It would be an absolute disservice to you all if I didn’t use my avid television experience for the good of society. The next three blogs will be all you need to get through the next year or so of television. I dare you to find fault in the list but a few things before we begin:
- I’ve seen every single show on this list.
- The shows must have had an episode that aired in 2007 or later.
- The shows are an hour in length (This cuts off good/great shows like Broad City, VEEP, and Silicon Valley)
- No documentaries
#30: Rectify (2013-present)
Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia’s Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question. It’s beautifully shot with a great story-line but it’s somber, and not a show for those looking for an action-packed drama.
#29: Narcos (2015-present)
Bingeable show that chronicles the Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar. It’s fast-paced and Pablo’s sweater game is incredible.
#28: Daredevil (2015-present)
Matt Murdock, with his other senses superhumanly enhanced, fights crime as a blind lawyer by day, and vigilante by night. I thought Season 2 was a bust but Season 1, led by an amazing Vincent D’Onofrio, gets the show on the list.
#27: Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014)
An Atlantic City politician (Steve Buscemi) plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era. Bobby Cannavale plays one of the top 3 craziest characters I’ve ever seen on television.
#26 Dexter (2006-2013)
Dexter Morgan is a forensic specialist and… a likable serial killer. The quality of the seasons depend on the villains he’s up against, making Season 4 with John Lithgow, easily, the best one.
#25 The Killing (2011-2014)
A police investigation, a grieving family, and a Seattle political campaign all intertwine after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk. It’s all about Season 1 with this show and it’s a top 10 binge for those looking for a quick fix.
#24 Black Mirror (2011-present)
An anthology series that showcases the dark side of technology and our worst societal vices. It’s a show that should be higher on the list, but the nature of the show only allows for a few doses of brilliance at a time.
#23 Sherlock (2010-present)
It’s the best adaptation of Sherlock Holmes that exists and you’ll finish Season 1 in 2-3 sittings. It’s smart, fast, and Benedict Cumberbatch is in it.
#22 Peaky Blinders (2013-present)
A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on Tommy Shelby, played by one of the best actors going today, Cillian Murphy. If you can decipher the thick accents, it’s definitely worth getting into this period drama.
#21: The Good Wife (2009-2016)
It’s Law and Order with a better storyline, with great regular and recurring characters. One of the few network shows you’ll find on this list and I’m not ashamed to say I binged 5 seasons in about two weeks.