My Favourite Television Shows

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1. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy

Five friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish pub in Philadelphia.

Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 174,896

Favourite Episodes:

1. The Nightman Cometh 2. Hero or Hate Crime? 3. The D.E.N.N.I.S. System 4. A Very Sunny Christmas 5. Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs 6. Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person 7. The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award 8. The Gang Goes to a Water Park 9. Charlie Work 10. Time's Up for the Gang 11. Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare 12. CharDee MacDennis: The Game of Games 13. Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom 14. The Gang Dances Their Asses Off 15. The Gang Gets New Wheels 16. Dennis' Double Life 17. PTSDee 18. Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack 19. Mac & Charlie Die 20. The Gang Hits the Road 21. The Waitress is Getting Married 22. Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth 23. Hundred Dollar Baby 24. The Gang Goes to Jersey Shore 25. The Gang Dines Out 26. The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby 27. The Gang Misses the Boat 28. The Gang Broke Dee 29. The Gang Gets Analyzed 30. The Gang Goes on Family Fight

A sit-com so good it ruins basically all other sit-coms. A brilliant satire of television tropes and a surprisingly thoughtful character study on the five worst people in Philadelphia. This show has said a lot over its 13 seasons and it continues to stay fresh and hilarious. Season 12 is probably the most consistently excellent of the bunch, and how many shows can you say that about? It's likely the only long-running sit-com that doesn't have any bad episodes, and the average/disappointing episodes can be counted on one hand. It strikes the perfect tone and sense of humour to tackle issues relating to cultural values and political topics without ever coming off as preachy or transparent, and it's always SO funny. Fantastic writing with fully realised characters, brought to life by some very intelligent and hilarious individuals. Never has a show had this much quality AND quantity, never get tired of watching it.

2. 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: 1,267,133

Season 1: 10/10 Season 2: 8/10 Season 3: 9/10 Season 4: 10/10 Season 5: 10/10

Probably the greatest TV show ever created. 62 fantastic episodes of purposeful storytelling that constantly progresses and develops its characters to a logical and satisfying end without ever overstaying its welcome. It's both succinct yet leaves no stone un-turned when it comes to delivering entirely on the potential of its story. This is the level of storytelling that only the medium of TV can deliver, and still its presentation never suffers from the limits that often accompany TV production. This is the greatest long-form story ever told on TV, and though I personally find the second season noticeably weaker than the lot, it's too captivating and it sets up so many satisfying elements that later seasons would deliver on to tremendous results, that even the weakest season of this show is nothing short of fantastic television. Brilliant performances, editing and obviously storytelling. Cranston's performance is one of the greatest ever captured on TV or film.

3. Twin Peaks (2017)

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

Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Michael Horse, Chrysta Bell

Votes: 46,032


Probably the most exciting film-making achievement of the 2010s. Part 8 in particularly is potentially my favourite hour of television ever aired. A complete artistic triumph and the definitive masterpiece of an auteur filmmaker that led a generation of independent cinema. Absolutely breathtaking presentation from the beautiful cinematography to the masterful editing, ridiculously good soundtrack and endless roster of captivating performances. It's absurd how much talent came together in service of this batsh*t-crazy vision. Not since Kubrick's '2001' has a film (or show, this is hard to label) managed to encompass so many ideas into one piece whilst remaining completely focused and sure-handed. My only real complaint against this masterpiece is one that I can't honestly say has any objectivity to it; and that's Part 12. For me, this one moves incredibly slow, and though that's a staple of the work as a whole and entirely intentional of Lynch's behalf, this hour doesn't really contain the content of the other sections. It's full of ideas to chew on but story-wise this episode is almost empty. Part 18 is understandably divisive and its certainly not traditionally satisfying like many episodes prior managed to be, but it's without a doubt essential to the larger picture and the perfect ending to this beast. Not only is this intellectually and artistically fascinating, but even moreso an emotional roller coaster that achieves much more with images and sound alone, oftentimes seemingly unrelated or incoherent, than any traditional story usually manages. This is art that means so much to so many people that it's rewarding yet not at all definitive to dissect and analyse. It's everything from a deconstruction of nostalgia and memory (immensely powerful and prevalent element of media) to an examination of society and how it deals with tragedy and the nature of good and evil; and these are only a few of the big picture ideas gleamed here. It's endlessly up to interpretation and ever-changing in every moment. In an era of popular media consisting of endless sequels, remakes and reboots, this is without a doubt the most satisfying work that could be lumped into that description, precisely because of how often it is engineered specifically to be unsatisfying.

4. Spaced (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 25 min | Action, Comedy

Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford.

Stars: Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin, Nick Frost

Votes: 47,167


This is a masterpiece of pure film-making passion. In every frame of this low-budget, 14-episode series you can see the work, inspiration and determination that went into crafting great entertainment. It's really no surprise that Edgar Wright, as well as Simon Pegg and Nick Frost would go on to great things. This is a love-letter to pop culture, brought to life by truly funny and intelligent writing. This is everything a sit-com should be, and it totals at under six hours. Every episode of its short run is immense fun, and the clear effort poured into the direction of this show is exactly what is missing from most shows in this genre, and it's what elevates this to the top. This is what you get when extremely talented individuals working under restraints work their asses off, and transform those restraints into strengths. A season 3 would always be welcome if Wright feels like taking a break from directing the best action-comedies of the 21st Century.

5. 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: 158,524

Season 1: 10/10 Season 2: 6/10

The line between what's a TV show and what's a film has been blurred in recent years with streaming taking storm of both industries and the only real distinction these days being runtime. This shift was set into motion in many ways by 'Twin Peaks'. Nowadays we have blockbuster TV shows such as 'Stranger Things' and 'Game of Thrones', but when looking at early examples of television that employed cinematic presentation on a level unseen previously, this show was a huge achievement. Lynch combined his trademark surrealist direction and masterful creative team with a gripping murder-mystery penned by Mark Frost and himself. The result was a hugely influential show that even today remains impactful and extremely effective. Taking on a genius soap-opera-inspired presentation and subverting it with a dark mystery and genuine thematic interests resulted in a perfect concoction of filmmaking that was entirely fresh. Unfortunately, the network pressured Lynch and Frost's creativity at points, leading to their departure from the series. This resulted in about half of the second season being genuinely awful. Regardless, under Lynch and Frost this show is a masterpiece of television, and the final episode, marking Lynch's return to the series, is perhaps the best. The 12-episode run of this show that was almost entirely disappointing is fairly easy to skip, even upon initial viewing (and basically necessary upon rewatch). Kyle MacLachlan's Agent Cooper is one of my favourite TV characters ever. For anyone looking to dive into Lynch's work, this is a pretty good place to start.

6. 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: 283,736

Season 1: 8.5/10

A truly weird and seemingly terrible idea for a show managed to prove itself as one of the most exciting and impressive standouts in the blurring of television and film media that really took shape in 2014 between this show, 'True Detective' and 'House of Cards' among others. Any and all skepticism with regards to why this was even something that existed was done away with by the end of the first episode. This is the work of a master storyteller and a collection of some of the industries' most experienced directors, coming together to tell a really interesting and constantly surprising crime tale. Freeman and Billy Bob absolutely killed it in this season, both presenting instantly iconic and unforgettable characters. Aside from its surprisingly great presentation (cinematography, music, editing and production design are all really strong here), what I really love about this series is Noah Hawley's storytelling. It balances twists and turns perfectly, never once feeling predictable. Huge shifts in the story or character dynamics can be thrown at us without ever feeling disappointing or failing to live up to the potential that might come from further exploring said storylines or characters. Subversion is never thrown in for the sake of a cheap twist, there's always a purpose behind the turns in the story. It never feels as though characters are done away with because they no longer serve a purpose to the writer. No one is necessarily expendable yet no one is safe from real consequence within the story. And what's great about this approach by Hawley is that he always knows how to change things up in the most satisfying way possible. After three seasons it's clear that whenever he throws in a huge shift in the narrative, you can trust that it's for the best and not a cheap shock. During the run of the first season however, it was truly original and refreshing to see a story constantly change and evolve, as TV is notorious for going against this approach for the sake of keeping a show on the air. I feel as though Season 2 managed to improve upon every element of the first, and that does make the achievements of its predecessor feel a little less exciting when revisiting it today, but in no way does it dampen the fact that all three of these stories are so damn entertaining.

Season 2: 10/10

Season 2 is by far my personal favourite season. A lot of personal bias contributes towards that as I am a sucker for the time period and by extension the production and costume design. The organised crime elements of the story were also far more engaging to me this time around and the sci-fi element was such a perfect and inspired inclusion as it fits perfectly into the 1979 setting. This season also balances an insane amount of central characters, each of them equally fun to watch so that the story never drags when it focuses on any one of its moving parts over another. Episode 7 straight up steers away from what is arguably the central story thread of the entire season, as to focus on the other ones and beef them up before heading into the final three episodes. Speaking of which, Episode 9: 'The Castle', is an insanely satisfying hour of television. My only complaint against what is without a doubt one of my favourite seasons of television however, is the ending. There's a reveal that connects it back to the first season, and I honestly feel like it's just kind of stupid and unnecessary considering how much I loved that character up until that point and how meaningless the reveal is to the stories of both seasons.

Season 3: 8.5/10

Season 3 is about on the same level as Season 1 in my opinion. I actually really enjoyed Episode 3, which I know wasn't as well received as the rest of the season. It was a really unexpected detour, but one that I found really engaging and a unique way to incorporate a flashback side-plot. Fantastic performances all around, especially from Ewan McGregor who single-handedly sells most of the emotional beats of the season between his two roles. Carrie Coon and Mary Elizabeth Winstead turn in the best work I've ever seen from them and Michael Stuhlbarg is hilarious. David Thewlis is also a major standout, though initially he felt like a stand-in reprise for Billy Bob's character, he very shortly came into his own as an unforgettable TV antagonist. The greatest weakness of this season once again is an element of the finale. I don't really feel like the climax of the central conflicts was totally satisfying like they were in the previous seasons. In some ways I can see this as intentional, but in others it kind of just felt a little dishonest to who some of the characters had been established as. Having said that, the final scene is excellent. Outstanding score this season as well.

7. Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl.

Stars: Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Bob Hastings

Votes: 77,832


Favourite Episodes:

1. Two-Face 2. Heart of Ice 3. Perchance to Dream 4. Beware the Gray Ghost 5. Almost Got 'im 6. Trial 7. Feat of Clay 8. Dreams in Darkness 9. Joker's Favor 10. I Am the Night

Has it's less-engaging episodes, but on the whole this show's presentation is too good to fully call any episode terrible. This is essentially the definitive take on Batman with fantastic takes on every major character from the comics, visualized beautifully by fantastic character designs and a visual aesthetic reminiscent of the nostalgic cartoon serials of the 1940s. The music is also insanely good for a television show, especially one designed to keep kids busy for half an hour. This show is full of some of the best Batman stories ever written, and even in its weak episodes, the animation is gorgeous and the performances are so much fun that you can't help but enjoy yourself. When this show is great however, which is most of the time, it's some of the best animated TV ever aired.

8. 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: 158,125

Season 1: 8/10 Season 2: 9/10

An excellent new series from David Fincher that really helped aid the massive disappointment that 'House of Cards' devolved into. This is a fascinating exploration of violence and insanity set against the arrival of rampant serial murders in 1970s America. This is an incredibly well-directed series with really tight pacing (episodes range from 73 to 34 minutes to help tell the best story possible) and fascinating performances from standouts Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Cameron Britton. This series writes in real life individuals and bases their inclusion off of interviews and other accounts, and the result is a true authenticity to the interactions within the fictionalised world of the show. Violent crime and its basis in mental illness is explored with a real genuineness, maturity and understanding of the subject, that's truly fascinating to see the topic handled properly. This steers clear from being exploitative of real life tragedy for entertainments purpose by basing it in a truly productive and progressive intent, which is to truly get to the bottom of an issue. Rather than labeling these individuals as "evil" and locking them away for life, the characters of this show aim to examine what got these serial killers to where they are now. This is the basic pitch of the show, and it really delivers on just how impactful and fascinating a premise like that sounds. Not only does it have this strong foundation in an important subject, but the fictional character-writing here is really excellent. Groff's lead Holden Ford is a fantastic protagonist. Who is ultimately doing a good thing, but is thoroughly flawed as an individual. He learns things throughout the season that make him a more understanding person, but he is also greatly affected by spending so much time in this world. The biggest weaknesses of this show's first season are the character of Debbie. She mostly exists as a way for the writers to communicate Holden's changing personality, views and how his work affects his personal life. Outside of that, she has no real connection to the story, so I feel like what they end up doing with her character by the end of the season is for the best if it actually has consequence going into Season 2. Aside from this complaint, the first episode is surprisingly not very good; especially next to the rest of the season. It's full of awkward conversational dialogue (something that still occasionally pops up throughout the season) and the opening scene is kind of laughable in how unconvincingly it's presented. As soon as Episode 2 hits however, this show is excellent television and the final episode is absolutely fantastic. Can't wait for Season 2.

9. 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: 88,162

Season 1: 9/10 Season 2: 9/10 Season 3: 9/10 Season 4: 9/10 Season 5: 8/10 Season 6: 9/10 Season 7: 8/10 Season 8: 8/10 Season 9: 7/10

Not sure if this is a hot take or not, but this is Larry David's masterpiece. 'Seinfeld' is nowhere near as funny to me, and the comedy in that show is very hit or miss. It was a part of the laugh-track generation of sit-coms and as a result, the track is sometimes unearned. 'Seinfeld' would occasionally have a lame joke or two. That is NOT a problem here however, as Larry David goes all in on his own unique brand of humour, without watering it down for a larger audience. I think I just like sit-coms where the writers and cast aren't dishonest about their characters being sh*tty people. This isn't a show that manages to stay as fresh as something like 'Always Sunny', and if you watch too much of this show, it's repetitive nature can start to get a little old, but that doesn't change that pretty much every episode of this show is really funny. This is basically just a really funny collection of situations that allow David to shine his trademark observational humour, which lends itself greatly to a show that's essentially an examination of ludicrous social trends and expectations. I didn't feel that the latest season was as strong as the rest of the show, but it certainly had its moments and a great show like this at its worst, is usually much better than other popular sit-coms.

10. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner

Votes: 340,201


First 10 or so seasons are wonderful and some of the greatest television ever aired. This is a genius American satire with an amazing world, characters and a brilliantly distinctive animation style. The early years of 'The Simpsons' remains the pinnacle of TV animation. Everything else gets increasingly less so and I haven't watched any of the seasons from the last few years but I've not heard great things at all. So 10/10 for everything it used to be, but I'll take a point off because I'm aware that no one is really all that impressed with how the show turned out today. The fact that it's still on even though it's fallen very far from its glory days, just goes to show how great of a show it really was.

11. BoJack Horseman (2014– )

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

BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit television show "Horsin' Around" in the '80s and '90s, now he's washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing colorful sweaters.

Stars: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul

Votes: 75,470

Season 1: 6/10 Season 2: 7/10 Season 3: 8/10 Season 4: 8/10 Season 5: 9/10

A really strange show that began as a relatively forgettable and standard animation with a neat concept and some fun jokes. The first episode really didn't impress me, but the first season picked up for the most part after that. Overall it didn't feel like anything too special by the end of its first year. Fast-forward to 2019 and it's probably the best animated show on TV now. Each season has improved upon the last as it dives deeper and deeper into its characters with more successful results each time, to the point where it is now one of the most emotional and thoughtful comedies ever aired. Season 4 basically functions as a dive into the history and emotional state of each of the main characters. We get at least one episode for each central character that serves as a peak behind the curtain. This new attachment to the characters worked wonders for the excellent storytelling of the follow-up Season 5. There's a lot of really fun and clever word-play jokes and gags related to the bizarre world that these characters inhabit that goes almost completely unexplained. It's an interesting playground for the show-runners to tell their stories in, and to be perfectly honest, at this point the characters in this show are probably the most fleshed out in any animated program I've seen.

12. Futurama (1999–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out on New Year's Eve 2999.

Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 200,196


13. The Office (2001–2003)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 89,024


14. Wonder Showzen (2005–2006)

TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

An all-cynical, all-evil absurdist variety show that parodies the classic educational PBS shows of the 1970s, made up of old cartoons and educational films, children, and puppets from one's worst nightmares.

Stars: Vernon Chatman, John Lee, Alyson Levy, Evan Seligman

Votes: 3,824


15. 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: 262,463

Season 1: 9/10 Season 2: 9/10 Season 3: 8/10 Season 4: 7/10 Season 5: 7/10 Season 6: 7/10

16. Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.

Stars: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine

Votes: 120,850


17. 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: 185,955

Season 1: 8/10

18. 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: 355,601

White Christmas: 9/10 Nosedive: 8/10 USS Callister: 8/10 Shut Up and Dance: 8/10 The Entire History of You: 8/10 San Junipero: 8/10 Hang the DJ: 8/10 Fifteen Million Merits: 8/10 The National Anthem: 7/10 Bandersnatch: 7/10 Black Museum: 7/10 Be Right Back: 7/10 Striking Vipers: 6/10 Playtest: 6/10 Smithereens: 6/10 Arkangel: 6/10 Crocodile: 6/10 Hated in the Nation: 6/10 White Bear: 6/10 Men Against Fire: 5/10 The Waldo Moment: 5/10 Metalhead: 5/10 Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too: 5/10

19. Moral Orel (2005–2009)

TV-MA | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A parody of past religious-geared animated shows starring Orel, an optimistic God-fearing young boy in a world of cynicism.

Stars: Carolyn Lawrence, Scott Adsit, Britta Phillips, Tigger Stamatopoulos

Votes: 4,542


20. 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: 260,177

Season 1: 7/10

21. 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: 125,164

Season 1: 8/10 Season 2: 7/10

22. Black Books (2000–2004)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

Bernard Black runs a book shop, though his customer service skills leave something to be desired. He hires Manny as an employee. Fran runs the shop next door. Between the three of them many adventures ensue.

Stars: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Paul Beech

Votes: 50,425


23. 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: 294,595

Season 1: 9/10 Season 2: 9/10 Season 3: 8/10

24. 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: 668,015

Stranger Things: 7/10 Stranger Things 2: 6.5/10 Stranger Things 3: 7/10

25. Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003–2005)

TV-Y7 | 133 min | Animation, Short, Action

The events and battles of the Galactic Republic's last major war are recounted.

Stars: Mat Lucas, James Arnold Taylor, André Sogliuzzo, Grey Griffin

Votes: 20,346


26. Community (2009–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body.

Stars: Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase

Votes: 178,269

Season 1: 7/10 Season 2: 8/10 Season 3: 7/10 Season 4: 6/10 Season 5: 7/10 Season 6: 6/10

27. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 79,117

Season 1: 8/10

28. Nirvanna the Band the Show (2016– )

TV-MA | Comedy

Through a series of misadventures, Matt and Jay try to inch ever closer to fulfilling their lifelong dream of playing a show at Toronto's Rivoli, a small concert space in Toronto's West End.

Stars: Matt Johnson, Jay McCarrol, Jared Raab, Ned Carlson

Votes: 1,158


29. Undeclared (2001–2003)

22 min | Comedy

College freshman Steve Karp, his girlfriend and their fellow dormmates embark on one the greatest experiences of their lives. Unfortunately for Steve, his lonely and recently divorced father is tagging along for the ride.

Stars: Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, Monica Keena

Votes: 15,846


30. 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: 260,464

Season 1: 8/10 Season 2: 8/10 Season 3: 7/10 Season 4: 4/10

31. 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: 307,294


32. American Vandal (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 34 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.

Stars: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro, Travis Tope

Votes: 23,522

Season 1: 8/10

33. 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: 162,290

Season 1: 7.5/10

34. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull.

Stars: John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary, Lou Scheimer

Votes: 14,979


35. The Goodies (1970–1982)

30 min | Comedy

The Goodies are a three man agency whose brief is to do 'anything, anytime'. This gave the series carte blanche to do whatsoever it pleased, with a cartoon-like surrealism and a heavy ... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Corbet Woodall

Votes: 1,250


36. 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: 253,911

Season 1: 7/10 Season 2: 7/10

37. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 78,059


38. Ash vs Evil Dead (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 30 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Ash has spent the last thirty years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind's only hope.

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless

Votes: 58,977

Season 1: 7/10 Season 2: 7/10

39. Bob's Burgers (2011– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Bob Belcher, along with his wife and 3 children, try to run their last hope of holding the family together, which is running Bob's dream restaurant.

Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts

Votes: 58,012


40. 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: 455,781

Season 1: 8/10 Season 2: 4/10 Season 3: 5/10

This show is really only on this list because of the excellent first season, which ultimately worked as a long-form film over a proper multi-season television show.

41. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–2020)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and other Jedi Knights lead the Grand Army of the Republic against the droid army of the Separatists.

Stars: Tom Kane, Matt Lanter, Dee Bradley Baker, James Arnold Taylor

Votes: 40,693

Best Episodes: 1. The Lawless 2. The Wrong Jedi 3. Shades of Reason 4. Monster 5. The Jedi Who Knew Too Much 6. Carnage of Krell 7. Eminence 8. Revenge 9. Witches of the Mist 10. Nightsisters Worst Episodes: 1. Mercy Mission 2. Secret Weapons 3. Nomad Droids 4. A Sunny Day in the Void 5. Bombad Jedi 6. Point of No Return 7. Evil Plans 8. Missing in Action 9. The Gungan General 10. Senate Spy

Probably the most inconsistent show ever aired, with episodes ranging from some of the absolute best star wars content ever to sub-prequel-level trash.

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