IMDb Top 250 TV: Where It All Began

by 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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1. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Winter Is Coming (2011)

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.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley

Votes: 38,412

TV Series: Game of Thrones (2011)

Aired on: 17 Apr. 2011

2. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Pilot (2008)

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.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 22,464

TV Series: Breaking Bad (2008)

Aired on: 20 Jan. 2008

3. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: The Target (2002)

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 »

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Dominic West, John Doman, Idris Elba, Frankie Faison

Votes: 4,289

TV Series: The Wire (2002)

Aired on: 2 Jun. 2002

4. Rick and Morty (2013– )
Episode: Pilot (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.

Director: Justin Roiland | Stars: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke

Votes: 9,692

TV Series: Rick and Morty (2013)

Aired on: 2 Dec. 2013

5. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Pilot (1999)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama

A mobster passes out at a family barbecue and seeks therapy to understand why.

Director: David Chase | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 4,698

TV Series: The Sopranos (1999)

Aired on: 10 Jan. 1999

6. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: A Study in Pink (2010)

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."

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs

Votes: 26,726

TV Series: Sherlock (2010)

Aired on: 25 Jul. 2010

7. Firefly (2002–2003)
Episode: The Train Job (2002)

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.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 4,095

TV Series: Firefly (2002)

Aired on: 20 Sep. 2002

8. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Where Is Everybody? (1959)

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.

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Earl Holliman, James Gregory, Paul Langton, James McCallion

Votes: 4,409

TV Series: The Twilight Zone (1959)

Aired on: 2 Oct. 1959

9. True Detective (2014– )
Episode: The Long Bright Dark (2014)

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.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts

Votes: 17,297

TV Series: True Detective (2014)

Aired on: 12 Jan. 2014

10. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009–2012)
Episode: Hagane no renkinjutsushi (Fullmetal Alchemist) (2009)

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.

Directors: Takahiro Ikezoe, Yasuhiro Irie | Stars: Romi Pak, Laura Bailey, Ed Blaylock, Charles C. Campbell

Votes: 944

TV Series: Hagane no renkinjutsushi (2009)

Aired on: 5 Apr. 2009

11. Fargo (2014– )
Episode: The Crocodile's Dilemma (2014)

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.

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman

Votes: 10,747

TV Series: Fargo (2014)

Aired on: 15 Apr. 2014

12. Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)
Episode: The Cat and the Claw Part I (1992)

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.

Director: Kevin Altieri | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Bob Hastings, Adrienne Barbeau, Herb Edelman

Votes: 1,449

TV Series: Batman: The Animated Series (1992)

Aired on: 5 Sep. 1992

13. Death Note (2006–2007)
Episode: Shinsei (2006)

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.

Directors: Tetsurô Araki, Kei Tsunematsu | Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Ai Satô, Nobuko Miyazaki, Tsunehisa Fujii

Votes: 2,559

TV Series: Death Note: Desu nôto (2006)

Aired on: 3 Oct. 2006

14. Westworld (2016– )
Episode: The Original (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.

Director: Jonathan Nolan | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden

Votes: 19,514

TV Series: Westworld (2016)

Aired on: 2 Oct. 2016

15. One Punch Man (2015– )
Episode: Saikyô no otoko (2015)

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?

Director: Shingo Natsume | Stars: Makoto Furukawa, Yukitoshi Tokumoto, Takuma Suzuki, Shin'ya Hamazoe

Votes: 3,070

TV Series: One Punch Man: Wanpanman (2015)

Aired on: 1 Oct. 2015

16. Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)
Episode: Asteroid Blues (1998)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Spike and Jet pursue an outlaw who is smuggling a reflex-enhancing drug.

Directors: Yoshiyuki Takei, Shin'ichirô Watanabe | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Rintarou Nishi, Yurika Hino

Votes: 1,530

TV Series: Kaubôi bibappu (1998)

Aired on: 3 Apr. 1998

17. House of Cards (2013–2018)
Episode: Chapter 1 (2013)

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll

Votes: 6,932

TV Series: House of Cards (2013)

Aired on: 1 Feb. 2013

18. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)
Episode: Whither Canada? (1969)

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.

Directors: Ian MacNaughton, John Howard Davies | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 1,051

TV Series: Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)

Aired on: 5 Oct. 1969

19. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Pilot (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.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 2,883

TV Series: Arrested Development (2003)

Aired on: 2 Nov. 2003

20. Stranger Things (2016– )
Episode: Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers (2016)

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.

Directors: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer | Stars: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown

Votes: 17,698

TV Series: Stranger Things (2016)

Aired on: 15 Jul. 2016

21. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: The National Anthem (2011)

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.

Director: Otto Bathurst | Stars: Rory Kinnear, Lindsay Duncan, Donald Sumpter, Tom Goodman-Hill

Votes: 44,853

TV Series: Black Mirror (2011)

Aired on: 4 Dec. 2011

22. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (1994)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Monica and the gang introduce Rachel to the "real world" after she leaves her fiancé at the altar.

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 6,446

TV Series: Friends (1994)

Aired on: 22 Sep. 1994

23. Seinfeld (1989–1998)
Episode: Good News, Bad News (1989)

PG | 23 min | Comedy

Jerry and George argue whether an overnight visitor Jerry is expecting is coming with romantic intentions.

Director: Art Wolff | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Lee Garlington, Jason Alexander

Votes: 3,200

TV Series: Seinfeld (1989)

Aired on: 5 Jul. 1989

24. Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)
Episode: Big Brother (1981)

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 »

Director: Martin Shardlow | Stars: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Lennard Pearce, Peta Bernard

Votes: 529

TV Series: Only Fools and Horses.... (1981)

Aired on: 8 Sep. 1981

25. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
Episode: Pilot (1990)

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.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 13,313

TV Series: Twin Peaks (1990)

Aired on: Sep. 1989

26. Narcos (2015–2017)
Episode: Descenso (2015)

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.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie

Votes: 6,902

TV Series: Narcos (2015)

Aired on: 28 Aug. 2015

27. Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
Episode: Pilot (1999)

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.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine

Votes: 1,872

TV Series: Freaks and Geeks (1999)

Aired on: 25 Sep. 1999

28. Gravity Falls (2012–2016)
Episode: Tourist Trapped (2012)

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.

Director: John Aoshima | Stars: Kristen Schaal, Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 1,740

TV Series: Gravity Falls (2012)

Aired on: 15 Jun. 2012

29. Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
Episode: Captain Cook (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.

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 698

TV Series: Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)

Aired on: 28 Sep. 1989

30. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: A Touch of Class (1975)

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 »

Director: John Howard Davies | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,697

TV Series: Fawlty Towers (1975)

Aired on: 19 Sep. 1975

31. Rome (2005–2007)
Episode: The Stolen Eagle (2005)

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 »

Directors: Michael Apted, Mikael Salomon | Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 2,039

TV Series: Rome (2005)

Aired on: 28 Aug. 2005

32. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)
Episode: The Boy in the Iceberg (2005)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The legend of the Avatar is told. Katara and Sokka find a strange boy within an iceberg.

Director: Dave Filoni | Stars: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, Dante Basco

Votes: 2,357

TV Series: Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)

Aired on: 21 Feb. 2005

33. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Pilot (2005)

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.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 4,519

TV Series: The Office (2005)

Aired on: 24 Mar. 2005

34. Peaky Blinders (2013– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (2013)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama

Thomas Shelby plans to fix a horse race; some guns turn up stolen.

Director: Otto Bathurst | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Votes: 6,266

TV Series: Peaky Blinders (2013)

Aired on: 12 Sep. 2013

35. Oz (1997–2003)
Episode: The Routine (1997)

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.

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Ernie Hudson, Terry Kinney, Harold Perrineau, Eamonn Walker

Votes: 1,301

TV Series: Oz (1997)

Aired on: 12 Jul. 1997



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