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1. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: How Your Mother Met Me (2014)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

The story of The Mother, from her traumatic 21st birthday to a number of close calls with meeting Ted to the night before Barney and Robin's wedding.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Cristin Milioti

Votes: 7,808

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2. House of Cards (2013–2018)
Episode: Chapter 14 (2014)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama

Frank prepares for his promotion to Vice President. Doug tries to erase all leads leading back to him and Frank. Claire fights back against Gillian. Zoe considers working with Frank again.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Michael Kelly

Votes: 7,971

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3. True Detective (2014– )
Episode: Who Goes There (2014)

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

Martin is faced with marital problems. The search for Reggie Ledoux leads the detectives to a motorcycle gang called the Iron Crusaders, which Rust worked undercover in the past.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts

Votes: 20,999

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4. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Crawl Space (2011)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hank asks Walt to drive him to the laundry where the meth lab is hidden. Ted still won't pay the IRS so Skyler asks Saul for help, and Saul sends in his A-Team. Gus and Jesse return from Mexico, and Walt fears he is in trouble with Gus.

Director: Scott Winant | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 19,801

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5. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: Port in a Storm (2003)

TV-MA | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The detail has a setback. Russell and Bunk revisit Philly, looking for evidence. Brother Mouzone talks with Stringer Bell regarding their agreement, leaving Bell to contend with Avon ... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. Colesberry | Stars: Dominic West, Chris Bauer, Paul Ben-Victor, John Doman

Votes: 2,730

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6. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: Final Grades (2006)

TV-MA | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the Season Four finale, the bodies from the vacants pile up while Burrell offers his support to Daniels and admonishes Rawls for crossing him. A distraught Bubbles finds himself at his wit's end after his revenge plan backfires.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Dominic West, John Doman, Frankie Faison, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 3,155

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7. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Hardhome (2015)

TV-MA | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Tyrion advises Daenerys. Sansa forces Theon to tell her a secret. Cersei remains stubborn. Arya meets her first target. Jon and Tormund meet with the wildling elders.

Director: Miguel Sapochnik | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington

Votes: 85,840

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8. The West Wing (1999–2006)
Episode: Take This Sabbath Day (2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

A drug dealer's appeal of the federal death penalty is rejected by the Supreme Court, which upholds the death sentence with execution scheduled for the following Monday. One of the defense ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Schlamme | Stars: Rob Lowe, Moira Kelly, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney

Votes: 787

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9. True Detective (2014– )
Episode: The Long Bright Dark (2014)

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

In 2012, former detective partners Rust Cohle and Martin Hart recap one of their very first cases together involving a serial killer, back in 1995.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts

Votes: 16,758

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10. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: Bad Dreams (2003)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The detail makes a desperate move. Nick's deceit is in the open, as Sobotka is overwhelmed by bad news. The Greeks confidently ease out of a brief encounter with the detail and Omar's ... See full summary »

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Dominic West, Chris Bauer, Paul Ben-Victor, John Doman

Votes: 2,916

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11. House of Cards (2013–2018)
Episode: Chapter 1 (2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

Congressman Francis Underwood has been declined the chair for Secretary of State. He's now gathering his own team to plot his revenge. Zoe Barnes, a reporter for the Washington Herald, will do anything to get her big break.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll

Votes: 6,848

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12. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Watchers on the Wall (2014)

R | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The battle between the Night's Watch and the wildlings has come.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Kit Harington, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Rose Leslie

Votes: 37,944

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13. Band of Brothers (2001)
Episode: Why We Fight (2001)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Drama, History

As the Allies move into Germany and the war comes closer to an end, disillusionment and anger set in for Easy Company - until they stumble onto a concentration camp abandoned by the German military.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Doug Allen, Nicholas Aaron, Eion Bailey, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 5,404

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14. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Full Measure (2010)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Jesse has disappeared and Walt is in big trouble with Gus. So Gus rehires Gale to learn from Walt's cooking so that they can dispose of Walt once and for all.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 18,135

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15. True Detective (2014– )
Episode: The Secret Fate of All Life (2014)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Hart and Cohle share the spoils of a solved case; Papania and Gilbough confront the detectives with troubling new intelligence.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts

Votes: 15,365

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16. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Granite State (2013)

TV-14 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walt struggles as he adapts to aspects of his new identity. Jesse plans an escape against Jack and his crew.

Director: Peter Gould | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 29,236

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17. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: Moral Midgetry (2004)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Prez impresses the detail with what he's found out from Bodie's cell phone, information that sends McNulty and Greggs on a road trip. Colvin sees the benefits of his plan working. Carcetti ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Dominic West, John Doman, Idris Elba, Frankie Faison

Votes: 2,360

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18. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Ozymandias (2013)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walt goes on the run. Jesse is taken hostage. Marie convinces Skyler to tell Walter, Jr. the truth.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 109,161

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19. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: A Study in Pink (2010)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

War vet Dr. John Watson returns to London in need of a place to stay. He meets Sherlock Holmes, a consulting detective, and the two soon find themselves digging into a string of serial "suicides."

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs

Votes: 26,164

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20. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Come On (2006)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

Ted makes a final attempt to win Robin's heart. Marshall and Lily's relationship is in jeopardy.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 3,279

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21. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Felina (2013)

TV-14 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walter White makes one last attempt to secure his family's future, while also visiting some old enemies, during his final return to Albuquerque.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 78,940

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22. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: The Final Page: Part Two (2012)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Will Ted go to the opening of his new building with Robin as his date, or will he break his promise to Barney and tell her that Barney is proposing to Patrice? Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily have big plans for a rare night out.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 5,126

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23. Deadwood (2004–2006)
Episode: Here Was a Man (2004)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, History

Swearengen directs Farnum to buy back the Garret claim. Garret's wife, Alma, prevails on Calamity Jane and Wild Bill for help with the claim issue. Hickok's respect for Bullock grows and, ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Jim Beaver

Votes: 1,529

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24. Louie (2010–2015)
Episode: Duckling (2011)

TV-MA | 41 min | Comedy, Drama

Louie leaves for Afghanistan to entertain the troops, but he doesn't know that one of his daughters left him a surprise in his suitcase.

Director: Louis C.K. | Stars: Louis C.K., Keni Thomas, Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

Votes: 1,130

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25. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Modern Warfare (2010)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy

Greendale Community College is transformed into an apocalyptic war zone when the dean promises the winner of a paintball competition priority registration, and it could fan the flames of sexual tension between Jeff and Britta.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 7,127

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26. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: A Fistful of Paintballs (2011)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

In a "spaghetti western" parody, Pierce tries to get revenge on the rest of the study group during this year's paintball tournament.

Director: Joe Russo | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 4,036

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27. Modern Family (2009– )
Episode: The Musical Man (2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Phil's new real estate ad creates embarrassment for Claire and Haley, Cameron goes over the top while directing a school musical, and Jay's brother comes to town with some surprising news.

Director: Michael Spiller | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 1,419

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28. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: The End of the Aisle (2014)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

With only half an hour to go, both Barney and Robin have panic attacks about their upcoming nuptials. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily rewrite their old wedding vows.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Cristin Milioti

Votes: 3,694

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29. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Gliding Over All (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walt expands his business overseas, and the money is pouring in.

Director: Michelle MacLaren | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 19,384

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30. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Climb (2013)

TV-MA | 53 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Jon and the wildlings scale the Wall. The Brotherhood sells Gendry to Melisandre. Robb does what he can to win back the Freys. Tyrion tells Sansa about their engagement.

Director: Alik Sakharov | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Kit Harington

Votes: 22,485

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31. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: To'hajiilee (2013)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Jesse and Hank come up with an idea to take Walt down. Walt hires Todd's uncle to kill Jesse.

Director: Michelle MacLaren | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 28,930

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32. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Blackwater (2012)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Stannis Baratheon's fleet and army arrive at King's Landing and the battle for the city begins. Cersei plans for her and her children's future.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Liam Cunningham

Votes: 38,839

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33. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: Late Editions (2008)

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

With Steintorf ordering Rawls to initiate 'creative' remedies for the rising crime rate, Freamon's vigilance pays off with a promising lead, sending Sydnor and the department into overdrive.

Director: Joe Chappelle | Stars: Dominic West, Reg E. Cathey, John Doman, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 2,475

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34. The Office (2001–2003)
Episode: Christmas Special: Part 2 (2003)

TV-14 | 52 min | Comedy, Drama

Tim's world is rocked when Dawn turns up at the office to say hello. Despite a stern warning from Gareth and wise words from Keith in Accounts, Tim can't help but get his hopes up again. ... See full summary »

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 1,747

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35. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Pillows and Blankets (2012)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The United Forts of Pillowtown, headed by Abed, is at war with the Legit Republic of Blanketsburg, ruled by Troy. Annie sets up a hospital zone to treat casualties on both sides. Britta ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 2,935

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36. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Mary the Paralegal (2006)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

Ted needs a date to take to Robin's awards banquet, so Barney hooks him up with Mary, who may be a call girl.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 3,164

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37. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: We Just Decided To (2012)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama

Will's professional idealism is put to the test with his new news team when they are first to cover the Deep Horizon platform oil spill.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 2,722

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38. The Shield (2002–2008)
Episode: Dragonchasers (2002)

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

As Dutch uncovers a lead to the serial killer, a reporter questions force Aceveda to explain problems he thought were buried far in the past.

Director: Nick Gomez | Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace

Votes: 956

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39. Broadchurch (2013–2017)
Episode: Episode #1.5 (2013)

TV-14 | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As Hardy and Ellie come under fire, the people of Broadchurch start to turn against each other.

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: Adam Wilson, Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 1,468

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40. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Contemporary American Poultry (2010)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

Jeff's plan to get chicken fingers from the school cafeteria for the study group quickly evolves into a mafia movie-style endeavor with Abed calling all the shots.

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 2,830

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41. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Dead Freight (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walter White's domestic life continues to deteriorate; at the same time, his growing business venture aims to steal a train car chock full of methylamine.

Director: George Mastras | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 21,117

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42. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Basic Lupine Urology (2012)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

Presented like an episode of Law & Order (1990), the study group attempts to find out who squashed their biology project: a yam. Troy and Abed become detectives, Shirley is their boss, ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Schrab | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 2,810

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43. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: I'll Try to Fix You (2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

Will's new idealism leads him to be playing into the hands of the tabloid press determined to discredit him.

Director: Alan Poul | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,879

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44. Derek (2012–2014)
Episode: Episode #2.6 (2014)

23 min | Comedy, Drama

Derek gets a date via the Internet with a woman called Tracey. All the staff and residents are pleased for him, except the jealous Geoff, who tries to sabotage Derek by making him spill a ... See full summary »

Director: Ricky Gervais | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl, Holli Dempsey

Votes: 326

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