The Best TV Series – Top 25

We decided to ask our readers what their favorite TV shows (past & present) are. We were a bit surprised with what was found considering we’ve only seen maybe half of these shows. Anyway, let’s get right to it and find a show to watch! Originally posted on Kostcu as The Best TV Series – Top 25 – Find a Show Now!

1. Breaking Bad

Created by Vince Gilligan

A great story line, stunning cinematography and a powerful ending. Breaking Bad is about a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with lung cancer who starts cooking meth to secure his families future. It’s one of the best crime dramas ever made.

2. Mr. Robot

Created by Sam Esmail

Possibly the best TV series on television and by far my favorite. Check out the article I wrote a couple weeks ago if you want an in-depth look into the series. Mr. Robot follows a computer programmer who also happens to be a schizophrenic hacker.

3. Game of Thrones

Created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss

Immerse yourself in an ancient world ruled by nobles, kings and queens. Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV and tells the story of several royal families fighting for power and greed in a brutal world ruled by dictators and politicians.

4. House of Cards

Netflix Original

Do you like the gritty world of politics? If so, House of Cards is the show to watch. In this series, Kevin Spacey stars as Frank Underwood, a greedy politician looking to gain power and crush his enemies. House of Cards definitely deserves to be on our best TV series list.

5. The X Files

Created by Chris Carter

If you like sci-fi, I highly recommend The X Files. In this TV drama two FBI agents investigate strange and unexplained phenomena around the world in hopes to get answers to some of the biggest questions mankind has ever faced.

6. The Wire

Created by David Simon

I have not seen The Wire but our readers seem to like it. The series aired from 2002-2008. As I understand, the story focuses on the Baltimore drug scene through the eyes of both criminals and law enforcement. Sounds like it’s worth a watch.

7. Band of Brothers

Created by Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg

Band of Brothers is the #1 ranked television series on the internet movie database (IMDB). If you like movies and shows about World War II, Band of Brothers depiction of Easy Company within the 101st Airborne Division during WW2 may be a good choice.

8. The Sopranos

Created by David Chase

The story of Tony Soprano and his life as a New Jersey mob boss as he struggles with family, friends and business. If you like mafia shows, this is the series for you. The shows first episode aired in 1999 and went on to have six successful seasons.

9. True Detective

Created by Nic Pizzolatto

True detective is hard to explain but the writing is top notch. You could call it an anthology series of police investigations that digs at the very core of what it is to be a human being, both good and bad. Our readers love True Detective.

10. The Twilight Zone

Created by Rod Serling

The Twilight Zone came out in 1959 so the entire series is black and white but with a 156 episodes exploring the unknown, it’s definitely worth a watch. One of the strangest shows I’ve seen, check out a few episodes to see if you like it.

11. OZ

Created by Tom Fontana

OZ follows the daily life and issues of employees and inmates at a maximum security prison. If you like shows about jail and prison, OZ is the one to watch. I watched a few seasons of it when I was younger. it’s a decent show.

12. The Simpsons

Created by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening & Sam Simon

I’m not even going to explain this one. If you haven’t heard of The Simpsons you need to watch a few episodes. Season 28 of The Simpsons starts September of 2016. One of the funniest animated sitcoms on TV and the only cartoon on our best TV series list.

13. Dexter

Created by James Manos Jr.

One of my personal favorites. Dexter Morgan is a forensic expert working for the Miami police department. He’s a nice guy but has a little secret, he’s a serial killer. The series has 8 full seasons and is sure to please if you’re into psychological thrillers.

14. Vikings

Created by Michael Hirst

Vikings is the story of Ragnar Lothbrook, a Norse Legend who was the first documented Viking in history. There is still debate whether Ragnar was a real person or a myth. I love this show, it’s one of the best TV series on television currently.

15. Sons of Anarchy

Created by Kurt Sutter

The story of Jackson Teller, a mid-thirties ranking member of a viscous motorcycle gang – the Sons of Anarchy. Jackson (Jax) struggles to gain control of his life as a new father and criminal. I watched the entire series, it’s definitely a crime drama worth a mention.

16. Silicon Valley

Created by John Altschuler, Mike Judge & Dave Krinsky

If you’re a coder, webmaster and all-around internet geek like me you will love Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is a comedy sitcom about Richard Hendricks, an anti-social coder who develops an amazing compression system worth tens of millions of dollars.

17. The Americans

Created by Joseph Weisberg

I just finished watching season one of The Americans and will probably watch season two when I have time. In this gripping crime-drama two Soviet agents pose as a regular suburban married couple while spying on the American Government.

18. Twin Peaks

Created by Mark Frost & David Lynch

I’ve heard great things about twin peaks. It only lasted two seasons but the show still has a cult following 15 years later and plans on releasing a new season in 2017. The only thing I know about the show is that it involves an FBI agent investigating a murder in a strange town named Twin Peaks.

19. Narcos

Created by Carlo Bernard, Chris Brancato & Doug Miro

The story of Pablo Escobar, the most notorious drug dealer in modern history. As a kingpin in Columbia, Pablo controls his opposition by using brute force and money. The story is fascinating, the scenes are vivid and the writing is good, it’s worth a watch.

20. The 4400

Created by René Echevarria & Scott Peters

4400 people who went missing over the course of 50 years reappear on a mountain top at the same time. As the show progresses federal agents begin to see changes in each individual. The show ended abruptly in season 4 and was cancelled, I hope they continue the series at some point, it was great.

21. Planet Earth

Created by the BBC

Planet Earth is an Emmy Award winning documentary series and the most expensive nature documentary ever made by the BBC. With a total of 11 beautifully filmed episodes this is a series I highly recommend if you like documentaries.

22. House M.D.

Created by David Shore

House M.D. is not your normal medical drama. In fact, it encourages the viewer to think critically. In this series, a sarcastic antisocial doctor deals with strange and unusual cases.  Hugh Laurie gives a stunning and dramatic performance (to the skeptics, his accent works just fine).

23. Boardwalk Empire

Created by Terence Winter

Set during prohibition, this historic crime drama follows a dirty politician in Atlantic City who uses law enforcement and the criminal underworld to gain power and success. I haven’t seen it but a good friend raved about it for months and called it the best TV series on cable.

24. The Walking Dead

Created by Frank Darabont

Imagine a planet full of blood thirsty mindless zombies – that’s The Walking Dead. It’s every man for himself and supplies are low. A good-hearted Sheriff by the name of Rick grimes tries to help a group of survivors find refuge and safety in this sci-fi horror.

25. Stranger Things

Created by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer

Stranger Things is the most popular TV series of 2016. It’s a Netflix original about a boy who mysteriously disappears under supernatural circumstances. I haven’t seen the series yet but it is #1 on IMDB for TV Series in 2016 and our readers love it!

There you have it, the best TV series (past & present) as chosen by our readers. If you think a show deserves to be on the list, leave a comment below and if we get enough responses about that particular show we’ll consider adding it. Who knows, maybe we’ll update the list to a top 30 or 40! We hope you enjoyed the article, now go find a show to watch!