We are living in a period of what some people refer to as "peak television." Sometimes it seems like there is so much out there, that it would be impossible to watch every great show unless you dedicated your entire life to it. Still, for those who love TV, there has never been a better time. There are more options than ever, and shows have only become more creative in the past few years, exploring deeper plots, building on unique character moments, and developing storylines that go to unexpected places.
There are dramas that will make you think, that challenge your opinions and even dare you to relate to their main characters. There are comedies that, while being really funny, also hit you right in your emotions, presenting realistic characters who think and feel in truly relatable ways. There are also many different adventure series, that take viewers on wild rides through fantasy lands, exotic locales, and even sprawling cities. These shows all have their own dedicated audiences, and what they think of their favorite shows actually says a lot about their various personalities, and what kind of person would be perfect for them.
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What happens when a documentary crew sets up to film the everyday lives of employees at a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania? A lot of hilarious moments! The Office is one of the most popular sitcoms in recent memory. Steve Carell stars as Michael Scott, the overzealous and awkward manager of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch. Michael tries his hardest to connect with his employees (played by talented people like Ed Helms, John Krasiniski, Jenna Fischer, and Rainn Wilson), but often fails to do so.
What happens when a high school science teacher who is deep in debt is diagnosed with cancer and realizes he has nothing left to lose? He turns to a life of crime, relying on an old student of his to help him along the way. Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, tells the story of how one man who seemed to be a good person slowly unravels and reveals his true self over time and under immense pressure.
What happens when a ragtag group of New York detectives is paired up with a no-nonsense captain? Jake Peralta may be one of the best detectives on the force, but h needs to learn to grow up a little bit in order to do better. Captain Holt is the one to get him in line, along with Sergeant Terry Jeffords and the rest of the detectives, including book smart Amy, Tough Rosa, and altogether odd Charles. Together, the group of detectives solve crimes and find some time to goof off.
When someone gets famous enough to travel out to Hollywood and be a big-time movie star, of course, they're going to want to have their friends along for the ride. Entourage was a hit comedy for HBO about an actor and his ragtag group of pals getting into all sorts of trouble in the entertainment business. While the show had its fans, it was often criticized for glamorizing certain types of bad behavior, and for the fact that nothing that bad ever seemed to happen to the main character.
Game of Thrones
It's the show that got everyone watching the fantasy genre, and soon it will be coming to an end for good. Game of Thrones captured people's imaginations and showed them that even the fantasy series could still keep them on their toes. Game of Thrones, featuring a huge cast and sprawling locations, told an epic story of families at war, the battle for the Iron Throne, and the impending danger of a magic army descending upon the world from beyond the Wall.
It's one of the most celebrated comedy series of all time, and for good reason. Seinfeld, which followed the lives of four friends, Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer, was built on a solid foundation of creative storytelling, hilarious lines, and unlikely situations. Seinfeld, created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, set the standard for the modern TV sitcom, showing that comedy could be built on unlikable people with a lot of problems rather than feel-good family moments. The mandate for their writers was "no hugging, no learning."
When pizza delivery boy Fry is accidentally frozen in a cryogenic tube, he awakens 1000 years in the future, in New New York City. It takes some time for him to adjust to life in the future, but eventually, he gets a job as... a delivery boy. Along with his captain Leela and his robot friend Bender, Fry goes on all kinds of incredible missions to the farthest reaches of space. The show, created by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, is brilliant, hilarious, and at times, incredibly sweet.
The Big Bang Theory
What happens when four nerdy scientists are soon confronted with their own immaturity and have to deal with an attractive woman moving in next door? The Big Bang Theory focuses on the lives of Leonard, Howard, Raj, and Sheldon, as they try to balance their work and personal lives with their love of comic books, video games, and fantasy series. The series, which has run for 13 seasons, has seen its main characters go from California to the Arctic and even to the moon.
Three families, three different stories, but all of them are closely connected. Modern Family tells the story of the Pritchetts and all of their respective families. While all of them are experiencing raising children in different ways, they are all still very close and frequently spend time together. This hilarious sitcom, which has won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series several times and is about to have its final season. It stars Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, and Eric Stonestreet.
Four kids growing up in a small town in Indiana find themselves thrown into the adventure of a lifetime when they meet Eleven, a girl with incredible mental powers who escapes from a seemingly harmless power company. As the kids dive deeper into the mystery surrounding the town, they discover that there are things lurking beyond their comprehension, and that nothing in the world is really as it appears. Stranger Things has been a major hit for Netflix and recalls memories of works by Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.
House of Cards
What exactly would someone do to gain power and hold onto it? Apparently, anything they feel is necessary. That's the idea presented in the Netflix original series, House of Cards. The program traces multiple professional and personal relationships and examines how they change as certain people climb higher in the world and leave others in their wake. Things changed a lot throughout the series, and characters came and went. One thing stayed the same, though: the thirst for power and influence.
What happens when a father who is constantly finding himself in trouble can't take care of his large brood of kids? Shameless is the kind of show that reveals the truth about families: there are some that are far from conventional, but it doesn't mean that they don't love each other. The show, which stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, doesn't shy away from telling hard truths about what it's like to grow up in a dysfunctional family, and how it can affect kids as they grow up.
Sterling Archer is a super spy with more than a few issues that he needs to deal with. Despite the fact that he is strong, brave, and proficient in many forms of combat, Sterling is childish, naive, and ultimately spoiled by the fact that he grew up very wealthy. His mother is the head of his spy agency, and she doesn't make life easy for him or his coworkers. With a hilarious voice cast and stellar animation, Archer sets the standard for animated action comedies.
Just like The Twilight zone took a close look at society back in the 1960s, so too does Black Mirror in our current era. The show, an anthology of stories told in the near future, often depicts the world as a technological dystopia, taking the conveniences of today and turning them into frightening looks at how they might one day change for the worse. Black Mirror, created by Charlie Brooker, is innovative, thrilling, and smartly written, and often its episodes end on a real downbeat.
Anyone who read Archie comics when they were growing up would certainly feel like they are on familiar ground with Riverdale. At least, that is until some of the darker aspects of the show start to appear. Unlike the low-key adventures the Riverdale gang had in the original comics, Riverdale throws them into all sorts of strange situations, ones that might be a little darker than what readers might expect. Of course, the usual cast is still there, including Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead.
Who would have thought that show about programmers could end up being such a hilarious hit? Silicon Valley follows a group of friends as they attempt to take their company, Pied Piper, into the big time. Along the way, they have to face many different silly and frustrating setbacks, as well as the fact that in an instant they could all turn on each other in power grabs. The show, created by Mike Judge, stars Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiana, and Zach Woods.
Rick and Morty
What happens when a man and his grandson go on all sorts of interdimensional adventures? That's the basic question of rick and Morty, the highly popular animated program in which the titular characters get into all sorts of trouble in other dimensions, the farthest reaches of space, and even right here on Earth. Along the way, Rick and Morty have to deal with alien bureaucracy, interdimensional clones, and, of course, the Smith family, who are not always thrilled with the duo's adventures and discoveries.
As a show that delves into the darkest recesses of humanity and crime, True Detective is a real marvel. Each season tells a standalone story about detectives dealing with cover-ups, criminals, and their own personal problems. The first season starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as partners working to solve a case that involved occult rituals and wealthy families. The second season was a more straightforward cops and criminals tale, while the third season used the faultiness of human memory as a storytelling device.
What kind of world would this be if otherworldly creatures were constantly duking it out on Earth? That's the kind of problem that gets dealt with on Preacher, the AMC show based on the series of popular graphic novels by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. The show follows the journey of Jesse, a preacher who, after being endowed with a very specific power, embarks on a journey with his friends Tulip and Cassidy (who is a vampire) in order to seek out the truth of the world and beyond.
What happens when a woman's relationship falls apart and she has to start over with an entirely new group of friends? That was the question that kicked off the series New Girl. Jess, a quirky and adorable teacher moves into a loft with three male roommates who all have to grow up in their own ways. Although the series began as a fish out of water comedy, eventually all of the characters revealed their own individual quirks and behaviors as they embarked on the path to maturity.
The Umbrella Academy
These aren't the average superpowered kids, and they definitely aren't anything close to the X-Men. In the Umbrella Academy, a number of women give birth to children on the same day, despite not being pregnant. Several of these children are adopted by a mysterious and wealthy man, who trains them to be superheroes. However, the group eventually loses touch. An event brings the mall back together, just in time for one of the children to discover that the end of the world is on the horizon.
There are plenty of great thrillers on television right now, but none of them quite tapped into the anxieties of modern life the way Mr. Robot did. During the day, Elliott works for a massive corporation, providing them with valuable service in the realm of cybersecurity. however, in his off hours, Elliott spends his time hacking into various databases. It is this activity that gets him noticed by a group of hackers who wish to change the world for the better.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
What happens when a woman who has been kept in a bunker for 15 years finally emerges and enters the real world for the first time since her teen years? Apparently, a lot of hilarious hijinks. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows the titular character on her journey to rebuild her life after being taken out of the world for so long. The series, created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, also features a hilarious supporting cast and plenty of sing-along musical moments.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Nobody quite knows how to get themselves into bad situations like Larry David does. On the hit HBO show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry finds himself in all sorts of awkward social situations, ones where he usually just makes things a lot worse due to his abrasive attitude and vindictive nature. Larry David imbues the show with his trademark acerbic wit, and the fact that there is never actually a written script for any episode allows the actors to improvise and make each scene feel more real.
Arrested Development is all about the Bluths, a wealthy family who loses everything and has to start over while dealing with all of their drama. At the center of it all is Michael, the one seemingly level-headed sibling who thinks he can make everything work. However, he is surrounded by people who just can't seem to get it together. Arrested Development is one of the funniest shows ever made, and it boasts a talented cast that includes Will Arnett, Jessica Walter, and David Cross.
Everybody knows that superheroes are supposed to be upstanding citizens who are a beacon of hope and... Well, not every superhero can be like that, right? That's certainly the case for the titular character in Marvel's Jessica Jones. Jessica, having gone through a bad experience of her own in the past, resorts to becoming a private investigator and indulging in some bad habits. This is in spite of the fact that Jessica possesses super strength and limited flight capabilities that would make her a pretty great hero.
What happens when a futuristic theme park filled with lifelike robots starts to fall apart? Westworld is less of an action show about that futuristic theme park and more about questions about humanity and artificial intelligence. The show often ruminates on what it means to be human, and ideas of consciousness, thought, and what the future of technology will look like. The show weaves a tale of a theme park falling apart as its robot hosts start to gain sentience, and begin to question their role in the world.
Freaks and Geeks
High school isn't easy, and high school all the way back in 1981 would have been a lot harder. This was the central conceit of Judd Apatow's short-lived but highly beloved television series, Freaks and Geeks. The show was a hotbed of future talent, including Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, and Martin Starr. The show followed the lives of several different high school students as they attempted to navigate the tricky social world of teenagers. The show also starred SCTV alum, Joe Flaherty.
"This is a true story." Those are the words that preface every episode of Fargo, the series based on the popular and Oscar-winning Coen Brothers film. However, the real truth is that none of what happens in the show (or the film, for that matter) are actually based on true events. Still, the interconnected crime stories within these narratives, built on character connections, coincidences, and strange events, do really seem like maybe they could have been based in reality at some points.
If ever there was a crazier premise for a TV show, no one will have heard of it. Happy! stars Chris Meloni as a former police officer turned hitman, who, after a job that goes awry, finds himself targeted by the very people he works for. Luckily (or unluckily), he finds himself with a new partner: an imaginary, flying donkey named Happy (voiced with relentless glee by Patton Oswalt). The show is based on a series of comic books byGrant Morrison and Darick Robertson.
Santa Clarita Diet
Sheila Hammond was just an average Realtor who wished that she could be bolder. That is, until the day she passed away and came back to life in her husband's arms. Since then, nothing has been easy for the Hammond family. In Santa Clarita Diet, Sheila discovers that her new way of living (or not living, as it were) means that she must sustain herself by eating people! Luckily, she and Joel have a code that Sheila will only eat bad people.
What happens when an average financial planner gets into trouble with some really bad people and has to relocate with his entire family just to keep them safe? That's the central question of Ozark, a Netflix series starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. While the family attempts to deal with their new surroundings, the patriarch of the family still needs to figure out a way to back the people he owes money to, otherwise, there will be more problems than they can handle.
There are people who get into teaching in high school because they really want to shape young minds, and then there are others who get into it because really, they have no choice in the matter. That's the case for Jack Griffin, a professor who ends up teaching the titular class in his Ohio hometown after he misses out on his ideal job. Instead of teaching the kids anything about biology, however, he intends to use their smarts to help himself get ahead.
Based on the life of co-creator and star Pamela Adlon, Better things is a show that is all about family, and how much of a mess that can really be. Sam Fox is an actress whose best work is far behind her, but she still puts herself out there in order to provide for her three daughters, Max, Frankie, and Duke. All the while, Sam must deal with their problems, as well as her mother's declining mental health and her own relationship struggles.
What happens when an airplane crashes on a desert island, but nothing is really ever as it seems? Running for six seasons, Lost captured the imaginations of a captive audience, as it raised many questions without answering a lot of them. The show was filled with mysteries upon mysteries, as well as a talented cast of actors who brought life to the overly complicated storylines. By the end of the series, not everything had quite been resolved, but the show still has its ardent fans.
Parks and Recreation
In the town of Pawnee, Indiana, people can be a little bit off-kilter. This is especially true of the staff in the Department of Parks and Recreation, led by their stalwart and dedicated boss, Leslie Knope. While contending with the citizens of the town, as well as the more ineffectual members of city council. Parks and Recreation was a fantastically funny show, and boasted a talented cast of people including Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, and Nick Offerman.
Running a business is not always easy, and trying to run a business with one's eccentric family can be even harder. In Bob's Burgers, Bob Belcher tries his best to live out his culinary dreams while taking care of his three kids and dealing with the whims of his wife Linda. Bob's Burgers is absolutely hilarious, heartwarming, and jam-packed with musical moments. the show is built around the love of its central family, but never skimps on the comedy or the action.
What would a person do if they suddenly found out that there were actually multiple copies of them living throughout the world? That's the central question of Orphan Black, a show starring Tatiana Maslani in multiple roles. Sarah, a woman who has already had a tough life, assumes the identity of a cop who looks just like her. However, Sarah discovers that this is no coincidence: the cop was actually her clone. Not only that, but there are other clones of her as well.
Abbi and Ilana are the best of friends, and it's easy to see why. Together, they live their lives to the fullest, putting themselves out there in any way they can, including going to the club, hanging out in the city, or just watching their favorite TV shows together. Broad City, the celebrated millennial comedy, just came to an end, but it was known for its irreverent sense of humor, the unique comedic chemistry of its two leads, and its modern style of storytelling.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Four friends all own a bar together, but that doesn't mean that they are successful, smart, or even good people. In fact, they are not really even remotely close to being any of these things. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which also stars Danny DeVito in one of his most hilarious roles ever, puts the focus on how these friends find themselves in impossible situations every week, and how they somehow never manage to learn or grow from their experiences.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The early 1960s were a bustling time, especially in New York City, and the culture of entertainment was beginning to change. After her husband leaves her unexpectedly, Midge Maisel turns to the world of stand up comedy to vent her frustrations. As it turns out, she is quite good at entertaining audiences and making them laugh. She soon pursues a career in the field, with the help of her manager Susie. Although it rubs her family the wrong way, Midge keeps going and rising higher.
How can one US attorney take down a billionaire who is taking part in some shady business dealings? That's the question at the center of Billions, which stars Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis as legal adversaries. The show focuses on how each character manages to stay one step ahead of the other, while the attorney's wife, who works for the billionaire, gets caught in the middle of the entire thing. The show also highlights the inherent unfairness in a system designed to favor the rich.
Twin Peaks seems like the kind of town where people can feel really comfortable. After all, the diner serves up one fine piece of cherry pie, and great coffee to boot. However, lurking underneath all of the small mountain town splendor is something dark and very dangerous. Created by legendary director David Lynch, Twin Peaks is a show that has left viewers wondering about the fate of its characters, but has also raised the bar for style in television series.
Orange is the New Black
What happens when a woman from a well-to-do family in New York finds herself behind bars because of an accidental crime? Orange is the NEw Black answers that question by following the main character, Piper, on her journey through serving time at Litchfield Penitentiary. Along the way, Piper meets a host of other memorable characters, all of whom have their interesting stories and reasons for why they ended up in Litchfield as well. The show has faced some criticism, but it often looks at real social issues.
The Good Place
After Eleanor finds out that she has passed away from being hit by a train of shopping carts in a grocery store parking lot, she finds herself in "the Good Place," where good people are supposed to go after the end of their life. However, Eleanor knows that there has been a mistake, and that she has been sent in someone else's place. After teaming up with a moral philosophy professor, a wealthy socialite, and a Florida dancer, Eleanor discovers the truth about the afterlife.
Don Draper is the man. Working at an ad agency in 1960s New York, Don continuously astounds his coworkers and his clients with his pitches and his ideas. He even lives in the suburbs with his lovely wife Betty and their two children. However, not everything is as idyllic as it appears in Don's world. He is not faithful to his wife, and he is living a lie. Though he attempts to keep everything running smoothly, things slowly fall apart around him.
Hollywood is an odd place, but truth be told, "Hollywoo" is even weirder. In the animated series, BoJack Horseman, the titular character tries his best to make a comeback as an actor while battling his own personal demons. The show creatively combines human characters with anthropomorphic animals, but maintains a sense of realism, even as it extends out into the absurd. Although it is often truly hilarious and inventively clever, the show can also be incredibly sad and genuinely emotional.
After a struggling actress finds that getting work in Los Angeles is more difficult than she ever thought it would be, she turns to a new, interesting project: GLOW, a wrestling league made up entirely of women. Although it starts out small, it eventually grows into something even bigger than any of the women ever thought, and they are catapulted into stardom. However, the actress and her best friend soon find themselves at odds, when it is revealed that the friend's husband and the actress had been having a secret relationship.
Sent to Earth after her home planet, Krypton is blown up, Kara grows up much like Clark Kent, raised by a family that is not quite sure what to think about her powers. Eventually, she moves to a huge city, where she decides to use her powers for the good of all mankind. she regularly comes into contact with other superpowered individuals like the Flash and, of course, her cousin Superman. Along the way, she must keep her identity a secret from the people she cares about.
During the 1920s, prohibition created an entirely new class of criminal organizations, ones whose sole purpose was to smuggle contraband into the United States. During this time, it was very easy for men like Nucky Thompson to make a lot of money very fast. Nucky, the treasurer of Atlantic City, constantly lined his own pockets with ill-gotten money, all the while trying to keep his nose out of the darker side of his business. It wouldn't be long before Nucky was in over his head.