Hopefully you’re caught up on numbers 21-30, but if you’re not, here’s a quick recap.
27. Boardwalk Empire
25. The Killing
24. Black Mirror
22. Peaky Blinders
21. The Good Wife
#20: The Fall (2013-present)
Cop (Gillian Anderson) hunts down psychopath killer (Jamie Dornan). I’m reluctant to put this show so high on the list but Season 1 is as dark and bingeable a show you’ll come across.
#19: The Americans (2013-present)
Two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government. It’s a show that constantly teeters between mediocre and spectacular. The spectacular moments, and my love of Keri Russell, still gets it in the top 20.
#18: The Missing (2014-present)
This show is a top 10 binge-worthy show and one you may have missed–pun intended. It’s a devastating look into losing a child and you’ll keep hearing the name “Ollie” in your head long after you’ve finished. The ending isn’t quite what you would (hope?) but the lead character–a father in pursuit of the truth–is worth every hour.
#17: Downton Abbey (2010-present)
A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. People forget about this show and they shouldn’t. The first few seasons are incredible and while my love for the show waned when a certain character perished, I’ll forever love John and Anna Bates. Also, the music to the show is good enough to be blared at Planet Fitness. Benching LBS? More like PBS.
#16: The OA (2016-present)
She was missing for 7 years, but a blind girl named Prairie returns with her eyesight and some bat-shit stories. It’s one of the most bingeable shows to watch right now and for Netflix, succeeds where Sense8 failed. The high ranking is most likely attributed to its newness but the end of Season 1 leaves it open for some ongoing potential.
#15: Better Call Saul (2015-present)
BCS chronicles the trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill. This show was a complete shocker in terms of my expectations. It’s hard to adequately describe why the show is so good. I’m not even sure you need to have seen Breaking Bad to enjoy it. You’ll appreciate the references to Breaking Bad but our future Saul Goodman has some of the better rants on television.
Long live Slippin’ Jimmy.
#14: Mad Men (2007-2015)
For me, Mad Men is the Scarlett Johansson of television shows. I respect the hell out of anyone who loves it/her, but just doesn’t do it for me. This may have something to do with the fact that I viewed several of the seasons during my prime drinking years. Nevertheless, it’s one of the better period dramas ever made and if you’re looking for a commitment, this may be your ticket.
P.S. I once told my sister that she reminded me of Peggy and she hasn’t forgiven me.
#13: True Detective (2014-present)
This one is going to ruffle some feathers but Season 1 of True Detective should go down as one of the best seasons in television history. Between the acting, directing, and writing, it completed the trifecta of film-making all at once. Season 2 was a steaming pile of shit but I’m in the business of rewarding greatness so it gets the #14 spot.
#12: Homeland (2011-present)
I don’t think I’ve ever been more addicted to a show than Season 1 of Homeland. It’s probably the most captivating season of any show I’ve ever seen. I’ve ultimately “broke up” with Claire Danes and her bi-polar antics, but there’s plenty of good seasons in the mix for you to you enjoy.
#11: House of Cards (2013-present)
I’m reluctant to put the show this high but it deserves to be in the top 30. It has a dynamic storyline that moves at an alluring pace. There’s been some dud stretches in the series but the last season rekindled my hopes. The music is fantastic and would be a good soundtrack to stabbing your friend in the back. I don’t see this show lasting more than two more seasons so get on board.