my FAVORiTE (Current/recent) TV shows

by from-LEORA | created - 07 Jul 2014 | updated - 17 Oct 2014 | Public

from the last few years.... to present

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1. Masters of Sex (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

Stars: Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears

Votes: 32,790

Absolutely one of the finest well-written series I've ever seen.

2. 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: 282,333

I'm still following this as long as it's on, but hoping it will stay as interesting as the first 2 seasons.

3. Bates Motel (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A contemporary prequel to Psycho, giving a portrayal of how Norman Bates' psyche unravels through his teenage years, and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.

Stars: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz

Votes: 88,098

OUTSTANDING in all areas: casting, acting, directing, script, cinematography.... what a pleasant surprise!

4. Under the Dome (2013–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small actual town of Chester's Mill, Maine, USA, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townspeople must discover the secrets and purpose of the "dome" or "sphere" and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other and animals too.

Stars: Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford

Votes: 97,108

I'm mildly curious and might be hanging in to see whether the Dome ever gets opened, how many more characters will be killed off... and if Big Jim truly changed his evil ways (methinks he has not).

5. Resurrection (2014–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy

The lives of the people of Arcadia, Missouri, are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.

Stars: Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Matt Craven, Devin Kelley

Votes: 14,505

If this gets cancelled then I'll be extremely disappointed.

6. The Leftovers (2014–2017)

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

Three years after the disappearance of two percent of the global population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler

Votes: 66,784

I'll follow this as long as it's on; a few of the characters are growing on me.

7. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

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

The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

Votes: 69,974

This is the ONLY crime/cop show I currently watch - both new episodes and old, whenever I can.

8. The Colbert Report (2005–2015)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart, Paul Dinello

Votes: 37,081

I have a feeling the Sullivan Theater is in for big changes when our guy hops over to CBS to fill Dave's shoes.

9. The Daily Show (1996– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily Show reports on the foibles and of the real world with a satirical edge. In addition to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver

Votes: 42,666

10. Real Time with Bill Maher (2003– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds.

Stars: Bill Maher, Andrew Sullivan, Arianna Huffington, Michael Moore

Votes: 11,592

Still try to catch it whenever I can...

11. Shark Tank (2009– )

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

Ambitious entrepreneurs present their breakthrough business concepts.

Stars: Kevin O'Leary, Phil Crowley, Robert Herjavec, Mark Cuban

Votes: 7,791

I'm hooked.

12. The Following (2013–2015)

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

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: 81,015

They'd better not cancel this. It's not my #1 favorite but I'm sorta hooked on it (and I just adore Kevin Bacon)

13. Growing Up Fisher (2014)
Episode: Secret Lives of Fishers (2014)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Mel sneaks into Joyce's house to take bubble baths; Joyce panics over her success at school.

Director: Linda Mendoza | Stars: J.K. Simmons, Eli Baker, Ava Deluca-Verley, Lance Lim

Votes: 34

OUTSTANDING SHOW- please don't let it be true that it was cancelled!!!!

14. Two and a Half Men (2003–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

A hedonistic jingle writer's free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.

Stars: Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones, Conchata Ferrell

Votes: 228,101

I am surprised that I still like the show, after Ashton replaced Charlie- I was never a fan of Ashton when I saw him interviewed and just a few bits and pieces of other series he'd been on, and didn't expect I'd stick with the show- nor did I think it would last once they dumped Charlie. I gotta say - I think I like it better... the original supporting cast is still as good as ever and the new additions are great. Such a pity that Angus had such a drastic change of heart about staying on - but as long as Jake returns as an occasional guest I think that will satisfy the empty gap he left. Much more than bringing Charlie back from the dead.

15. The Middle (2009–2018)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the town of Orson, Indiana.

Stars: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher

Votes: 41,577

This is closer to reality than most family sitcoms-- maybe a bit exaggerated, but ya gotta love them. (Glad it's not yet been cancelled!)

16. CBS News Sunday Morning (1979– )

TV-PG | 90 min | News

The news show that does personal interest pieces, and has done since 1979. Anything from interviews with actors, political figures, athletes, musicians, costume designers, fashion designers... See full summary »

Stars: Charles Osgood, Jane Pauley, Conor Knighton, Mo Rocca

Votes: 532

I feel like my week doesn't get off to the best start if I don't wake up early enough to catch this show - always fascinating, superior stories, well reported.

17. The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

Votes: 659,183

Ok I admit it- I'm addicted (even to occasional re-runs). It fills the void left by Cheers, Frasier, Friends, and other well-written series of the past few decades....

18. Hit & Miss (2012)

45 min | Drama

Follows the life of transgender contract killer Mia, who travels to West Yorkshire to seek out her ex girlfriend.

Stars: Chloë Sevigny, Roma Christensen, Jorden Bennie, Karla Crome

Votes: 4,473

will this continue? *It should !

19. About a Boy (2014–2015)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Will Freeman lives a charmed existence. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. So ... See full summary »

Stars: David Walton, Benjamin Stockham, Al Madrigal, Minnie Driver

Votes: 7,778

The series AND the film (of same title) are equally entertaining.

20. Jamie's 15-Minute Meals (2012– )


Jamie Oliver shows how to cook a meal in just 15 minutes

Star: Jamie Oliver

Votes: 124

Jamie Oliver is fun to watch and pick up a few ideas from- on occasion. I think the only shows around currently are the ones in syndication... nonetheless it's refreshing to catch the occasional re-run- as I missed them all the first time around....

21. ABC News Nightline (1980– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

A nightly discussion of one important news event from earlier that day.

Stars: JuJu Chang, Bill Weir, Terry Moran, Byron Pitts

Votes: 261

good relevant news wrap-up most nights, especially when Craig and Geoff become too overly inane and sophomoric, as they do... or when I've been watching Kimmel instead of Fallon and am too tired to channel-surf.... (p.s. I do like Seth but not on Late Night - he was best on SNL).

22. The Neighbors (2012–2014)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A New Jersey family moves to an affluent gated community composed entirely of extraterrestrials.

Stars: Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye

Votes: 7,792

Outstanding first 2 seasons.... (My favorite episode was when they went on SHARK TANK- well done). So much potential for this show if only they'd keep it around-- would take a long time to run out of ideas, since it's proven to be quite unique -- After 3rd Rock from the SUN, who'da thunk another "aliens living on earth" show would could amount to way better than a copy-cat or cliche type of show... but they did it! Of course the good ones get cancelled if they aren't lucky enough to be in a perfect time slot, and not up against another popular big hit. (: <---sad face

23. The Neighbors (2014– )

24 min | Comedy

A sitcom about the relationships between a group of people who live in the same apartment building.

Stars: Tommy Wiseau, Andrew Buckley, Yenitza Munoz, Christopher Cooper

Votes: 451

WTF? What is this? I posted it here ONLY to point out to fans of the (original) tv series (directly above on this list of mine), that someone apparently wasn't creative enough to think up a name for their new series - funny I haven't seen it air on tv yet- maybe there was a little problem with the unoriginal name... A DIRECT RIPOFF OBVIOUSLY ~

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