We have watched a lot of Television over the past 20-years so you don’t have to. Here is our list of the best TV shows to premiere since the turn of the century, January 1st, 2000. NOTE: this means anything that premiered before 2000 like The Sopranos,  The West Wing, South Park, Freaks and Geeks, The Larry Sanders Show and Friends are not eligible for this list, so don’t @ us!

[57] The Good Wife (2009)57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

A big part of having a great series is nailing the timing. The Good Wife nailed the timing. The show focuses on Julianna Margulies’ character Alicia Florrick, the wife of the Cook County State’s Attorney who returns to her career in law after the events of a public sex and political corruption scandal involving her husband played by Chris Noth. The Good Wife also stars Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi, Josh Charles, Matt Czuckry and Alan Cumming. With seven seasons, you get a significant legal and political drama that examines the role of women and mothers in the workplace and does it so genuinely well.

[56] The Big Bang Theory (2007)57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Who would have thought a show about socially awkward friends and scientist co-workers would end up being one of the longest-running sitcoms? The Big Bang Theory may be the last great multi-camera show filmed in front of a live audience that captures America’s interest. Year-after-year, The Big Bang Theory, proved to be a ratings hit. It also ended this year much better than Game of Thrones, as we noted a few months ago. The secret sauce? The actors: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Raunch. Bazinga! 

 

[55] Dead Like Me (2003)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Can Mandy Patinkin do anything wrong? No, he can’t. Just look at the comedy-drama television series Dead Like Me where he plays the head grim reaper who resides and works in Seattle, Washington. Eighteen-year-old George Lass, played by Ellen Muth, dies in the pilot episode by getting hit by a toilet seat from the space station that falls to planet earth. George becomes one of the undead grim reapers whose job it is to remove the souls of people, preferably before they die, and escort them into their afterlife. With only 29 episodes, Dead Like Me is yet another example of series a bit ahead of its time.

[54] Jack & Bobby (2004)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Only 22 episodes ran on this brilliant WB television series that chronicled the present-day teenage years of two brothers, Jack & Bobby, one of whom would become the President of the United States from 2041 to 2049. It starred Christine Lahti, Logan Lerman, Matt Long, Jessica Pare, and John Slattery and was wrongfully canceled in 2005 that all these years later, we are still pissed with the former WB Network.

[53] BoJack Horseman (2014)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

We are all for anything with Will Arnett and Amy Sedaris that pokes fun at the entertainment industry while tackling issues around depression, self-destructive behavior, racism, sexism, and just being a human. BoJack premiered in 2014 on “newcomer” Netflix and has taken on issues such as mass shootings and the #metoo movement that so many others series are afraid to wade in. It also takes place in Hollywoo, formerly known as Hollywood. The D fell off. Much like some of the characters did from the entertainment industry. Did we mention that anthropomorphic animals live side by side?

[52] Gilmore Girls (2000)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Perhaps the best The WB television show not to get canceled will always be Gilmore Girls. The series focus is on a relationship between a young single mother Lorelai Gilmore played by the ingenious Lauren Graham and her daughter Rory played by Alexis Bledel who live in the fictional Connecticut town of Stars Hallow filled with some of the most colorful characters to grace our TV screens. The dialogue was consistently fast-paced and filled with the same type of pop culture reference you see in shows like Family Guy and South Park. It also stars the excellent Melissa McCarthy before her film fame.  It is ultimately the creator Amy Sherman-Palladino who is the ultimate heroine in this series.

[51] Handmaid’s Tale (2016)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Speaking of Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale is an American dystopian drama following a Second American Civil War wherein a totalitarian society subjects fertile women, called “Handmaids,” into child-bearing slavery. Bledel plays one of the Handmaid’s, but it is Elisabeth Moss who plays the heroine June who owns this series. The Handmaid’s Tale is hard to watch at times. Frustrating as hell. It also at times feels like it could quickly happen, especially with our current political climate and who the current occupier of the White House is. The show also stars Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, Samira Wiley, and Max Minghella.

 

[50] The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Is there anything better than a  period comedy-drama television series created by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino that stars Rachel Bresnahan as Midge Maisel, a housewife in 1958 New York City who discovers she has a knack for stand up comedy? The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is delightfully dazzling with more laugh out loud moments than one can count. Sherman-Palladino is a genius with dialogue and its so much fun to watch her navigate 1950s and 1960s New York Jewish culture.

[49] The Good Place (2016)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

The Good Place is a fantasy comedy series by Michael Schur that focuses on Eleanor, played by Kristen Bell, who wakes up in the afterlife and is introduced by Michael, played by Ted Danson, to “The Good Place,” a highly selective heaven-like utopia he designed, as a reward for her “righteous” life. However, not everything is as it seems. The cast is rounded out by the insanely good William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jami, Manny Jacinto, and D-Arcy Carden. The twists and turns alone make this comedy series unlike anything else you have ever seen. Pure enjoyment!

[48] 30 Rock (2006)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

This is Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Alec Baldwin at their best. 30 Rock is based on Fey’s experiences as head writer for Saturday Night Live and takes place behind a sketch comedy show at NBC’s headquarters 30 Rock. The surreal humor comedy show can at times be odd, but ultimately it is an extremely hilarious, topical and polished series. However, sometimes we have nightmares of Jack McBrayer’s Kenneth Parcell the NBC page whom we think may have been a serial killer. Are we the only ones?

[47] Hard Knocks (2001)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

What do you get when HBO partners with the NFL to deliver a behind the scenes look at an NFL team during training camp? You get a pretty remarkable documentary series narrated by Liev Schreiber. The series shows the personal and professional lives of the players, coaches and the staff, including family life and position battles. SO far 14 teams have been showcased. We just wished the show delved a bit more into some of the problems with the NFL — but we get that the NFL isn’t going to be hypercritical of themselves. This show paved the way for Homegrown on YES network following Yankees minor league system and because of that I am forever grateful.

 

[46] Weeds (2005)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

It might not feel like a big deal anymore, but when it premiered in 2005, a show that openly talked about and showed the black market weed business in California was a big deal. Today, weed is legal in California, but when Nancy Botwin, played by Mary-Louise Parker, a widowed mother of two boys, begins selling marijuana to support her family, it was taboo. Throughout the series Nancy finds herself engaged in more and more illegal activity. At times the Jenji Kohan series becomes too much but overall this series paved the way for more shows like it that address and accept weed culture. Additionally, anything that stars Mary-Louise Parker is going to be terrific.

[45] The Affair  (2014)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

The Affair looks at the emotional effects an extramarital relationship between Noah Solloway, played by Dominic West and Alison Lockhard, played by Ruth Wilson, has on their families, their community and themselves. There is also a murder mystery at play. What makes this series so intriguing is how its filmed. Not often do we get to see multiple perspectives of the same incident. The Affair we get to see his side and her side, and through it, we try to learn what the truth is. The show is rounded out by Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson.

[44] Modern Family (2009)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Modern Family is a mockumentary family sitcom that follows the lives of Jay Pritchett, played by Al Bundy himself Ed O’Neill, and his family, all of whom live close to one another in Los Angeles. The series takes a look at modern families and employs an ensemble cast that by now makes a ton of cash. They include Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriquez, and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. This look at modern families has had a significant impact on how we look at same-sex relationships and marriage, especially in communities that weren’t so open to the idea. Modern Family, in many ways, has provided a peephole for many into how ordinary and relatable modern families are.

[43] Alias

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

The J.J. Abrams spy drama, Alias followed Sydney Bristow, played by Jennifer Garner, a double agent for the CIA posing an operative of SD-6, a worldwide criminal espionage organization. Her father, Jack Bristow, played by Victor Garber, is also an operative at SD-6. Throughout the series, we see Sydney’s obligation to conceal her actual career from her friends played by Bradley Cooper and Merrin Dungey. As well as navigate her relationships with CIA handler turned love interest Michael Vaughn, played by Michael Vartan, and her relationship with her parents who are spies. Alias inspired numerous spy dramas that followed and helped J.J. Abrams career skyrocket. We hope a reboot is coming.

[42] Da Ali G Show (1999/2003)57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Okay, this show technically premiered in 1999, but it was in Great Britain. It wasn’t until the turn of the century that Da Ali G Show made its way to America and on HBO in 2003. Da Ali G Show was a satirical series created by Sacha Baron Cohen who brought characters such as Ali G, Borat Sagdiyve, and Bruno Gehard into our homes. These characters conducted real interviews with unsuspecting people, many of whom were celebrities and elected officials. Sacha Baron Cohen ushered in a new comedy style that also tended to break news and make those who he interviewed look like idiots. One even went on to become President of the United States…go figure.

[41] Transparent (2014)57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Transparent is a comedy-drama series that revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that their father Mort, played by Jeffrey Tambor, is a trans woman named Maura. If Modern Family helped shine a light for may on same-sex couples, Transparent did the same for trans individuals. It is quite unfortunate that Transparent ended the way it did, with Jeffrey Tambor’s sexual assault allegations. In some ways, it undid some of the fantastic progressive work this show was a part of. That families today look so many different ways, and that is not only okay but should be embraced. The rest of the cast, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Judith Light and Kathryn Hahn, are just as good and just as talented.

 

[40] Fringe (2008)57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Fringe is a science fiction television series created by J.J. Abrams that follows Olivia Dunham, played by Anna Torv, Peter Bishop, played by Joshua Jackson, and Walter Bishop played by John Noble. Dunham and the Bishops are members of the fictional Fringe Division of the FBI, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the supervision of Homeland Security. Like many J.J. Abrams series, Fringe was ahead of its time, but Fox kept giving it more seasons due to its cult following and captivating storyline surrounding a parallel universe. Fringe should have kept going!

 

[39] Dexter (2006)57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Who knew being a serial killer would look so appealing? Dexter is a crime drama mystery series that centers around Dexter Morgan played by Michael C. Hall, a forensic technician specializing in blood spatter for the Miami Metro Police department who lives a secret life as a vigilante serial killer, hunting down murderers who slipped through the cracks of the justice system. Michael C. Hall is the perfect serial killer. He so brilliantly nails this role that you do feel for him, root for him, and can’t wait for him to commit his next killer. The series also stars Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, David Mayas, Desmond Harrington, and Lauren Valez.

[38] Mr. Robot (2015)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Mr. Robot is a thriller series created by Sam Esmail. It stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer, and hacker who has a social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. Elliot finds himself recruited by an anarchist known as Mr. Robot, played by Christian Slater to join a group called “fsociety.” Their objective is to destroy all debt records by encrypting the financial data of the largest conglomerate in the world: Evil Corp. This series has benefited from its timing. It’s the little guy vs. the banks, hackers vs. the world. Sound at all familiar? Let’s just say this show fucks with your head. Most of the time in a good way.

 

[37] Parks and Recreation (2009)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Parks and Recreation is a political satire sitcom that stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a mid-level, highly ambitious bureaucrat in the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana. Much like Greg Daniels’ other hit, The Office, Parks, and recreation is a mockumentary-style series. It takes a few episodes for Parks and Rec to find it’s way, but once it does, it’s pure enjoyment. Parks and Recreation also has one of the best ensemble casts ever put together. It includes Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, and Rhetta.

[36] Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

We all can be a bit of a curmudgeon at times, and that is perhaps why Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm connects with more than just old white Jewish men. The series follows Larry in his life as a semi-retired television writer and producer in Los Angeles. Larry finds himself getting into some trouble along the way, and your continually asking yourself is Larry’s fault or are you on his side. There are many moments you will find yourself screaming at the TV “don’t do it, Larry,” but ultimately you are glad he did, and that the episode like Seinfeld, all connects at the end.

 

[35] Game of Thrones (2011)57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Let me guess: you’re upset that this show isn’t higher on the list? Yes, Game of Thrones is a great show, but it’s not the best. Games of Thrones finds its way on this list because of it being a cultural phenomenon. Many felt they needed to watch it participate in a conversation at work or at cocktail parties. At its core, Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama series with several plots and an enormous ensemble cast. Game of Thrones also has a massive budget which allowed it to cover up some of its faults with CGI. The main arc of the show is about the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. Who is going to get to sit on that throne and rule all of the kingdoms?

[34] No Reservations (2005)57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

President Barack Obama summed it up best when he wrote: “[Bourdain] taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. to make us a little less afraid of the unknown.” Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations did just that. He took us around the world, experienced food and cultures we hadn’t before, and made us understand one another that much more. This show should get taught in schools.

[33] Justified (2010)57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Justified is a crime drama television series starring Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, a deputy U.S. Marshall enforcing his brand of justice in his hometown of Harlan, Kentucky. What makes this series so exceptional is the acting and the chemistry between Olyphant and Walton Goggins who plays Boyd Crowder the son of one of Harlan’s biggest career criminals and is a born-again white supremacist. Justified, in many ways, was able to hone in on a culture that has taken the U.S. media a little too long to notice and understand.

[32] The Walking Dead (2010)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

For the first few seasons, The Walking Dead was a cultural phenomenon. Ratings for this post-apocalyptic horror series based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard were some of the highest ever seen on cable news. The series features a large ensemble cast as survivors of a zombie apocalypse, trying to stay alive under near-constant threat from the mindless zombies (walkers), and other survivors. At its core, the series is about its characters and how each of them handles threats and adversity. It is a show about humans, not zombies; it is a show about life, not death.

[31] The Shield (2002)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

The Shield is a police crime drama starring Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey and follows the activities of an experimental (and at times corrupt) division of the Los Angeles Police Department. Mackey and his team operate out of a converted Church, known as The Barn, and they work to maintain the peace in a district rife with gang-related violence, drug trafficking, and prostitution. The Shield is as gutsy as a police drama can get with a bit too many cliffhangers to bear at times.

[30] Homeland (2011) 57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

What do you get when Claire Danes stars as Carrie Mathieson, a Central Intelligence Agency officer with bipolar disorder who continually finds herself in the middle of the next terrorist attack on the United States? A television series, Homeland that President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised for its realness. Yeah, it’s a bit scary. Claire Danes is the real star in this series, but Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, and Rupert Friend put in some of their performances ever. Oddly, Homeland has been able to nail various national security threats before the U.S. media has been able to. One season includes a conservative radio talk show host who leads a white nationalist movement, and all hell breaks loose and trust in our government and our president dissipates.

[29] It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005) 57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a comedy series that follows the exploits of “The Gang,” a group of self-absorbed friends who run the Irish bar Paddy’s Pub in South Philadelphia. The series is a black comedy that stars Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney who also serve as executive producers and creators. Rounding out the cast are the super talented Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito. It’s Always Sunny is often called one of the best comedies on television. The New Yorkers Emily Nussbaum said it best, “not merely the best sitcom on television but one of the most arresting and ambitious current TV series, period.”

[28] Luther (2010)

57 Best TV shows of the 2000s

Luther is a British crime drama series starring Idris Elba as DCI John Luther. John Luther is a dedicated, obsessive, and sometimes violent police officer who becomes consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals. In the first episode of the series, he investigates the murderous psychopath, Alice Morgan, played by Ruth Wilson, who becomes Luther’s nemesis and unlikely companion. The chemistry between Luther and Morgan is electrifying. Luther is such a captivating series that it is a shame each season is so short. Idris Elba delivers his best work since The Wire.

[27] Master of None (2015)

Master of None

Master of None is a comedy series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, and stars Ansari in the lead role of Dev Shah, a 30-year-old actor, mostly following his romantic, professional, and cultural experiences. With Master of None, Ansari can call himself the voice of the millennial generation. He tackles issues such a race and religion in ways only a child of immigrants can and he does so so masterfully and confidently. Ansari doesn’t hide from more significant issues in Master of None; he confronts them. Finds the humor in it but also exposes the human angle. He gives us a lot to relate to.

[26] Orange is the New Black (2013)Orange is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black is a comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan of Weeds fame. Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is The New Black: My Years in a Women’s Prison, Orange Is The New Black has become Netflix most-watched and most critically acclaimed original series. Additionally, Orange is the New Black has become a culturally relevant series. The series has shed light on the criminal justice system, women’s health issues, mental health issues, race, gender and sexuality, and immigration. Its massive ensemble cast allows the show to tackle the hard-hitting problems by providing the right dramatic depth coupled with the perfect amount of humor.

[25] Better Call Saul (2015)Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul is a spin-off prequel of Vince Gilligan’s prior series Breaking Bad and is set in the early and mid 200s and follows the story of a con-man turned small-time lawyer, Jimmy McGill six years before the events of Breaking Bad. The show lays out the transformation of Jimmy McGill into the personal of criminal-for-hire Saul Goodman. In Better Call Saul we have Bob Odenkirk at his best. We also get stand out performances from Rhea Seehorn, Michael McKean and Patrick Fabian. Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito also return as their Breaking Bad roles as Mike and Gus.

[24] Californication (2007)

Californication

Californication is a comedy-drama series that follows New Yorker Hank Moody played by David Duchovny, a troubled novelist who moves to California to be by his daughter and suffers from writer’s block. Hanks extracurricular activities of drinking, womanizing, and drug abuse complicate his relationships with his longtime lover Karen played by Natascha McElhone and their daughter Becca played by Madeleine Martin. Evan Handler and Pamela Adlon round out this cast that still lives in a time when sex, drugs and rock and roll is all that matters. Californication is as cool of a tv series as you can get. The music alone is dope.

[23] The Killing (2011)

The Killing

The Killing is a crime drama series set in Seattle, Washington and follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden played by Mireille Enos and Stephen Holder played by Joel Kinnaman. Like any good crime drama, detectives Linden and Holder get too close to the crimes they are investigating. The Killing has sticking similarities to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks without the weirdness, just all the horror and creepiness. At times The Killing comes off as one of the smartest crimes dramas ever and other times you are left disappointed, but overall The Killing is a solid show.

[22] Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan is a crime drama series set in Los Angeles where Irish-American Ray Donovan, played by Liev Schreiber, originally from South Boston, works for a powerful law firm Goldman & Drexler, representing the rich and famous. Donovan is a crime diner who arranges bribes, payoffs, and other illegal actives to ensure the outcome desired by his client. However, his family members get in the way — like his father Mickey, Donovan plays by Jon Voight who unexpectedly gets released from prison. It also isn’t always his sibling’s fault that they end up taking the wrong turns. Ray Donovan also brilliantly nails the Catholic Priest sex scandal by showing the ramifications it had on the Donovan family. Ray Donovan is all Schreiber, and it’s his best role yet. So much so that the other day we were walking down the street in NYC and saw Schreiber walking his little dog and our first thought was which client is Ray Donovan working for right now that’s making him walk their dog?

[21] The Americans (2013) 

The Americans

The Americans is a period spy thriller series set in the 1980s during the Cold War. It is the story of Elizabeth played by Keri Russell and Philip Jennings, played by Matthew Rhys, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple living in Falls Church, Virginia across the street from FBI agent Stan Beeman. It was perfect timing because no show represented the past few years better than The Americans. Yes, we have our Russian spies and our FBI agent face off. But what we also have are the stories of the individuals impacted by the Cold War. The Americans’ isn’t a show about Russia vs. America. It’s about our lack of trust (whether warranted or not) in one another due to our inability to open up and communicate. It is about our struggles to understand the truth or realization of who we should trust: and a series about the repercussions of our decisions on who to trust. Real-life couple Russell and Rhys nail these roles so well and perhaps deliver the best husband and wife duo we have seen on our tv sets.

[20] Arrested Development (2003)

Arrested Development

Arrested Development is a laugh out loud sitcom that follows the Bluths, a formerly wealthy dysfunctional family. It is presented in a sterilized format, incorporating handheld camera work, voice over narration by Ron Howard, archival photos, and fictional historical footage. Arrested Development stars Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawakat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter and sometimes Henry Winkler and Liza Minelli.  Arrested Development is one of the defining comedies of the 2000s and without a doubt of the best TV shows of all time.

[19] Louie (2010)

Louie

It might be a bit taboo to include Louie on this list; however, Louie, which is written, directed, created, edited and produced by comedian Louis C.K., who also stars in the show is a phenomenal TV comedy series. Louis C.K plays a fictionalized version of himself, a comedian and newly divorced father raising his two daggers in New York City. Unlike Curb where there are many connected storylines, Louie is about unconnected storylines and segments and is much looser than most TV comedies over the past two decades. Louie is a poignant series that at times, is uncomfortable to watch. It is important to note that in November of 2017, Louis C.K admitted to a series of sexual misconduct allegations which ended any future of Louie.

[18] Fleabag (2016)

Fleabag

Fleabag is a British comedy-drama series created and written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also stars in the title role. Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag is an angry, confused, sexually voracious young woman living in London. Fleabag is super intelligent but not too smart that American audiences won’t understand. It is also a surprising, poignant comedy that will have you awkwardly laughing out loud. The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum called it “a precision black-humor mechanism, a warped and affecting fable about one single woman’s existence.”

 

[17] Battlestar Galactica (2014)

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica is a military science fiction series set in a remote star system, where a civilization of humans lives on a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies had been at war with an android race of their creation. With the unwitting help of human scientists named Gaius Baltar, the android race launch a sudden sneak attack on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. Of all the Colonial Fleet, Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military capital ship that survived the attack. With a wickedly awesome assemble cast, Battlestar Galactica is so much more than a sci-fi series.

 

[16] Catastrophe (2015)

Catastrophe

Catastrophe is a British sitcom created by, written by and stars Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney. Sharon and Rob portray single people also called Sharon and Rob, who become a couple after she unexpectedly becomes pregnant following a one night stand while Rob is visiting London on a business trip. Rob ends up coming to London, and the two began a relationship. Throughout the series, Catastrophe remains fresh and topical — there is mention of Brexit and Trump. The show continues relatable; not all relationships are always going to be perfect. The chemistry between Sharon and Rob is undeniable, and it’s virtually impossible not to laugh at their conversations or disagreements.

 

[15] Veep

Veep

Often when people want to know what working in government and politics is like they often cite The West Wing. The truth is, it’s much more like political satire comedy, Veep. The series follows Selina Meyer played by the fantastic Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her team as they attempt to make their mark and leave a legacy without becoming mired in day-to-day political games that often define American politics. But like all politicians and their teams, they become part of the game. Selina Meyer is the role that got Louis-Dreyfus six consecutive Emmy Awards. Elaine Benes who? Besides Louis-Dreyfus, Veep offers notable starring roles for Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Gary Cole, and Kevin Dunn.

[14] Mad Men (2007)

Mad Men

Mad Men is a period drama series created by Matthew Weiner, creator of The Sopranos. Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on New York’s Madison Avenue. The plot focuses on the day-to-day business of advertising agencies as well as the personal lives of the characters, depicting the changing moods and social mores of the United States during the 1960s. It has an ensemble cast of heavyweights like Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, and Jon Slattery. Mad Men won 16 Emmys and 5 Golden globes during its 92-episode run.

[13] Fargo (2014)

Fargo

The Fargo tv-series is more like a miniseries. There are three (a fourth coming) separate seasons separated by decades. The first season stays more or less faithful to the film and starts Billy Bob Thorton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman. The second season becomes something exceptional and start Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, Jean Smart, and Ted Danson and takes place in 1979. The third season takes the story to whole other place and stars Ewan McGregor as twins, Carrie Coon, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. A fourth season is coming later this year with Chris Rock. This show is so bizarre it’s impressive, with all the twists and turns and comedy thrown into it that you didn’t realize you needed.

[12] Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights is an American drama series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, a small, close-knit community in rural Texas. The show is led by the extraordinary couple football coach Eric Taylor and his wife Tami Taylor played by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. Friday Night Lights uses the small-town backdrop to address many issues facing contemporary American culture, including family values, school funding, drugs, abortion, rape, income inequalities, and the lack of economic opportunities. In many communities across this country, high school football is the only game in town, especially in Texas. Texas Forever? We suggest you watch this series with a box of tissues. Trust us, watch this series with clear eyes, full hearts, and you can’t lose.

[11] The Staircase (2004)

The Staircase

The Staircase is a French television miniseries documenting the trial of Michael Peterson, convicted of murdering his wife, Kathleen Peterson. The Staircase first aired on Sundance Channel in 2004 and more recently has been extended to air on Netflix. What makes The Staircase so revolutionary is its exceptional quality and storytelling ability that has set up numerous crime storytelling programs, docu-series, and podcasts ever since.

 

[10] The Leftovers (2014)

The Leftovers

The Leftovers is a supernatural mystery drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. The series begins three years after the “Sudden Departure,” a global event that resulted in 2% of the world’s population disappearing. The Leftovers follows the life of police chief Kevin Garvey, played by Justin Theroux, and his family, along with grieving widow and mother Nora Durst, played by Carrie Coon and her brother the revered Matt Jamison, played by Christopher Eccleston. The series also stars Amy Brenneman, Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Ann Dowd, Regina King, Jovan Adept, Kevin Carroll, and Janel Moloney. What is awkward about The Leftovers is realizing that the mystifying madness that takes place among every character is much more relatable than any viewer, including us, wants to admit. The final season of The Leftovers was monumental. It was mesmerizing. It was filled with love and faith and at the end of the day, a deeper more accepting understanding of one another.

[9] Chappelle’s Show (2003)

Chappelle's Show

Chappelle’s Show is a sketch comedy television series created by comedians Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan, with Chappelle hosting the show and starring in the majority of its sketches that are prerecorded with a laugh track. Chappelle’s Show is Dave Chappelle’s comedy at it’s best. He is notorious at casual usages of racial epithets and sketches that pushed the boundaries on cultural topics like marijuana, prostitution, gun violence, crack cocaine, and perhaps his favorite subject the entertainment industry.

[8] Lost (2004)

Lost is a drama television series that begins with a plane crash. The show contains elements of supernatural and science fiction as it follows the survivors of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 when it crashes on a mysterious island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. Episodes featured a primary storyline set on the island with flashbacks or flashforward which provided additional insight into the involved characters. Created by Jeffrey Lieber, J.J. Abrams, and Damon Lindelof, Lost became a cultural phenomenon. Yes, there were some hiccups, and perhaps we are still debating the ending, but the reason we are discussing it is that Lost became too big to end in a way that would have to make everyone happy. The ensemble cast along with Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and its constant puzzle pieces and tension between science and fate made Lost one of the best TV shows of the past 20 years.

[7] Better Things (2015)

Better Things

Better Things is a comedy-drama television show starring Pamela Adlon as a divorced actress who raises her three daughters on her own (much like her life). As we noted earlier this year, life is just better with Better Things. Since 2015 Better Things highlights the sheer beauty in the mess that is life. It can be complicated and ugly, but at the end of the day, it’s quite funny, remarkable, and beautiful. With Better Things, Adlon can do now wrong. Better Things is a gem that takes you on an emotional journey filled with self-reflection, understanding, confidence, and clarity. We cannot say better things about Better Things. It is hands down one of the best television shows currently on the air and very much so can stand up to any other show in the past two decades.

[6] The Office (UK 2001; US 2005)

The Office

The series that has nailed the mockumentary comedy style the best is The Office. First in the U.K. with Ricky Gervais series that centers on themes of social clumsiness, the trivialities of human behavior, self-importance and conceit, frustration and desperation. The U.S. version perfected the U.K. version. The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company during a time more and more people were going paperless. Both series use single-camera setups without a studio audience or a laugh track — which at first makes it uncomfortable knowing what really to laugh at. BUT that is the whole point. It’s a series of tons of awkward moments. And that is awesome. Ricky Gervais and Steve Carrell nail it at the boss of their companies. However, it is Carrell who becomes a much more lovable character as the series goes on than Gervais can ever be. The U.S. version brought us stars such as Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, BJ Novack, and Rashida Jones, to name a few.

[5] Atlanta (2015)

Atlanta ShowAtlanta is a comedy-drama created by and starring Donald Glover. The series portrays two cousins navigating the Atlanta hip hop scene to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Glover has an uncanny way of presenting a haunting yet funny look at America. Over its two seasons, Glover has delivered an American gothic masterpiece, even if he hasn’t realized it yet. It’s that rare gem where art and entertainment collide without being overly pretentious or condescending. We want more of this show!

[4] Six Feet Under (2001)

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under is an American drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. The series depicts the lives of the Fisher family, who run a funeral home in Los Angeles, along with their friends and lovers. The show stars Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Matthew St. PatrickRachel Griffiths, and Jeremy Sisto, Six Feet Under appears to be a conventional family drama but its focus is on the topic of death and how each of us deal with the concept of dying. Each episode begins with a death, and the Fishers usually host that person’s funeral. The death sets a thematic tone for the rest of the episode, allowing the characters to reflect ton their current fortunes or misfortunes in a way that is illuminated by the death and its aftermath. The acting is phenomenal. It could have a lot to do with Ball’s insistence of using theatrically trained actors. Six Feet Under also provides the most sensational, most comforting, and fulfilling series finale we have ever seen on television. Life is fleeting. Take the time to enjoy this show.

[3] Breaking Bad (2008)

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is a neo-Western crime drama series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series tell the story of Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, a struggling and depressed high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with stage-3 lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, White turns to al if of crime by producing and selling meth to secure his family’s financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal underworld that involves cartels that stretch down to Mexico. Oh, and to make it more complicated, White’s brother in law is a DEA agent. Breaking Bad broke all kinds of barriers and gave us episodes of television that we typically only saw in the movie theaters. It’s a brilliant, addicting and all-out wild ride of series. Heisenberg lives on.

[2] Rectify (2013)

Rectify

We will not be surprised if you have never heard of Rectify. Rectify is one of those shows that was so good it was too good for more audiences. It also premiered on the Sundance Channel which at the time was not easily accessible. The series explores the life of a man after he’s released from prison after nearly 20 years on death row following a wrongful conviction. The adjustments and events in the lives of Daniel Holden, played by Aden Young, his extended family, and the townsfolk gets explored as a character study in a slowly unfolding Southern Gothic story. The series also stars Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, and Luke Kirby. We do not doubt once you consume this show you will be asking why you didn’t do it earlier. You will also ask why hasn’t Aden Young been nominated for an award for his role as Daniel Holden.

[1] The Wire (2002) The Wire

Television does not get any better than The Wire. We will fight anyone who disagrees! Or send Omar after you! Set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland (you heard that right, President Trump), The Wire introduces a different institution of the city and its relationship to law enforcement in each season while retaining characters and advancing storylines from previous seasons. The subjects include illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, education and schools, and the print news medium. The Wire is about the American City and how we live together — and sometimes ignore one another. The Wire stays truthful to who we are, which can be uncomfortable, especially since this is a series from the early 2000s and is more topical today than ever before. The Wire is the greatest television series of all time. You heard that right. Sheeeeiiit.