TV SERIES

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Last updated: 4th January, 2017
Series: 697

INTRODUCTION

A more critical but still subjective approach to evaluating TV series, as opposed to the hordes of raving fans that usually praise every show as the best show on the planet. Even great shows usually last for only a couple of seasons yet are prolonged over decades. The selection of shows here focuses mostly on sci-fi, fantasy, classic or popular TV series with a good reputation, as well as many prominent mini-series.

I judge the shows based on their best seasons that I've seen. The reviews are listed more or less in order of personal preference and also divided into three parts: The first contains series I think are special enough to buy and rewatch, the second lists other interesting series, and the third section is for the bottom of the barrel.


Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rewatchable      Of Some Interest      Bottom of the Barrel

Other
Rewatchable      Of Some Interest      Bottom of the Barrel


INDEX

(** = just added, * = recent)

A

Absolutely Fabulous
Action
Addams Family, The
Adventures of Brisco County Jr., The
*Affair, The
Afterlife
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York
Agatha Christie's Poirot
**Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alias
Alice
Alien Nation
Aliens in America
All in the Family
'Allo 'Allo
Ally McBeal
Almost Human
Alphas
Amazing Stories
American Dad!
American Gothic
American Horror Story
**Americans, The
Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire
Andromeda
Andromeda Strain, The
Andy Richter Controls the Universe
Angel
Angels in America
Anger Management
Anne Frank: The Whole Story
Apparitions
Are You Being Served
Around the World in 80 Days
Arrested Development
*Arrow
Ashes to Ashes
As Time Goes By
A-Team, The
Automan
Avengers, The
Awake

B

Babylon 5
Band of Brothers
Bangkok Hilton
**Banshee
Barney Miller
**Bates Motel
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica (2003)
Being Human
Being Human (US)
Benny Hill Show, The
Berlin Alexanderplatz
*Better Off Ted
Big Bang Theory, The
Big C, The
Big Love
Bionic Woman (2007)
Birds of Prey
Bit of Fry and Laurie, A
Black Adder
Black Books
Black Donnellys, The
Blackeyes
**Blacklist, The
*Black Mirror
**Black Sails
Blade
Blakes 7
Bleak House
Blue Mountain State
Boardwalk Empire
Bob Newhart Show, The
Bones
Boss
Blood Ties
Boomtown
Bored to Death
Borgen
Borgias, The
Bosch
Boston Legal
Boston Public
Bottom
Bourne Identity, The
Breaking Bad
Brideshead Revisited
*Bridge, The
Brigada
Brimstone
*Broadchurch
Broad City
Broken Trail
**Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brotherhood
Brotherhood of the Rose
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Burn Notice

C

Californication
Call the Midwife
Caprica
Carnivŕle
Casanova
Casanova (2005)
Castle
Centennial
Charlie Jade
Charmed
Cheers
Chicago Code, The
Chicago P.D.
Children of Dune
Chuck
City of Men
Class, The
Cleopatra 2525
Cold Feet
Cold Lazarus
Collector, The
Colour of Magic, The
Comeback, The
Community
*Continuum
Corner Gas
Corner, The
Cosby Show, The
Cougar Town
Count of Monte Cristo, The
Coupling
Cracker
Cranford
Crazy Ones, The
Criminal Minds
Crusade
CSI
Curb Your Enthusiasm

D

Dad's Army
Damages
Dark Angel
Dark Skies
Das Boot
David Copperfield (1999)
*Da Vinci's Demons
Day Break
Day of the Triffids
Day of the Triffids, The (2009)
Dead Like Me
Dead Set
Dead Zone, The
Deadwood
Decalogue
Defying Gravity
Demons
*Derek
Desperate Housewives
Devious Maids
Dexter
Dharma & Greg
Dick Van Dyke Show, The
Dirk Gently
Doc Martin
Doctor Who
Doctor Who (2005)
Dollhouse
Downton Abbey
Drawn Together
Dream On
Dresden Files, The
Drew Carey Show, The
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Drive
Due South
Dune

E

Early Edition
Earth 2
Earth: Final Conflict
Earthsea
Eastbound & Down
Eastwick
Edge of Darkness
*Elementary
Eleventh Hour
Eleventh Hour (US)
Elizabeth I
Elizabeth R
Emma
Engrenages (Spiral)
Entourage
*Episodes
Equalizer, The
ER
Eureka
Event, The
Everybody Loves Raymond
Extras

F

Fades, The
*Fall, The
Fallen
Falling Skies
Family Guy
Fanny and Alexander
**Fargo
Farscape
Father Ted
Fawlty Towers
Fear Itself
Femme Nikita, La
Firefly
Firestarter 2: Rekindled
First Wave
FlashForward
Flashpoint
Flash, The
*Flash, The (2014)
Flight of the Conchords, The
5ive Days to Midnight
Forbidden Science
Forever
Forever Knight
Forsyte Saga, The
Four Kings
4400
Foyle's War
Frasier
Freaks and Geeks
Fresh Meat
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The
Friday Night Lights
Friends
Fringe
From the Earth to the Moon
Futurama

G

Game of Thrones
Gavin & Stacey
Generation Kill
Generation War
Get a Life
Ghost Whisperer
Gilmore Girls
Going Postal
Goldbergs, The
Gomorra
Good Guys, The
Goodies, The
Good Life, The
Goodnight Sweetheart
Good Times
**Good Wife, The
Gormenghast
*Gotham
Grey's Anatomy
*Grimm
Gulliver's Travels

H

Halt and Catch Fire
**Hannibal
Happy Endings
Happy Valley
Harsh Realm
*Hart of Dixie
Hatfields & McCoys
Haven
Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany
Heist
*Hell on Wheels
Heroes
Hex
Highlander
Hill Street Blues
Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, The
Hogfather
Holocaust
Home Improvement
**Homeland
Homicide: Life on the Street
Honeymooners, The
Honourable Woman, The
House
House of Cards Trilogy
House of Cards (US)
House of Saddam
How I Met Your Mother
How Not to Live Your Life
**How to Get Away with Murder
How to Make It in America
Huff
Human Target
Hung
Hustle

I

I, Cladius
Idiot
I'm Alan Partridge
Impact
Inbetweeners, The
In The Flesh
Into the West
In Treatment
Invasion
Invisible Man, The
It
IT Crowd, The
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

J

Jack of All Trades
Jane Eyre (1983)
Jane Eyre (2006)
Jane the Virgin
Jeeves and Wooster
Jeffersons, The
Jekyll
Jeremiah
Jericho
Jesus of Nazareth
Joan of Arcadia
John Adams
John Doe
John From Cincinnati
Jonathan Creek
Journeyman
Justified

K

Karaoke
Keeping Up Appearances
Killing, The
Kindred: The Embraced
Kingdom, The (Riget)
King of Queens, The
Kings
Kitchen Confidential
Klovn
*Knick, The
Knight Rider
Knight Rider (2008)
Knights of Bloodsteel
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kyle XY

L

Langoliers, The
Larry Sanders Show, The
Lark Rise to Candleford
Last Resort
Last Train, The
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law and Order
League of Gentlemen, The
*League, The
Leftovers, The
Legend of the Seeker
Legend, The (Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi)
Leverage
Lewis
Lexx
Lie to Me
*Life
Life & Times of Tim, The
Life on Mars
*Lilyhammer
Lipstick on Your Collar
Listener, The
Little Dorrit
Lois & Clark
Lone Gunmen, The
Lonesome Dove
*Longmire
Lost
Lost Girl
Lost in Austen
Lost Room, The
Lost World, The
Louie
Love/Hate
Lucky Louie
Luther
L Word, The

M

M*A*S*H
MacGyver
Mad Men
Malcolm in the Middle
Manchild
*Marco Polo
Married With Children
Mary Tyler Moore Show, The
Master and Margarita, The
Masters of Horror
Masters of Science Fiction
*Masters of Sex
Matador
Maude
Max Headroom
Mayor of Casterbridge, The
Mayor of Casterbridge, The (2003)
Medium
Men Behaving Badly
Men in Trees
Men of a Certain Age
**Mentalist, The
Merlin
Merlin (2008)
Meteor
Method and Red
Miami Vice
Middleman, The
Millenium
Mind of the Married Man, The
Mind Your Language
Miracles
Miranda
Misérables, Les
Misfits
Misfits of Science
Missing, The
Mists of Avalon, The
Modern Family
Monk
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Moonlight
Moonlighting
Mork & Mindy
Mozart in the Jungle
Mr. Bean
Munsters, The
Muppet Show, The
Murder One
Murdoch Mysteries
Mutant X
My Name Is Earl
My So-Called Life
Mighty Boosh, The
Musketeers, The

N

Neverwhere
*New Girl
Newhart
NewsRadio
**Newsroom, The
New Tricks
Night Gallery
Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Night Stalker
Nine Lives of Chloe King, The
Nip/Tuck
No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, The
Noble House
No Ordinary Family
North and South
North & South
Northern Exposure
Now and Again
Nowhere Man
Numb3rs
NYPD Blue

O

Odd Couple, The
Odyssey 5
Odyssey, The
Office, The (US)
Office, The
Olive Kitteridge
*Once Upon a Time
One Foot in the Grave
*100, The
Only Fools and Horses
Open All Hours
**Orange Is The New Black
*Originals, The
*Orphan Black
Outcasts
Outer Limits, The
Outer Limits, The (1995)
*Outlander
Over There
Oz

P

Pacific, The
Paradox
*Parenthood
Parks and Recreation
Party Down
**Peaky Blinders
*Penny Dreadful
Peep Show
Pennies from Heaven
*Person of Interest
Phantom, The
Phoenix Nights
Picket Fences
Pillars of the Earth
Pioneer One
Police Squad!
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Popular
Porridge
Power
Practice, The
Pretender, The
Pride and Prejudice
Prime Suspect
Primeval
Prison Break
Prisoner, The
Prisoner, The (2009)
Probe
Psych
Psychoville
Pushing Daisies

Q

QB VII
Quantum Leap

R

*Raising Hope
Ray Bradbury Theater, The
*Ray Donovan
Reaper
Rectify
Red Dwarf
ReGenesis
*Reign
Remington Steele
Reno 911!
Rescue Me
Returned, The
Revelations
*Revenge
Riches, The
Rich Man, Poor Man
Ring of the Nibelungs
Ripper Street
Ripping Yarns
Riverworld
Roar
Robin of Sherwood
Rome
Roots
Rose Red
Roseanne
Roswell
Royle Family, The
Rubicon
Rules of Engagement

S

Salem's Lot
Salem's Lot (2004)
Sanctuary
Sanford and Son
Sapphire and Steel
Sarah Jane Adventures, The
*Saving Hope
*Scandal
Scrubs
SeaQuest DSV
Seinfeld
Sex and the City
Shameless
Shameless (US)
Shark
Sherlock Holmes Series
Sherlock
Shield, The
Shining, The
Shogun
**Silicon Valley
Simpsons, The
Singing Detective, The
Six Feet Under
Six Wives of Henry VIII, The
Skins
Sledge Hammer!
Sleeper Cell
Sliders
Slings and Arrows
Smallville
Smiley's People
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Sons of Anarchy
Sopranos, The
Southland
South Park
Space: 1999
Space: Above and Beyond
Spaced
Spartacus
Spin City
Spooks
Spooks: Code 9
Sports Night
Stand, The
Stargate: Atlantis
Stargate SG-1
Stargate Universe
Starhunter
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: Voyager
State of Play
Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital
Steptoe and Son
Still Game
Storm of the Century
Strangers With Candy
*Strike Back
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
**Suits
Supernatural
Superstorm
Surface
Survivors
Survivors (2008)
Sybil

T

Taken
Take, The
Tales from the Crypt
Tales from the Darkside
Taxi
Teen Wolf
Tell Me You Love Me
10th Kingdom, The
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Terriers
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
That 70s Show
Thief
Thick of It, The
Thin Blue Line, The
3rd Rock from the Sun
Third Watch
**30 Rock
Thorn Birds
Three's Company
Tick, The
Till Death Us Do Part
Time Trax
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tin Man
Titus
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil
Tommyknockers
Torchwood
Total Recall 2070
Tour of Duty
Traffik
Threshold
Transparent
Treme
Triangle, The
Tripods, The
Tripping the Rift
Tru Calling
True Blood
*True Detective
Tudors, The
TURN: Washington's Spies
24
24: Live Another Day
Twilight Zone, The
Twilight Zone, The (1985)
Twilight Zone, The (2002)
Twin Peaks
Twist of Fate (AKA Pursuit)
Two and a Half Men

U

Ultraviolet
Undeclared
Unit, The
United States of Tara
Unusuals, The
Utopia

V

V
V (2009)
Vampire Diaries, The
Veep
Veronica Mars
*Veronica's Closet
Vicar of Dibley, The
**Vikings

W

Waking the Dead
Walking Dead, The
Wallander
Wallander (UK)
War and Remembrance
Warehouse 13
Weeds
West Wing
Whitechapel
White Collar
White Queen, The
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Wild Palms
*Wilfred (US)
Winds of War, The
Wire in the Blood
Wire, The
Witchblade
Wives and Daughters
WKRP in Cincinnati
Wonderfalls
Workaholics
Worst Week of My Life, The
Worst Week
Wuthering Heights

X

X-Files, The

Y

Yes, Minister & Yes, Prime Minister
Young Doctor's Notebook, A
Young Ones, The
You're the Worst

Z