Shows to Watch

by Margaret_Nieter | created - 11 Nov 2014 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

These are the shows that I have been watching this year, tried for the first time this year or plan on watching more of in the next year. Some have been cancelled, but all are on my "to watch" list

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1. Babylon 5 (1994–1998)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the mid 23rd Century, the Earth Alliance space station Babylon 5, located in neutral territory, is a major focal point for political intrigue, racial tensions and various wars over the course of five years.

Stars: Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Stephen Furst, Andreas Katsulas

Votes: 25,919

3 seasons - 49 episodes

2. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,490,219

current - watching live

Quite simply, the best show currently on TV. Period.

3. The X-Files (1993– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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: 182,353

1 seasons - 8 episodes

4. The Munsters (1964–1966)

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

A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely.

Stars: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick

Votes: 10,570

2 seasons - 57 episodes

5. What We Do in the Shadows (2019– )

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

A look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires who've lived together for over 100 years, in Staten Island.

Stars: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén

Votes: 5,210

1 season - 2 episodes

6. Blood (2015– )

Drama, Horror

Set within a hospital. A vampire works as a doctor. A battle between good and evil as well as immortal love takes place.

Stars: Derek Chouinard, Jae-Hyun Ahn, Jin-hee Ji, Jae-yoon Jo

Votes: 416

1 season - 19 episodes

7. Good Omens (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Fantasy | Post-production

A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch.

Stars: Adria Arjona, Brian Cox, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ilan Galkoff

Starts May 31

8. Shadowhunters (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

After her mother disappears, Clary must venture into the dark world of demon hunting, and embrace her new role among the Shadowhunters.

Stars: Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario

Votes: 45,082

3 seasons - 43 episodes

9. Vampire Prosecutor (2011– )

Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Head Prosecutor, Min Tae-yeon, was bitten by a vampire. Now he uses his new supernatural powers to solve crime.

Stars: Jeong-hun Yeon, Young-Ah Lee, Won-jong Lee, Joo-Young Kim

Votes: 183

2 seasons - 23 episodes

10. V-Wars (2019– )

60 min | Sci-Fi | Post-production

Dr. Luther Swann, enters a world of horror when a virus is released in ice melting due to climate change.

Stars: Ian Somerhalder, Kyle Breitkopf, Adrian Holmes, Jacky Lai

1 season - 10 episodes

11. The Strain (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York.

Stars: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde

Votes: 71,122

4 season - 45 episodes

12. 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: 270,234

1 season - 9 episodes

What is great about this show is it exactly captures the weirdness of the Fargo movie perfectly. I watched 15 minutes and knew this one was a keeper. By the end of the first season it had easily become one of my favorite shows. Season 2 was not quite the level of season one, but this is still one of the most brilliant shows on TV. The writing is phenomenal.

13. The Umbrella Academy (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A disbanded group of superheroes reunites after their adoptive father, who trained them to save the world, dies.

Stars: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Votes: 67,033

1 season - 9 episodes

14. The Terror (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In 1848, two real life warships, HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, sent on a Royal Naval expedition to find the treacherous Northwest Passage become trapped in ice near Arctic and face starvation, mutiny, cannibalism and a demonic polar bear.

Stars: Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Paul Ready, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 26,343

1 season - 10 episodes

15. The OA (2016– )

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

Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her twenties with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.

Stars: Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs, Scott Wilson, Alice Krige

Votes: 72,149

current - returns March 22

This show picks up where "Sound of My Voice" left off and I absolutely adore it, even though parts are hard to watch.

16. 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 forces in order to get him back.

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour

Votes: 584,770

current - returns July 4, 2019

17. 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: 311,130

current - returns in 2019

18. 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, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 192,287

current - returns in Spring 2019

19. 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: 118,523

current - returns in 2019

20. Penny Dreadful (2014–2019)

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

Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear

Votes: 100,684

returns in 2019

21. Dark (2017– )

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

A family saga with a supernatural twist, set in a German town, where the disappearance of two young children exposes the relationships among four families.

Stars: Oliver Masucci, Karoline Eichhorn, Jördis Triebel, Louis Hofmann

Votes: 101,231

current - returns in 2019

22. Castle Rock (2018– )

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

Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series will intertwine characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock.

Stars: André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy

Votes: 24,368

current - no return date yet

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: 99,184

current - returns in 2020

24. Doctor Who (2005– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor and their companions from planet Earth.

Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Smith

Votes: 183,291

current - returns in 2020

The Doctor! I'm a big fan of this show, it is a show that I will watch forever, probably. If you've not seen this series, do yourself a favor and watch the David Tennant years.

25. 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: 339,932

current - returns in 2020

26. A Discovery of Witches (2018– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Diana Bishop, historian and witch, accesses Ashmole 782 and knows she must solve its mysteries. She is offered help by the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, but he's a vampire and witches should never trust vampires.

Stars: Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, Valarie Pettiford, Malin Buska

Votes: 17,065

current - returns in 2020

27. Babylon Berlin (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Colognian commissioner Gereon Rath moves to Berlin, the epicenter of political and social changes in the Golden Twenties.

Stars: Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries, Peter Kurth, Matthias Brandt

Votes: 11,024

current - expected to return in 2020

28. 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: 699,870

current - no return date yet

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are two of my favorite actors. This is THE crime show to watch if you can pick only one. Utter brilliance. Still holding out hope for a Season 5.



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