Best TV Series 1990-2017

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1. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 164,829

8,5/10

2. Prison Break (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper

Votes: 439,590

8,5/10

3. 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: 159,274

8/10

4. The X-Files (1993–2018)

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

Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 186,908

7,5/10

5. 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, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström

Votes: 289,079

7,5/10

6. Sleeper Cell (2005–2006)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An American undercover FBI agent is assigned to infiltrate a terrorist sleeper cell that is planning an attack in Los Angeles.

Stars: Michael Ealy, Oded Fehr, Henri Lubatti, Melissa Sagemiller

Votes: 5,758

7,5/10

7. Day Break (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Today Detective Brett Hopper will be accused of shooting state attorney Alberto Garza. He will offer his rock solid alibi. He will realize he's been framed. And he will run. Then he will wake up and start the day over again.

Stars: Taye Diggs, Moon Bloodgood, Victoria Pratt, Meta Golding

Votes: 7,572

7,5/10

8. Friends (1994–2004)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Follows the personal and professional lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.

Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 713,871

7,5/10

9. Psych (2006–2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A novice sleuth is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

Stars: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 78,794

7,5/10

10. The Killing (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: 22,446

7,5/10

11. The Missing (2014– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When Tony and Emily Hughes travel to France with their 5-year-old son Oliver, their family holiday turns into a nightmare when Oliver disappears from a large celebrating crowd in Northern France.

Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Anastasia Hille, David Morrissey, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 18,943

7,5/10

12. Jericho (2006–2008)

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

A small town in Kansas is literally left in the dark after seeing a mushroom cloud over near-by Denver, Colorado. The townspeople struggle to find answers about the blast and solutions on how to survive.

Stars: Skeet Ulrich, Lennie James, Ashley Scott, Kenneth Mitchell

Votes: 52,260

7,5/10

13. Rubicon (2010– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Will Travers is an analyst at a New York City-based federal intelligence agency who is thrown into a story where nothing is as it appears to be.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Jessica Collins, Lauren Hodges, Dallas Roberts

Votes: 9,834

7,5/10

14. The Fall (I) (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A seemingly cold but very passionate policewoman goes head to head with a seemingly passionate father who is in fact a cold serialist in this procedural out of Belfast. The only thing they share is their common complexity.

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Aisling Franciosi

Votes: 68,224

7/10

15. Angel (1999–2004)

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

The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption.

Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 60,799

7/10

16. 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: 232,769

7/10

17. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Set after the events in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Sarah Connor and her son, John, try to stay under-the-radar from the government, as they plot to destroy the computer network, Skynet, in hopes of preventing Armageddon.

Stars: Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau, Richard T. Jones

Votes: 55,628

7/10

18. 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: 457,747

7/10

19. 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: 284,799

7/10

20. The Following (2013–2015)

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

A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.

Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Valorie Curry

Votes: 81,404

7/10

21. 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: 109,805

7/10

22. 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: 51,421

7/10

23. The Night Of (2016)

TV-MA | 525 min | Crime, Drama

After a night of partying with a woman he picked up, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.

Stars: Riz Ahmed, John Turturro, Bill Camp, Amara Karan

Votes: 103,633

7/10

24. The Pretender (1996–2000)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A specially gifted man, with the ability to instantly master any skill, escapes from a secret testing facility and travels the country taking on different jobs and helping strangers while hiding from his kidnappers.

Stars: Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries

Votes: 14,129

7/10

25. The Walking Dead (2010– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira

Votes: 805,024

7/10

26. 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: 464,692

7/10

27. The Fugitive (2000–2001)

60 min | Action, Drama

Dr. Richard Kimble is framed for his wife's murder by a mysterious one-armed man. During sentencing Kimble escapes intending to catch the one-armed man and find out why he was framed. ... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Daly, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen Lang, Lia Johnson

Votes: 582

7/10

28. Siberia (2013– )

Adventure, Drama, Mystery

In 1908, an unexplained event occurred deep in the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska. Now, 100+ years later, 16 reality-show participants descend on Tunguska unknowing of the land's ... See full summary »

Stars: Joyce Giraud, Johnny Wactor, Esther Anderson, Miljan Milosevic

Votes: 3,202

7/10

29. The Kill Point (2007)

TV-MA | Action, Crime, Drama

A group of military veterans, who recently returned home from serving in Iraq, band together to pull off a major bank heist.

Stars: Steve Cirbus, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Hyatt, John Leguizamo

Votes: 4,871

7/10

30. 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: 78,116

7/10

31. 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: 91,565

7/10

32. Californication (2007–2014)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

A writer tries to juggle his career, his relationship with his daughter and his ex-girlfriend, as well as his appetite for beautiful women.

Stars: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 165,864

7/10

33. Roswell (1999–2002)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The lives of three young alien/human hybrids with extraordinary gifts in Roswell.

Stars: Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Majandra Delfino

Votes: 25,764

6,5/10

34. Designated Survivor (2016–2019)

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

A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Kal Penn

Votes: 66,253

6,5/10

35. The Mentalist (2008–2015)

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

A famous "psychic" outs himself as a fake, and starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he can find "Red John", the madman who killed his wife and daughter.

Stars: Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman

Votes: 154,931

6,5/10

36. Kidnapped (2006–2007)

Crime, Drama

Complex overtones surround the kidnapping of a wealthy New York family's 15-year-old son, leading a specialist and a retiring FBI agent to figure it out.

Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Carmen Ejogo, Delroy Lindo, Linus Roache

Votes: 2,707

6,5/10

37. The Lost Room (2006)

TV-PG | 270 min | Action, Fantasy, Mystery

A detective investigates a mysterious motel room, which acts as a portal to an alternate universe.

Stars: Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies, Peter Jacobson, Dennis Christopher

Votes: 27,495

6,5/10

38. Ringer (2011–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Bridget is six months sober and starting to get her life back on track when she becomes the sole witness to a professional hit. She flees to New York, telling no one. In New York, Bridget ... See full summary »

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell

Votes: 19,630

6,5/10

39. October Road (2007–2008)

43 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An author returns to his hometown to face the people whom he based his book on.

Stars: Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon, Warren Christie, Brad William Henke

Votes: 4,136

6,5/10

40. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

A streetwise, poor young man from Philadelphia is sent by his mother to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins in their Bel-Air mansion.

Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali

Votes: 111,279

6,5/10

41. Utopia (I) (2013–2014)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'.

Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins, Neil Maskell, Fiona O'Shaughnessy

Votes: 36,384

6,5/10

42. Survivors (2008–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An unknown virus pandemic kills more than 90% of the world's population. Those immune must strive to survive and overcome the difficulties of this new world order, hoping that the virus will not mutate.

Stars: Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph, Zoë Tapper

Votes: 8,096

6,5/10

43. Happy Town (2010)

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A deputy sheriff is confronted with the unsolved mystery of a half-dozen child kidnappings over the past decade in a small town in Minnesota.

Stars: Geoff Stults, Lauren German, Amy Acker, Robert Wisdom

Votes: 3,071

6,5/10

44. Flashforward (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A special task force in the FBI investigates after every person on Earth simultaneously blacks out and awakens with a short vision of their future.

Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton

Votes: 57,836

6,5/10

45. 24: Legacy (2016–2017)

TV-14 | 41 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A military hero who returns to the U.S. with a whole lot of trouble following him back. With nowhere else to turn, the man asks CTU to help him save his life while also stopping one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

Stars: Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Anna Diop, Teddy Sears

Votes: 9,366

6,5/10

46. Reunion (2005–2006)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

Six friends come together for their 20th high school reunion in which one of them is murdered and all of them become suspects. A detective traces their turbulent and secretive lives back spanning 20 years to find which one had the motive.

Stars: Dave Annable, Alexa Davalos, Will Estes, Sean Faris

Votes: 1,092

6,5/10

47. Persons Unknown (2010– )

43 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Several strangers awaken and find themselves imprisoned inside a small ghost town. They quickly search for answers and along the way start to question each other's motives.

Stars: Jason Wiles, Daisy Betts, Chadwick Boseman, Lola Glaudini

Votes: 8,017

6,5/10

48. The Event (2010–2011)

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

When a man goes looking for his missing girlfriend, he stumbles upon a government conspiracy that is bigger than the president himself.

Stars: Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Ian Anthony Dale, Zeljko Ivanek

Votes: 25,048

6,5/10

49. Harper's Island (2009)

40 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Harper's Island was once the scene of a gruesome series of murders. Now, seven years later, family and friends gather on the island for a wedding, but one by one they begin to die.

Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Matt Barr, Gina Holden

Votes: 24,464

6,5/10

50. 11.22.63 (2016)

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

8.2