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Top 15 TV shows of all time

There are literally over a thousand TV shows out there. Admittedly about half of those aren’t that good, but there are a few that leave you wanting more. In this list, i have selected 15 of the most epic shows ever made. Starting at number 15 is:

15. The Last Ship (2014 – 2018)

The first series of this post-apocalyptic drama chronicles the events aboard the USS Nathan James, a lone naval ship that must find a way to save humanity from extinction after a fatal virus decimates 80% of the world’s population. Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew are joined on the ship by two virologists, Drs Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) and Quincy Tophet (Sam Spruell), who have been tasked with the grave responsibility of collecting samples of the virus and developing a vaccine. After learning that the ship is the only safe haven from the deadly illness, the crew heads to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in order to collect food and supplies, but they are forced to fight back against escaped al-Qaeda prisoners. The passengers aboard the naval ship must continue to defend themselves from danger when a Russian cruiser attacks the USS Nathan James and attempts to steal the doctors’ research that is essential to finding a cure.

14. Stranger Things (2016 – )

This thrilling Netflix original drama stars Golden Globe-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 — inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences. When Joyce’s 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl.

13. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018 – )

When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the US and her allies.

12. Covert Affairs (2010 – 2014)

A young CIA trainee, Annie Walker, is sent to work in the Domestic Protection Division (DPD) as a field agent. August “Auggie” Anderson, a blind tech operative, is Annie’s guide in her new life. In the beginning, Annie’s cover story is that she works in Acquisitions at the Smithsonian Museum but she is later let go. As of the fourth season, her new cover is that of a glamorous and well-connected importer/exporter, with expensive tastes and dealings that may not always be legal. The series traces Annie’s evolution from a wide-eyed young operative who fetches coffee for her co-workers to a hardened spy who doesn’t balk at enhanced interrogation.

11. Empire (2015 – )

Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is a hip hop mogul, former drug dealer, and CEO of Empire Entertainment. Informed of his own imminent early death from a certain medical condition, Lucious is forced to choose, from amongst his progeny, a successor who will control his dynasty after his demise. He begins working to groom one of his three sons to take over the family business – Empire CFO Andre (Trai Byers), R&B singer-songwriter Jamal (Jussie Smollett), and rapper Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray). In the process, Lucious pits them against each other. Lucious’ ex-wife Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) is released from prison after serving a 17-year sentence, and also pulls for control of both the company and of her sons.

10. The Wire (2002 -2008)

A complex, impeccably acted crime drama set in Baltimore that follows the thread of a single police investigation, from the perspectives of both law-enforcement officials and the criminals they’re pursuing. The Peabody-winning series was created by David Simon (`The Corner’), whose richly layered plotlines focused on the city’s illegal drug trade in the first season before expanding in scope for the second to include corruption on the waterfront.

9. Narcos (2015 – 2017)

This raw, gritty series chronicles the gripping real-life stories of the drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the corroborative efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It details the many, often-conflicting forces – legal, political, police, military and civilian – that clash in the effort to control cocaine, one of the world’s most valuable commodities.

8. Money Heist (2017 – )

A criminal mastermind who goes by “The Professor” has a plan to pull off the biggest heist in recorded history — to print billions of euros in the Royal Mint of Spain. To help him carry out the ambitious plan, he recruits eight people with certain abilities and who have nothing to lose. The group of thieves take hostages to aid in their negotiations with the authorities, who strategize to come up with a way to capture The Professor. As more time elapses, the robbers prepare for a showdown with the police.

7. Game of Thrones

Nine noble families wage war against each other in order to gain control over the mythical land of Westeros. Meanwhile, a force is rising after millenniums and threatens the existence of living men.

This show would have been higher up this list but it’s crappy finale left many fans unhappy.

6. Nikita (2010 – 2013)

Maggie Q stars as Nikita, a young woman who was rescued from death row by a secret government agency known as Division. Division faked Nikita’s execution, giving her a chance to start a new life and serve her country. At least, that’s what she is told. In reality, she is trained to be a spy and assassin. After three years in hiding, Nikita seeks retribution against her former bosses who deceived her and does everything she can to expose and destroy Division’s covert operation, even as Division continues recruiting and training other young people to become cold-blooded killers.

5. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (2013 – 2020)

Agent Phil Coulson leads a team of highly skilled agents from the global law-enforcement organisation known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together, they combat extraordinary and inexplicable threats.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series, based on the Marvel Comics organization, S.H.I.E.L.D.. It was produced by Marvel Television and aired on ABC. It is set after the events of The Avengers and Iron Man 3, and directly ties in with Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War.

4. The 100 (2014 – 2020)

Ninety-seven years after a devastating nuclear apocalypse wipes out almost all life on Earth, thousands of people now live in a space station orbiting Earth, which they call the Ark. Three generations have been born in space, but when life-support systems on the Ark begin to fail, one hundred juvenile detainees are sent to Earth in a last attempt to determine whether it is habitable, or at least save resources for the remaining residents of the Ark. They discover that some survived the apocalypse: the grounders, who live in clans locked in a power struggle; The Mountain Men, who live in Mount Weather, descended from those who locked themselves away before the apocalypse; and the Reapers, another group of grounders who have been turned into cannibals by the Mountain Men. Under the leadership of Bellamy and Clarke, the juveniles attempt to survive the harsh surface conditions, battle hostile grounders and establish communication with the Ark.

3. The Boys (2019 – )

Superheroes are often as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and sometimes even as revered as gods. But that’s when they’re using their powers for good. What happens when the heroes go rogue and start abusing their powers? When it’s the powerless against the super powerful, the Boys head out on a heroic quest to expose the truth about the Seven and Vought, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets. Based on the comic book series of the same name.

2. How to Get Away With Murder (2014 – 2020)

Annalise Keating is everything you hope your Criminal Law professor will be – brilliant, passionate, creative and charismatic. She’s also everything you don’t expect – sexy, glamorous, unpredictable, and dangerous. As fearless in the courtroom as she is in the classroom. She teaches a group of aspiring law students. However, their lives alter when they get entangled in an aberrant murder.

1 Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013)

Breaking Bad follows Walter White, a meek high school chemistry teacher who transforms into a ruthless player in the local methamphetamine drug trade, driven by a desire to provide for his family after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Initially making only small batches of meth with his former student Jesse Pinkman in a rolling meth lab, Walter and Jesse eventually expand to make larger batches of a special blue meth that is incredibly pure and creates high demand. Walter takes on the name “Heisenberg” to mask his identity. Because of his drug-related activities, Walter eventually finds himself at odds with his family, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) through his brother-in-law, the local gangs, the Mexican drug cartels and their regional distributors, putting his life at risk.

Honorable Mentions:

Dr. Who (1963 – )

Doctor Who follows the adventures of the title character, a rogue Time Lord with somewhat unknown origins who goes by the name “the Doctor“. The Doctor fled Gallifrey, the planet of the Time Lords, in a stolen TARDIS (“Time and Relative Dimension in Space”), a time machine that travels by materialising into, and dematerialising out of, the time vortex. The TARDIS has a vast interior but appears smaller on the outside, and is equipped with a “chameleon circuit” intended to make the machine take on the appearance of local objects as a disguise; due to a malfunction, the Doctor’s TARDIS remains fixed as a blue British police box.

Across time and space, the Doctor’s many incarnations often find events that pique their curiosity, and try to prevent evil forces from harming innocent people or changing history, using only ingenuity and minimal resources, such as the versatile sonic screwdriver. The Doctor rarely travels alone and is often joined by one or more companions on these adventures; these companions are usually humans, owing to the Doctor’s fascination with planet Earth, which also leads to frequent collaborations with the international military task force UNIT when Earth is threatened.

Timeless

Timeless tells the story of a mysterious criminal who steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. The only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, a soldier and a history professor, who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive

The Brave (2017 – 2018)

“…we sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to do violence on our behalf on those who would do us harm”. Easily my favorite TV quote of all time. I first heard this quote in the finale of this amazing TV show.

The Brave is an American military action drama series which depicted the missions of an
elite covert operations team of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), similar
to that of the CIA’s Special Operations Group. It stars Anne Heche and Mike Vogel, and was created
by Dean Georgaris.

The Brink

Comedy series, the BRINK focuses on a geopolitical crisis which tie three men together. The US Secretary of State – Walter Larson (Tim Robbins); a lowly Foreign Service Officer – Alex Talbot (Jack Black); and an ace Navy Fighter Pilot, Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber). These three men must somehow pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III.

Twilight Zone (1959 – 1964, 2019 – )

The Twilight Zone is an American anthology television series created and presented by Rod Serling, which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964. Each episode presents a stand-alone story in which characters find themselves dealing with often disturbing or unusual events, an experience described as entering “the Twilight Zone,” often with a surprise ending and a moral lesson. Although predominantly science-fiction, the show’s paranormal and Kafkaesque events leaned the show towards fantasy and horror. The phrase “twilight zone,” inspired by the series, is used to describe surreal experiences.

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