TV Series Worth Seeing

by Nastasia | created - 04 Mar 2012 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Here's the list of my favourite TV series that I deem worth time spending, in no particular order - alphabetical's too clumsy as I might in time add in more. Happy browsing!

P.S. No period dramas here (Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice etc) - I like them all so it would be impossible for me to choose between them and to list them all here would make the list pointless.

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1. Firefly (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 244,606

2. Red Dwarf (1988– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Stars: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn

Votes: 32,684

3. Blackadder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy

In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 35,926

4. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Life on the Street is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit.

Stars: Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor

Votes: 11,591

5. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for millennia.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,779,437

6. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 153,380

7. Castle (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 140,907

8. Life on Mars (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

Stars: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews

Votes: 28,973

9. Sirens (2011)

60 min | Comedy

An insight into the lives of three paramedics, who must deal with the stress and tribulations of the job as well as their personal lives.

Stars: Rhys Thomas, Kayvan Novak, Richard Madden, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Votes: 2,127

10. Northern Exposure (1990–1995)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.

Stars: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin, John Cullum

Votes: 15,118

11. Carnivàle (2003–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.

Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson

Votes: 42,512

12. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Drama, History

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 155,650

13. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 95,215

14. Farscape (1999–2003)

TV-14 | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.

Stars: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Lani John Tupu

Votes: 33,550

15. Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith.

Stars: Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett, Jason Momoa

Votes: 61,352

16. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992–1993)

TV-G | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The adventures of the archaeological treasure hunter in his youth as related by an elderly Indiana Jones.

Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, George Hall, Corey Carrier, Ronny Coutteure

Votes: 7,093

17. My So-Called Life (1994–1995)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A 15-year-old girl and her trials and tribulations of being a teenager and dealing with friends, guys, parents, and school.

Stars: Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes, Devon Gummersall

Votes: 19,099

18. Wonderfalls (2004)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

24-year-old loner B.A. Jaye lives in a trailer park and sells souvenirs in Niagara Falls. Animal figurines and dolls speak to her and force her to interact with people and try to help them.

Stars: Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso, William Sadler

Votes: 12,088

19. ReGenesis (2004–2008)

49 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Geneticist David Sandstrom is the chief scientist at the prestigious virology/micro-biology NORBAC laboratory, a joint enterprise between the USA, Canada and Mexico for countering bio-terrorism.

Stars: Peter Outerbridge, Conrad Pla, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Mayko Nguyen

Votes: 3,136

20. Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1998)

TV-14 | 75 min | Crime, Drama, History

The medieval era cases of a Crusader-turned-Monk who investigates mysteries in the Norman English town of Shrewsbury.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Terrence Hardiman

Votes: 2,260

21. Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy

Comedy that follows two brothers from London's rough Peckham estate as they wheel and deal through a number of dodgy deals and search for the big score that'll make them millionaires.

Stars: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack, Buster Merryfield

Votes: 46,493

22. House (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer

Votes: 416,273

23. Scrubs (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life.

Stars: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley

Votes: 237,180

24. 'Allo 'Allo! (1982–1992)

45 min | Comedy, History, War

In France during World War II, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another's true identity or presence, exasperating Rene.

Stars: Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle, Richard Marner

Votes: 23,693

25. One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Victor Meldrew is a retiree who attracts bad luck. If he's not driving his long suffering wife Margaret crazy with his constant moaning, he's fighting with neighbours.

Stars: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle, Owen Brenman

Votes: 5,693

26. Treme (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Music

Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA.

Stars: Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo

Votes: 13,561

27. True Detective (2014– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 501,695

28. Almost Human (2013–2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In a not-so-distant future, a human cop and an android partner team up to protect and serve.

Stars: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook

Votes: 47,888

29. Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.

Stars: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine

Votes: 130,083

30. The Terror (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Supernatural, semihistorical, horror anthology series, where each season is inspired by a different infamous or mysterious real life historical tragedy.

Stars: Jared Harris, Derek Mio, Tobias Menzies, Kiki Sukezane

Votes: 37,351

31. Mindhunter (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.

Stars: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross

Votes: 219,695



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