Essential TV

by ranaNsameep | created - 06 Dec 2013 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

The greatest TV shows yet ! A comprehensive list of the most thrilling and rewarding television experience from all corners of the globe.

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1. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 47,308

Set during the Korean War. Great wit and gritty realism make it a treat for audiences looking for comedy and drama.

2. 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: 290,881

Hilarious adventures in space-time between a consistently drunk grandfather and his naive grandson.

3. 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: 252,615

A comprehensive study of the trials and tribulations of Baltimore's black community and its run-ins with law enforcement.

4. Frasier (1993–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle, where he lives with his father, and works as a radio psychiatrist.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 67,927

Frasier tackles middle aged life as a single and successful radio talk show host in Seattle with his younger brother and father.

5. 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: 1,256,239

Crime and Punishment set in Alburqurquee, New Mexico. A seemingly innocent man's descent in to crime.

6. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 726,386

Slick and smart TV movie series based on the excellent performances of Benedict Cumberbach as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. The plot is set in modern day England.

7. 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: 99,616

A journey through space and time.

8. Porridge (1974–1977)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime

The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 4,862

A British gem. Laughs a plenty in this classic comedy series set in prison!

9. 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: 282,078

Crime series that borrows and pays homage to the Coen brother's classic film of the same name.

10. 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: 453,655

Contrasting personalities and experiences results in an oddball partnership between two detectives trying to comprehend a series of crimes that unravel a deeper and more evil phenomenon.

11. Grand Designs (1999– )

TV-G | 50 min | Documentary

Kevin McCloud follows people as they build their dream house, often focusing on modern design, energy efficiency, maximizing space and views.

Stars: Kevin McCloud, Roger Ulick Branch Westman, Robert Gaukroger, Deborah Sheridan-Taylor

Votes: 1,993

People and their dream homes. Great inspiration from all kinds of personal home builders.

12. 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: 102,370

Riz Ahmed and John Turturo turn in star performances in this gripping who dunnit drama.

13. 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: 86,696

Western period drama set during the gold rush of the late nineteenth century.

14. 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: 257,705

Spin off series from Breaking Bad chronicling Saul Goodman's early years leading up to his introduction to Heisenberg.

15. 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: 283,964

A riveting look inside the world of hacking, big corporations and mental illness.

16. 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: 222,921

Cillian Murphy stars in a British period drama based on a mob family known as the 'Peaky Blinders'.

17. Sacred Games (2018– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A link in their pasts leads an honest cop to a fugitive gang boss, whose cryptic warning spurs the officer on a quest to save Mumbai from cataclysm.

Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Neeraj Kabi, Aamir Bashir

Votes: 61,189

18. Ozark (2017– )

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

A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz

Votes: 113,187

19. 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: 361,447

20. 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: 283,964

21. 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: 659,950

22. The Man in the High Castle (2015– )

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

In a dystopian America dominated by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, a young woman discovers a mysterious film that may hold the key to toppling the totalitarian regimes.

Stars: Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rufus Sewell, Rupert Evans

Votes: 68,539

23. Taboo (2017– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London during the War of 1812 to rebuild his late father's shipping empire. However, both the government and his biggest competitor want his inheritance at any cost - even murder.

Stars: Tom Hardy, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin

Votes: 103,778

24. The Grand Tour (2016– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Follow Jeremy, Richard, and James, as they embark on an adventure across the globe, driving new and exciting automobiles from manufacturers all over the world.

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond, Abbie Eaton

Votes: 55,810

25. 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: 150,816

26. Chef's Table (2015– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Documentary

Chef's Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.

Stars: Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Bill Buford, Lara Gilmore

Votes: 11,020

27. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, Adventure

Anthony Bourdain visits countries, delving into their political issues as well as indigenous food and culture.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Tom Vitale, David Scott Holloway, Eric Ripert

Votes: 4,015

28. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Reality-TV

Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, traveler, visits places all around the world sampling various foods.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Tom Vitale, Zamir Gotta, Todd Liebler

Votes: 5,822

29. The Mind of a Chef (2012– )

TV-PG | 23 min | Documentary

Chef David Chang, along with his friends, explore, explain and enjoy food from around the world.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, Sean Brock, April Bloomfield

Votes: 1,078

30. Somebody Feed Phil (2018– )

60 min | Documentary

Phil travels around the world sampling food and tradition with friends and a sense of humor.

Stars: Philip Rosenthal, Monica Horan, Calvin Godfrey, Judy Gold

Votes: 1,843

31. Travel Man: 48 Hours in... (2015– )

Not Rated | 24 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

British comedian Richard Ayoade and a celebrity guest, usually from the comedy world, spend 48 hours in a popular city to discover the must see tourist attractions.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Greg Davies, Noel Fielding, Mel Giedroyc

Votes: 1,236



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