IMDb Top 250 TV: Where It All Beganby Dibyayan_Chakravorty | created - 04 Sep 2015 | updated - 11 months ago | Public
These are first episodes of the top 35 highest rated non-documentary TV Series from the IMDb Top 250 TV.
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Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Winter Is Coming
TV-MA | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Eddard Stark is torn between his family and an old friend when asked to serve at the side of King Robert Baratheon; Viserys plans to wed his sister to a nomadic warlord in exchange for an army.
TV Series: Game of Thrones (2011)
Aired on: 17 Apr. 2011
Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, chemistry teacher Walter White teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman to cook and sell crystal meth.
TV Series: Breaking Bad (2008)
Aired on: 20 Jan. 2008
The Wire (2002–2008)
TV-MA | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Baltimore Det. Jimmy McNulty finds himself in hot water with his superior Major William Rawls after a drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale who is charged with three murders, is acquitted. ... See full summary »
TV Series: The Wire (2002)
Aired on: 2 Jun. 2002
Rick and Morty (2013– )
TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A strangely eccentric genius scientist and inventor, moves into the home of his daughter and her family and begins to strongly influence his young grandson.
TV Series: Rick and Morty (2013)
Aired on: 2 Dec. 2013
The Sopranos (1999–2007)
TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama
A mobster passes out at a family barbecue and seeks therapy to understand why.
TV Series: The Sopranos (1999)
Aired on: 10 Jan. 1999
Sherlock (2010– )
A Study in Pink
TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
War vet Dr. John Watson returns to London in need of a place to stay. He meets Sherlock Holmes, a consulting detective, and the two soon find themselves digging into a string of serial "suicides."
TV Series: Sherlock (2010)
Aired on: 25 Jul. 2010
The Train Job
TV-14 | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Mal has second thoughts after discovering that two boxes of Alliance goods his crew has been hired to steal are full of badly needed medical supplies headed for the mining town of Paradiso.
TV Series: Firefly (2002)
Aired on: 20 Sep. 2002
The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Where Is Everybody?
TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.
TV Series: The Twilight Zone (1959)
Aired on: 2 Oct. 1959
True Detective (2014– )
The Long Bright Dark
TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In 2012, former detective partners Rust Cohle and Martin Hart recap one of their very first cases together involving a serial killer, back in 1995.
TV Series: True Detective (2014)
Aired on: 12 Jan. 2014
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009–2012)
Hagane no renkinjutsushi (Fullmetal Alchemist)
TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The Elric brothers adjust to military life and take part in a manhunt for Isaac the Freezer, a former State Alchemist bent on ending the reign of Fuhrer Bradley.
TV Series: Hagane no renkinjutsushi (2009)
Aired on: 5 Apr. 2009
Fargo (2014– )
The Crocodile's Dilemma
TV-MA | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A ruthless, manipulative man meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.
TV Series: Fargo (2014)
Aired on: 15 Apr. 2014
Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)
The Cat and the Claw Part I
Unrated | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Catwoman and Batman join forces in an attempt to foil the evil forces of a terrorist by the name of Red Claw.
TV Series: Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Aired on: 5 Sep. 1992
Death Note (2006–2007)
TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama
A brilliant but bored student finds a notebook that can kill anyone whose name he writes in it.
TV Series: Death Note: Desu nôto (2006)
Aired on: 3 Oct. 2006
Westworld (2016– )
TV-MA | 68 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
The park staff begin to notice strange behavior from the hosts; A mysterious Man in Black roams the park, wreaking havoc.
TV Series: Westworld (2016)
Aired on: 2 Oct. 2016
One Punch Man (2015– )
Saikyô no otoko
TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
One Punch Man is too strong and growing tired of his weak enemies. Will he ever be faced with a real challenge?
TV Series: One Punch Man: Wanpanman (2015)
Aired on: 1 Oct. 2015
Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)
TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Spike and Jet pursue an outlaw who is smuggling a reflex-enhancing drug.
TV Series: Kaubôi bibappu (1998)
Aired on: 3 Apr. 1998
House of Cards (2013–2018)
TV-MA | 55 min | Drama
Congressman Francis Underwood has been declined the chair for Secretary of State. He's now gathering his own team to plot his revenge. Zoe Barnes, a reporter for the Washington Herald, will do anything to get her big break.
TV Series: House of Cards (2013)
Aired on: 1 Feb. 2013
Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)
TV-14 | 32 min | Comedy
'It's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart', Famous Deaths, Italian Lesson, Whizzo Butter, 'It's the Arts', Arthur "Two-Sheds" Jackson, Cycling Race, and The Funniest Joke in the World.
TV Series: Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
Aired on: 5 Oct. 1969
Arrested Development (2003– )
TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy
After his father fails to promote him within the family business, Michael accepts a job in Arizona -- until his dad is arrested for shady bookkeeping.
TV Series: Arrested Development (2003)
Aired on: 2 Nov. 2003
Stranger Things (2016– )
Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers
TV-14 | 47 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
At the U.S. Dept. of Energy an unexplained event occurs. Then when a young Dungeons and Dragons playing boy named Will disappears after a night with his friends, his mother Joyce and the town of Hawkins are plunged into darkness.
TV Series: Stranger Things (2016)
Aired on: 15 Jul. 2016
Black Mirror (2011– )
The National Anthem
TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Prime Minister Michael Callow faces a shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah, a much-loved member of the Royal Family, is kidnapped.
TV Series: Black Mirror (2011)
Aired on: 4 Dec. 2011
The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate
TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance
Monica and the gang introduce Rachel to the "real world" after she leaves her fiancé at the altar.
TV Series: Friends (1994)
Aired on: 22 Sep. 1994
Good News, Bad News
PG | 23 min | Comedy
Jerry and George argue whether an overnight visitor Jerry is expecting is coming with romantic intentions.
TV Series: Seinfeld (1989)
Aired on: 5 Jul. 1989
Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)
TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy
Del employs younger brother Rodney as a member of Trotters' Independent Traders, despite warnings from his business colleagues. When Rodney decides to become the Trotters' financial adviser... See full summary »
TV Series: Only Fools and Horses.... (1981)
Aired on: 8 Sep. 1981
Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
Unrated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Undercurrents of passion, greed, jealousy and intrigue surface in a seemingly respectable town when a high school homecoming queen is found murdered.
TV Series: Twin Peaks (1990)
Aired on: Sep. 1989
TV-MA | 57 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Chilean drug chemist Cockroach brings his product to Colombian smuggler Pablo Escobar. DEA agent Steve Murphy joins the war on drugs in Bogota.
TV Series: Narcos (2015)
Aired on: 28 Aug. 2015
Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
TV-14 | 48 min | Comedy, Drama
In 1980, a group of high school students face various social struggles. Wealthy "brain" Lindsay wants to rebel. Her geeky freshman brother Sam and his two friends are targeted by a bully.
TV Series: Freaks and Geeks (1999)
Aired on: 25 Sep. 1999
Gravity Falls (2012–2016)
TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
After finding a strange book in the forest, Dipper begins to learn about the dark side of Gravity Falls, and suspects that Mabel's new boyfriend is a zombie.
TV Series: Gravity Falls (2012)
Aired on: 15 Jun. 2012
Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, War
Captain Blackadder spots an opportunity to get away from the trenches when General Melchett announces a painting competition for the cover of "King and Country" magazine.
TV Series: Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
Aired on: 28 Sep. 1989
Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
A Touch of Class
TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy
Basil is delighted when a member of the aristocracy chooses to stay at the Fawlty Towers, snubbing the normal guests who frequent the hotel. What Basil does not know, however, is that the ... See full summary »
TV Series: Fawlty Towers (1975)
Aired on: 19 Sep. 1975
The Stolen Eagle
TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Drama, History
In Gaul in 52 B.C., two Roman soldiers, Legionary Titus Pullo and Centurion Lucius Vorenus, are tasked with recovering Julius Caesar's personal Eagle, stolen from his camp in the dead of ... See full summary »
TV Series: Rome (2005)
Aired on: 28 Aug. 2005
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)
The Boy in the Iceberg
TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The legend of the Avatar is told. Katara and Sokka find a strange boy within an iceberg.
TV Series: Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
Aired on: 21 Feb. 2005
The Office (2005–2013)
TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy
The premiere episode introduces the boss and staff of the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania in a documentary about the workplace.
TV Series: The Office (2005)
Aired on: 24 Mar. 2005
Peaky Blinders (2013– )
TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama
Thomas Shelby plans to fix a horse race; some guns turn up stolen.
TV Series: Peaky Blinders (2013)
Aired on: 12 Sep. 2013
TV-MA | 54 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In the 'Emerald City' experimental unit of Oswald State Penitentiary, we meet some of the diverse inmates who exist in a pecking order of Gangbangers, Latinos, Muslims, Westies, Aryans and Wiseguys.
TV Series: Oz (1997)
Aired on: 12 Jul. 1997