The Best TV Series!

btkong

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#1
As the title states, what's the BEST TV series out? This includes past, present, and new series.

My Best of the Best Personal List as of August 2015 -- Completed and Uncompleted Series

1. Game of Thrones
2. True Detective (Season 1)
3. Mr. Robot (the BEST TV show out right now, hands down)
4. Breaking Bad
5. Mad Men
6. Daredevil (just about the best, most complex superhero show around right now)
7. Sense8 (awesome action, but the in your face gay/lesbian/other porn scenes twice an episode got annoying)
8. Better Call Saul (awesome in every way, different then Breaking Bad, but good)
9. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (fantastic, lavish, and exciting adaption of the book)
10. Bloodlines (drama...slow, intricate family drama, but damn the acting. Fantastic)
11. Silicon Valley (just about gets everything RIGHT about tech nerd culture)
12. Wayward Pines (the WTF is going on series right now, but some real twists, multiple times). Night Shamalayan's best since Signs.
13. Rectify (all acting, pure drama. Reminds me of Bloodlines. Slow, but worth it)
14. The Walking Dead
15. Dexter (serial killer who kills bad guys = awesome)
16. Suits
17. Fargo (if you like True Detectives feeling this rings the same bells)
18. Penny Dreadful (finally, a horror tv done right)
19. Spartacus
20. Vikings (just about the best PURE historical tv series out there. It also holds very true to reality)
21. Battlestar Galactica (one of the best space science fiction tv series yet)
22. Band of Brothers
23. Louie (smartest comedy on TV right now)
24. The Americans
25. Under the Dome (Season 1,2,3 -- starts off rough in season 1 but improves greatly season 2)

The Best Currently Airing Shows as of August 2015
  • Mr. Robot (Season 1)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 5)
  • Better Call Saul (Season 1 complete)
  • Silicon Valley (Season 2)
  • True Detectives (Season 2 -- inferior to season 1 though)
  • Wayward Pines (Season 1 -- just finished airing)
  • Complications (Season 1)
  • Power (Season 2)
  • Under The Dome Season 3
  • Penny Dreadful (Season 2)
  • Suits (Season 5)

Good Watching Shows I Am Enjoying Now
(but not the best of the best)

  • Tyrant
  • Ballers
  • Humans
  • Unreal
  • Shamelesss

Oldies That Bring Fond Memories:
  • Star Trek: TNG
  • X-Files
  • Futurama
  • Simpsons
  • Red Dwarf
  • South Park
  • Horatio Hornblower

TV Shows I've Started But Stopped Partway Out of Boredom
  • The Mentalist
  • Arrow (porn for girls)
  • New Girl
  • Girls
  • S.H.I.E.L.D
  • Person of Interest
  • Salem
  • Homeland (season 2 meh, haven't seen season 3)
  • The Last Ship
  • Zoo (watched episode one, horrid)
  • Falling Skies (eh, reminded me of star trek on earth, but more cheese)
  • Extant (hally barry in science fiction, but snorefest)
  • Dominion (angels and demons and science fiction...nope)
  • 24 (Season 1 was great, Season 2 ok, but it goes downhill. I made it to Season 5 then threw in the tower. The plots were all recycled in someway)

Series That Started Out Awesome But Crashed Hard
  • Lost
  • Heroes
  • Homeland (season 2 = crap)

Series That I Started but Paused and May Continue Because They Show Promise

  • Dark Matter
  • The Last Man on Earth (funny, but every episode feels about the same)
  • Arrow
  • Whisperers
  • Fringe (finished part way through Season 2. I WILL return and finish it)
  • The Strain
  • Flash (started, but paused. Some potential)

TV Series I'm Meh About That Other People Seem to Like
  • Gotham (good series, but the bad-guy-of-the-week deal tired me out)
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • True Blood (powered through season 1 and 2, but got bored)
  • Marco Polo (started strong, just about the best cinematography and exotic visuals, but something was missing with the plot)
  • Black Sails (watched most of season 1, got bored. Hear last part of season 1 gets better and season 2 is a big improvements. Maybe will give another chance)
  • Dr. Who (watched a couple episodes, but I just didn't get the whole thing)

Series I Hear Awesome Things About I Have Not Yet Watched
  • The Wire
  • The Fall
  • The Shield (ok watched a couple episodes)
  • The Sopranos
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Hannibal
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Deutschland 83
  • Killjoys
  • American Horrorshow
  • Sherlock
Series I Have Not Watched and Probably Won't
  • Supergirl
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Scream
 
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sopranosfan

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  1. The Sopranos
  2. Justified
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. Game of Thrones
  5. Supernatural
  6. Sons of Anarchy
  7. Walking Dead
  8. Shameless(American version)
  9. The Shield
  10. Psych
  11. True Detective
  12. DaVinci's Demons
  13. Doctor Who
  14. 24
  15. Dexter
  16. Always Sunny in Philadelphia
 
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Laurentius

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#4
I stand by my one and only pick in the other thread.

Life is the best series out there.

I enjoy others, but in my old days I have become very bad at watching any tv, series or a movie regularly. I have never been a cop drama fan, but to me, this series is so much more. It's the Robin Hob of TV series.
 

Boreas

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Some recent ones that I've really liked have been:

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Breaking Bad
Black Books
The Hour (only watched the 1st season, 6 episodes)
The Killing or Forbrydelsen (A Danish crime/procedural show)
Luther
Garrow's Law
Horatio Hornblower


Some older favourites have been:

OZ
The Sandbaggers (an all time favourite)
Robin of Sherwood
Blake's 7
Farscape
Black Adder
Fawlty Towers


I've also watched a lot of game shows like:

Never Mind the Buzzcocks (Mark Lamarr was the best host)
Mock the Week
University Challenge
Would I Lie to You

and

The Great British Bake Off
 

Zymologist

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#6
Dude...The Shield. No other show I've ever seen has really come close (including a bunch of the big names on here). Watch it from beginning to end. It is worth the time investment. I still can't believe how apparently obscure this show is. I'm glad to see it mentioned on here.
 

sopranosfan

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Dude...The Shield. No other show I've ever seen has really come close (including a bunch of the big names on here). Watch it from beginning to end. It is worth the time investment. I still can't believe how apparently obscure this show is. I'm glad to see it mentioned on here.
I think The Shield is responsible for grittier TV with flawed characters on basic cable in the same way Oz was for all of TV.
 

Zymologist

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#8
I think The Shield is responsible for grittier TV with flawed characters on basic cable in the same way Oz was for all of TV.
That sounds about right. And that ending.... I can't think of a better ending, in any medium.
 
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bobo

Knows how to pronounce Kvothe
#9
Huge fan of sci fi series myself.

I just started watching Defiance. Has a sci fi - western vibe that I'm really into. Season 1 took a few episodes for the characters to build up, but it definitely got better as the series continued. Season 2 just started and its been great so far.

Big fan of Firefly.

Babylon 5 is my favorite space opera series.

The recent Battlestar Galactica was good.

Watched most of the star trek series, but my fav is Deep Space Nine.
 

ad233

Possibly a Darkfriend
#10
Bring back FIREFLY!

I myself love Joss Wheedon, I will probably watch his stuff forever, and rewatch some too (Buffy: guilty pleasure...). Although I have to admit that the new Agents of shield series was a bit of a slow starter.

I do love watching Sci-fi series, they are the most entertaining.

One of the oldies I like is Stargate, but I have to say when I was 12 years old (quite a while ago), I used to watch Charmed - sorry!
 

fbones24

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#11
My favorites, in no order are/were:

Six Feet Under
Sons of Anarchy
Battlestar Gallactica
The Wire
Parenthood
Game of Thrones

I love sci fi but could not get into firefly when I tried. Should I give it another shot?
 

l3gacy

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#13
Breaking Bad is probably #1 for me. Just about everything about the show is excellent. I will watch reruns with commercials, even though I can stream it on Netflix whenever I want.

I like the Walking Dead but this past season was really weak, especially the first half. I thought the entire prison portion of S4 was badly written and served no purpose. I'm really hoping the Terminus season is solid.

I have never outgrown South Park. I think it has grown with me, though; I was 15 when the first episode came out and the show has stayed clever and topical after 17 years on the air. It's still a smart, funny show and I always get a kick out of older folks that think the show is just a stupid vulgar show designed to corrupt children. That mentality just proves that they have never watched the show.

@btkong I strongly recommend Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos; both are excellent. The Wire is fair-- i'm working my way through it now and am on season 4. It's a little slow and can be hard to get into, especially season 2. It definitely shows its age; people walk around with beepers and the 1 or 2 people that use computers instead of typewriters have CRT monitors, that sort of thing. People actually use payphones. Almost nobody has a cell phone.
 

Sneaky Burrito

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Almost nobody has a cell phone.
That changes by the end of the show. Actually becomes rather important.

Am watching Boardwalk Empire (season 1) now. So far, so good.
 

epicfantasyfreak

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I have never outgrown South Park. I think it has grown with me, though; I was 15 when the first episode came out and the show has stayed clever and topical after 17 years on the air. It's still a smart, funny show and I always get a kick out of older folks that think the show is just a stupid vulgar show designed to corrupt children. That mentality just proves that they have never watched the show.
Yep, I'm still watching it too and IMHO, South Park is pretty awesome most of the time, but I refrain from putting any comedy show on a "greatest" list because comedy is much more hit-and-miss than other shows. That goes for each joke in each episode, episode-to-episode, and even season-to-season. If you take how that affects person-to-person... messy...

For example, South Park has had some of their best episodes in the last several years (the trilogies they've done are spectacular), and I can watch those over and over again, but they've also had some of their worst episodes ever in the same period of time, which I instantly hated and will never watch again. Hell, there was a period of time where they were making entire seasons of awful episodes with only one or two redeeming episodes in each - that went on for like 3-4 seasons in a row, IIRC. I had to stop watching it then, and even though I did eventually go back and watch those seasons, nothing changes the fact that those seasons are still filled with terrible episodes.

Family Guy and American Dad are also awesome animated comedy shows, but they have the same issues as South Park of course - Family Guy has been going downhill for years now and this last season was exceptionally terrible, for example, though the first 4 seasons were pure gold. Brickleberry has a somewhat similar vibe, though it's more "offensive" comedy than anything else (and if you like that, give Jim Jeffries' standup a try - that dude is hilarious).
 

l3gacy

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Staff member
#16
I have been bored with family guy for years. It hasn't been the same since it was uncanceled. I tried but the South Park spoof came out saying it's just a bunch of nonsensical oneliners and pop culture references and there's no underlying plot whatsoever from beginning to end, and it seemed FG responded by making it even MORE like that so it's just an animated version of Robot Chicken with FG characters.

I can't really think of an episode of SP that I loathed. There are some I am not crazy about (the Oprah episode and the sex addict episode are a couple of recent ones) but they always have one or two super, super weird episodes per season. There's also usually one episode a year that makes my jaw drop or puts me in tears I'm laughing so hard. I think the anime ninja weapon episode was one of the best episodes they ever did, I was howling through the whole thing.

Brickleberry is just Tosh trying too hard. It's trying to be shocking just for the sake of being shocking. Oh an abortion joke followed by a pedophilia joke! ZING!
 

TCSimpson

Might as well be a Malazan regular
#17
In no particular order, Breaking Bad, the Wire, Game of Thrones, Banshee, Dexter, True Detective, Sons of Anarchy, and the sleeper hit, Vikings. Vikings is a tremendous show for a History Channel product.
 

epicfantasyfreak

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...and the sleeper hit, Vikings. Vikings is a tremendous show for a History Channel product.
I've watched it and I just don't get the fascination, though virtually everyone I know is watching it and loving it, so at this point I'm just watching it to keep up with the conversation! :yuck:
 

TCSimpson

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#19
I've watched it and I just don't get the fascination, though virtually everyone I know is watching it and loving it, so at this point I'm just watching it to keep up with the conversation! :yuck:
Gritty, just 'real' feeling. Reminded me a bit of Valhalla Rising which is probably my favorite Viking movie.
 

Boreas

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I've watched it and I just don't get the fascination, though virtually everyone I know is watching it and loving it, so at this point I'm just watching it to keep up with the conversation! :yuck:
I've watched the first two seasons of Vikings and quite liked it. It's not at all brilliant, and it's script leaves a lot to be desired, but I do really like the feel of the show.
Gritty, just 'real' feeling. Reminded me a bit of Valhalla Rising which is probably my favorite Viking movie.
Thanks for the recommendation. I watched it about 3 weeks ago and enjoyed it. Slow and very intense. Somehow, it reminds me [a little] of the manga "Vinland Saga", even though the plot of VS is more congruous with the show "Vikings" (at least, for the first 10 or 11 volumes).