TV Shows I've Watched (Best to Worst Order)by iwantmycookies | created - 24 Oct 2014 | updated - 3 days ago | Public
A list of most of the shows I've either finished/caught up on. I'm currently in the process of watching a lot of other shows so they'll be added as I catch up on them.
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1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.
Season Rankings: 5b>4>5a>3>2>1 Highlight Episode: Ozymandias (Season 5, Episode 14) 10-masterpiece
I'm biased here, but no other show has elicited a stronger reaction or love from me than this. Walter White is a brilliantly written character and you'll be hard-pressed to find a more intense show.
2. The Wire (2002–2008)
TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.
Season Rankings: 4>3>1>5>2 Highlight Episode: Final Grades (Season 4, Episode 13) 10-masterpiece
The most realistic show you'll ever find, the writing and acting are sublime and no other show can rival the scope The Wire effortlessly achieves.
3. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama
New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.
Season Rankings: 5>6b>3>2>1>6a>4 Highlight Episode: Long Term Parking (Season 5, Episode 12) 10-masterpiece
Near-masterful show, with an absolutely stellar cast throughout and so many memorable moments.
4. 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.
Season Rankings: 3>2>1 Highlight Episode: The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother) (Season 3, Episode 7) 10-masterpiece
Really awesome first season and an even better second, and a spectacular final season. The writing and acting is impeccable, the music beautiful. It's a shame it's so criminally underrated.
5. Mr. Robot (2015–2019)
TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Elliot, a brilliant but highly unstable young cyber-security engineer and vigilante hacker, becomes a key figure in a complex game of global dominance when he and his shadowy allies try to take down the corrupt corporation he works for.
Season Rankings: 4>3>2>1 Highlight episode: 407 Proxy Authentication Required (Season 4, Episode 7) 10-masterpiece
Fun, energetic show which casts relevant social commentary with an excellent lead in Rami Malek. The final season is among the holy grail of television.
6. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama
A chronicle of the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.
Season Rankings: 5>2>1>3>4 Highlight Episode: Everyone's Waiting (Season 5, Episode 12) 10-masterpiece
A flat-out brilliant character-driven show that perfectly handles the subject of grief whilst celebrating life. The ending is as good as TV gets.
7. 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.
Season Rankings: 4>7>6>1>3>5>2>8 Highlight Episode: Battle of the Bastards (Season 6, Episode 9) 10-masterpiece
This show is downright epic. Contains some of TV's best moments and the vast array of characters confined into this one enormous world is amazing.
8. 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.
Season Rankings: 2>3>1 Highlight Episode: Mizumono (Season 2, Episode 13) 10-masterpiece
Remarkable show with top-notch cinematography. Season 2 ended spectacularly and season 3 wrapped everything up perfectly.
9. Lost (2004–2010)
TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.
Season Rankings: 4>5>6>3>1>2 Highlight Episode: The Constant (Season 4, Episode 5) 10-masterpiece
I loved this show from start to finish, sure there were some minor slip-ups but for the most part it was really great. The acting and writing really elevated things and despite taking some risks late on, I'd say Lost pulled it off.
10. 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.
Season Rankings: 2>1 Highlight Episode: The Bicameral Mind (Season 1, Episode 10) 10-masterpiece
The writing here is excellently thought-out, with countless twists and turns that are highly gratifying. Pair that with great acting and a big budget, you get yourself a hell of a show.
11. Deadwood (2004–2006)
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History
A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.
Season Rankings: 2>3>1 Highlight episode: Boy-the-Earth-Talks-To (Season 2, Episode 12) 10-masterpiece
Brilliant cast here, the exceptional standout easily Ian McShane as the infamous Al Swearengen. A real shame it had such a short run.
12. Band of Brothers (2001)
TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History
The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.
Highlight Episode: Why We Fight 10-masterpiece
A masterful series that perfectly captures both the horrors and companionship of war in a both realistic and endearing light.
13. Chernobyl (2019)
TV-MA | 330 min | Drama, History, Thriller
In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.
Highlight Episode: Vichnaya Pamyat
Every episode here is brilliant, and the acting, production and writing are superb.
14. 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.
Season Rankings: 2>4>1>3 Highlight Episode: The Reichenbach Fall (Season 2, Episode 3) 10-masterpiece
This show is terrible...for having so little episodes. Moriarty is probably one of my favourite TV villains and Cumberbatch is just awesome to watch.
15. Spartacus (2010–2013)
TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.
Season Rankings: 3>2>1>Gods of the Arena Highlight Episode: Victory (Season 3, Episode 10) 10-masterpiece
Best action show ever. So many awesome characters among the cast and each season ended phenomenally - Victory one of my favourite episodes of all time, and one of my favourite series finales ever.
16. Community (2009–2015)
TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy
A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body.
Season Rankings: 3>2>1>5>6>4 Highlight Episode: Modern Warfare (Season 1, Episode 23) 10-masterpiece
Super creative and awesome ensemble (even if my favourites of Troy and Pierce have left...oh and now Shirley for 6 :/) Anyway, some of these episodes are masterful and just yeah...SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE!
17. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy
Five friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish pub in Philadelphia.
Season Rankings: 2>4>3>10>5>14>12>8>11>7>9>6>13>1 Highlight Episode: Charlie Work (Season 10, Episode 4) 10-masterpiece
14 seasons and this show can still be amazing. The whole gang are so well characterized and I love all of their ridiculous schemes.
18. The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)
TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy
Follows four friends and their antics during their final years of school.
Season Rankings: 2>3>1 Highlight Episode: The Field Trip (Season 2, Episode 1) 9.5-amazing
Just great viewing, no bigger laughs are found elsewhere for me.
19. Justified (2010–2015)
TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama
U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens's reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal mining towns in eastern Kentucky.
Season Rankings: 6>3>4>2>5>1 Highlight Episode: The Promise (Season 6, Episode 13) 10-masterpiece
Amazing show that kept up the consistency for the first four seasons. 5 was a bit of a let-down but was still pretty darn good, the final season a perfect send-off. Raylan and Boyd are so great, literally every scene they're in promises high-quality TV. And when they're together? Damn.
20. Mad Men (2007–2015)
TV-14 | 47 min | Drama
A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.
Season Rankings: 4>7a>5>7b>3>1>2>6 Highlight Episode: The Suitcase (Season 4, Episode 7) 10-masterpiece
An amazing show headed by one of the most alluring protagonists in television, the mysterious Don Draper.
21. The Shield (2002–2008)
TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.
Season Rankings: 7>5>2>3>1>4>6 Highlight Episode: Family Meeting (Season 7, Episode 13) 10-masterpiece
Really great show with some masterful episodes and an excellently thought-out plot.
22. Coupling (2000–2004)
TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Romance
Six best friends talk about all aspects of sex and relationships on their never-ending quest to find true love.
Season Rankings: 1>3>2>4 Highlight Episode: The End of the Line (Season 2, Episode 9) 9.5-amazing
An amazing comedy with excellent writing and brilliant characters, the first three seasons providing some of the funniest episodes of TV I've seen.
23. Black Mirror (2011– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.
Season Rankings: 3>1>4>2>5 Highlight Episode: White Christmas 9.5-amazing
This show is very unique in offering a disturbing commentary on our society today in all of its episodes' weird societies. The writing here is especially great and the acting talents pretty good, too.
24. Watchmen (2019)
TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.
Season Rankings: 1 Highlight Episode: A God Walks Into Abar 9.5-amazing
Damon Lindelof does it again, and crafts a superhero mystery with an immensely satisfying back-half.
25. Nathan for You (2013–2017)
TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy
Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan's genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.
Season Rankings: 4>1>3>2 Highlight Episode: Finding Frances (Season 4, Episode 7) 9.5-amazing
Ah, this show is ridiculously funny. Fielder is a genius and I advise you watch this if you haven't.
26. 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.
Season Rankings: 3>2>1 Highlight Episode: Sozin's Comet: Part 4 - Avatar Aang (Season 3, Episode 21)
Fantastic animation with great world-building and an array of well developed characters.
27. 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.
Season Rankings: 2>3>1 Highlight Episode: The Castle (Season 2, Episode 9) 9.5-amazing
A pretty great first season and an amazing second and third. The directing and writing are especially good here and the show is masterfully intense at times.
28. True Detective (2014– )
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.
Season Rankings: 1>3>2 Highlight Episode: Who Goes There (Season 1, Episode 4) 10-masterpiece
Amazing anthology series. Although it didn't match the same quality for the second and third season, they still offered two great seasons to stand by themselves.
29. Person of Interest (2011–2016)
TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An ex-CIA agent and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes--including the civilians' roles--are left a mystery.
Season Rankings: 5>4>3>2>1 Highlight Episode: If-Then-Else (Season 4, Episode 11) 10-masterpiece
A wonderfully layered piece of television with an awesome ensemble to match, this is much more than some typical procedural show.
30. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Sport
A drama that follows the lives of the Dillon Panthers, one of the nation's best high school football teams, and their head coach Eric Taylor.
Season Rankings: 4>1>5>3>2 Highlight Episode: The Son (Season 4, Episode 5) 10-masterpiece
This is a show about a community and the coming of age of its characters passing through Dillon...disguised as a football show. Some absolutely amazing character work here and so many heartfelt moments.
31. Dexter (2006–2013)
TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.
Season Rankings: 4>2>1>7>5>3>6>8 Highlight Episode: The Getaway (Season 4, Episode 12) 10-masterpiece
Would be higher if Season 8 would kindly wipe itself out of existence. Seriously, writers, that ending? Anyway, save for that Season 6 and 3 are the only significant weak points - yes I happened to have enjoyed 5 quite a bit, I agree it didn't lead to much, though.
32. The Office (2005–2013)
TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy
A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.
Season Rankings: 4>3>2>5>7>6>9>1>8 Highlight Episode: Goodbye, Michael (Season 7, Episode 21) 10-masterpiece
This show was excellent during the period of Michael Scott, and even though it suffered from his loss, was still able to entertain and end on a high note.
33. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.
Season Rankings: 3>1>2 Highlight Episode: Lonely Souls (Season 2, Episode 7) 9.5-amazing
A masterclass in atmosphere and horror and completely ahead of its time, this show revels in using simplicity effectively. Dale Cooper is awesome, too.
34. Barry (2018– )
TV-MA | 30 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A hit man from the Midwest moves to Los Angeles and gets caught up in the city's theatre arts scene.
Season Rankings: 2>1 Highlight Episode: ronny/lily 9.5-amazing (Season 2, Episode 5)
Bill Hader is amazing here and juggles drama and comedy perfectly.
35. Carnivàle (2003–2005)
TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.
Season Rankings: 2>1 Highlight Episode: New Canaan, CA (Season 2, Episode 12) 9.5-amazing
A very interesting story told here with a collection of great performances, dampened by the fact it was prematurely cancelled before it got the chance to really shine.
36. 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.
Season Rankings: 2>1 Highlight Episode: Alpha and Omega (Season 1, Episode 10) 9.5-amazing
One of the most ambitiously complex shows I've seen, and also one of the best.
37. Legion (2017–2019)
TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.
Season Rankings: 1>3>2 Highlight Episode: Chapter 14 9.5-amazing
A completely refreshing take on the superhero genre sees Noah Hawley put you on a mind-bending journey, blending fantasy, horror and action in a seamless fashion.
38. 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.
Highlight Episode: Out of Gas 9.5-amazing
Brilliant dialogue, excellent characters, and endless entertainment. While cancelling it was a plain idiotic choice, what we did get was great stuff.
39. The Office (2001–2003)
TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama
The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives.
Season Rankings: 2>1 Highlight Episode: Christmas Special: Part 2 (Season 2, Episode 8) 9.5-amazing
Whilst it had a very short run, the show was always great and Ricky Gervais is excellent as the arrogant, but lovable, David Brent.
40. 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.
Season Rankings: 2>1 Highlight Episode: Not What He Seems (Season 2, Episode 11) 9.5-amazing
Although an inconsistent first season, the second was a massive improvement and the visual creativity and plot are excellent.
41. Better Call Saul (2015– )
TV-MA | 46 min | Crime, Drama
The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill in the time before he established his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Season Rankings: 3>4>2>1 Highlight Episode: Chicanery (Season 3, Episode 5) 9.5-amazing
Visually perfect spin-off to Breaking Bad, which offers some great character work and an excellent antagonist in Chuck.
42. 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.
Highlight Episode: The Bent-Neck Lady 9.5-amazing
A character-driven horror with excellent cinematography and an emotional backbone that holds everything together.
43. Succession (2018– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama
Succession follows a dysfunctional American global-media family.
Season Rankings: 2>1 Highlight Episode: This Is Not for Tears (Season 2, Episode 10) 9-amazing
An amazing cast, with the central dynamic between Logan and Kendall the clear standout. The soundtrack is great and the dark humour is sublime.
44. BoJack Horseman (2014–2020)
TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit television show "Horsin' Around" in the '80s and '90s, now he's washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing colorful sweaters.
Season Rankings: 6b>2>5>3>4>1>6a Highlight Episode: Fish Out of Water (Season 3, Episode 4) 9.5-amazing
The characters are so well developed on the show, add in some great continuity and satirizing of Hollywood and the show becomes amazing.
45. Vice Principals (2016–2018)
TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy