Favourite TV shows

by crimefightingchicken | created - 22 Feb 2020 | updated - 26 Sep 2020 | Public

I recommend all of these. VERY loosely in order (I feel like depending on the day, this list could change for me). In general though, I'm not a big TV fan.

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1. Over the Garden Wall (2014)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Two brothers find themselves lost in a mysterious land and try to find their way home.

Stars: Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 48,153

How can this cartoon be better than all other shows for me? Well it's simple (But actually, it's not). The atmosphere, humor, voice-acting, soundtrack and story are all perfectly done. I think the fact that this show is only ten episodes long serves as the reason it works so well. It wasn't airing long enough to get botched by producers or new writers or anything like that. I watch this every autumn and it never gets old. I still remember watching this show when it released in 2014, and I haven't stopped loving it. Please, please never reboot or continue the show.

2. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 16,288

A lot of episodes are masterpieces, and can be about anything; a person having killed someone on purpose, on accident, not knowing if they'll get caught, afraid they'll get caught, and so on. You never know what an episode will contain except often for chilling murders, mysteries and deaths. Even the episodes which aren't about murders (a lot aren't), still are very entertaining and cleverly written. There's a certain panache this show has, almost an essence of dark comedy which makes me love it so much.

3. Monk (2002–2009)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The series follows Adrian Monk, a brilliant former San Francisco detective, who now consults the police as a private consultant who battles with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard

Votes: 70,839

Not always the best show. It has it's ups and downs. It has flaws. But at the end of the day, Monk is really funny and extremely likable once you accept the show for what it is.

4. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999– )

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The misadventures of a talking sea sponge who works at a fast food restaurant, attends a boating school, and lives in an underwater pineapple.

Stars: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown

Votes: 90,971

FIRST. THREE. SEASONS. The first three seasons are comedy gold. I like the first Spongebob movie, too.

5. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 15,234

The best documentary of all time.

6. Lost (2004–2010)

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

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 524,236

Wow, the first two seasons always blow me away when I watch them. John Locke is one of the most deepest and intelligently written television characters of all time. Let me reiterate; the first two seasons are television history. The show is still watchable to the end, but doesn't live up to it's strong start. Then again, not a lot does.

7. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner

Votes: 385,235

This show doesn't only get bad after eight seasons. It becomes a reminder of a better show that once existed. I'm not pretending like the golden age of The Simpsons is flawless, but it's a very quotable show that has aged quite well. You don't watch this cartoon for just any individual, quirky character, but you watch it to see how they interact with one another. And the Treehouse of horror episodes are a must watch around Halloween.

8. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 77,352

Even though I haven't seen a lot of it, I REALLY like this show. One of the episodes I saw that I loved is apparently not a beloved one; "King Nine Will Not Return". It scared me good when I was younger, as a handful of the episodes did. I never know where to watch this show though. Ultimately, I do think 'Alfred Hitchcock presents' is better.

9. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Nikolay Drozdov, Thomas Anguti Johnston

Votes: 175,324

Love it (Planet Earth one and two). This is as good as a nature documentary gets.

10. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius (2002–2006)

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A young boy, who happens to be a genius, lives in a small town with his family and friends and often gets into crazy adventures with them involving the things he invents.

Stars: Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia, Rob Paulsen, Carolyn Lawrence

Votes: 19,799

This show is epic.

11. Futurama (1999–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out on New Year's Eve 2999.

Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 223,476

I LIKE this show. Some episodes are good, a lot aren't.

12. Psych (2006–2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A novice sleuth is hired by the Police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

Stars: James Roday Rodriguez, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 91,540

It's an okay show. It gets a little boring to me after a while. And I find Shaun is an unlikable character for the most part. But if you're ever bored, this show might appease you. What I want to know is how come this series got a movie after it ended, but not Monk?!

13. Adventure Time (2010–2018)

TV-PG | 11 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A 12-year-old boy and his best friend, wise 28-year-old dog with magical powers, go on a series of surreal adventures with each other in a remote future.

Stars: John DiMaggio, Jeremy Shada, Tom Kenny, Hynden Walch

Votes: 85,506

I liked this show when I was younger. I hesitantly went back to it recently, (expecting to dislike it) and surprisingly I didn't.. completely hate it. It's not great, but at least there's no definitive point where the show goes downhill (although, I think the final seasons were bad). I think nostalgia is partly to thank for this show being on the list.

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