Here is a list of my favorite TV series of all time. They are not in order, but I really enjoyed them all and got serious withdrawal symptoms when some of them were finished. Enjoy!
This follows the personal and professional lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan, sitting around complaining about their day jobs, their sex lives, their screwed-up families. It’s a formula countless sitcoms tried to get right over the years, but it took the Central Perk crew to get the right mix of personalities: Joey a struggling actor, Monica a chef, Rachel a waitress who hopes to work in fashion (and manages to do so), Ross a paleontologist, Chandler who hates his job in data processing, and Phoebe a masseuse/musician.
In my opinion, there never has been a sitcom funnier than Friends! The humor is universal. I feel like I’m part of the group every time I watch it because I feel the different emotions they go through. I just love it!
This is Us
This is a heartwarming and emotional story about a unique set of triplets, their struggles and their wonderful parents. In moments of love, joy, triumph and heartbreak, revelations emerge from parents Jack and Rebecca’s past, while triplets Kate, Randall and Kevin discover deeper meaning in their present day lives. Successful businessman and father Randall searches for information about his biological parents. Kate finds love and self-acceptance while battling obesity. Kevin pursues a more meaningful career, which brings some difficult choices.
The acting is excellent and the script is super well written. This TV series is real. So much so, that it brings tears to my eyes in every since episode. I have absolutely fallen in love with ‘This is Us’ and this is, on par with Friends, my favorite TV series of all times!
The sublime pleasure of Gilmore Girls lies in its witty, fast-paced dialogue and the heart-warming (occasionally fractious) mother-daughter relationship between Lorelei and Rory Gilmore. The cozy town of Stars Hollow is the setting for a tv series which delights in oddball characters and light dramatic tension, as Rory grows up and Lorelei starts to think about settling down.
This is an intelligent show with lots of references to literature, music, movies, and pop culture. There is something different about this series. The story is good and not boring, somewhat very memorable and it going to make you feel very cozy watching it!
Sex and the City
This shoe-porn Manhattan fantasy was ubiquitous, to the point where Jay Z could rap that Beyoncé wouldn’t talk to him when Sex and the City was on. Nothing could stop fans from feeling the Carrie fever, as she and her three best friends talk, shop, date and have sex in the late 90s, eventually realizing their only true soulmates are one another.
This series touches on some major issues of singles in the dating world while, at the same time, not having an overly dramatic or depressing tone. It’s fun and light hearted – it celebrates the shallowness in each one of us while also recognizing the basic faults that make us human!
Sons of Anarchy
This series is about a biker who struggles to balance being a father and being involved in an outlaw motorcycle club in the small town of Charming. The SAMCRO club combines gun-running and a garage, plus involvement in porn film. Clay, the president, likes it old school and violent, while Jax Teller, his stepson and the club’s VP, has thoughts about changing the way things are, based on his dead father’s journal. Their conflict has effects on both the club and their personal relationships. Sons Of Anarchy sees crime, ambition and violence all bleeding together.
This is not just another tv series about a ruthless lawless biker gang, but about ruthless moral filled biker gangs who are well aware of the rights and wrongs of society and human nature. The story line has enough twists to keep you on the edge of your seats through out the episode. Loved it!
An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide. This dark sci-fi anthology series taps into very human fears about our relationship with technology and the spiralling paths humanity could be heading down. Every episode set in a slightly different reality with different characters combating different types of technologies. Often set in worryingly plausible possible futures, the storytelling largely leans towards the bleak, shot through with a sardonic sense of humour.
Black Mirror is disturbing in the best possible way. Watching it shook me deeply. The thought provoking subject matter combined with powerful, desolate stories and excellent performances created one of the most unique and brilliant series that I have seen. Definitely worth seeing!
American Horror Story
This is an anthology series centering on different characters and locations: a house haunted by murderous spirits, a Catholic insane asylum from the 1960s, a coven of witches, a freak show starring some truly twisted characters, a hotel filled with serial killers run by a vampire countess, an isolated haunted shack that may hold the secrets to the disappearance of the Roanoke colony, a cult on the rise after the 2016 Presidential election, an outpost that hides the few survivors of the Apocalypse and a summer camp targeted by a serial killer. Every new season comes all new, wholly American terrors in this interconnected modern horror anthology series.
I personally think its genius how they managed to make every season very different from the ones before but still managed to connect all of them. AHS is officially my most favorite horror/thriller/creepy tv series of all time!
This is 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. The American dream and how to sell it – except for Don and the hustlers of Sterling Cooper, selling is the American dream. Mad Men became a sensation as soon as it appeared, partly because of its glam surface – a New York ad agency in the JFK era, all sex and money and liquor and cigarettes. Don, is a genius at shaping other people’s dreams and fantasies, but he can’t escape his own loneliness.
Apart from the spectacular 60’s decors and the non predictable story lines, the topics and the characters development is showed in such a refined way, that I couldn’t stop watching it. It is done so sophisticatedly, that the whole tv series has become one big pyschlogy lesson for me!
This is a dark, offbeat drama about a New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, who deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to secretly seek professional psychiatric counseling. He’s stressed: his teenage daughter is giving his wife fits; his mean-spirited mother refuses to move to a retirement community; his aging Uncle Junior, jealous of Tony’s rise to the top, won’t stay in line and engineers a plot to kill Tony; and the feds, armed with RICO, are circling. In therapy, Tony must come to terms with his father’s example, his mother’s manipulations, and his own fears of death and loss of family.
The Sopranos is arguably the greatest show in Dramatic Television history. Its hard to think of another series that boasts so much intelligence, sublime writing or first rate performances. A fusion of sharp, unpredictable writing and powerhouse acting makes this one of my favorites as well!
Game of Thrones
The action takes place in the mythical continent of Westeros. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne. This is a story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die. It might grab attention with the nudity, the dragons and severed heads, but at heart it’s a political thriller.
Despite the fact that the finale was disliked by a lot of people, Game of Thrones is gripping, unpredictable, full of twists, with excellent writing, good use of VFX, good action, and good acting for sure. Really worth watching!
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
This is a story about a streetwise, poor young man from Philadelphia is sent by his mother to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins in their Bel-Air mansion. The family is made up of Will’s strict and gruff Uncle Phil, his forthright and career-minded Aunt Vivian, his preppy and arrogant cousin, Carlton Banks, his attractive but dull-witted eldest cousin, Hilary Banks, his youngest cousin who often looks up to him, Ashley Banks, and the family’s cynical Butler, Geoffrey. Will’s working class background ends up clashing in various humorous ways with the upper class world of the Banks and frequently got him or other members of the family into trouble as well.
This 90’s series is as memorable as the intro rap song, from a time when it wasn’t afraid to be creative or witty. The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is a series you’ll never get tired of. The attitudes of each character only builds up the humour. I cannot ever recall an episode in which I did not laugh!
Malcolm in the Middle
An offbeat sitcom about a bizarrely dysfunctional family, the center of which is Malcolm, the middle of the two brothers who still live at home. His eldest (and favorite) sibling, Francis, boards at military school because his parents believe it will reform him and keep him out of trouble. Malcolm often has a hard time coping with his family life, but he has more troubles to contend with when he starts receiving special treatment at school after being diagnosed as an intellectually advanced genius.
This has a wonderful ability to tell two or three stories simultaneously and interweave them very well. Plus the humor is unique enough that I honestly can’t say it was like any other show on television. Excellent writing, casting and enough bizarre plot twists to keep you interested!
Six Feet Under
A California family – Nathaniel Fisher, his wife Ruth, and their children David and Claire – run a small funeral business – which means that mortality and grief are never far from anyone’s mind. Prodigal son Nate Jr. arrives home for Christmas just as his father is killed by a bus, and has to stick around when he and David are willed the funeral service together. How does a family who helps others deal with grief deal with its own?
It is meticulous, beautiful, daunting, and powerful. The show displays confusion in the clearest way making it almost impossible not to some how relate to the characters in the tv series. The cast, the sharp writing and an amazing finale offers one of the most emotional wrap-ups in TV history!
Watch the Gallaghers dealing with their alcoholic father Frank. Fiona, the eldest daughter, takes the role of the parent to her five brothers and sisters. Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl, and Liam deal with life on the South Side of Chicago. Fiona balances her sex life and raising her siblings. Every episode is another crazy situation that one or more of the Gallagher six get into. Watch them grow and learn how to make their way in life with what little they have.
The cast are excellent in their roles and the story which is far from the usual tame fodder of American drama is handled with honesty and realism. The tv series is dynamic and definitely worth the time!
Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. Parents Phil and Claire yearn for an honest, open relationship with their three kids, but a daughter who is trying to grow up too fast, another who is too smart for her own good, and a rambunctious young son make it challenging. Claire’s dad Jay and his Latina wife Gloria are raising two sons together, but people sometimes believe Jay to be Gloria’s father. Jay’s gay son Mitchell and his partner Cameron have adopted a little Asian girl, completing one big, multicultural, happy family.
I just want to say that I love this tv series! It is good family entertainment. It has humor, heart, great acting, great writing and likable characters. The jokes are sharp, believable and it’s also not too hyper like a lot of today’s sitcoms are.
Jane the Virgin
Jane is a religious young Latina who was a waitress in a hotel and then became a full time writer with a published novel. Her life takes a big turn for the unexpected when her doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during her checkup and she has a kid, Mateo. The biological father of the kid is Rafael Solano, with whom Jane falls in love. Throughtout the seasons, Jane finds herself in the middle of this love triangle, between Rafael and Michael Cordero, a detective. Through it all, she can always count on her mother, Xiomara, and her abuela, Alba, for the best advices. Her father is Rogelio de la Vega, a famous TV star, shows up in her life and ends up together with Xiomara.
It was the best Latin/American telanovela ever. The switching between English and Spanish dialog – muy bueno! The very witty writing about cultural mores, traditional and contemporary, is something very missing in today’s entertainment.
A group of people around the world are suddenly mentally and emotionally connected, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order. While trying to figure how and why this connection happened and what it means, a stranger called Whispers attempts to hunt them down, using the same sensate power to gain full access to a sensate’s mind (thoughts/sight) after looking into their eyes. Each episode reflects the views of the characters interacting with each other while delving deeper into their backgrounds and what sets them apart and brings them together with the others.
Well directed and written, gorgeously shot and edited. From the opening sequence, you know you’re about to watch something special. Shot in different countries around the world, this show brings it all, and it’s deep! It is impossible to watch it without deeply connecting with the 8 characters.
The Big Bang Theory
This is a comedy about brilliant physicists, Leonard and Sheldon. Despite being super smart, they don’t know how to interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard’s roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional scientist friends, Wolowitz and Koothrappali. However, it all changes for Leonard when he falls in love with Penny.
This series has some of the most intellectually-stimulating and subtle humour since Seinfeld. Even though the last seasons showed signs of fatigue, the first four seasons are solid gold, funny and with good plotlines!
How I Met your Mother
This series weaved the story that Ted Mosby recounts to his children – through a series of flashbacks – the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother. Along the way, he spends his time going down romantic cul-de-sacs, while best friends Lily and Marshall marry, pick-up artist Barney plots, and on-again-off-again tough nut Canadian Robin looks for her own path.
Leaving aside for a moment that devastatingly divisive (read: disappointing) ending, How I Met Your Mother updated the classic hang-out sitcom for a new generation, with amidst flashbacks, narrative trickery, unreliable narrators and quick cut-away jokes. It’s legendary!
The show about nothing that blew up into the great American comedy. Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer: four pathetic friends who happen to be horrible people, living in New York. Even at the time, everybody could tell Seinfeld was the funniest sitcom they had ever witness. The premise of this sitcom is Jerry and his friends going through everyday life, discussing various quirky situations. The eccentric personalities of the offbeat characters contribute to the fun.
As a reflection of society, the image is not a pretty one, but it is a classic. The characters are fantastic, the actors performed so well that you can’t think of them like anything but the character they played, and the writers managed to make each episode funnier than the last one. To sum up, Seinfeld rules!
After Life follows Tony, a journalist whose life is turned upside down after his wife dies from breast cancer. He contemplates suicide, but instead decides to live long enough to punish the world for his wife’s death by saying and doing whatever he wants. Although he thinks of this as his “superpower”, his plan is undermined when everyone around him tries to make him a better person.
Poignant, funny, heart warming and beautifully acted. This tv series is challeging. It will make you almost cry while making you laugh. It’s genius and I recommend you watch it if you think you are depressed or you see no point in life. And I guess it’s greatest characteristic is that its honest!
Two and a Half Men
Charlie and Alan are brothers with little in common, except their dislike for their mother, Evelyn. Alan, a compulsively neat chiropractor and control-freak, is thrown out by his manipulative wife Judith. Charlie, a freelance jingle composer and irresistible Cassanova who lives in a luxurious beach-house, allows Alan and his son Jake to ”temporarily” move in with him. The sitcom revolves around their conflicting lifestyles, raising Jake, and bantering with Evelyn and various other friends and family.
I personally prefer the first 8 seasons, with Charlie Sheen as the main actor. Ever since they replaced him with Ashton Kutcher, I lost interest in the show. During those 8 seasons, I laughed a lot. The casting and acting was superb and the writing creative and hilarious!
Bryan Cranston played Walter White, a bitter high school chemistry teacher, who gets terminal lung cancer and decides to provide for his kids by turning into New Mexico’s premier crystal-meth chef. Unfortunately for his family, his victims and practically everyone he meets, he loves his new secret life as the killer drug lord Heisenberg. “I am not in danger, Skyler,” he tells his wife. “I am the danger!”
Walter is so frightening because he’s so ordinary – an American loser who gets a chance to act on his most criminal fantasies. It shows the grim side of the American dream. That’s what makes this tv series as addictive as the Blue Sky that he cooks. I cannot stress enough how good this show is!
Orange is the New Black
Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be. Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.
The first couple of seasons were the best. It displayed the true to life stereotyping and racial tensions present in any prison in interesting but constructive ways. The characters were well developed and if not always likable, you understood better where they were coming from.
Decades after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament in ‘Karate Kid’, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again. Johnny Lawrence is at rock-bottom as an unemployed handyman haunted by his wasted life. However, when Johnny rescues a bullied kid, Miguel, from bullies, he is inspired to restart the notorious Cobra Kai dojo. Daniel LaRousso is now a successful businessman who may be happily married, but is missing an essential balance in life since the death of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. Johnny’s estranged miscreant son, Robby, finds himself inadvertently coming under Daniel’s wing and flourishes in ways worthy of Mr. Miyagi.
This is an amazing tv series! It’s not corny or stupid. In fact, it’s the perfect match up of seriousness with a few goofs or references from the 80’s thrown in here and there. This revival could have been a disaster but it looks like they got the perfect combo of writers, directors and actors!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina Spellman wrestling to reconcile her dual nature – half-witch, half-mortal – while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit. As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends.
I love that they took the original idea and made it modern and dark but the situations don’t really end up keeping my attention. I live Sabrina’s character but I don’t feel very connected to any of the others. I still recommend you watch it, even though it is not amazing!
Hank Moody – a self loathing, narcissistic author struggles to overcome writer’s block while balancing his occasional drug use, alcoholism, and borderline sex addiction all the while trying to get back together with his girlfriend and raise his teenage daughter.
The name tells you this is going to be about sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, and it is. The dialog pacing is flawless and the humor timing is spot on. The relationships in the story line are valid and authentic. This has to be one of the best written shows in years!
Freaks and Geeks
A tv series that truly captured the agonies of American adolescence in the 80’s. It tragically lasted only one season, but all 18 episodes hit home, with a rock soundtrack and a cast of future legends. The freaks (“lead” by Daniel Desario), add a new member to there group, Lindsey Weir (a once mathlete) who just wants to fit in. The geeks Bill, Neal, and Sam have a mission of making it through their freshman year of high school. These are kids who don’t fit in, craving a place they might belong.
It’s a shame this show didn’t survive! In my opinion, it counts with terrific acting, excellent music, good clothes, and great storylines. It’s a very honest and low key tv series with a slow narrative but the stories and characters really grab you by the heart. To put it simply, the show is brilliant!
The Handmaid’s Tales
The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was the United States. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state, and is faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate. In a desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world, the few remaining fertile women are forced into sexual servitude. One of these women, Offred, is determined to survive the terrifying world she lives in, and find the daughter that was taken from her.
Even with the gloomy, dystopian outlook, there is plenty to recommend it: the amazing acting performances, the sets, the direction, the camera work, the intensity, and the fact that the show marks a stellar example of how to take a novel’s key concept and run with it!
Jess, a bubbly, off-beat teacher, who is known to burst into song, catches her boyfriend with another woman. Newly homeless, she moves into a loft with three single guys she’s never met before. Nick, a jaded, law-school dropout isn’t the best of company. Schmidt is a flashy, eccentric businessman who believes he is Yahweh’s gift to women. Winston is a former athlete who doesn’t know what to do, but really needs a win. Can this dysfunctional group handle the adorkable new girl?
This tv series has some of the most loveable/hilarious characters. It genuinely puts a smile on my face without cheap tricks, fake laughter, or annoying punchline tunes trying to convince me what just happened was funny!
How has America’s favorite cartoon family lasted this long? Because they’re also America’s realest family. Especially Homer, the doofus dad everybody fears turning into, nature’s cruelest mistake: And to think I turned to a cult for mindless happiness, when I had beer all along!” Or maybe especially Lisa, the sax-tooting voice of wisdom. Not to mention Apu, Krusty, Flanders, Monty Burns, Amanda Hugginkiss or any of the other unforgettable kooks who make Springfield just like your town, except funnier!
After 30+ seasons, the continuing misadventures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and the multitudes surrounding them still find plenty of scope for laughs, commentary and pop culture nonsense. It’s already in the telly hall of fame, and continues to bring out great episodes!
This Netflix’s historical crime drama focuses on the exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years. Pablo Escobar was the primary target for DEA agents and the government. Despite of his crime, he loved his family and his associates. He obtained a lot of money but couldn’t change his fate.
Narcos has a lot to recommend it – not least, it’s able to show more sides of Escobar’s story than most of the movies that have been made about him. The story is gripping, and while it naturally has to invent some events, it feels largely authentic.
Casa de Papel
Set in Madrid, a mysterious man known as “The Professor” recruits a group of eight people, who choose cities for code-names, to carry out an ambitious plan that involves entering the Royal Mint of Spain, and escaping with €2.4 billion. This unusual group of robbers take hostages and lock themselves in the building, as the criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.
They started with a good idea, intriguing characters and an elaborate plot. By the end of season 2 it became apparent they could not drag this anymore. The first two seasons were great, but in my opinion it started going downhill from there. However, I still enjoyed this show a lot!
2 Broke Girls
Sassy, streetwise Max works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. Sophisticated Caroline is an uptown trust fund princess who’s having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers she must cover for, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she sees a lucrative future for them, but they first need to raise the start-up money.
I find the show easy to watch, the story lines are not complicated and the humour is not too clever for its own good, if you want a show that’s easy to get into, you can have on in the background with a few laughs guaranteed, give it a go.
One Tree Hill
In Tree Hill, the greatest source of pride is the high school basketball team, the Ravens. Its greatest talent ever was Dan Scott, and the present talents are his two sons, Nathan Scott, a beautiful and popular athlete, and Lucas, who was abandoned at birth. When an incident forces the coach to replace players, Lucas soon proves the revelation, and after a while gets accepted and develops a dynamic, in the long run good relationship with his brother, who turns on his dad. Of course the teenage boys have friends, and especially a confusing series of usually short-loved ‘eternal’ love affairs with musical talents Peyton and Haley, also a tutor, and irresistible man-eater Brooke.
I was a teenager when I watched this show, and it really appeals to this audience. The show deals with a lot of sensitive issues that teenagers face such as: sex, drugs,marriage, adoption, affairs, conflicts etc. The actors do an excellent job in getting the emotions across!
The show centers around fifteen-year-old Jenna Hamilton, who, like many, feels invisible to her peers and desperately wants to find her place. Unfortunately, Jenna’s visibility comes on the heels of an accident that gives her a not-so-fun stigma – because people thought it was a suicide attempt. And while the stigma of her accident could be the curse of her life, Jenna’s determined to make it her life’s blessing. Matty is everything she has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, there’s just one thing: he won’t take her out in public. Jenna is just trying to survive high school!
This is not the typical, American teenagers lives are perfect show. It shows how life can be brutal for kids in school. Everybody can relate to something in there one way or another. It also addresses some serious issues like weight and depression. It’s just a funny and honest show!
After the mysterious and sudden vanishing of a young boy, the people of a small town begin to uncover secrets of a government lab, portals to another world and sinister monsters. The boy’s mother desperately tries to find him, convinced he is in grave danger, while the police chief searches for answers. Trying to help find him, the boy’s friends discover a strange little girl, who is on the run from “bad men”.
Stranger Things channels the 80’s era perfectly, mixing up a horror and sci-fi blend that hits you right in the Spielberg and Stephen King sweet-spot. It’s one of the most thrilling and intense series to be on TV, it will hook you immediately!
This tv series tells the story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman brought up in an ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg district who flees her arranged marriage and religious community to start a new life abroad in Berlin, leaving behind an arranged marriage and tight-knit faith community in part to pursue her goal discovering her path.
Beautifully told story. Wonderfully acted. Etsy’s journey was relatable not because she was Jewish but because she was a young woman on a journey to womanhood and independence. The languages spoken may be foreign to some, but the happenings within the story line are universally understood!
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