39. The West Wing
Pilot episode: September 22, 1999
What it is about: Running the country is no easy business, and when your personal issues get entangled with your professional duties, it becomes even harder. The show portrays the struggles of the President and his advisers.
38. Brothers & Sisters
Pilot episode: September 24, 2006
What it is about: This soap revolves around the lives of the members of the dysfunctional Walker family. Similar to Modern Family, Brothers & Sisters deals with issues on homosexuality, surrogacy, divorce, and infidelity.
37. Hannah Montana
Pilot episode: March 24, 2006
What it is about: Before we know her as twerking Miley, Miley Cyrus was first Miley Stewart, an average girl who, unknown to others, lives a double life and is actually the superstar, Hannah Montana.
36. Prison Break
Pilot episode: August 29, 2005
What it is about: What would you do to prove your brother’s innocence? Michael Scofield commits a crime to incriminate himself to join his innocent brother in jail and his elaborate plans to break out of prison unfolds.
Pilot episode: October 6, 2000
What it is about: The 2000s decade saw a lot of crime and murder series, and CSI is one of the most popular. The show features several teams, investigations, and crimes in different US states.
34. Burn Notice
Pilot episode: June 28, 2007
What it is about: Michael Western used to be a spy receives a burn notice and is determined to find out who did it to him. Together with his spy ex-girlfriend, former spy friend, and mum, he seeks his secret enemy.
Michael Westen: When you’re being watched, what you need is contrast. A background that will make the surveillance stand out. An FBI field office is full of guys in their forties. At most South Beach business hotels, it would be tough to tell which middle-aged white guy was watching you. So you stay in the place where everyone is a Jell-O shot away from alcohol poisoning. If you see someone who can walk a straight line, that’s the Fed.
Pilot episode: October 2, 2001
What it is about: This comedy series revolves around a group of medical students training at Sacred Heart Hospital. The interns, particularly JD Dorian, learns about medicine and the ways of life.
Pilot episode: September 8, 2003
What it is about: Unlike most of our other entries, Ellen is a talk show hosted by the hugely popular Ellen Degeneres. The show has already won many awards including Daytime Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, and GLAAD Media Awards.
Pilot episode: September 22, 2004
What it is about: The show revolves around the lives of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 185, which crashed onto a remote island. Unknowingly, the island has a giant security system as well as a group of violent survivalists.
Pilot episode: September 17, 2009
What it is about: Lawyer Jeff Winger finds his degree revoked so he needs to go back to school – to Greendale Community College in particular. The show follows his adventures in the college with the group he finds himself with.
29. The Office
Pilot episode: March 24, 2005
What it is about: Set in a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, this mockumentary revolves around the lives of the staff of Dunder-Mifflin. It features different characters which also give light to real office situations all over the world.
28. Malcolm in the Middle
Pilot episode: January 9, 2000
What it is about: The narrative of this sitcom is, clearly, Malcolm who is the Cleavers’ middle child. Humorously portraying a quite dysfunctional family, Malcolm happens to be a genius who doesn’t want to be one.
Pilot episode: September 25, 2006
What it is about: Heroes is about ordinary individuals all over the country who discover they have superpowers. Upon discovering these special abilities, they realise they need to work together to save the world.
26. McLeod’s Daughters
Pilot episode: August 8, 2001
What it is about: The soap opera follows the lives of half-sisters, Tess and Claire, who reunite upon their father’s dead after being separated from each other for almost their entire lives and have to run their father’s ranch together.
Claire McLeod: What Alex? It’s just a boob.
Alex Ryan: Yeah but it’s a breastfeeding boob, not a GROPING boob.
25. The King of Queens
Pilot episode: September 21, 1998
What it is about: The series follows the life of Doug Heffernan, a delivery man, who lives a pretty sweet life: he has a nice home, great friends, and a gorgeous wife. However, also living in his house is his annoying father-in-law.
Pilot episode: August 7, 2005
What it is about: Weeds is a television series is about Nancy Botwin, a widow, who, after her husband dies and leaves her with a big debt, resorts to growing and selling marijuana in order to support her children.
23. The L Word
Pilot episode: January 18, 2004
What it is about: The show revolves around a storyline that features intertwined stories about a group of lesbians and bisexuals from Los Angeles and their romances, families, and personal struggles.
22. The O.C.
Pilot episode: August 5, 2003
What it is about: The story revolves around the lives of three families – the Cohens, the Coopers, and the Nichols – and the intertwined dramas among their young adults.
21. Family Guy
Pilot episode: January 31, 1999
What it is about: One of the most popular animated series for adults in recent years, Family Guy follows the lives of the Griffin’s patriarch, Peter, his wife, Lois, their kids, Meg, Chris, and Stewie, and the only mature one in the family, the dog, Brian.