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1. 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: 51,269

Grouchy bookstoreowner Bernard and his clueless assistant Manny are one of the most iconic pairs that British TV ever came up with! Their antics will leave you in stitches. This show is unbelievably funny, a true comedic masterpiece.

2. 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: 47,821

Edgar Wright's Spaced has gained a cult following since its short run on TV. With only 2 seasons this show will leave you wanting! One of the most enjoyable things on TV ever.

3. Blackadder the Third (1987)

TV-PG | 180 min | Comedy

In the Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Helen Atkinson Wood

Votes: 38,837

This historical comedy stars a gloriously malicious Rowan Atkison as Blackadder, who insults and schemes his way through different eras of British history. Witty, intelligent and a joy for anglophiles, historybuffs and anyone who likes to have a good laugh.

4. The IT Crowd (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

The comedic misadventures of Roy, Moss and their grifting supervisor Jen, a rag-tag team of IT support workers at a large corporation headed by a hotheaded yuppie.

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry

Votes: 124,177

IT crowd is everything The Big Bang Theory tries and continually fails to be. Funny, satirical without the mean streak, nerdy.

5. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004)

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

This parody series is an unearthed 80s horror/drama, complete with poor production values, awful dialogue and hilarious violence. The series is set in a Hospital in Romford, which is situated over the gates of Hell.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe

Votes: 15,095

The Darkplace Hospital lies above the gate to Hell, which leads to Scottish ghosts infesting the place and patients frequently turning into broccoli. Unbelievably ludicrous and utterly bonkers, this show is still an intelligent satire of campy 80s TV.

6. Fresh Meat (2011–2016)

TV-MA | 50 min | Comedy, Drama

A comedy that follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives so far, university.

Stars: Zawe Ashton, Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon, Charlotte Ritchie

Votes: 14,407

A show about 6 students who deal with sharing their living space and their social life. These characters have nothing in common at first, which makes their journey to becoming fast friends so enjoyable. Captures the fears of university life authentically.

7. 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: 709,263

Stranger Things is everywhere and its success is well-deserved. The 80s nostalgia and the very likeable cast truly hit home. An instant classic.

8. 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: 375,378

A glossy, intelligent, suspenseful drama set in Wild West themed amusement park world. Philosophical, gory, actionpacked, romantic - one of the best shows recently made.

9. 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: 262,648

Highly stylized and distinctly cool looking, this show just swaggers over your screen with its well-dressed gangsters and crooks. Binge-watching worthy.

10. Scrubs (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship, and life.

Stars: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley

Votes: 228,577

Scrubs bests all the other hospital shows by toning down the drama and going for the laughs. Visually inventive and amazingly cast, this is a feel-good show, if ever there was one. All the emotional moments are earned and believable, a true feat!

11. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family

A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan

Votes: 111,190

The most dysfunctional family on TV and they don't even have a name! Lois and Hal raise their chaotic sons in a sort of anarchic and well-intentioned tyranny. This show is outrageously funny, hard not to love.

12. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Stars: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson

Votes: 90,997

You will wish to live in the idealised town of the Gilmore Girls, where every season has a colourful celebration and all the citizens are loveably quirky. This show manages to be whimsical and too-good-to-be-true, but still delivers highly emotional and character driven moments.

13. Friends (1994–2004)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Follows the personal and professional lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.

Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 737,258

This show has accompanied and inspired a whole generation. Influential. Iconic.

14. Alias (2001–2006)

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

Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college, trained for espionage and self-defense.

Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman

Votes: 43,257

While this show dropped in quality in later seasons, I loved the beginning, where college student Sydney has to hide her secret life as a double agent for the CIA. So suspenseful! You will route for the good guys, bite your nails, what more do you want?

15. State of Play (2003)

TV-14 | 312 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In London, a naive young politician becomes a suspect when his female assistant and mistress is killed in a suspicious accident. The politician's investigative journalist friend and his team uncover a government conspiracy.

Stars: John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, Philip Glenister

Votes: 8,904

A show about investigative journalism and political corruption. I couldn't stop watching this highly strung political thriller. Superbly acted and perfectly written series that is very satisfying to watch through.

16. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009–2012)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two brothers search for a Philosopher's Stone after an attempt to revive their deceased mother goes awry and leaves them in damaged physical forms.

Stars: Kent Williams, Iemasa Kayumi, Vic Mignogna, Muriel Hofmann

Votes: 100,159

Arguably one of the best-written animes ever, FMAB is a wild ride from start to finish. The amazing characters and the incredible journeys they go on will lure you in to the point where you will probably not know what to do with yourself after you finish this.

17. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)

TV-14 | 624 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father.

Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Spike Spencer

Votes: 42,937

The 26 episodes of NGE are a chore to go through, make no mistake. This is not always enjoyable, you will not feel good about this or yourself while watching it. But you will have never seen anything like it before and will probably not ever see anything like it again.

18. Made in Abyss (2017– )

TV-14 | 325 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A girl and her robot companion search for her mother, who's lost within a vast chasm.

Stars: Miyu Tomita, Mariya Ise, Luci Christian, Brittany Lauda

Votes: 4,250

At first this show feels and looks like an adventurous and very well-designed kids show. But as the plot develops, so do the violence, the gore and the mind-boggling twists of the story. Prepare to be shocked, do not let yourself be fooled by its innocent appearance.

19. Broadchurch (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 80,961

This small town crime show is as much an intimate character portrait as it is a classically told whodunit. Shot beautifully at the Dorset coast and acted to perfection by David Tennant and Olivia Coleman, Broadchurch is an excellent watch.

20. River (2015)

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

John River is a brilliant police inspector whose genius lies side-by-side with the fragility of his mind. He is a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.

Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, Lesley Manville, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 18,352

This miniseries about a London detective who tries to solve the murder of his partner came as a surprise to me. On paper the story might not sound special, but Stellan Skarsgard's portrayal of the tormented detective is nothing short of heartbreaking perfection.

21. Hannibal (2013–2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 211,022

Seldom has there been a more alluring and glossy-looking show about a serial killer. The cinematography of Hannibal is a work of art and Mads Mikkelsen knocks it out of the park as suave and dangerous Dr. Lecter.

22. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

TV-Y7-FV | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.

Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Zach Tyler, Jack De Sena, Mae Whitman

Votes: 207,388

This brilliantly told cartoon is as much a fun adventure as it is a profoundly humanist tale about family, friendship, belonging and war. One of the most intelligent and sophisticated cartoons ever produced.

23. The Legend of Korra (2012–2014)

TV-Y7-FV | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Avatar Korra fights to keep Republic City safe from the evil forces of both the physical and spiritual worlds.

Stars: Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 90,192

As a sequel to Avatar, Korra could have easily been a disaster. But this more grown up and faster paced follow-up delivers almost throughout its whole run. Great characters and intelligent plotlines will keep viewers in their seats until the end.

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: 191,300

I myself am a fan of the Russel T Davies era, with the great, great David Tennant as the Doctor. I still enjoyed the later seasons, but not as much.

25. Firefly (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 233,807

26. Gravity Falls (2012–2016)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Twin siblings Dipper and Mabel Pines spend the summer at their great-uncle's tourist trap in the enigmatic Gravity Falls, Oregon.

Stars: Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 60,699

A colourful take on fairytale, fantasy and mystery tropes. Extremely funny and likeable characters. The design and animation style of Gravity Falls is just amazing.

27. Over the Garden Wall (2014)

TV-PG | 110 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Two brothers find themselves lost in a mysterious land and try to find their way home.

Stars: Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 33,209

A deeply melancholic and philosophical tale about two brothers, lost in the woods. This show has a very distinct look and plays with fairytale imagery. Best watched in one go and then thought about for several hours.

28. The Amazing World of Gumball (2011–2019)

11 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The life of a twelve-year-old boy who happens to be a blue cat as he lives with his family and other strange creatures.

Stars: Dan Russell, Teresa Gallagher, Kyla Rae Kowalewski, Jacob Hopkins

Votes: 18,137

Oh man, this show is the mad genius of cartoons. It's as much for kids as for adults, who will laugh their asses off at the many pop culture references and ambiguous jokes. But TAWOG can also be very sweet and innocent, which is a feat.

29. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 106,446

A superbly acted historical drama, that elegantly skirts around the camp and achieves a polished tatsefulness throughout its run.

30. Jessica Jones (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 184,033

A really cool and suspenseful Marvel adaptation. I was in for David Tennant (who delivers) but stayed for all the rest.

31. 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: 321,204

Cynical, hilarious, inventive. Rick is the mad professor archetype - but crazier than you ever imagined him to be.

32. 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: 315,298

Iconic. I remember secretly watching South Park as a kid, because my parents hated it. I wonder how many of its viewers this show gained like that.

33. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014– )

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

Former Daily Show host and correspondent John Oliver brings his persona to this new weekly news satire program.

Stars: John Oliver, David Kaye, Ryan Barger, Noel MacNeal

Votes: 72,440

Highly informed and intelligent. I feel I learned more from John Oliver than in school. I also laughed a lot more.

34. 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: 745,918

This show has an amazing cast, witty and intelligent dialogue and a really fresh and inventive look. The later seasons do not hold up as well as the first two, but are still enjoyable.

35. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012– )

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

A female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of Melbourne in the late 1920s, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit.

Stars: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings

Votes: 12,267

Yes, its campy. Yes, its sometimes predictable. BUT: This series' characters are all just so damn likeable. The costumes are divine. Also, Miss Fisher is the most accomplished, most self-assured and badass female character I can think of. Take note of her, Hollywood.

36. Doctor's Diary (2008– )


A female doctor is abandoned at the altar resulting her in gaining a job at her father's hospital, where she is reunited with an old bully but also crush from school. She attempts to form a... See full summary »

Stars: Diana Amft, Peter Prager, Ursela Monn, Florian David Fitz

Votes: 1,411

A very kitschy, romantic German comedy series about a doctor who has weight issues and is in love with her boss. Completely hilarious. This is my guilty pleasure.

37. And Then There Were None (2015)

TV-14 | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ten strangers are invited to an island by a mysterious host, and start to get killed one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Stars: Maeve Dermody, Charles Dance, Toby Stephens, Burn Gorman

Votes: 28,006

Beautifully shot and staffed with a great cast. As murder mysteries go, this is top-notch.

38. Vikings (2013– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.

Stars: Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, Georgia Hirst

Votes: 375,859

I feel like this was a long time coming: the world really needed this gritty, character driven family saga set in the era of Vikings. The show balances the line between authenticity and embellishment nicely.

39. Toast of London (2012– )

30 min | Comedy

Steven Toast, an eccentric middle aged actor with a chequered past, spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it

Stars: Matt Berry, Shazad Latif, Robert Bathurst, Doon Mackichan

Votes: 5,131

An absurdist British comedy about egocentric actor Steven Toast (Matt Berry at his best). Not all jokes hit home, but if they do? Boy, do they.

40. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 63,339

It gets pretty silly, there is too much (full frontal) nudity and the actors miss their cues all the time. I do not know what the fuss is about, who likes that sort of thing, anyways?

41. American Crime Story (2016– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Annaleigh Ashford, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

Votes: 72,910

Amazing cast. Edge-of-your-seat-suspenseful even if you know the story.

42. Mushishi: Zoku-Sho (2014– )

Not Rated | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

They existed long before anyone can remember. They are simple and strange in nature, not resembling any other plant or animal in this world. In ancient times, people revered these bizarre ... See full summary »

Stars: Mika Doi, Yûto Nakano, Daisuke Kishio, Akira Matsushita

Votes: 1,840

Almost hypnotizing in its pondering pace and ethereal visuals. Beautiful and deeply humanist. A definite must watch anime.

43. The Haunting of Hill House (2018– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

Stars: Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti

Votes: 138,296

Crazy scary ghost story and a touching family drama in one. Couldn't sleep for days.

44. Spinning Out (2020)

TV-MA | 48 min | Drama, Sport

A figure skating Olympic hopeful's struggle to balance love, family and fragile mental health as her dream of winning takes a dizzying hold.

Stars: Kaya Scodelario, January Jones, Willow Shields, Evan Roderick

Votes: 6,454

Extremely entertaining soap opera. Addictive.

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