It's true: we live in a golden age of television. Some of the best TV series of all time have aired in recent years -- from character-driven dramas to big-budget sci-fi and fantasy shows with movie-level production values -- taking full advantage of long-form serialization storytelling. With cable channel blockbusters, the rise of streaming services, and the rise of idiosyncratic shows from diverse creators, the art of television is at an all-time high. We asked you to vote for your top 10 Scripted TV Shows of All Time (non-reality TV) of all time - stacking your personal favourites, all-time reviews, all-time greats and more. They responded in droves, and we've compiled the results into a top 100 list brimming with incredible series that are sure to get you hooked. From iconic British sitcoms to epic American sagas, inventive animation and daring anthologies, these are the shows worth getting lost in that have proven instrumental in developing a form of storytelling that continues to go deeper and offers more complex narratives. Read and watch the full list in the gallery below. want more?Try our list of the best TV shows to binge on. The lockdown may not be in effect anymore, but who needs an excuse?
It's true: we live in a golden age of television. Some of the best TV series of all time have aired in recent years -- from character-driven dramas to big-budget sci-fi and fantasy shows with movie-level production values -- taking full advantage of long-form serialization storytelling. With cable channel blockbusters, the rise of streaming services, and the rise of idiosyncratic shows from diverse creators, the art of television is at an all-time high.
We asked you to vote for your top 10 Scripted TV Shows of All Time (non-reality TV) of all time - stacking your personal favourites, all-time reviews, all-time greats and more. They responded in droves, and we've compiled the results into a top 100 list brimming with incredible series that are sure to get you hooked. From iconic British sitcoms to epic American sagas, inventive animation and daring anthologies, these are the shows worth getting lost in that have proven instrumental in developing a form of storytelling that continues to go deeper and offers more complex narratives. Read and watch the full list in the gallery below. want more?Try our list of the best TV shows to binge on. The lockdown may not be in effect anymore, but who needs an excuse?
The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time
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2005-2007beforeGame of Thronescame to conquer the market for politics, battles, breasts and bloodshed,Romprovided a history that chronicled both the street folk and the highborn in the waning days of the Roman Empire. Kevin McKidd's Lucius Vorenus was the ostensible star here, but Ray Stevenson often walked away with scenes as the funnier Titus Pullo. And let's not forget the sheer boldness of James Purefoy's Mark Anthony. How many TV series can John Milius claim among their creators? Just this one. We have checked.
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1999-2003Empire Editor-in-Chief Terri White might insist on naming this one Fire Escape in the pilot TV podcast, but that doesn't lessen its power. A definitely different series as suchStar Trekund andere Science-Fiction-Shows,Farscapeborrows a little from everyone and then goes his own way. The central idea of the series takes human astronaut John Crichton to a distant part of the universe, where he allies with a fascinating group of extraterrestrials and is hunted by a merciless military race. Jim Henson's Muppet team brings several of their creatures to life, channeling humor and weirdness to create something memorable. A frustrating cliffhanger cancellation has been softened by TV movies, and there's constant talk of a new version.
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2017-present Big little lieswas always an event, with a cast that included Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz and Laura Dern. The first season turned out to be a great twisted crime thriller based on Liane Moriarty's book that took the action from Australia to the California island community of Monterey. The opening episode sees community tensions lead to the murder of a mysterious victim - but the brilliantly soapy drama between the leading women is so gripping it's easy to forget that mid-season violence is on the horizon. The show proved so successful that it spawned a second season with the addition of Meryl Streep. nowtheis a feat.
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2013-2017before he becameDoctor WhoChris Chibnall, the newest showrunner of , brings us this emotional crime series with top-notch performances. David Tennant's reclusive Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman's ruthless Ellie Miller are the Dorset detectives tasked with finding the killer of the local boy, Danny Latimer, in the first series - with heartbreaking twists starring Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan , when the child grieves parents. If the second series fails to turn into an occasionally unconvincing courtroom drama,Broadchurch's third and final round gets things back on track with a sensitively handled rape case. Its mysteries are smart and fast-paced — but it's the brilliant bickering between Hardy and Miller that makes the show so entertaining.
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2006-2007A high concept police series that never lets its characterization overpower its idea,Marssends a '00s cop, John Simms DCI Sam Tyler, back to the 1970s - an era known more for its harsh justice system than the thorny community policing he's used to. Philip Glenister chews the scenery as Gene Hunt, a man who would have fitted right inThe professionalsorThe Sweeney. The clash of modern and classic remained a gripping suspense throughout the run as viewers continued to puzzle as Sam tried to figure out exactly why he had been thrown out of time.
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1997-2002When Norwich City Council announced it would convert its city center to a pedestrian zone, thousands took to Twitter to express their mock displeasure and unanimously protested that "dealers need access to Dixons", stunned councillors. This is the power ofI'm Alan Partridge, which has become part of the cultural lexicon in two series, providing an endless source of absurd quotes that can be repeated in any given scenario. "Partridge-esque" is now a well-defined adjective. Petty, bitter, utterly self-conscious, the ultimate little Englishman, Steve Coogan's Partridge is one of the most extraordinary and closely observed comedy characters ever conceived; This sitcom remains its greatest manifestation. It's a TV show that has been described as, I quote, "beautiful stuff." Not my words - the words of Shakin' Stevens.
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1989-1993High-concept sci-fi got in Scott Bakula's Dr. Sam Beckett a human face who theorized that one could travel through time while alive. But his experiment doesn't quite go as planned, as forces beyond his control "jump" him through the past into people's bodies, where Sam ends up helping them solve dilemmas. Beckett is a hero you root for, aided by Bakula's charismatic, chameleonic performance to no end, while Dean Stockwell brings episodes to life as cocky, sleazy sidekick (and hologram) Al.quantum leapmay be top-notch late '80s, early '90s entertainment, but it had a more relatable soul than its contemporaries. And let's not forget that tearful final scene.
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2011-2018The title refers to the Oresund Bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark, with the show focusing on a detente between the two police forces. AsThe killing, its success depended on both the characters and the crime plots - it centers on leather-clad, autistic-spectrum Swedish detective Saga Norén and her alternately amused and tormented Danish counterpart, Martin Rohde: both outstanding performances by Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia. The absence of the latter was strongly felt in the later series.
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2009-2015Apparently following a friendship group of (mostly) mature students at a community college,communityThe premise of is a blank canvas, allowing for its diverse array of characters - from Donald Glover's exuberant Troy to Chevy Chase's grumpy Piers to Joel McHale's scruffy Jeff - to be taken to genre-defying heights. Classic Sequels to Dan Harmon's Pre-Rick und MortyThe sitcom includes college-wide paintball matches that erupt with slow-motion outbursts of John Woo, a social media app that creates a dystopian, stratified society among students, and a dinnertime dice roll that triggers six alternate timelines - all indicative of the show's dizzying invention and obsession with pop culture. Featuring a variety of generally likable characters who sometimes do awkward things,communityis an odd concoction — and it suffered when Harmon was fired prior to season 4, henceforth referred to as the "gas leak year" when he returned for seasons 5 and 6. Meanwhile, fans are still waiting for this film.
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1969-1974Forty-five episodes of bite-sized genius showcase the pythons at their riffiest, goofiest, and best. A bold blueprint for British sketch comedy for years to come, its deliberately over-the-top British flair is embroidered by Terry Gilliam's surrealistic animation - a bit like Dali once did for Luis Buñuel, only with more gigantic feet and mutated chickens. The gang take turns poking fun at the Nations' bureaucrats, toffs, game show hosts, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (among others), and their twisted worldview reaches its logical conclusion when the Village Idiot turns out to be the smartest character on the show .
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2009-2016Robert and Michelle King's legal drama follows Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) who put her thriving legal career on hold to support her husband's (Chris Noth) political ambitions when she returns to the fray after a devastating cheating scandal. She soon works her way up the ranks of a respected company, all the while grappling with her own life and choices. The series takes its title from Margulies' character, but the highlights can often be found elsewhere, like Christine Baranski's prickly senior partner Diane Lockhart, the idiosyncratic characters that populate the Chicago legal world, and a commitment to thoughtfully tackling contemporary issues. The spirit of the show (with the added ability of the characters to swear) lives on in the spin-offThe Good Fight.
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2000-2007, 2016The Sublime Pleasure ofGilmore Girlslies in its witty, fast-paced dialogue and the heartwarming (occasionally ambivalent) mother-daughter relationship between Lorelei (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel). The cozy town of Stars Hollow is the setting for a show that delights in quirky characters and light dramatic tension as Rory grows up and Lorelei begins to contemplate settling down. The star cast includes Melissa McCarthy, of pre-fame fame, Kelly Bishop as Lorelei's imposing mother, Emily, and a small but memorable role for Rocket Racoon creator Sean Gunn. The show's return in a series of seasonal Netflix installments didn't quite capture the same magic — but it was a high bar to surpass.
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1993-1999People use the word "gritty" all the time in reference to film and television drama, but as TV cop drama,Murder: Street Lifewas the real deal. A declared attempt by creator David Simon to get into the business of everyday police work, as opposed to the glossier cop show version audiences were used to, it ran for seven seasons in the 1990s and remains incredibly influential. A testament to its quality is the ludicrous guest cast it attracted: Vincent D'Onofrio, Robin Williams, Paul Giamatti, Jake Gyllenhaal and J.K. Simmons were among those who temporarily joined the standout regulars.
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2015-2017Since then replaced byNarcos: Mexico, Netflix's historical crime drama focuses on the exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the other drug lords that have plagued the country over the years.Narcoshas much to recommend - not least it can show more sides of Escobar's story than most films made about him, as well as the stories of the agents who want to bring him down. Wagner Moura brings shifts to Escobar, while Pedro Pascal and Boyd Holbrook make an effective tag team on the legal side of the story. The story is gripping, and while it obviously has to make up some events, it feels largely authentic.
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1993-2005Best known for pushing the boundaries of what was allowed on American network television,NYPD-Blauwill be remembered more for the characters it created than for the controversies. Creators Stephen Bochco and David Milch brought indelible people to the screen as Dennis Franz' complicated, cranky Andy Sipowicz ranted his way through the daily grind of detectives. David Caruso pulled the ripcord and left after the first season (he'd regret it), but as the show went from strength to strength, Franz found his most solid partnership with Jimmy Smits' Detective Bobby Simone. Many police series of modern times are thanks to thatBlauteam, and is still missed.
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2005-2014Leaving that devastatingly divisive (read: disappointing) ending aside for a moment,How I met your motherupdated the classic hangout sitcom for a new generation. Amidst flashbacks, narrative sleight of hand, unreliable narrators and quickly cut jokes,HIMYM(pronounced him-yim) weaved the story of how Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) met the woman he would marry. Along the way, he spends his time driving down romantic dead ends while best friend Lily (Alyson Hannigan, in her best role sinceBuffy) and Marshall (Jason Segel) get married, pick-up artist Barney (Neil Patrick Harris, who is enjoying a career renaissance) makes plans, and perennial Canadian Robin (Cobie Smulders) finds her own path. The trip was great. The goal... Look, we'll leave that aside for now.
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2013-presentCreated by Dan Goor and Michael Schur who have honed their craft in shows likeThe officeandParks and Recreation,Brooklyn Neun-Neuncontinues the series' mix of friendly, heartfelt comedy, performed by talented ensembles. Set in the eponymous New York City Police Department precinct, it's rumored to follow goofy but dedicated detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), but has long since expanded to properly explore its peers — including a scene-stealing Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords and Andre Braugher's generates some of the biggest laughs when he acts on hisMurder: Street Lifepast as the rugged Captain Holt. Able to bridge silly gags and more in-depth treatments of specific topics (such as racial profiling),Neun-Neunhas thrived over the years. It also turned into something totally satisfying (title of your sex tape).
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2010-2015Raylan Givens is a relatively minor character in the works of Elmore Leonard who appears in short storiesfire in the hole. But in the hands ofspeedis Graham Yost,Justifiedbecame one of the better adaptations of the crime writer's twisted, talkative style. With Timothy Olyphant as the epitome of laconic justice, it is the story of an armed Deputy U.S. Old-school marshal whose uncompromising methods result in him being transferred from Miami to his home in Harlan County, Kentucky, where he's forced to cross paths with his career criminal father (Raymond Barry), his old mining man -Buddy Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) and countless other colorful criminals. Goggins in particular stands out, while Margo Martindale is a memorable antagonist in season two.
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The first season of fires all guns straight out of the gatesThe good placeproclaimed it one of the smartest, most unpredictable comedies in years - even before its incredible twist came into play. Sitcom god Michael Schur's after-life comedy focuses on Kristen Bell's Eleanor Shellstrop, who is sent to the titular good place after her untimely death — except it's all a mix-up and she's a con artist who's a largely selfish one life and was forced to do it on their best behavior to avoid getting caught. Like all of Schur's comedies, it's backed by a lovable cast - special shout outs to Ted Danson and D'Arcy Carden as neighborhood architect Michael and not-a-girl Janet, respectively - but it's more action-driven (and philosophical). than most sitcoms, with regular twisted endings and a stretchLost-like mythology. Attention benches!UNITED KINGDOM: Stream on NetflixUS: Stream on Hulu
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2005-2012Political satire used to be just a crooked joke here, a raised eyebrow there (the iconic oneI am the Ministeraside). thenThe thickness of itbarged in and told everyone, "Fucky bye." Starring Peter Capaldi's fire-breathing fixer Malcolm Tucker, Armando Iannucci's sordid comedy remains one of the sharpest and funniest comedies of all time, spearing Britain's political class with a tornado of creative curses. Oddly enough, and to the general amazement of its creators and fans, life has unwisely chosen to imitate art - Michael Gove announced plans to let kids design apps just days after the Silicon Playgrounds episode, during George Osborne's 2012 budget Widely referred to as a budget "omnishambles".
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1988-1999, 2009-presentThe UK has often dabbled in sci-fi on the small screen, but sci-fi comedy is a much rarer beast.Red DwarfIn its prime was one of our best examples: The budget might not have been intergalactic, but the characters fitted together and the vast majority of the jokes landed. Dave Lister (Craig Charles) is the last survivor on the eponymous mining ship, with only a jammed hologram (Chris Barrie's Rimmer, an all-time big comedy loser snob), an evolved cat person (Danny John-Jules' exuberant, the Vain Cat) , a nervous android (Robert Lewellyns Kryten) and the inept ship's computer Holly (Norman Lovett) for company. The show has expanded beyond its original concept and enjoys a revival from Dave, but these first three seasons remain the glory days.
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1998-2004Thanks to time and two clumsy movie spin-offs,Sex and the Cityconsidered by many to be a silly show about shoes and cocktails. But beneath the layers of Prada was a series that was cleverly written and impossibly bold, even as it swayed across the screen on a pair of immaculately fitting Jimmy Choos. It's easy to forget how groundbreaking the adventures of four sexually liberated (okay, three, plus Charlotte) mid-30s Manhattan guys were not just for women on television, but for the treatment of sex on the box. The entire vibrator industry owes an enormous debt to Carrie and co.
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Credit: Channel 4
2003-2015Cringe comedy has rarely been more detailed than this series, which took the awkwardness to new heights. Created by Andrew O'Connor, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong,Peep-Showhas the novel concept of being shot entirely from the point of view of the main jerks Mark (David Mitchell) and Jez (Robert Webb). Their lives, their lusts, and their absolute howlers of social blunders are all documented: Mark is the uptight bungler who believes he holds onto moral beliefs, while Jez rarely lets go of his youthful days despite being only about 10% cooler than his roommate. The writing remains incredibly strong across all nine series, aided by great supporting work from Olivia Colman, Patterson Joseph, Matt King and others.
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1993-1996, 2006In Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald, Robbie Coltrane invented one of television's most memorable anti-heroes. The gambling, chain-smoking, heavy drinking, and overweight psychologist may have embodied almost every vice known to man, but viewers delighted in the ease with which he mercilessly beat smaller men to an intellectual pulp. Jimmy McGovern's tightly written drama never delved into the crime aspect (the perpetrator was generally revealed in the opening scenes), but rather built up to the moment when Fitz brought the suspect into an interrogation room. The burly profiler attacked them with piercing insight and outright provocation, bending them to his will and squeezing them until they finally broke. One of the best dramas Britain has produced.
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2006-2013Forget that awful last season and the whole lumberjack thing - for most of its run,Dexterwas one of the hottest shows on TV. Michael C. Hall, in the title role as the blood spatter analyst, brings a cool detachment and smirking, pitch-dark humor that harbors a burning desire to kill - a murderous impulse he channels to take down the bad guys the police can't stop can. At its best, the show bubbles with suspense when they catch him as Dexter's own colleagues brood over his crime scenes - and season four with John Lithgow's terrifying Trinity Killer may be its pinnacle.
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An animated comedy that satirizes Hollywood with a sludgy horse actor with Will Arnett voice as the protagonist sounds like it's meant to be a light, goofy laugh-fest — which makes up for itBoJack Horseman's deep sadness all the more surprising. BoJack himself is an alum fully aware of his ever-declining status and the ego-driven, alcohol-fuelled, self-destructive decisions he's making. Given a nurturing platform on Netflix, the show has cultivated an audience that's embraced its broken heart — which isn't to say it's not funny, either. Packed with animal puns to balance the darkness, it's a uniquely one-of-a-kind brew that's sure to go down in history as the definitive animated series for its emotional complexity.UK & USA: Stream on Netflix
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Hundreds of years in the future, humans have colonized the solar system. The UN controls the earth. Mars is an independent military power. The planets depend on the resources of the asteroid belt, where air and water are more precious than gold. Tensions have been rising between these three places for decades. Earth, Mars and the Belt are now on the brink of war. And all it takes is a single spark...Adaptation of the work of novelist James S.A. Corey (actually Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck),The widehas become one of the best sci-fi shows on television. By blending intelligent, humanistic sci-fi with relatable human characters (and, as the series expanded, a growing alien presence), she has amassed a sizable following that will surely have helped her find a new show on Amazon, after being dropped from the US SyFy network. Sometimes good thingsagaingood shows happen.UK & USA: Stream on Amazon Prime Video
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1982-1993"Sometimes you want to go," goes the iconic theme tune, "where everyone knows your name." And given the ratings of this smash hit, one of the most celebrated American sitcoms of all time, almost everyone seems to feel the same waytatKnow the characters that were commonProst"Boston bar. You'll also know the names of the cast members - the show making household names like Ted Danson, Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammer, John Ratzenberger, Woody Harrelson, Rhea Perlman, Shelley Long and George Wendt. Don't be fooled by the mostly one-room setting -Prostis a masterpiece of construction, with finely crafted gags, well-drawn characters and familiar rhythms delivered with clear panache. There's a reason it ran for more than 10 years and spawned those just as successfulFrasier.
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1999-2004AsBuffyLeaving the high school setting behind, David Boreanaz's Angel also takes a more mature turn - the soul-laden vampire heads to the demon-haunted streets of L.A. in search of some kind of redemption. Explore a noir atmosphere first before moving on to more colorful and lively storytelling.Engelis a show that's constantly changing its identity — even the ensemble cast varies from season to season. In its strongest run, Season 3 (arguably better thanBuffy's concurrent season 6), it got the formula spot on - a bold and dramatic story arc, the perfect combination of supporting characters, and a tearing climax. Oh, and Season 5 has James Marsden's Spike and an episode where Angel is turned into a puppet. Just don't mention how badly Charisma Carpenter's exit was handled.
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2008-2013It has nothing to do with the John Hughes film, but JJ Abrams'LostFollow-up could be renamed Weird Science: the series.edge areadisplays some of the prolific writer/producer's hallmarks - he unravels all sorts of scientific mysteries and uses a cast of unusual characters to investigate them. Co-created by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci,edge areasees Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), his estranged father Walter Bishop (John Noble) and FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) work together to figure out strange events and strange technologies. A broader parallel universe story creeps in early on, which at times clashes with the case-of-the-week format, but thanks to the good work of the leads, it works.
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1997-presentThough its creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone keep saying they're ready to wrap it up so they can focus on other things,Sud Parksurvives - and thrives. What started out as a silly, weird, rude animation about four friends - Cartman, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny - living in a small Colorado town has long since blossomed into a platform for sharing current events in a knowledgeable, clever, and funny way to speak jabs from all sides and never pulls his punches. With his spontaneous style, written in the week of publication,Sud Parkaims high and still manages to generate controversy and gossip.
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2001-2010 Building on experiences of his real life doctor friend,scrubsCreator Bill Lawrence's sitcom is a fun, frantic look at medical education that doesn't skimp on the tougher moments of dealing with patients, illness, and death. The show is hosted by Zach Braff's John 'JD' Dorian, who is prone to high-flying imaginations all the time as he and his fellow young medical professionals - Donald Faison's Chris Turk and Sarah Chalke's nervous, talented Elliot Reed - deal with the pressures of their chosen profession and the Defying the wrath of the ever-grumpy mentor, Dr. cox Through its several years on the air,scrubsmixed the weirdo with solid character work, and a cast of fun supporting characters helped flesh out his world.
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1990-1995What would you do if you had just graduated from medical school, only to learn to your surprise/dismay that the terms of your scholarship agreement required you to open your practice in a remote, quirky Alaskan town? Such is the situation faced by Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), who, despite his early protestations, finds that he enjoys life in Cicely more than he cares to admit. It has real charmNorthern exposure, aided by some carefully calibrated performances that anchor its odd characters, and the writing is rife with offbeat poetry.
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2010-2014Combining the talents of Terence Winter, who has spent part of his career working on itThe Sopranos, and somewhat well-known filmmaker Martin Scorsese (who originated the show by directing the pilot and going on to serve as executive producer),Boardwalk-Imperiumoccupies a high place in the HBO crime series. Turning the clock back to the Prohibition era, the series examines the tough politics and criminal activities of Atlantic City in the 1920s. The nominal focus is on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi), who makes deals with gangsters even as the federal government slowly looms. It's loaded with the usual HBO staples—blood, boobs, and swear words—but all used judiciously.
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Part of the genius ofCurb your enthusiasmis that it's impossible to tell where the real Larry David ends and the fictional David begins. After all, this is a man who would take to the stage for stand-up shows, stare at the audience and then leave if he didn't like the look. Each episode engages him in embarrassing arguments with waiters, doctors, shop assistants and other celebrities from Ben Stiller to Martin Scorsese. The combination of David's lack of social skills with the correct political correctness of LA residents makes for an edgy, hilarious viewing experience.UNITED KINGDOM: Stream on SkyUS: Stream on HBO
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CREDIT: Adult swimming
2013-presentIn just three short seasonsRick & Mortyhas become an instant internet favorite - a wildly surreal, at times deeply inappropriate, animated comedy that takes sci-fi clichés and follows them to their mostly horrific conclusions. His titular duo consists of a gruff alcoholic grandfather and his overly cute and naïve grandson who play a twisted version ofBack to the Future's relationship between Marty McFly and Doc as they embark on 'adventures'crazy max, infinite alternate universes,The purge— and, in one particularly famous episode, sentient cucumbers. Dark, odd, unique and at times emotionally sensitive - don't let his more obnoxious fans put you off.
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1995-1998The tale of three priests stuck in the world's least appealing parish (Craggy Island off the coast of Ireland) doesn't sound like the most compelling source of comedy. And yetVater Tedreally, really works. Dermot Morgan's father, Ted Crilly, who was fined for theft (the money "was sitting" in his account, honestly), lives with top jerk Dougal (Ardal O'Hanlon) and drunk nuisance Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly), and everyone Episode cooks up some new madness for the trio to get involved in - with highlights including Ted leading a pack of terrified priests through an underwear department like they're in a war movie, and a recreation ofspeedon a milk float.
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2017-presentDavid Fincher has brought compelling serial killer stories to life on the big screen, so it makes sense that he would be involved in this series, which frames real cases and the FBI's slowly evolving understanding of psychology in dark tones and moody lighting. Yet creator Joe Penhall's show doesn't fall prey to the usual tropes of seeing the killers hunt down and slaughter their victims - the photos/recreations of the crime scene are mostly in the background sincemind hunterfocuses on FBI agents Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Tench (Holt McCallany), along with psychologist Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) who talks to convicted killers to understand, track and apprehend current offenders. It's busy, but never boring.
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2017-presentMargaret Atwood's chilling vision of less than the United States ruled by a cruel, regressive theocracy grows more prophetic as time goes on. And althoughThe story of the maidsometimes suffers from being incessantly desolate, some light and hope seeming to shine through the cracks. Despite the bleak, dystopian outlook, there's plenty to commend: Elisabeth Moss' award-winning performance as June/Offred, for example. Sparkling real-life protest gear and plenty of food for thoughtstoryThe big ideas of have stood the test of time - and the show is a prime example of taking a novel's key concept and moving on from it, with the series weaving its own world from the threads set by the original writer.
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2011-presentThere's a reason It's all a bit Black Mirror has become a widespread reference point in recent years - Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones' dark sci-fi anthology series taps into very human fears about our relationship with technology and the spiraling paths on Mankind could be on the way down. A series of standalone episodes, often set in worryingly plausible possible futures, the storytelling largely leans toward the dark, imbued with Brooker's sardonic sense of humor. From its Channel 4 days to its current home on Netflix, the series has consistently attracted big names - from Daniel Kaluuya and Jon Hamm to Bryce Dallas Howard, Anthony Mackie and Andrew Scott - a testament to its cinematic quality and cultural appeal Value of the series has increased.
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2014-presentHBO doesn't exactly "do" policing, but it comes closest in this anthology crime series, starring an all-star cast that tells dark tales from America's dark heart. Each season had a different flavor, but elements keep returning: world-weary cops, unsolved cases, multiple timelines spanning different eras of the case. The first season, in which Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson track down the "Yellow King," is widely regarded as his best -- a major milestone in "Golden Age TV" for attracting such star names, and a key text in the McConaissance. There's less love for Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch in Season 2, but the show got back on track with Season 3 of 2019, with an incredible twist from Mahershala Ali.
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1981-1987Launched to low ratings and audience confusion,Hill-Street-Bluesseemed destined for a short life. But it endured, and deservedly gained notoriety as one of the boldest series on television to reinvent cop drama. Eschewing many of the dogged cop clichés (but using them well if you embraced them), it presented a serialized mix of drama and comedy with a diverse cast of three-dimensional characters set in a seedy police precinct. It garnered 98 — count them — Emmy nominations, winning eight in its first season alone, while also becoming a template for the kind of ambitious TV drama that was to follow.
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1959-1964Such was the impact of Rod Serling's series, which brought together some of the best speculative writers and stories of the time, that it keeps coming back in various forms and its impact is still being felt in popular culture today. Aiming to explore universal concepts while intimidating or thought provoking (or both),Zonecombined big ideas with popular ideals and proved that intelligent storytelling can work on television. Seen once, seldom forgotten; especially with that unnerving theme and Serling's iconic introductions. The latest iteration is monitored byGo outis Jordan Peele.
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2001-2003The joy of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's original series is its utter joylessness: in 14 episodes, it deftly portrays the miserable reality of drab office life - one of muted grays, PowerPoint training and an ever-present hopelessness led by a deluded boss who thinks , he was everyone's sidekick ("basically just a laid back entertainer"). Sometimes nothing beats a bit of old-fashioned British pessimism, but that's not the whole story - with genuine emotion in the ups and downs of Tim's (Martin Freeman, in an early star role) and Dawn's (Lucy Davis) relationship, and lots of fun with the other crazies who populate Wernham Hogg's office.
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2004-2012For people who are more used to seeing Hugh Laurie as clumsy Bertie Wooster, or exchanging witty jokes with Stephen Fry,Hauswas something of a culture shock. But Laurie was the perfect person to bring the grumpy genius doctor to life. Diagnosing the cases that seem to baffle others, he is a difficult Sherlock-style character who fights his own demons even as he fights his patients' worst and most perplexing medical problems. True to his personal credo "everyone lies", he pushes his employees to the top professionally while he castigates them personally. Bring a little more spice to the medical procedure genre,Hausestablished a solid spin on a well-used template.
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2012-presentAmerica might have brought us shows likeNYPD-BlauandThe cable, but Britain remains the world's largest exporter of police series. andexercise of dutyis just the latest example, the acronym-filled look at the efforts of a team of police officers fighting corruption and the moles they just can't seem to crush. Jed Mercurio (who also whippedbodyguard) has Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar as the driven central trio of officers who must work their way through intricate cases while rooting out evildoers from inside and out. It leaves you guessing who's really manipulating events behind the scenes, while dialogue sizzles through extended interrogation sequences and the show looks as good as anything else across the pond.
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2016-presentConfusing? Absolutely, but in the best sense. With his ultra-non-linear storytelling from the perspective of his unreliable androids,Westworldis ambitious, confusing and totally exciting. Building on the robo-theme park premise gone awry of Michael Crichton's 1973 film, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's series tackles weighty themes such as the existence of consciousness, the experience of time, and the morality of predestination - with all the amazing production values and incredible performances (especially Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright) you've come to expect from HBO. It's not entirely newGame of Thrones, but when his storytelling flows together and his twists and turns are revealed, it's hard not to get carried away by his intelligence.
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1991-1992, 1993-1996, 2003-2006For all of her award-winning film work and extensive theater experience, it is Jane Tennison that many know and admire Helen Mirren. Lynda La Plante's fictional story of a sober Detective Chief Inspector struggling through a male-dominated police force turns conventional law enforcement stereotypes on its head. Mirren recurs as Tennison, deeply ambitious and extremely capable, yet having to justify herself at every turn. She was promoted in later series, even as the challenges continued, but the series remained as great as ever. Don't be afraid to invade dark placesprime suspecthas such a lasting impact that it spawned both a prequel and a short-lived attempt to remake it for the States.
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1997-2003Long beforeOrange is the new blackmixed humor and pain behind bars,ouncecast a much darker look at prison life, set at Oswald State Correctional Facility. It's bleak but brilliant, assembling a cast of characters from different walks of life and then subjecting them to terrible trauma on a weekly basis. If someone you know shudders at the sight of the utterly charming (and not at all psychopathic) J.K. Simmons in other roles,ounceis guilty. It comes highly recommended, but one piece of advice if you're bingeing: between seasons, check out something light-hearted and fun. trust us
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2014-presentIn a prime example of not judging ideas before seeing them come to fruition, alarm bells rang when it was announced that someone was making a TV series based on the Coen brothers' classic crime thriller. But showrunner Noah Hawley was incredibly clever, using the film's mock true crime cases and small-town setting while weaving his own story into it. Add in an anthology format that changes the game every season and a cast that has already included Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Patrick Wilson, Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Odenkirk, Jesse Plemons, Ewan McGregor (as twins, no less ) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead andFargo's small screen incarnation stands on its own.
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1981-2003The later Christmas specials may have tested our good will, but for most of their run, they didOnly fools and horseswas a sitcom that earned its status as an enduring national treasure. Del Boy and Rodney Trotter's doomed attempts at becoming millionaires made the nation smile for over 20 years, and thanks to constant reruns, they still manage to raise giggles today. No matter how many times you watch the best bits (the chandelier scene, the fall of the yuppie bar, the run of Batman & Robin), they always bring a laugh.
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Edgar Wright, Jessica Hynes and Simon Pegg took comic book stores, rave culture and video games and channeled their own pop culture obsessions and witty observations to make gold out of a classic sitcom set-up. Kick-starting the careers of the three creators (and co-star Nick Frost),Distanceis short-tempered but also heartfelt, never forgetting to make the characters into people you care about while ripping through different genres. And the fact that there are only 14 episodes adds to the reason we all like it so much — it's never exceeded its welcome. WithoutDistance, there's no such thing as a cornetto trilogy, so how's that for a slice of fried gold?UNITED KINGDOM: Stream on all 4US: Stream on Hulu
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2003-2019Well, the story of a groundbreaking sitcom that nearly died a silent, ignominious death at the hands of an indifferent network before being rescued by an internet streaming site. When it first arrived in 2003,arrested developmentwas so devilishly clever, so tightly woven, so slyly ironic that Fox scarcely knew what to make of it. Despite Fox's efforts to bury the show in odd time slots, the Bluth family earned a feverishly loyal cult following that eventually gave it a Netflix rebirth. Season 4's brain-melting ambition might have been a noble failure for some, and season 5 didn't necessarily rectify that, but its first installment remains one of the most innovative comedies ever produced.
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Clear eyes. full hearts Can't lose Memorable mantras for a TV show are those above. Peter Berg's knowledgeable adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's book and the 2004 film he drew from it broadened the world's horizons and compelled memorable characters that live and breathe. Its young players are realistically flawed and the team doesn't always win - which only makes it all the more worth watching. We also have one of the best married couples on television in coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and wife Tami (Connie Britton), human people who deal with their lives but always lead them with love. And most importantly, especially for those of us in the UK, you don't have to be praying in the Church of Rust to appreciate it.UNITED KINGDOM: Buy to stream on AmazonUS: Stream on Hulu
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1993-1999The perfect show to binge watch before the concept existed. In its early days, this spin-off was tooStar Trek: The Next Generationfelt like the storytelling was done by numbers, only on a space station. Jump forward a few seasons, and this is the show that broke Star Trek mold, filled with flesh-and-blood people (even if they were aliens), character arcs that frequently stretched throughout the seasons, groundbreaking Storytelling and complex characters. Some complained early on that this station-bound show was going nowhere—but really, this was the trek that really went where no one had gone before.
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2013-2018The Cold War feels so much cooler in this imaginative series that follows the lives of two Russian sleeper agents who are very awake in 1980s Washington. Complicated, passionate, and thrown together by Mother Russia, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) are fascinating creations: driven by patriotism but torn by the appeal of their adopted country and the American family that raised them as a cover. They're contradictory killers who murder people when the mission calls for it - and the show doesn't shy away from the darker side of their nature, finding inventive ways to take down innocent and not-so-innocent victims. Elsewhere, the show features some top-shelf needle drops and great roles for the likes of Margo Martindale and Frank Langella. Sometimes vicious, often touching, always excellent.
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2016-2019Phoebe Waller-Bridge scored a pack of Emmys for her second runfleasackepisodes, and rightly so. After turning an insightful, candid and often sordid one-woman show into a television series that allowed her to explore the emotional waters on a much larger scale. As writer and leading actress, Waller-Bridge brought to life a young woman trying to balance her worldview and actions with the impact it has on those around her. The show will have you giggling, but Waller-Bridge isn't afraid to go dark if need be. Stellar roles from Olivia Colman and Sian Clifford anchored the show in both seasons, while Andrew Scott was a highlight of the second, playing the character that fans will forever know as the Hot Priest.
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1975-1979One of British television's biggest sitcoms, the central question ofFawlty Towers- why the world's least hospitable man would even go into hospitality - is tantalizingly left unanswered in 12 episodes of Kipper, Siberian hamster hunts and German bait. A straight zero on TripAdvisor, the layout of Fawlty Towers itself offers comedy gold when Basil (John Cleese), his wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), the waitress Polly (Connie Booth) and poor, deranged Manuel (Andrew Sachs) himself maneuver himself (and the odd corpse or two) in his decrepit interior without ruining anyone's stay. Basil, of course, fails. Often and fun.
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2016-presentThe nostalgia dial is set straight to the 1980s on the Duffer Brothers' hit Netflix show.stranger thingschannels the era perfectly, mixing a horror and sci-fi mix that hits you squarely in the Spielberg and Stephen King sweet spot, and depicts a seemingly tranquil Indiana town that suddenly becomes a hotbed of terror amidst scientific tinkering unleashes an otherworldly dimension lurking beneath the surface (or sharing a parallel space). The show features a revolving door with contemporary faces (Winona Ryder! Matthew Modine! Sean Astin! Cary Elwes!) and a top turn from David Harbour, but it's the D&D-playing kids that really make the show -- Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown, to Joe Keery. An incredibly bingeable homage.
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2005-2013American attempts to translate British sitcoms rarely work so well - for everyoneSanford and Son(which transportsSteptoe and sonacross the pond) there are the most forgotten transatlantic recordingsDistance,couplingandDie IT-Crowd. Here, however, Greg Daniels overcame an initial stumble to create something compelling in his own way. Steve Carell's career as Michael Scott is just the tip of the casting iceberg, although it's striking that the show was never quite the same once he took to the big screen pastures. The seemingly mundane life of a group of corporate drones at a paper company makes for must-watch, laugh-out-loud television, making not just a copy of the British series, but thisofficefully embraced its American setting, used the different customs of the US offices to drive its comedy and characters, and offered a slightly sweeter perspective than the British version. Agonizing embarrassment has never felt so good.
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2013-2015Bryan Fuller is considered the Quirk King of television, and while many of his shows have burned bright but short, his style was a perfect fit for the world of Hannibal Lecter. Mads Mikkelsen played a sultry, stylish version of the eponymous serial killer who had no time for rudeness and selfishness, and Hugh Dancy brought haunted passion to Will Graham in a show that spanned three seasons before the plug was pulled. Fuller and his co-creators could at least indulge in the most baroque of ways in beautiful, traumatic crime scene creations, superb gourmet cannibalism, and a hero more complicated than most. Of course we would have wished for more, but we are grateful for what we got.
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2018-presentPhoebe Waller-Bridge has long proved that she is more than just the author and star offleasack.kill Evecemented that idea when they followed Luke Jennings'Codename VillanelleDelve into this funny, dark tale of a low-level MI5 analyst (Sandra Oh's titular Eve) who becomes more than a little obsessed with a psychopathic assassin (Jodie Comers Villanelle). And then Villanelle is just as obsessed with Eve, which brings a whole new angle to the cat-and-mouse spy game. Fiona Shaw steals scenes and the rest of the cast makes it work. Spy shows cost 100 cents, but they've rarely been better - or funnier or more unexpected - than this one.
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After the twin successes ofBuffyandEngel, Joss Whedon set off into space to experience this wonderful and deeply missed blend of western tropes, Chinese curses, big damn heroes and a future dystopia. Set in a time when humanity has explored a new frontier, when Earth's resources were running out,Fireflyfollows a group of rebels and mercenaries working under the radar of an all-encompassing government formed after a brutal civil war. Whedon recruited an ensemble cast that was a perfect match, led by Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk and Summer Glau. They joke, they fight, they fend off the space-crazed Reavers and make us worry. Ratings may have been low, but the show will not be forgotten.UNITED KINGDOM:Stream on AmazonBuy now on AmazonUS:Stream on Hulu
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2005-presentFor a show about such absolutely reprehensible peopleAlways sunnyhas connected with a huge following. Following the tradition of shows such asSeinfeld, the shady dealings of Charlie (Charlie Day), Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dee (Kaitlin Olsen), Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Frank (Danny DeVito), who jumped in in season two after US broadcaster FX demanded a name had to boost the show's ratings) make for excellent comedy value. They may not (usually) be people for us to cheer for, but it's fun to watch as they scheme, argue, and mostly fail in their attempts to break out of their normal lives. Musicals, mayhem and heaps of misconduct have become a winning combination.
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1966-1969A gigantic franchise was born from tiny acorns — and you don't make all these movies, sequels, and reboots out of thin air. But for all its limited budget, "shacting," and occasional goofy aliens, the Trek universe would be nothing without the overarching show. Gene Roddenberry and his team deftly combined big ideas and intergalactic vistas, then infused a healthy, adventurous spirit into the proceedings. It's squishy, it's intriguing, and it's at least partly responsible for the phone you're probably reading this on.
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2008-2014Kurt Sutter, a veteran of theThe shield, brought a similar attention to detail and dark plot to this tale of a motorcycle gang cruising through the small California town of Charming. The Shakespearean tale of a son (Charlie Hunnam's Jax Teller) grappling with his dead father's legacy, at odds with his surrogate father character (Ron Perlman's Clay Morrow) and confronting the moral struggles of a lawless life,Sons of Anarchysees crime, ambition and violence intertwine. Under Sutter's tutelage, the show navigated leadership challenges, attacks by rival gangs, and troubles with corrupt (and crusader) cops, while telling a compelling, often brutal, story that pulls no punches. Jax's story may have felt like taking a slight foot off the gas as the show neared its end, but it kept up the pace and has since spawned a spin-off showMayans MC.
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1993-2004 Frasiermastered the tricky combo of mostly using smarts (and the odd pratfall) to make himself laugh. Skillfully transposing Kelsey Grammer's mistressProstThe highest-grossing spin-off of all time, staying true to its hometown of Seattle and adapting the original show's broader format to the unique quirks of its new characters, is wordy and wise, and not averse to indulging in the odd moment of high farce . Like the quality comedy theater it has sought to emulate, Frasier's appeal endures.
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2001-2005With dark, surreal comedy and stark, blunt truths about life and death, it's no wonderSix feet underflowed from the same pen that gave us the equally incredibleamerican beauty. Alan Ball's HBO series, about a dysfunctional Pasadena family who runs an independent funeral home, is a beautiful meditation on family, love, and grief. Led by Peter Krause as prodigal elder son Nate Fisher and starring Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose and Rachel Griffiths, like every facet of this gripping production, the cast exudes class, gifted with sharp writing and a finale that it offers one of the most emotional synopses in television history.
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1972-1983This series, based on Robert Altman's 1970 film, managed to last more than three times as long as the Korean War it used as a setting.MASHwas a searing exploration of how the doctors and nurses of the 4077th (an Army mobile surgical hospital, hence the title) used humor to overcome the atrocities they faced on a daily basis. A top-notch cast led by Alan Alda kept the show captivating (and hilarious) throughout its 11-year run, while their commentary on the war continued to the end, when the unit's news reporter discussed the growing conflict in Vietnam in the final episode .
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1994-2009It ran until not a single member of the original cast was left (at least until the spectacular reunion finale).ISAmazingly, it showed little sign of decline during its 15-year run. Based on a screenplay by Michael Crichton, the series grew into a weekly emergency medicine piece at the Chicago County Hospital that differentiated itself from inferior imitators through intelligent scripts, great characters and a willingness to shock - from Dr. Greene's bathroom attack, to Lucy and Carter confronting a schizophrenic knifeman. The list of cameos, both on and off camera, is as long as your arm, with the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Kirsten Dunst and Ewan McGregor.
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1983-1989For a show that started out expensive and extravagant, surviving only less than exciting ratings when its creators (including Ben Elton and Richard Curtis) agreed to turn it into a lower-budget, studio-bound sitcom,Schwarzotterquickly rose to national consciousness for its well-constructed gags and some accomplished acting from the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnerny, and a revolving door cast of guests. Despite its formulaic nature, the show was sharp and funny throughout - and even with its fourth series, Blackadder Goes Forth, showed a beating heart of surprising concern.
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2002-2008When, in the very first episode of a series, the main character shoots a colleague in the face to cover up his own corruption, you know you're not looking at ordinary police procedure. Shawn Ryan's seedy drama, a brutal look at life behind the badge, basks in its protagonist's cavalier approach to right and wrong and a reliance on street justice over the letter of the law. It is to Michael Chikli's eternal credit that despite murder, torture, theft, drug distribution and other transgressions too numerous to list, Detective Vic Mackey remains a sympathetic and intensely charismatic character - you just don't want to get on his nerves Side.
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2010-presentZombies have existed before—God knows, zombies have existed—butthe Walking Deadgave the post-apocalyptic concept time to go on and on and on and explore the implications of total societal collapse. In an increasingly wild, undead-ridden world, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his not-so-happy band of survivors find themselves at odds not only with the carnivores - sorry, "wanderers" - but also with the living. It's as much a show about survival and ethics as it is about gore and cool makeup - and it's made with characters we really care about. While the show's amazing viewership has dwindled in recent seasons, it still offers loyal viewers shocks and major reinventions, expanding the story after Lincoln leaves to see mankind attempt to rebuild the lost civilization. Critics can unleash any slingshots and darts they like on the show, but there's a reason it became a monster hit that was more about people than monsters.
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2015-presentThere's a reasonbreaking Badis known as one of the greats, it took Vince Gilligan and his fellow writers some guts to attempt a spin-off - a prequel, no less, with all its own challenges and comparisons. Thankfully, in Bob Odenkirk's Slippin' Jimmy McGill, aka the man who will be Saul, they've picked the perfect character to follow. Odenkirk, who appeared in the main show largely as comic relief, is able to demonstrate real depth and emotion here as a con artist who slips to a whole new level, sweeping friends and family along as he goes. It's a tribute to everyone involved for making it work so well, with fellow cast members Rhea Seehorn (as Kim, who loves Jimmy despite his obvious flaws and is a better lawyer than he could ever hope for) and Michael McKean (as Chuck, his troubled, wily brother) who brings real soul to the show.
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2006-2013Tina Fey's NBC set show, with sharp lyrics, flawless performances and slogan-wearing trucker hats, remains one of the best sitcoms to hit the airwaves, Fey was free to indulge in whatever madness she and her crew could conjure . Jane Krakowski kicks off as fame-obsessed Jenna and takes on Tracy Morgan's wacky boy actor Tracy Jordan, while Jack McBrayer as wacky NBC page Kenneth steals scenes. But it's Jack Donaghy who rules the show — the NBC head honcho is the role Alec Baldwin was born to play. Fey herself is the weary heart of the series as comedy writer Liz Lemon, who tries to keep the madness from spiraling out of control on her SNL-like sketch show TGS. And there is onea lot ofof madness.
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2010-presentLike Dracula (which Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss appropriately transitioned to), Sherlock Holmes is one of those evergreen characters who is endlessly reinvented, either with a contemporary setting or adapted for the presence of whoever is attacking him. The creative duo opted for the latter, updating the great Grouse detective with texting, sexual innuendo, bromance and gusto. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have long since entered the canon of the great Sherlocks and Watsons, and their every step becomes recorded by a huge, enthusiastic fanbase. A BBC classic, Moffat and Gatiss' version of the great detective is both funny and wonderful.
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2019The story of one of history's worst real-life disasters might not sound like the most entertaining miniseries, but Craig Mazin and his team delivered something emotionally powerful that packs a punch. Unafraid to show the true effects of the reactor meltdown,Chernobylexamines the impact of the tragedy on the people of the area, the people called to help, and the political dispute over who is to blame and how to deal with the aftermath (literally in this case). A superb cast, featuring the talents of Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson, Jessie Buckley, Adam Nagatis and Sam Troughton, puts a very human face on what could have been a dry history lesson, and the miniseries was justifiably awarded the Emmys his trouble.
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2009-2015Initially conceived as a US offshootoffice,Parks & Leisurestruggled at first to shuffle out of his bigger brother's shadow. But while the first season wobbled, the second rose and maintained that quality until its emotional finale. storageThe office's "workplace mockumentary" format, it ripped the fastidious pedantry of small-town politics from the perspective of the ever-optimistic bureaucrat Leslie Knope, played with sheer brilliance by Amy Poehler. As inThe office, his ensemble is immaculate — most notable is grumpy libertarian Nick Offerman's alpha male Ron Swanson (election quote: "I need five courses for dinner, and each of them will be a steak").
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2001-2015At best, there was nothing quite like it24– insane adrenaline rushes, finely calibrated political intrigue and twists and turns that hit you like a two-fisted slap in the face from Tony Almeida. in his time24was as cinematic as television, without skimping on expense, to depict Jack Bauer's intense battles against cunning terrorists and the odd rogue president. Even if24was rubbish - and unfortunately the finalelive another dayMiniseries wasn't great - it was still endearing. Despite being the worst plot device in history, it's hard not to have a soft spot for the cougar that threatened Kim Bauer in season 2.
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1990-1998It started out as a summer replacement series, howeverSeinfeld –Based on and starring Jerry Seinfeld, it was given the one thing few shows get these days: time for the audience to find it. The network's patience paid offSeinfeld, the show about nothing, became an unprecedented juggernaut. Audiences fell in love with his four self-absorbed friends, whose self-involvement brought them together and made household names Jerry, Elaine (Julia-Louis Dreyfus), George (Jason Alexander), and Kramer (Michael Richards). Not to mention the supporting characters like Newman, Puddy, Babu Bhatt, George's parents, Frank and Estelle; Uncle Leo and of course the soup Nazi. As a reflection of society, the picture is not pretty, but it is a classic.
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1993-2002 / 2016-2018In its '90s heyday, Chris Carter's series was the perfect stew of conspiracy theories, romantic drama, monster-of-the-week shockers, and just the right amount of leaven when needed. Unsolved mysteries never go out of style, andX-Fileswas ready to explore them all. Standalone monsters mingled with grand mythological arcs, and the emotional stakes increased as the dangers increased and we encountered more people in Mulder and Scully's lives. Even as spooky, rain-soaked woods gave way to a brighter palette after the series moved to LA, the stories stayed strong. At its core, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson deserve a place in the pantheon of TV partnerships - proven by the fact that the show suffered when Duchovny stepped down. When anywayX-Filesit worked, it really worked.
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2013-presentWith dialogue as sharp as the razor blades sewn into the crime family's flat caps, it's perhaps not too surprising that Steven Knight's drama keeps going from strength to strength. With Cillian Murphy's Thomas Shelby as Anchor,Peaky Blindershas examined the struggles, triumphs and terror of the Shelby family as they scoured Birmingham and beyond in the early 20th century.Tophas grown and evolved over the years, attracting bigger and bigger names (Tom Hardy, Adrien Brody) but never sacrificing narrative on the altar of star performance. Blinders stays close to the story to advance its storylines and remains one of the best sagas on TV.
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2001When Tom Hanks is developing a TV miniseries and has Steven Spielberg as one of his key collaborators, you know you're in for a treat. That's how it was with meband of brothersdrawn by Hanks and Erik Jendresen from a non-fiction book by Stephen E. Ambrose. The fictional account of the "Easy" Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment about the training and dangerous missions of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II provides the background for dramatic and nerve-wracking action.There Soldier James Ryanwas the template, howeverbrothersallowed Hanks and the others to delve even deeper into the lives of the soldiers and the risky situations they found themselves in. At the time, it was the most expensive miniseries shown on screen, but every penny is there.
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1987-1994Following one of the most famous sci-fi series in television history is no easy task, to say the least. Yet despite some early stumbling blocks (Pilot Encounter At Farpoint is all exposition and less than subtle moral lessons, while the first two seasons see clunkers that outweigh memorable episodes),The next generationcoalesced - fittingly, as crew uniforms began to look comfortable. Big new enemies emerged, the cast found their rhythm, and Patrick Stewart in particular shone as Jean-Luc Picard, a fantastic captain who carved his own niche and avoided being a Kirk clone. ThatTrekUniverse got bigger and richer withTNG, paving the way for further spin-offs that would only deepen an already rich mythology.
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2014-2017As one of the main players (and co-creators) ofLostwhatever Damon Lindelof did next would be watched closely. His adaptation of the Tom Perrotta novel he co-wrote for HBO is set three years after two percent of the world's population mysteriously disappeared. The world is still grappling with the magnitude of the tragedy and the emotional fallout, as cults sprout and the madness slowly wanes. Performances by Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon in particular are our guides through this changed, traumatized landscape – but in the hands of Lindelof and Perrotta it's not a total misery festival, the story laced with dark humor.
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2004-2006, 2019The most raw, raunchy, sultry show that's ever dared to raise its head on TV? It will bedeadwood. David Milch's masterpiece is set in the lawless Dakota Territory, when the disenfranchised of the world came to the Black Hills to seek their fortune. Cheerily tossing traditional notions of good and evil out of the parlor window, the show constantly shifted audience loyalty and presented a world where every act, noble or not, has an impact. And in Ian McShane's foul-mouthed barman, Al Swearengen, we have one of television's most complex and interesting characters.
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2003-2009As Hollywood continues to indulge in self-consumption through a never-ending supply of reinterpretations and reboots, Ronald D. Moore'sBattlestar Galacticashows what happens when done right. Created in the shadow of 9/11, this updated version of the 1978/79 series (great concept, poor execution) brought relevancy, compelling character arcs, and a newfound poignancy to television sci-fi as what was left of humanity struggled to survive the cybernetic Cylons fight in search of the supposedly lost Colony Earth.
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2007-2015For the unconverted, Matthew Weiner's show is just a bunch of people in suits aggressively smoking. But for fans of the multi-Emmy and Golden Globe-winning AMC drama, there's magic even in the slower moments, when Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his ad buddies negotiate first the dangers and pitfalls of Madison Avenue and then a rapidly changing America, often sloshed while on whiskey. A show of big moments (the lawnmower, the death of Lane, Betty's shotgun, the acid) that strived for greatness early on and sustained it through seven seasons. There aren't many shows you can say that about.
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1990-2017Who Killed Laura Palmer? That was the question on everyone's lips in 1990, when David Lynch's bizarre small-town mystery unfolded on our screens. A demon named Bob, a little man who spoke backwards, and a little cake fetish were just a few of the features featured here. But despite a healthy dose of surrealism, it all came together — until the network encouraged her to end the Palmer mystery in the first half of season two, forcing it to ask new questions like, "Who is Windom Earle and what's in God's name name is going on?' If it started to hiss from there, the original run still ended with a killer finale. Then, 25 years later, as promised, it happened again. A revival series directed entirely by Lynch brought back many of the original cast for an even darker, even more elliptical, weirder foray into the uncanny - prooftwin peaksis still as confusing as ever.
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1989-presentAny show that lasts 30+ seasons is bound to take some hits for failing to live up to its former glory. But hand on heart: What could keep up with thatThe Simpsonsat its peak (around seasons 4-8 most people say, although there's still gold to be found past that point)? Still, the ongoing misadventures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and the crowd around them still find plenty of room for laughs, comment, and pop culture nonsense. It's already in the TV Hall of Fame and continues to churn out great episodes at a higher ratio than some of its longtime brethren (if I look at you,family Guy).
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1963-1989 / 2005-presentSydney Newman, Verity Lambert and the others who created the world's most famous time traveler knew what they were doing when they turned the need to replace the lead into one of the slickest ways to reboot and refresh the show . And soDoctor Whohas been running – albeit with a 16-year break – for more than 50 years. From the days of cardboard sets and plastic monsters (which, let's be honest, were a big part of the show's charm) to the much more polished but still incredibly fun version of today, generations have grown up with the series and enjoyed the idiosyncratic one Main character and running fear of the various creatures that the Doctor outsmarts. It's a show that puts brains over brawn, taking you to the farthest corners of the universe and still not done reinventing itself. What's not to love?
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2004-2010Few TV shows have captured viewers' imaginations quite like this mix ofSwiss family Robinsonandtwin peaks. A Byzantine central mystery intertwined with character-centric subplots (expertly embellished through the use of flashbacks, flashbacks and finally sideways flashbacks) captivated the audience and spread the focus across the ensemble cast. But beyond the multitude of colorful characters — from serious Jack to cocky Sawyer, from wily Juliet to bug-eyed Ben — it was the ever-deepening mysteries that kept us coming back: What did the numbers mean? What was the black smoke? Who were the others? And what the hell were the "rules" anyway?
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1997-2003 Imagine for a moment a world where the only version ofBuffywas the movie. Terrifying, isn't it? Luckily, with the TV incarnation, Joss Whedon has recaptured his knowing meta sting at horror movies, casting Sarah Michelle Gellar as the cheerleader-turned-supernatural-slayer-chosen and launching a thousand memorable lines of dialogue.Buffyoutstanding because it took real-world combat through the mediums of fantasy and horror, giving us great villains, romantic entanglements that felt painfully honest, and a Scooby gang we'd all hang out with. Also: monsters.
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2016-2019Commissioned by Netflix from talented indie filmmakers Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij to prove that streaming services could evolve in unexpected directions, this complex, twisting tale of parallel dimensions, kidnapped test subjects and a calculating Jason Isaacs burned bright and gained a loyal following along the way - a fan base that was devastated to learn of its untimely cancellation with a huge unresolved cliffhanger. Not all shows deserve to be brought back to life, thoughDie OAcertainly - with Marling anchoring the series as the haunted, powerful prairie, the weird fused with the wonderful, and it would have been fascinating to see where it went. Hey Netflix, how about #savetheOA?
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A walk-on part for a long timeThe western wingwas the pinnacle that all working TV actors aspired to. Smart and witty, Aaron Sorkin's political drama showcased the writer's talent for fast-paced dialogue and multi-layered, politically resonant storylines, proving that television can be funny and insightful at the same time. The series experienced a temporary downturn following Sorkin's departure at the end of Season 4, but soon bounced back with a series of surprising changes to both character roles and format. At the end of President Bartlet's second term, everything came to a natural end, howeverThe western wingremained one of the smartest shows on television throughout its run, and a comforting picture of what a more benevolent White House might look like. Good news for UK viewers, the full series is now available on All4 - see link below. Are you obsessed with the show? Don't anger the wrath of it all, read our James Dyer'sDefinitive History of the West Wing.UNITED KINGDOM: Stream on All4US: Stream on Netflix
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1994-2004How come a certain digital TV network can loop this quintessentially '90s sitcom on a virtual loop and not get old doing it? Or that Netflix can have a juggernaut hit with it decades after it originally aired? It's becausefriends, at its best, is as perfect a sitcom as you'll find. The adventures of six handsome, New York-based buddies who apparently made a living from coffee drinking were a lot sharper to write at first than their cuddly exteriors would suggest. Even when the quality dropped a bit in between, the ensemble remained perfectly coordinated and the best comedy collective on television.
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David Simon once said he intends toThe cableas "lean-in" TVs, a show you couldn't watch while folding clothes or dusting the mantelpiece. His series, set in Baltimore, captured your attention, its slow storytelling never less than utterly compelling. Simon has created a series that skips the usual procedural tropes and instead looks at the interconnected worlds of cops and criminals in a way that highlights humanity beclouded by labels. High stakes, big emotions, and even a scene played almost entirely with the F-word are all reasons why this show became one of the biggest. Later seasons expanded the focus to other areas - politics, the school system, and newspapers to name a few - but the laser accuracy remained the same. The ensemble cast (including Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan) never went wrong. If somehow you never managed to look at it, lean in — you won't regret it.UNITED KINGDOM: Stream on SkyUS: Stream on HBO
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Whoever tuned in to the first episode of The Sopranos in 1999 didn't find a documentary about opera singers, but rather a dark, offbeat drama about a New Jersey gangster who is fixated on the ducks that frequent his swimming pool. Over the course of season one, viewers became addicted to creator David Chase's uncompromising vision of an old-school criminal organization haunted by all of the stress and tension of today. It's not hard to figure out why: Chase and his writers delved into what got Tony and co. into this. Work. James Gandolfini delivered the best performance of his career on our way onto the show, while the family and "family" around him anchored stories that lay beneath the gangster surface to find out what really made these people tick. A fusion of sharp, unpredictable writing and powerful acting meansThe Sopranos' The classic status remains.UNITED KINGDOM: Stream on SkyUS: Stream on HBO
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2011-2019Television - and the lesser restrictions/bigger budgets that HBO allows for - was really the only place Thrones was seen outside of George R.R. Martin's books would have worked. And even then, given the author's sluggish pace of production, it was a juggling act. And yet, despite the challenges of finding your own narrative with significant changes from the printed page, much of what people liked about Martin's blend of fantasy and sordid medieval politics remains firmly intact.Thronewas almost untouchable at its best: huge sequences of effects, real-life battles, and, what drives it all, characters that interested you, whether they talked morale or brushed them aside to illuminate an entire sept full of enemies. With a cast led by Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,Throneis chock-full of the death, betrayal, laughter and dragons you desire. The climax might be divided, but it's hard to imagine what will fill the void after the show is over. If you are seeing this for the first time, stop byour list of the 34 best moments from Game of Thrones.
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"It's not going to be really good until season 2," people said. "Keep doing." The first season wasn't without moments and laid important foundations for Bryan Cranston's Walter White's later descent from family man to soulless demon, but season two saw Vince Gilligan's amazing, gripping, often just plain harrowing show really pick up steam. Murders followed, plane crashes, betrayals, gruesome set pieces, indelible dialogue ("I'm the one who knocks!") and meth - enormous amounts of meth. A fall like this in a character takes time to be recorded, and thebreaking BadThe team responded, meticulously crafting every turn and shooting the show as if it were a cinematic performance. From claustrophobic crawlspaces to expansive desert vistas, the show never looked less than amazing. And it wasn't just Cranston's show either: Aaron Paul thrived as Jesse Pinkman (he was originally meant to die young, he became an integral part), while the rest of the cast breathed real life into the characters. At the dawn of the bingeing era, here was Class A television that was seriously addictive. And we can recommendour list of the 25 best Breaking Bad moments?UK & USA: Stream on Netflix
What is considered the greatest show of all time? ›
- THE BLUE PLANET. ...
- THE SOPRANOS. Average Rating: 9.3/10.
- THE WIRE. Average Rating: 9.3/10.
- BETTER CALL SAUL. Average Rating: 9.1/10.
- RICK AND MORTY. Average Rating: 9.1/10.
- GAME OF THRONES. Average Rating: 8.9/10.
- FARGO. Average Rating: 8.9/10.
- BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Average Rating: 8.8/10.
- Twin Peaks (1990–1991) TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery. ...
- Breaking Bad (2008–2013) TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller. ...
- Game of Thrones (2011–2019) ...
- Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993) ...
- Band of Brothers (2001) ...
- ALF (1986–1990) ...
- Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009) ...
- ER (1994–2009)
American mob drama “The Sopranos” has been labelled the greatest television show of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, according to Sky News host Samantha Foxon. “It's not the first time the show has ranked number one,” she said. “In 2013, the Writer's Guild of America named it the best-written TV series of all time.”What show has the most episodes ever? ›
“Gunsmoke” finally ended its run in 1975, long after the heyday of the Western, after a whopping 635 episodes. It's the longest-running live-action show to date.What is the top 10 longest running TV show? ›
- #8: “M*A*S*H” (1972-83) ...
- #7: “Coronation Street” (1960-) ...
- #6: “South Park” (1997-) ...
- #5: “Saturday Night Live” (1975-) ...
- #4: “Sesame Street” (1969-) ...
- #3: “Gunsmoke” (1955-75) ...
- #2: “The Simpsons” (1989-) ...
- #1: “Doctor Who” (1963-89; 2005-)
- Cecilia Bartoli. Cecilia Bartoli is the great adventurer of modern sopranos: a voice to die for, but coupled with absurd creative ambition and tremendous humour. ...
- Monsterrat Caballé ...
- Maria Callas. ...
- Diana Damrau. ...
- Joyce DiDonato. ...
- Renée Fleming. ...
- Mirella Freni. ...
- Anna Netrebko.
- Angela Gheorghiu. Born in the small town of Adjud, Romania, in 1965, Angela Gheorghiu has been a constant presence in concert halls all over the world. ...
- Diana Damrau. ...
- Cecilia Bartoli. ...
- Anna Netrebko. ...
- Vassiliki Karayanni.
- Susan Graham. ...
- Sonya Yoncheva. ...
- Joyce DiDonato.
The most watched series finale in U.S. television history remains the 1983 finale of the CBS war/medical dramedy M*A*S*H, titled "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen".What is TV's longest running show? ›
|1.||Squid Game||53 days|
|2.||The Queen's Gambit||46 days|
|3.||Stranger Things||44 days|
|5.||Money Heist||37 days|
Which is the longest movie ever? ›
Guinness World Records says the longest film ever made is "The Cure for Insomnia" released in 1987. The 85-hour experimental film was directed by John Henry Timmis IV.Who has the most powerful voice of all time? ›
- 1 of 31. Barbra Streisand. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for BSB. ...
- 2 of 31. Etta James. Charles Paul Harris/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. ...
- 3 of 31. Aretha Franklin. ...
- 4 of 31. Whitney Houston. ...
- 5 of 31. Mariah Carey. ...
- 6 of 31. Elton John. ...
- 7 of 31. Freddie Mercury. ...
- 8 of 31. Adele.
Based on the findings, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose has demonstrated the greatest vocal range in studio. Mariah Carey comes in second, followed by Prince, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Christina Aguilera and David Bowie.Who is the No 1 singer in the world? ›
|1||Michael Jackson||Pop, Soul, Funk, R&B, Rock, Disco, & Dance|
|2||Stevie Wonder||Soul, Pop, R&B, Funk, & Jazz|
|3||Marvin Gaye||Soul, R&B, Funk, Pop, & Jazz|
|4||Freddie Mercury||Hard Rock, Music Hall, Glitter, & Prog Rock|
Soprano range: The soprano is the highest singing voice. The typical soprano voice lies between C4 (middle C) and C6 (high C). The low extreme for sopranos is roughly A3 (just below middle C). Most soprano roles do not extend above C6 although there are several standard soprano roles that call for D6.Who is considered the greatest male opera singer of all time? ›
1. Luciano Pavarotti. What is this? One of the 'Three Tenors', Luciano Pavarotti is one of the most famous opera singers of all time.What is the most common voice? ›
Baritone. With a range that lies midway between the high tenor voice and the low bass voice, it's the most common male voice.What is the rarest soprano voice type? ›
There are different types of sopranos, depending on timbre or weight: the most special subtype of soprano is called coloratura soprano. A coloratura soprano has the fastest, most agile, and highest voice extension. She can sing several notes above the soprano's tessitura.How many octaves can Taylor Swift sing? ›
How Many Octaves Can Taylor Swift Sing? Taylor's vocal range is around three octaves, from a low A2 to an E5. Her high notes are mostly done in her head voice instead of belts in her chest voice, which are more commonly performed in her lower register.What is the highest note a soprano can sing? ›
soprano, the highest human vocal register, extending approximately from middle C to the second A above. A voice with a range approximately from the A below middle C to the second F or G above is termed a mezzo-soprano.
What was Tony Sopranos rank? ›
Tony Soprano was a relatively young man to be a capo at the age of 27. Tony's transition into captain was aided by the loyalty of Bonpensiero, longtime Soprano soldier Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri, and childhood friend Silvio Dante.Why is The Sopranos the best show ever? ›
It heralded a new era of narrative scope, production quality, violence on TV, and serial ambition. Yet out of all its amazing achievements, there are three particular reasons why The Sopranos remains the greatest TV series ever made: its performances, its storytelling, and its legacy.What was Paulie's rank in Sopranos? ›
Eventually, he worked his way up through the DiMeo crime family, reaching the rank of Captain in 2000, shortly after Anthony "Tony" Soprano became Boss of New Jersey.Who was Tony's right hand man? ›
The SopranosWho is Tony's underboss? ›
Bob Mignarri: Tony's Underboss.What was more popular Game of Thrones or Sopranos? ›
After the final tally, it turned out GoT had cracked 31 million average viewers across Season Seven. Even with the stolen streams, password sharing, and other ways people have snuck in views, it attracted 13 million more viewers per show than The Sopranos ever did. It's easily the most popular show in HBO history.Which is better Wire or Sopranos? ›
Both The Sopranos and The Wire are modern TV masterpieces and triumphs of the form, but The Sopranos is by far the most watchable of the two. The Wire is so dense and complicated and intricately plotted that just watching it can be an exhausting experience.What was the most popular Sopranos episode? ›
- "Members Only" (2006) - 9.2/10. ...
- "Whitecaps" (2002) - 9.2/10. ...
- "The Second Coming" (2007) - 9.2/10. ...
- "The Knight in White Satin Armor" (2000) - 9.3/10. ...
- "Whoever Did This" (2002) - 9.3/10. ...
- "Made in America" (2007) - 9.3/10. ...
- "Funhouse" (2000) - 9.4/10.
NEW! Rolling Stone unveiled its list of the top 100 television shows of all time, and the New Jersey-set HBO mob drama “The Sopranos” took the top spot. In Rolling Stone's analysis of the show, the magazine called it an “undisputed champion” due to its “86 medium-transforming episodes.”
Why was The Sopranos so groundbreaking? ›
Pushing creative and moral boundaries along with audience expectations, it influenced a raft of prestige TV that followed in its wake—including Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Deadwood, and Game of Thrones (some of which involved writers and directors who worked on The Sopranos).Why is The Sopranos controversial? ›
Ever since the final episode aired in 2007, the infamous cut-to-black moment had sparked debate among fans as to whether Tony was dead or not – and whether a death should have been shown onscreen. Many Sopranos fans wanted to see Tony's demise for themselves – something which has long irritated Chase.Who was the most evil character in The Sopranos? ›
Christopher Moltisanti may be the most loathsome lead character in TV history.Who was the best character in The Sopranos? ›
- 7/7 Silvio Dante.
- 6/7 AJ Soprano.
- 5/7 Paulie Gualtieri.
- 4/7 Dr. Jennifer Melfi.
- 3/7 Carmela Soprano.
- 2/7 Christopher Moltisanti.
- 1/7 Tony Soprano.
Today, the American Mafia cooperates in various criminal activities with Italian organized crime groups, such as the Sicilian Mafia, the Camorra of Campania and the 'Ndrangheta of Calabria.