In addition to our 30 TV Shows To Get Your Mind Off Coronavirus Pandemic and our 57 Best TV Shows of the 2000s, we bring a list of 35 shows with the most engaging online fans. This way you can binge new shows and participate in online communities. Maybe even meet a new friend or someone to date in this coronavirus new normal world? Some of these shows are great, while others are culturally significant. Most on this list are here because they are super meme worthy.
Here is our list in no particular order:
Rick and Morty (Hulu, YoutTube TV)
The Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon Adult Swim animated science fiction sitcom is as close to perfect as you can get. The more you watch, the more gems you find. Roiland and Harmon created a series that may have the most loyal fan base on the inter-webs, but that is because the show keeps giving the community something to relate to.
Doctor Who (YouTube TV)
The most recent version of Doctor Who came out in 2005. Since then, there have been five actors who have played the eponymous character. The latest is Jodie Whittaker — who brings freshness while keeping true to the legendary series. Before 2005, 8 actors played Doctor Who from 1963-1996. With an endless amount of episodes, and some still missing — creating even more allure, the fanbase remains the most active and most international of all TV fanbases. Bow ties are cool.
Orphan Black (Amazon Prime, YouTube TV)
You may want to roll your eyes at this Canadian science-fiction thriller about clones, but we guarantee after two episodes you’ll be hooked. Tatiana Maslany’s performance alone — where she plays several clones flawlessly — is a reason to watch the series that looks at the moral and ethical implications of human cloning and its effect on identity. At the end of the series, you’ll have a favorite clone. You will question if it was Maslany playing her or not. And you’ll start referring to your sister as “sestra,” and your brother, “brother-sestra.” A few episodes in, you’ll be heading to the message boards and the subreddit searching for spoilers.
The Adam Reed animated sitcom may feature the most significant voice acting performance ever in H. Jon Benjamin’s Sterling Archer. Archer, like Rick and Morty, proves that “newer” animated series can be just as intelligent, if not more, than those that came before like South Park and Futurama. Archer is an excellent distraction from everything going on in the world right now, and there is a community online there for you episode-by-episode.
The Walking Dead (AMC, Netflix, YouTube TV)
The Walking Dead maybe a little too close to home for many living in quarantine right now. And that lends itself to an active current online community. At its core, The Walking Dead has always been a character drama with the right level of mystery that lends itself to a devoted online community. Yes, The Walking Dead has wondered in strange directions, but you really cannot beat the uniqueness of the first few seasons.
Stranger Things (Netflix)
You don’t have to be quarantined with Eggos to feel connected with others; you can watch Stranger Things. The American science fiction, drama-horror, nostalgic television series by the Duffer Brothers, has a loyal fanbase, and not just generation-z’ers. Even though each season gets a little less enjoyable, the feeling of the first season is still there. For a sci-fi horror series, Stranger Things is comforting during these trying times.
Community (Netflix, Hulu)
Another Dan Harmon TV show that has one of the most loyal online fanbases. Yes, the writing is fantastic. But it’s the cast, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Bree, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash and some unknown guy named Donald Glover, that makes Community one of the best TV shows of all time. Community is also the most worthy meme TV series ever. It also has some of the best 30-minute episodes ever. Even if Community was Troy and Abed in the Morning, we would put it on this list.
Black Mirror (Netflix)
The British science fiction anthology tv series created by Charlie Brooker has a loyal fanbase thanks to its examination of modern society and how its reliance on contemporary technology that more often than not causes increases in depression, anxiety, and death. It’s foreshadowing of things to come in our real world is what makes Black Mirror one of the most engaging TV series today. You don’t need to look far to find online communities that talk each episode to death, including how it relates to today, and we mean that in a very positive way.
Breaking Bad (Netflix)
Breaking Bad is one of the best TV dramas ever, and it is also one of the most talked-about TV series on the Internet. Thanks to its prequel Better Call Saul and its sequel film El Camino, the Breaking Bad community has even more content to formulate new theories and connections that bring new meaning to the original Breaking Bad. Creator Vince Gilligan, much like Damon Lindelof, is a genius at giving their fans easter eggs to string together as they watch.
The Office US (Netflix)
Arguably the most meme friendly tv series of all time that will help you laugh regardless of everything that is going on in the world. “Oh my God it’s happening! Everybody stay calm. Stay f*cking calm!”
To have an engaging fanbase, a show must deliver on mystery and/or provide meme-worthy content. The two seasons of Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy produced mystery and confusion. Season three, there is plenty of mystery and excitement, but they also are giving us sharable content, like giving us Game of Thrones or Marshawn Lynch cameos. Can anyone stop Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores? Do we even want anyone to stop her?
South Park (Hulu)
South Park has one of the most loyal and most robust fanbases because it is controversial. Trey Parker and Matt Stone purposefully push the envelope to address and expose real-world society. It is profane and dark and satirizes what is going on in the world. South Park doesn’t so much predict events in the world like many claims The Simpsons do. Instead, it holds up a mirror to its audiences. Parker and Stone’s social commentary is what makes South Park’s fanbase a force to be reckoned with.
You know you have a loyal fan base when you get canceled only to make a comeback five years later. Futurama is inventive, it’s fun, and it provides us a look at what our world might look like tomorrow. Throughout its run, both the first time and the second time, it was a critical darling, and the critics often are just like us, wanting an engaging show that connects us to others who enjoy it.
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (Hulu, Fubo)
One of the gleefully strangest, at times uncomfortable, and downright funniest TV shows of all time is It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. IASIP was created with no budget (although some say $200), have become one of the longest-running TV series of all time. The reason is the fanbase. The fans want more politically incorrect, more disgusting and humiliating, and more shocking episodes than the last one they watched. At first glance, it shouldn’t work. However, it does. It will only take a few episodes for you to realize that this might be the best show to fall asleep to and to rewatch over and over again.
Arrested Development (Netflix, Hulu)
The Mitchell Hurwitz comedy, Arrested Development about a formerly wealthy dysfunctional family, is an example of how a loyal fanbase can help a show continue despite terrible ratings, sometimes to a fault (ahem Netflix). At it’s best, Arrested Development is the best comedy series of all time. At it’s worse, it’s a bit of a mess, but a mess that looks a lot like the Bluth family.
Parks and Recreation (Netflix, Hulu, YoutTube TV)
At first, Parks and Recreation was trying a bit too hard to mimic The Office (US). However, thanks to Michael Schur, Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Retta, and the additions of Rob Lowe and Adam Scott, they found their distinct path. With it came its loyal fanbase, including presidential candidate Joe Biden, that may rival the fans of The Office.
The Simpsons (Fox, Hulu, YouTube)
We saw a tweet the other day, “My 8-year old just told me of a new TV show called The Simpsons.” The Simpsons are intergenerational. There are 679 episodes and counting. Each episode has been dissected at nausea on the internet. Enjoy.
The American space Western drama that aired for only 14 episodes has stayed alive due to its cult following. It’s an odd and offbeat series that makes a whole lot more sense today than it did then. It also is a following among those who identify as libertarians. The series goes well beyond the 14-episodes online with a devoted following that will make you feel connected.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC, Hulu)
This Andy Samberg police procedural comedy series created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur has a devoted fan base for a good reason. The series lends itself for memes, but it is also very relatable. Brooklyn Nine-Nine already presents the audience with a group of misfits that form a family we all want to be a part of. Additionally, we can listen to Andrew Braugher all day long.
Better Call Saul (AMC, Netflix)
Better Call Saul inherited most of Breaking Bad’s loyal fans. In part they wanted to find the easter eggs that Gillian left for them, including plenty of characters from Breaking Bad who star or appear in Better Call Saul. With that said, Better Call Saul works on its own. Some episodes are even better than Breaking Bad episodes.
The Donald Glover American comedy-drama that portrays two cousins navigating the Atlanta rap scene, is probably the best show on this list. Often being the best does not translate into having the most engaged online fanbase. However, with Glover, comes his loyal fans. Luckily for them, Atlanta exceeds all expectations. It is ambitious and refreshing. The only issue is that we have to wait so long for seasons 3 and 4. Hopefully Teddy Perkins holds us over.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Because Larry David has been social distancing — and giving us social distancing memes — well before it was cool. Follow his lead!
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock may be the best Sherlock Holmes (Nothing against Johnny Lee Miller’s Elementary). The BBC series has only produced 14 episodes over four seasons so far, which is an issue because those 14 go by so quickly. Thankfully, the online community is a force and can help you through it. Including will there be a season 5?
Before Reddit, there were message boards and fan sites, and there was a time where LOST ruled them all. What LOST always had going for it was its mysteries both on and off the island. Some mysteries get answered by the end, while others do not. That is what makes for an engaging series. For any of its faults, some may say its ending, LOST makes up for them all with the devoted community that comes along with watching. I guess we can say the LOST community is our constant during these trying times.
The Wire (HBO, Hulu, Amazon)
The Wire is the best TV drama of all time. Let’s go further; It’s the best TV of all time. Thanks to streaming platforms, The Wire is having a renaissance, even if no one uses payphones anymore. New fans are watching and finding themselves on social media to discuss each episode. Just watch before Omar comes for you.
The Sopranos (HBO, Hulu, Amazon)
We got a lot of flack for not including Th Soporanos in our list of greatest TV shows of the 2000s. The reason we did not was because it started in the 90s. However, for that fact alone, we are including it on this list because The Soprano fans are intense and we do not want to end up in the hudson.
Mr. Robot (Hulu, YouTube)
Thanks to Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot is one of the inventive, cinematic TV series experiences ever. Each episode during its four-season run was breathtaking. Furthermore, Mr. Robot landed the ending, which after season 3, many questioned if they can end it well. Judging by its online community, devoted fans believed in Esmail, and he delivered.
Dexter (Showtime, Netflix, Hulu)
Dexter is an American crime drama mystery TV series based in Miami that makes you root for a serial killer, who also is a bloodstain pattern analysis for Miami Metro Police. Sure Dexter is a vigilante, and yes, he has taught us if we had to kill someone how best to do it, but Dexter is so much more than that. It is a dark comedy that lends itself to be a series that will transcend times and recruit more and more fans for years to come. Additionally, Dexter is a cultural reference and one you have to know.
Twin Peaks (Hulu)
There is nothing like original or The Return of Twin Peaks franchise. The American mystery horror drama created by Mark Frost and David Lynch is intriguing and confusing and mysterious and the perfect series to watch and read all the posts and messages of other fans who had similar questions. Lynch created some of the oddest and at times scariest characters in Twin Peaks, Washington, and we can’t stop looking.
Like Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, the Seinfeld cast were probably better off social distancing themselves from everyone else. As new and younger audiences become acquainted with Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer, the more memes we see. What would episodes look like today? Well there are twitter account devoted to that.
Friends (HBO Max soon?)
I am sure, at least once so far, you have thought, “what would Monica, Rachel, Pheobe, Ross, Chandler, and Joey be like to quarantine with?” It’s probably a lot like “The One Where No One’s Ready.” Friends has had a renaissance thanks to when it was on Netflix. For now, we must rely on clips online or TBS until it launches on HBO’s new streaming service in May. Friends is comforting and help us during challenging moments in our life. We need them more today than ever before.
Scrubs is an American medical comedy-drama series which follows health workers at a teaching hospital. Scrubs is a network approved version of Children’s Hospital. During a time we are honoring our health care workers, Scrubs is a perfect and fun series to enjoy. The series also has a devout fan base and for a good reason: it’s super likable.
How I Met Your Mother (Hulu)
When shows like Friends off the air, How I Met Your Mother stepped in to fill its shoes. Sure individually, the characters can be whiney, however together they work. How I Met Your Mother is easy watching that leads to tons of memes, bro code alone. The show may even have a more devoted fan base than Friends or Seinfeld, and for that reason, it deserves The Threeway Belt.
Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)
The most-watched original Netflix series would deserve a spot on this list, even if its fan base weren’t the largest. However, Orange Is The New Black has a huge fan base. The reason being is that streaming web-series tackled topical criminal justice issues by giving prisoners a face that many at home could not ignore.