley shows how drugs have revolutionized medicine and changed the ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Mosley, Druin Burch, Walter Sneader, Thomas Frieden

Votes: 99

15. Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

In each episode, geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature, such as wind or volcanism. He also examines the various ways in which it ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Victor Baker, Phil Bland, Bernadette Carrion van Rijn

Votes: 1,865

16. Madventures (2002– )

35 min | Documentary

Two backpackers travel through Asia and America.

Stars: Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala, Ior Svedlin, King Kapisi

Votes: 2,328

17. Guns, Germs, and Steel (2005– )

165 min | Documentary, History

A PBS documentary concerning Jared Diamond's theory on why there is such disparity between those who have advanced technology and those who still live primitively. He argues it is due to ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Coyote, Jared Diamond

Votes: 1,047

18. Lonesome Dove (1989)

TV-14 | 384 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.

Stars: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane

Votes: 18,794

19. Nuremberg (2000)

180 min | Drama, History, War

The dramatized account of the war crime trials following the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

Stars: Alec Baldwin, Brian Cox, Christopher Plummer, Jill Hennessy

Votes: 5,266

20. Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)

130 min | Biography, Drama, History

A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National Socialist German Workers' Party prior to World War II.

Stars: Peter Stormare, Friedrich von Thun, Peter O'Toole, Zoe Telford

Votes: 19,884

21. Human Trafficking (2005– )

176 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Hundreds of thousands of young women have vanished from their everyday lives-forced by violence into a hellish existence of brutality and prostitution. They're a profitable commodity in the... See full summary »

Stars: Lynne Adams, Zoe Aggeliki, Isabelle Blais, Céline Bonnier

Votes: 6,353

22. Inside the Human Body (2011– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Inside The Human Body - takes us deep under our skin where we are dwarfed by even the smallest cell, where blood vessels becomevast cathedrals and the tiniest cluster of cilia becomes an expansive forest.

Stars: Christopher Cotten, Michael Mosley

Votes: 505

23. Madagascar (2011– )

240 min | Documentary

Over 80% of Madagascar's animals and plants are found nowhere else on Earth. Discover what made Madagascar so different from the rest of the world, and how evolution ran wild there.

Stars: David Attenborough, John Brown, Rainer Dolch, Jonathan Linus Fiely

Votes: 1,843

24. Apocalypse: The Second World War (2009)

312 min | Documentary, History, War

Apocalypse: The Second World War(2009) is a six-part French documentary about the Second World War. The documentary is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Martin Sheen

Votes: 7,296

25. Stephen Hawking's Universe (2010– )

Documentary

In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Melissa Ricci, Christopher Goh

Votes: 4,686

26. Stephen Hawking's Grand Design (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this documentary, Stephen Hawking tries to explain what science can tell us about the meaning of life through physics, philosophical discussion,and Hawking's own unique scientific ... See full summary »

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Funke Adeleke, Tom Bonington

Votes: 1,138

27. The Story of Science (2010– )

Documentary

Michael Mosley takes an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society's historical path.

Stars: Michael Mosley, Robert W. Allan, Marlon Beale, Simon Chaplin

Votes: 570

28. Docventures (2013– )

Documentary, Talk-Show

Riku and Tunna of Madventures (2002) fame introduce interesting documentaries and discuss about the day's theme with guests.

Stars: Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala, Pekka Lehto, Kaarina Hazard

Votes: 411

29. Frozen Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin, Chadden Hunter, Ted Giffords

Votes: 23,098

30. How the Earth Changed History (2010– )

Documentary

In each episode, geologist Iain Stewart describes how a certain geological force played a determinant part in human history. Culture may render people less dependent on nature, it still ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Ali Haleyalur

Votes: 736

32. The '80s: The Decade That Made Us (2013– )

360 min | Documentary

The '80s: The Decade That Made Us is the defining biography of a decade, as told through exclusive interviews with more than 40 icons, entertainers and innovators who shaped its identity.

Stars: Rob Lowe, Kurt Andersen, David Sirota, Tom Brokaw

Votes: 393

33. The 90s: The Decade That Connected Us (2014– )

Documentary

History and popular culture from the 1990's is examined.

Votes: 114

34. Curiosity (2011– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary

This program is made by the Discovery Network, and the show's 'full-name' has the suffix phrase of "The Questions of Our Life", after curiosity. The show tries to answer mysteries and ... See full summary »

Stars: Josh Charles, Martin Sheen, Sean Barrett, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 621

35. Dawkins: Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life (2012– )

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary

Ideas about the soul and the afterlife, of sin and God's purpose have shaped human thinking for thousands of years. Religious rituals remain embedded in the major events of our lives. In ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Dawkins, Ricky Gervais

Votes: 477

36. The Big Picture with Kal Penn (2015– )

Documentary

A variety of topics are analyzed using interviews and data collection to create information maps with statistics.

Stars: Kal Penn, Gilbert Soto, Eric Cahill, Tim Cannon

Votes: 157

37. You Can't Lick Your Elbow (2015– )

30 min | Reality-TV

A reality TV show which presents the complexity of human bodies and shows how to beat the odds using simple body hacks.

Stars: Armand Dorian, Tony Gonzalez, Sandy Fury, Drea Monzon

Votes: 34

38. Hacking the System (2014– )

30 min | Reality-TV

Brian Brushwood made a career thinking like a criminal and now he is here to show us how to avoid people who cheat the system. Also, he will guide us through legal tips and tricks to get ahead in life. One hack at a time.

Stars: Jason Murphy, Brian Brushwood, Kent Kasper, Rod Harrel

Votes: 388

39. Brain Games (2011– )

TV-G | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

An examination of the nature of human perception and how it can be fooled.

Stars: Jason Silva, Bert Thomas Morris, Apollo Robbins, Eric Leclerc

Votes: 2,663

41. The Numbers Game (2013– )

Reality-TV

From mind-bending stats, hilarious man on the street experiments, and interactive game play, National Geographic delivers the answers to life's mysteries and gives you the tools to help ... See full summary »

Stars: Hannah Johnson, Eric Womack, Rachael Murphy, Tia Barr

Votes: 189

42. Street Genius (2013–2015)

TV-PG | 30 min | Game-Show

The British Tim Shaw conducts remarkable experiments and lets the people on the streets and at home predict the outcomes.

Stars: Tim Shaw, George D. Miklos, Freddie Evaristo, Tom Gilbert

Votes: 273

43. The Age of Terror: A Survey of Modern Terrorism (2002– )

200 min | Documentary

Who are the men and women who bring bloody death to innocent civilians? Why do they do it? What are their methods? And how do they justify it?

Star: Tim Pigott-Smith

Votes: 35

44. Broken Trail (2006)

Not Rated | 184 min | Western

A veteran cowboy and his nephew save five Chinese girls from prostitution while trekking from Oregon to Wyoming.

Stars: Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi, Chris Mulkey

Votes: 5,418

45. Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, History, Romance

Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War.

Stars: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr, Tom Berenger

Votes: 22,578

47. Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible (2009– )

TV-G | 45 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

What first appears to be a send-up of classic science fiction is in fact a thorough examination of the real-world science behind the sensationalism. In the pilot episode, the physics behind... See full summary »

Stars: Michio Kaku, Zorikh Lequidre, Luke Crowe, Paul Davies

Votes: 353

48. The Incredible Human Journey (2009– )

60 min | Documentary

This series explains the evidence for the theory of early human migrations out of Africa and subsequently around the world, supporting the Out of Africa Theory.

Stars: Alice Roberts, Robert Bednarik, Sandford Bigplume, Bruce Bradley

Votes: 770

49. Wonders of the Solar System (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this spellbinding series Professor Brian Cox visits the most extreme locations on Earth to explain how the laws of physics carved natural wonders across the solar system.

Stars: Brian Cox, Don Giuliano, Alan Hildebrand, Richard Hoover

Votes: 3,968

50. Nazi Mega Weapons (2013– )

60 min | Documentary, History, War

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