65 TV Series You Must Watch Before You Die

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65 TV Series You Must Watch Before You Die

These are the BEST TV Series ever made, the shows you just have to watch.  Some are from a few years ago, others are current – but they are the cream of the crop!

The only downtime I have is my beloved television.  I adore tv series – it’s my jam!  

So here it is, ladies and gentlemen! My pick for the best TV series of all time, the 65 TV series you must watch before you die!

1. The Sopranos (1999-2007)

  • Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
  • Genre: Mafia Drama, Crime
  • IMDB Rank: 9.2/10

Tony Soprano is a New Jersey Mafia Boss. But even powerful men of means have trouble with both his family – and ‘THE family’.

One of the most highly rated “black comedies”, this TV series follows the personal and professional life of Tony Soprano.

“A wrong decision is better than indecision”

Tony Soprano

2. Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

  • Stars: Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage
  • Genre: Fantasy Family Saga
  • IMDB Rank: 9.2/10

Nine noble families fight for the control of Westeros, a mythical land, leading to a full-scale war amid an ancient evil. Watch this show if you are into political conflicts and sexual intrigues!

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or die. There is no middle ground.”

Cercei Lannister

3. Ozark (4 Seasons)

  • Stars: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julie Garner
  • Genre: Drama, Crime
  • IMDB Rank: 8.4/10

An amazing drama about the Byrde family, a family who seem perfect from the outside, but inside, they are money laundering for a drug cartel. Marty Byrde is a Financial Advisor who was enticed to laundry money for a Mexican drug cartel.  But he got sticky fingers and stole from the cartel.  The family moves from Chicago to the Ozarks to try and get away but the cartel follows.

An excellent, excellent series – comparable to Breaking Bad.

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“If you’re a killer, then I’m fucking Snow White, and I don’t see any dwarfs around.”

Ruth Langmore

4. Breaking Bad (2009-2013)

  • Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
  • Genre: Crime Drama
  • IMDB Rank: 9.4/10

Chemistry teacher, Walter White, is diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and given only 2 years left to live. Determined to give his family a secure future, he enters the drug trade and manufactures methamphetamine with a former student.

“I am not in danger; I am THE danger.”

Walter White

5. House of Cards (2013-2018)

  • Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michel Gill
  • Genre: Political Thriller
  • IMDB Rank: 8.7/10

Congressman Francis Underwood, together with his wife, exacts vengeance on the people who betrayed him, namely his cabinet members and the president of the United States of America.

What You Will Love About It:

I think this should be key viewing for anyone in business. The savvy thoughts that Congressman Underwood explains directly to the camera are genius. Plus, you will have his ringtone in your head forever!

Note: The last season is insanely shit. Kevin Spacey, although has a dodgy personal life, makes this series what it is.

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“The road to power is paved with hypocrisy. And casualties.”

Frances Underwood

6. Better Call Saul

  • Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, The Spin-Off Series From Breaking Bad
  • IMDB Rank: 8.8/10

The prequel to the show Breaking Bad, this TV series takes us on a journey with Jimmy McGill, a small-town attorney, during a time before he came to be Walter White’s lawyer, Saul Goodman.

What You Will Love About It:

It is no Breaking Bad, but you can see the escalation of the sheer edginess episode by episode.  Plus, it explains many of the Breaking Bad backstories of characters.

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“I’m the guy on your speed dial right after your weed dealer.”

Saul Goodman

7. Money Heist

  • Stars: Úrsula CorberóÁlvaro MorteItziar Ituño
  • Genre: Family Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

A mysterious figure known only as The Professor assembles a group of eight thieves who share one trait: neither of them has anything to lose. Five months of isolation culminate in eleven days locked up in Spain’s National Coinage and Stamp Factory, surrounded by police and with dozens of hostages in their control, to see if their suicide wager will result in all or none.

What You Will Love About It:

This show’s creators have perfected the art of narrative, and there isn’t a single dull episode that you can skip or fast-forward without losing much. The sequences flow in such a way that they become addicted and maintain the suspense constantly.

This might be one of those movies that you’ll not be on the policià‘s side!

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Hope is like dominos. Once one falls, the rest follow.


8. Freaks & Geeks (1999-2000)

  • Stars: Seth Rogan, Busy Phillips, James Franco, Jason Segal
  • Genre: High School Drama
  • IMDB Rank: 8.7/10

Set in the 1980s, this TV series chronicles the journey of two siblings in high school after the death of their grandmother. Normal teen problems are set against the school’s two groups: the Freaks and the Geeks.

What You Will Love About It:

Seeing all the up-and-coming stars before they hit the big time!

“Dad is right – I’m part of this family.”

Lindsay Weir

9. Dexter (2006-2013)

  • Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
  • Genre: Serial Killer, Crime, Anti-Hero

Miami Police forensics expert, Dexter Morgan, is a blood pattern expert, but at night, he morphs into Dexter, the serial killer, killing with a precise “moral code”.

What You Will Love About It:

Seeing how a serial killer thinks and stalks his prey.

“Harry and Dorris Morgan did a wonderful job of raising me. But they’re both dead now. I didn’t kill them, honest.”

Dexter Morgan

10. Orange is the New Black

  • Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning
  • Genre: Jail Time Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

A TV series that is one of the very few that tackle life in jail, this show follows the story of Piper Chapman, who is sentenced to 15 months in prison when she gets convicted of transporting money for drug deals.

What You Will Love About It:

The relationships and backstories of what led the women to jail in the first place. Plus, the first series is based on a true story.

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“I have been here for less than two weeks. I’ve been starved out, felt up, teased, stalked, threatened and called Taylor Swift.”

Piper Chapman

11. Six Feet Under (2001-2005)

  • Stars: Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Frances Conroy
  • Genre: Black Comedy Set in a Funeral Parlour
  • IMDB Rating: 8.7/10

Another TV series featuring a dysfunctional family, this show focuses on the Fishers, a family who runs a funeral home and then needs to learn how to deal with a death of their own.

What You Will Love About It:

Michael C. Hall before he was famous is brilliant.

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“Well, isn’t it comforting to know that being miserable is still better than being an idiot.”

Claire Fisher

12. Deadwood (2004-2006)

  • Stars: Timothy Oliphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker
  • Genre: Western Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

Set in Deadwood, South Dakota during the 1800s following the Custer massacre, this TV series follows ex-lawman, Wild Bill Hickok, and a man hoping to find a new start, Seth Bullock, and Al Swearengen, boss of Deadwood.

Most of the characters in this show were real people!

What You Will Love About Deadwood:

  • How many times can ‘Cocksucker’ be said in a single episode? You count them!
  • The word ‘Fuck’ and its derivaties are used 2,980 times through the series.

Note: The TV series was so popular they made a movie that was released in 2009.

“Tread lightly who lives in the hope of pussy”


13. Sherlock (2010- 2017)

  • Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
  • Genre: Detective Drama

One of the most popular series in the 2010s, this show features Sherlock Holmes reimagined as a detective in early 21st century London and John Watson as an Afghan war veteran.

What You Will Love About It:

Benedict is simply superb as Sherlock Holmes.

“I’m not a psychopath, Anderson. I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research.”

Sherlock Holmes

14. Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

  • Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern
  • Genre: Historical Drama

Taking place in the years leading to World War I, this TV series chronicles the lives of the Crawley family. Upon the death of Lord Grantham’s heir on the Titanic, Matthew Crawley suddenly becomes next in line in inheriting Downton Abbey.

What You Will Love About It:

Maggie Smith is full of pomp, ceremony and sarcasm!

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“Don’t be defeatist, dear. It’s very middle class.”

Dowager Countess

15. The X-Files (1993)

  • Stars: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny
  • Genre: FBI Science Fiction
  • Watch it on Netflix

It’s safe to assume that everybody knows The X-Files. This iconic television show follows two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Their investigation of the paranormal cases leads them to discover alien conspiracies within the government.

What You Will Love About It:

Sheer brilliance. Like a prequel to Supernatural.

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“And a lie, Mr Mulder, is most convincingly hidden between two truths.”

Deep Throat

16. The Newsroom (2012-2014)

  • Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr, Alison Pill, Dev Patel
  • Genre: Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

Created by the genius Aaron Sorkin (who also did The West Wing, Molly’s Game, and A Few Good Men), The Newsroom is about a team of journalists who tell the story of the news in real-time as they are happening. It’s hard to describe without it sounding boring as batshit, but it is an incredible series.

The Newsrooms won 1 Primetime Emmy, 9 wins, and 33 nominations – so we all can’t be wrong!

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“Except for the things we did wrong, we did everything right.”

Will McAvoy

17. Misfits (2009-2013)

  • Stars: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Iwan Rheon
  • Genre: British Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

Nathan, Kelly, Simon, Alisha and Curtis are all young offenders attending mandatory community service when lightning from a freak thunderstorm struck them and gave them superpowers.

Best Part:

Robert Sheehan who plays Nathan is just the ultimate bad boy you can’t help but adore.

What You Will Love About It:

When you try and explain this TV series to anyone, it sounds just ridiculous. It is the sort of show you will watch in a single night because you can’t help keep pressing the ‘play’ button.

“You lot, superheroes? No offence, but in what kind of fucked-up world would that be allowed to happen?” – Nathan Young

18. Sex Education (2019- )

  • Stars: Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey
  • Genre: British Comedy, Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

A British series about a Sex Therapist (Gillian Anderson) and her high-school-aged son who is afraid to masturbate and starts giving out sex advice to fellow students (for a fee). It will make you cringe with embarrassment and laugh out loud.

Best Part:

Ncuti Gatwa who plays Eric has a smile that lights up the room. I think he is a star!

What You Will Love About It:

It is British. Gillian Anderson is smoking hot in a jumpsuit and the cringeworthy moments are hysterical.

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“Sometimes the people we like don’t like us back, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Otis Milburn

  • Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish
  • Genre: Historical Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

19. Outlander (2014 – )

  • Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

This show follows the story of Claire Randall, a combat nurse from 1945, who gets transported in time to 1743. Already married, she is then forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a young Scottish warrior. It is a time warp love story – with a manic following.

What You Will Love About It:

  • The sex scenes are pretty damn HOT!
  • Many of the actors in Outlander are also in Game of Thrones. Tobias Menzies who plas Frank and Jack Randall, Clive Russell, Ian Hanmore, Duncan Lacroix and Diana Rigg.
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“Last I was here I was Claire Randall, then Claire Beauchamp and Claire Fraser. The question was, who did I want to be?”

Claire Randall

20. Mindhunter

  • Stars: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

If you love True Crime, you will adore Mindhunter.  Based on how the FBI came up with serial killer profiling and interviewing criminals to see how they think.

What You Will Love About It:

Two words: Based on a true story

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“How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?”

Holden Ford

21. Mad Men (2007-2015)

  • Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss
  • Genre: Historical Drama

Set in the 1960s, Mad Men revolves around the lives of the men who work in advertising at Madison Avenue, focusing on a smaller firm called Sterling Cooper and Donald Draper, its creative genius. But Don Draper isn’t who he says he is.

What You Will Love About It:

Finding out what a housewife in the ’60s was REALLY like.

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“What do you want me to say?”

Don Draper

22. The Last Kingdom

  • Stars: Alexander DreymonEliza ButterworthArnas Fedaravicius
  • Genre: Documentary
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

The year is 872, and some of the various kingdoms of what is now England have succumbed to the invading Danes, leaving King Alfred’s vast kingdom of Wessex surviving alone and defiant. Our hero, Uhtred, lives against this tumultuous backdrop. He is seized by the Danes and reared as one of their own, despite the fact that he is the son of a Saxon lord. His loyalties are constantly strained as he is forced to choose between the nation of his birth and the people with whom he grew up.

What exactly is he? Which came first, the Saxons or the Danes? Uhtred, on a mission to recover his inheritance, must navigate a perilous route between the two sides if he is to play a role in the formation of a new nation and, eventually, reclaim his ancestral territories.

What You Will Love About It:

Humour, in general, lets the audience connect with the characters. One of the key driving reasons behind Marvel’s current box office success is the clever use of comedy, which allows the viewer to relate with these superhuman heroes despite their insane existence.

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“You cannot invite a serpent into the garden and be surprised when it slithers on the ground.”


23. Utopia (UK) (2013-2014)

  • Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins
  • Genre: Dark Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

A group of people meet online and then discover a strange graphic novel that seems to be the manuscript of a cult. The group then find itself targeted by a mysterious group known as “The Network”.  This is the British Utopia – nothing like the Australian series of the same name.

The US has now released their version of Utopia starring John Cusack – mehhhh – nothing beats the British version I’m sorry!

What You Will Love About It:

This series is so dark, the characters are just plain evil with no apologies. British TV series are always outstanding and this is one that frequently gets overlooked – but it shouldn’t!

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“Well, for the artwork. The stories, the sheer… imaginative vision. It’s like opening a door into another world. Why diminish it by pretending it’s real?”


24. Entourage (2004-2011)

  • Stars: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

This show is about a rising film star, Vince Chase, learning the ropes of show business with his chosen entourage – his close friends since childhood – and how they progress from ordinary kids from Queens. Plus it is HBO and they are always amazing!

What You Will Love About It:

20-minute bite-sized episodes that are light. Perfect for nights when you are tired and don’t want to get into anything involved. Jeremy Piven is a standout as Ari Gold.

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“If you play gay or retarded you get an Oscar. I’d take in the ass for an Oscar.”

Johnny Drama

25. Vikings (2013- )

  • Stars: Travis Fimmel, Gustaf Skarsgard, Katheryn Winnick
  • Genre: Historical Drama, Adventure

This is the story of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Norse farmer who eventually becomes the greatest hero of his age and the King of the Vikings tribes. And legend has it that he is actually a direct descendant of Odin.

What You Will Love About It:

The She-Maiden Lagertha is a kick-ass woman.

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“I hope that some day our Gods can become friends.”

Ragnar Lothbrok

26. The Fall (2013-2016)

  • Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan
  • Genre: Crime, Mystery
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

The story revolves around a cat-and-mouse chase between Paul Spector, a serial killer in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Stella Gibson, a female detective from London Metropolitan Police.

What You Will Love About It:

The sexual tension between a female detective and a sexual predator is both hot and wrong.

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“The basic human form is female. Maleness is a kind of birth defect.”

Stella Gibson

27. Jane The Virgin

  • Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas
  • Genre: Comedy
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

Jane works as a waiter at a Miami hotel and is a devout young Latina. When her gynecologist (Dr. Luisa Alver) artificially inseminates her during a routine exam, her existence takes an unexpected turn. Jane’s mother, Xiomara, fears that Jane would ruin her life by opting to carry the baby to full term, while Jane’s traditional religious Latina grandmother, Alba, supports Jane to do what she wants.

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“Well, Honey, You Can’t Compromise Who You Are.”


28. Fear the Walking Dead

  • Stars: Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Cliff Curtis
  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

The Walking Dead spin-off series depicts the early events of the zombie apocalypse in the West Coast at the same time that the city of Atlanta was being attacked, while Rick was in a coma at the local hospital. It demonstrates how the strain was already fully operational in the south while it is only getting started in California.

Quick Trivia:

Filming was done under the code name “Cobalt” before the title was selected. The title “Fear the Walking Dead” was revealed on March 27th.

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“People don’t change. When pressed, when cornered, the artifice falls and the curtain drops. They always show you who they really are.”


29. Silicon Valley (2014- )

  • Stars: John Altschuler, Mike Judge, Dave Krinsky
  • Genre: Comedy
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

Inspired by the creator’s own success as a Silicon Valley engineer, this comedy takes us on a journey to Silicon Valley and how it seems that the people qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.

Best Part:

Cleverly funny, especially if you are in the internet business!

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“Jobs was a poser. He didn’t even write code.”


30. Broadchurch (2013-2017)

  • Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman
  • Genre: Crime
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

Taking place in Broadchurch, a seemingly peaceful and quiet seaside town, the story begins when an 11-year-old boy gets murdered and the entire town becomes a place wrapped in secrets.

What You Will Love About It:

Who dunnit? British mystery at its best!

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I’m one up from the man who sits there giggling to himself.”

Rev. Paul Coates

31. Longmire (2012-2017)

  1. Stars: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips
  2. Genre: Western Crime
  3. IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

Based on a novel of the same name, Walt Longmire is a sheriff of a small town in Wyoming.  Longmire is a traditional man grieving for his wife. When he finds out that she was possibly murdered, he works with his team to solve the mystery!

Six amazing seasons to watch!

Best Part:

Robert Taylor is an Aussie! Perfect for the whole family to watch.

“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.” – Walt Longmire

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“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”

Walt Longmire

32. Schitts Creek

  • Stars: Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy
  • Genre: Comedy
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

Now this took me a few episodes to get into – but once I was – I was blown away by just how much I utterly adored this series.  It didn’t win 7 Emmy’s for anything!  The story is about an uber-rich family that loses everything and so the family has to move to ‘Schitt’s Creek’ – a tiny town that they bought as a joke.  Now they must re-build their lives whilst living in a motel room.

What You Will Love About It:

The love story, the relationships, the ‘Ewwwww David!’.

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“I could not be more at one with nature.  I do Coachella every year.”

  David Rose

33. Homeland (2011- )

  • Stars: Claire Danes, Damien Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
  • Genre: Political Spy Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

This award-winning drama centres on Carrie Mathison, a CIA operations officer, who is the only one who suspects that Nicholas Brody, US Marine Sergeant turned hero, has been turned by Al-Qaeda. It is the sort of series you need to really concentrate on as there is so much happening.

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“I missed something once before. I won’t… I can’t let that happen again.”

Carrie Mathison

34. Queer as Folk (UK Version) (2000-2005)

  • Stars: Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

The lives and love of a gay group of friends. This is graphic, gritty, real and probably one of the best TV series I’ve seen. Not one to watch with the kids!

Best Part:

Oh, Brian!!!

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“Oh for fuck’s sake, stop your moaning. If you fancy a threesome at this time of night, you can’t start getting choosy about which particular three!”


35. The Inbetweeners (2008-2010)

  • Stars: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison
  • Genre: British High-School Comedy

This show revolves around the lives of four friends, Simon Cooper, Jay Cartwright, Neil Sutherland, and Will McKenzie as they deal with issues on family, sexuality, and relationships.

Best Part:

Every episode will make you snort with laughter! Cringeworthy and excellent! It is the sort of series you will watch again and again and again – and keep laughing at the same jokes!

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“How long after a poo do you have to wait before you can have sex?”

Neil Sutherland

36. Superstore

  • Stars: Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn
  • Genre: Historical Gangster
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

The series takes set in Cloud 9 Store 1217, a fictitious big-box megastore. Staff and management must deal not just with their responsibilities, but also with customer concerns and each other. Several workers go to work in an attempt to optimise their lives, while others will go to any length to achieve. 

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“I’m Okay. I Think I Hit Something With My Car, But I Was Too Tired To Check.”


37. Twin Peaks (1990-1991)

  • Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Machael Ontkean
  • Genre: Mystery, Crime, Drama

The story, set in the town of Twin Peaks, begins when the body of a young girl is washed up on a beach near it. When FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called to investigate, he unravels a web of mysteries connected to him.

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“She’s dead. Wrapped in plastic.”

38. Wentworth

  • Stars: Kate Atkinson, Katrina Milosevic, Robbie Magasiva
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

Wentworth is a contemporary Australian drama. It follows Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) as she begins her jail sentence after being accused of her husband’s attempted murder. Bea is taken away from her daughter and remanded at Wentworth, where she will dwell in “an uncertain limbo” until she is punished.

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“See, you’re all lying about something. You think that’s the only way you can survive in here but I’m not like that.”


39. Call the Midwife (2012- )

  • Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter
  • Genre: Historical Drama, Comedy

Set in London during the 1950s to 1960s and based on Jennifer Worth’s memoirs, the show chronicles the life of Jenny, a midwife, who finds herself living in a convent, Nonnatus House, and discovers the harsh living conditions of the slums.

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“I should have been a stripper! I mean, at least I’d have met a better class of man.”


40. Banshee (2013-2016)

  • Stars: Anthony Starr, Ivana Millicevic, Ulrich Thomsen
  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

Set in the town of Banshee, Pennsylvania, this follows the life of Lucas Hood, an ex-con who assumes the identity of the murdered sheriff. Using this as cover, he continues his illegal activities but finds himself imposing justice when violence occurs in the town.

Best Part:

Job is an Asian cross-dressing computer hacker who dresses so fabulously. I want his wardrobe and his attitude.

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“You know, generally, Banshee is a pretty quiet town but after you arrived it’s been one thing after another. It’s almost as if you brought it all with you.”

Kai Proctor

41. Good Girls

  • Stars: Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman
  • Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

The series features three women from suburban Michigan, two of whom are sisters, who are struggling to make ends meet. They’ve had enough of having everything stripped away from them, so they decide to pull off an unusual heist by stealing a supermarket, only to find out that they’ve gotten themselves into more trouble than they bargained for. After recognizing one of the ladies, the shop manager becomes interested in their successful heist, but for a different motive than the money.

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“I don’t give a damn if you try. You gotta win, bitch.”


42. The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

  • Stars: Michael Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

A family moves to Hill House where in the middle of the night, the father drags all the children out of the house, never to return and leaving their mother behind. All the kids are drawn back to the house that has been abandoned and locked up – for good reason.

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“A ghost can be a lot of things. A memory, a daydream, a secret. Grief, anger, guilt. But, in my experience, most times they’re just what we want to see.”


43. Big Little Lies (2017- )

  • Stars: Nicole Kidman, Reece Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard
  • Genre: Mystery, Crime

Based on the books by Australian author Liane Moriarty (who is one of my favourite authors!), Big Little Lies focuses on the very different lives of three mothers. But what could they have in common that can lead to murder?

Note: Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon loved the book so much, they bought the rights to the series!

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“Every day I think, ‘Gosh, you look a bit tired today’, and it’s just recently occurred to me that it’s not that I’m tired, it’s that this is the way I look now.”

44. The Americans (2013-2018)

  • Stars: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys
  • Genre: Political Mystery

This crime-mystery thriller focuses on the lives of two Soviet intelligence agents masquerading as a typical American couple and posing as travel agents to spy on the American government.

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“If she said one more thing about nonviolent resistance, I was gonna punch her in the face.”

Philip Jennings

45. The Tudors (2007-2010)

  • Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Natalie Dormer
  • Genre: Historical Drama

This period drama focuses on the interesting life of King Henry VIII, his political struggles and ambitions, treachery and betrayals, family conflicts, and sexual intrigues.

Best Part:

See where Henry Cavill gets his start, and Natalie Dormer is truly THE BEST Anne Boleyn ever.

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“You think you know a story, but you only know how it ends. To get to the heart of the story, you have to go back to the beginning.”

King Henry VIII

46. House (2004-2012)

  • Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard
  • Genre: Medical Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

Dr Gregory House is an arsehole with a brilliant mind. With no bedside manner to speak of and a drug habit, the hospital only keeps Dr House on because he solves the unsolvable mystery ills.

House: Sometimes the best gift is the gift of never seeing you again.

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“Patient: Oh wow. Oh, thank God. Wow, I’m gonna be a mom. Whoa. Thank you so much, I gotta get you a gift or something.

47. Band of Brothers (2001)

  • Stars: Damien Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes
  • Genre: Historical War Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 9.4/10

The epic masterpiece about Easy Company in the US Army’s Airborne Division. Not only does it follow the story of the soldiers who fought, but it also interviews the real-life soldiers who survived today.

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“Fears is poison in combat. Something we all felt but you just didn’t show it. You can’t. It’s destructive, and it’s contagious.”

C. Carwood Lipton

48. True Blood (2008-2014)

  • Stars: Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard, Stephen Moyer
  • Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Romance

Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic waitress whose life turns upside down when she meets Bill Compton, a man from southern Louisiana who turns out to be a vampire.

Best Part:

The opening theme will stick in your head for weeks!

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“There is nothing more natural than the act of making love. Who am I to try to change what comes naturally to you?

Bill Compton

49. Nip/Tuck (2003 – 2010)

  • Stars: Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson
  • Genre: Medical Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Two plastic surgeons and long-time friends have a medical practice. One is married with kids, the other is a playboy with fast cars and fast women.

Best Part:

Like UnReal and Nashville, the sheer scale of trashiness is just so bad it is good.

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“I’m not going to apologize for that. I’m a surgeon. If I get emotional patients die.”

50. Nashville (2012)

  • Stars: Hayden  Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Connie Britton
  • Genre: Country Music
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Rayna Jaymes, a 40-year-old superstar whose career begins fading, needs to gain her label’s steady support for her latest record, and the only way to do this is to work with Juliette Barnes, a rising teen star.

Best Part:

The music is AWESOME!!!!

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“I don’t have friends. I have people who want to be seen with me.”

Juliette Barnes

51. Friends (1994-2004)

  • Stars: Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow
  • Genre: Comedy
  • IMDB Rating: 9.0/10

A story of 6 friends live the BFF kind of life in the same apartment in New York. It’s a popular hilarious comedy series of friendship and relationship and everything that’s in between lookalike

– the kind that all people can relate from.

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“I deserve a real celebration and I am not gonna let some sweaty little man make me feel badly about it.”

Phoebe Buffet

52. Dead To Me

  • Stars: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, Sam McCarthy
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • IMDB Rating: 8.8/10

A strong connection blooms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a stunning secret in this series.

What You’ll Love About It:

Audiences have been binge-watching Dead to Me on Netflix since it debuted, and they’ve been expressing their opinions on social media. The adjective “obsessed” has been used to describe the program, as well as acclaim for its storyline twists.

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“She Sees The Good In People. Even When It Isn’t There.”

53. UnReal (2015-2018)

  • Stars: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer
  • Genre: Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

The story of the TV crew behind a ‘Bachelor’ type television show. There is backstabbing, sleeping around, bitchiness, cat fights and nudity.

Best Part:


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“Do what I say, meat puppet.”


54. Big Love (2006-2011)

  • Stars: Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Genre: Family Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

Bill Henrickson is a polygamist with three wives.

“Okay, here’s how it goes; it’s complicated, so try to follow along. I’m 32nd of 56 children and when I married Roman, I became my own step-grandma because my father married Roman’s daughter, Baylene. So, little Josie, that makes you my step-grandma, and I’m your stepmom. And when I had Alby, he became my great-uncle and I became his great-great-grandfather, which of course makes me my own grandmother.” – Adaleen

55. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1996-2003)

  • Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan
  • Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Buffy is a young woman with a destiny to slay vampires, demons and other other-world creatures.

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“Strong is fighting. It’s hard and it’s painful and it’s every day. It’s what we have to do, and we can do it together, but if you’re too much of a coward for that, then burn.

56. Eastbound and Down (2009-2013)

  • Stars: Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon
  • Genre: Comedy
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

Kenny Powers is a foul-mouthed burned up major league baseball player. With no work, he returns to his home town to teach Physical Education.

What You Will Love About It:

It is filthy, obscene, foul-mouthed and cringeworthy.

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“There is not ‘i’ in team, but there is a ‘u’ in cunt.”

Kenny Powers

57. Supernatural (2005- )

  • Stars: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki
  • Genre: Comedy, Horror
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

Supernatural takes a spooky and rip-roaring journey of two brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, who continue their father’s legacy to fight evil supernatural beings, monsters, demons and gods that wander in the world. The final series is currently being aired.

This show is much like a sequel to The X-Files.

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“Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cake hole.”

Dean Winchester

58. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015- )

  • Stars: Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III
  • Genre: Musical, Comedy
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8//10

Rebecca Bunch is a successful albeit unhappy New York lawyer who once kissed Josh at Summercamp when they were kids. They met up again unexpectedly and she decides to move to Josh’s hometown in California. This series is a funny musical – a musical you won’t cringe at!

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“God, pep talks into a mirror do nothing but enhance the loneliness.”


59. The Crown (2016- )

  • Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton
  • Genre: History, Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

The story of the ascension to the thrown of Queen Elizabeth II. The story begins in Lizzy’s childhood and the abdication of the throne, through to the death of Princess Diana in 1997.

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“I will not kneel before my wife!”

Prince Phillip

60. The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

  • Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram, Marielle Heller
  • Period Drama
  • Limited Edition Series
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

The Queen’s Gambit makes the ‘boring’ game of Chess positively gripping.  Filmed like it was a true story (bummer that it isn’t), it follows the life of Beth Harmon, an orphan by the age of 9 and a prodigious introvert addicted to pills, she grows up in an orphanage and is taught chess by the Janitor.  She soon uses Chess as a way to escape.

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“Anger Is A Potent Spice. A Pinch Wakes You Up. Too Much Dulls Your Senses.”

Harry Beltik

61. Luther (2010- )

  • Stars: Idris Ilba, Ruth Wilson, Warren Brown
  • Genre: Crime, Drama

Luther is a British detective and crime series focusing on the personal and private life of a brilliant detective whilst hunting down murderers.

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“The media don’t care if it’s lies, as long as there’s a good story.”

Justin Ripley

62. Alias Grace (2017)

  • Stars: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Based on the book by the best-selling author Margaret Atwood (author of The Handmaid’s Tale). The story is about a young woman accursed of murder. She is interviewed by a psychiatrist, trying to see if she is insane or just a brilliant storyteller.

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“If we were all on trial for our thoughts, we would all be hanged.”

63. Archer (2009- )

  • Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash
  • Genre: Animation, Comedy
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

An American animated adult TV series that is about ISIS or International Secret Intelligence Service, a secret spying agency where covert black ops and espionage are happening even among agents.

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“Lana, your eyes are amazing. I mean, not compared to your tits, but…”

64. The Leftovers (2014-2017)

  • Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston
  • Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Supernatural
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

2% of the world’s entire population just disappeared in an event called ‘The Sudden Departure’.  The remaining population are ‘The Leftovers’. They struggle to deal with the disappearances.

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“It’s like the human race has been programmed for misery.”

Tom Perrotta

65. Black Mirror (2011- )

  • Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel
  • Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.8/10

Each episode of Black Mirror is a story in its own right. The whole series is about what happens when technology goes wrong or is used inappropriately. Very well written, fascinating and frightening.

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“They filmed me… you know… jerking off.”

What’s your all-time favourite TV series? 

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