The directors and producers of Hollywood have churned out quite a few iconic masterpieces over the years, many of which have contributed to the culture of the younger generations. You can’t only have ONE favorite TV show, so here are some suggestions of 15 of the best, most binge-worthy TV shows of our time.
#15: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered on August 4th, 2005 with the 14th season airing in late 2018 and is still running today on FXX. The show follows “The Gang”, a group of 5 misfit friends with traits like dishonesty and egoism and some behaviors that can be seen as unethical in today’s society, like excessive drinking. If you enjoy crude humor and mockery of social issues, check out “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.
Arrow is a show that follows Stephen Amell’s character, Oliver Queen, whose secret identity is the DC superhero, the Green Arrow. This is one of the shows that focus on and connect with the many heroes in the DC universe like the Flash. The show itself focuses on Oliver Queen’s humanity and his experience being abandoned on an island. “Arrow” premiered on October 10th, 2012 and has been running for 7 years. Unfortunately, CW announced that the next season will be the last, so if you’re a fan of superheroes, you might want to check it out and catch up on your episodes.
#13: Doctor Who
Doctor Who is a British television series that follows an extraterrestrial being, a timelord we all know and love, who is known as “the Doctor”. He’s from a planet called Gallifrey, and for all intents and purposes appears to be human. He travels through the fabric called time in his spaceship, an iconic blue telephone booth called the TARDIS, and saves civilizations and people in need along the way. “Doctor Who” has been on air since 1963, making it one of the longest running shows on television. If you enjoy science fiction, check out “Doctor Who”!
#12: The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is a TV drama that follows an unlucky bunch and their survival in a post-apocalyptic world. When the zombie apocalypse struck, it took out the masses, and it was up to this crew to survive the attacks of the brainless zombies, known in the show as “walkers”. “The Walking Dead” premiered on October 31st, 2010 and was renewed for a tenth season in February of 2019. If you enjoy the post-apocalyptic genre, this series is right for you!
#11: Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad is an American neo-western crime drama TV series that follows a depressed high school chemistry teacher named Walter White, who discovers he has lung cancer. With this news, White turns to a life of crime, producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family’s financial future. Breaking Bad premiered on January 20th, 2008, and ran for five seasons, with the last episode airing on September 29th, 2013. If you enjoy crime dramas, check out Breaking Bad.
#10: The Simpsons
The Simpsons is an animated sitcom created by Matt Groening that airs on the Fox network. The show follows the fictional character, Bart Simpson, and his family in a satirical depiction of the working-class life. Taking place in the fictional town of Springfield, the show is based on parodies of American culture, society, television, and the human condition. The Simpsons first debuted on December 17th, 1989, making it the longest running sitcom in American history, and the longest running American scripted primetime TV series in terms of seasons and episodes. The Simpsons has been renewed for a thirty-first and thirty-second season as of February 2019. So, if you enjoy a good laugh and satire, check out The Simpsons.
#9: How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his friends as they live their lives in Manhattan. Using the framing device of Ted recounting his tales in the year 2030 to his children, the show got its name. How I Met Your Mother ran for nine seasons, first premiering on September 19th, 2005, with the final episode airing on March 31st, 2014. It was nominated for 30 Emmy Awards, and won ten of those Emmys over the years. If you enjoy a show based on every-day humor, How I Met Your Mother is right for you.
#8: Grey’s Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy is an American TV drama series that premiered in late March of 2005. This work of fiction follows the lives of surgeons, interns, nurses, and residents as they all go about their lives, and develop interpersonal relationships on their way to become seasoned physicians. The title, Grey’s Anatomy, is a play on the title of the classic human anatomy textbook, “Gray’s Anatomy,” published in 1858 and written by Henry Gray. Grey’s Anatomy was renewed for its fifteenth season, which premiered on September 28th of 2018, and over the years has developed a cult following, appearing on many influencers’ year-end top-10 lists. If you enjoy a good drama, check out ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
#7: The Office
The Office is an Americanized mockumentary sitcom that first premiered on March 24th, 2005, and ran for nine seasons, ending on May 16th, 2013. The American version of The Office is a spin-off of the original BBC program of the same name that was produced in the UK, and follows the same mockumentary genre, documenting the lives and shenanigans of the fictional workers of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The program received mixed reviews after its abbreviated first season, but the next four seasons were widely acclaimed and applauded by the audience. The show went on to win several awards, including a Peabody award, a Golden Globe award, and four Primetime Emmy Awards. So, if you enjoy a good laugh or can relate to office drama, you’ll definitely like NBC’s, The Office.
#6: Family Guy
Family Guy, an American animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for FOX Broadcasting, follows the story of the Griffins, father Peter, mother Lois, and their three kids: Meg, Chris, and Stewie, as well as their anthropomorphic dog, Brian. The show is meant to be a crude mockery of American culture, and often shows this humor in the form of metaphysical cutaways, or fourth wall breaks. The show was cancelled right before the last episode of the third season was to air, and Adult Swim picked up and aired the last episode. The episode and accompanying DVDs received positive reviews, and the crew at Adult Swim was forced to renew the show for a fourth season. Family Guy has now aired over 300 episodes since its debut on January 31st, 1999, and it was renewed for it’s 18th season on February 12th, 2019. Family Guy has been nominated for over ten Emmy’s and Annie Awards, winning 3 of each, and has become a staple in American media, earning it the #6 spot on the list.
#5: The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom that follows the characters, Leonard, Howard, Raj, Sheldon, Amy, Bernadette, and Penny, on their adventures through their lives, documenting both their work lives and their personal ones. The interesting twist to this TV show is that most of the characters play scientists, combining the complexity of their nerdy personalities with their interpersonal relationships. The Big Bang Theory premiered on September 24th, 2007 and the twelfth and final season premiered in late September of 2018. Overall, the show received positive reviews, winning 7 Emmy Awards out of 46 nominations, and an additional 4 Emmy Awards for Lead Actor for Jim Parsons, earning it the #5 spot on our list.
Supernatural is a dark fantasy TV series created by Eric Kripke, and tells the story of Sam and Dean Winchester as they travel around the country hunting vampires, werewolves, demons, and other supernatural entities. Supernatural premiered on September 13th, 2005, and has been on the air for 14 seasons. The series was approved for its 15th and final season, set to air in the fall of 2019. With the show’s 11th season, it became the longest running American live-action fantasy TV series. As ironic as it is, Supernatural has developed a cult following over the years, with expansive fandoms that take over the internet. If you’re into urban legends and other spooky folklore, check out Supernatural.
#3: Saturday Night Live (SNL)
Saturday Night Live is an American late-night TV series created by Lorne Michaels and Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11th, 1975, under the original name “NBC’s Saturday Night”. The show features comedy sketches that often mock or parody American politics and pop culture, and often expose the ridiculousness of aspects of our modern day culture. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest that delivers the opening monologue in a cold open sketch, before breaking character and proclaiming, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”, properly kicking off the show. Throughout its several decades of being on air, Saturday Night Live has won 65 Emmy Awards, four Writers Guild of America awards, and two Peabody Awards-- nationally recognizing the show’s success. If you enjoy parodical humor and the mockery of American culture, check out NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
#2: Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is an American crime drama TV series created by Dick Wolfe for NBC. The show is a side-series to the original crime drama, Law and Order, and follows the same style of having episodes “ripped from the headlines” and based on crimes that have happened in real life. Law and Order: SVU premiered on NBC on September 20th, 1999 and has been running ever since, making it the longest running, scripted, non-animated US Primetime-TV series since the cancellation of the original Law and Order series. The series has been nominated for and won several awards, including a 2006 Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Mariska Hargitay, the first and only Emmy to be awarded to a regular on any Law and Order series. If you enjoy a good crime drama, check out Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Friends is an American TV sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman that premiered on NBC on September 22nd, 1994. The series followed the stories of a group of friends living in Manhattan, covering everything from their work lives to their love lives. The main characters, Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Chandler Bing, Joey Tribbiani, and Phoebe Buffay, are all trying their best to make it through their trials and tribulations, and they rely on each other to maintain their sanity through it all. The series aired for ten seasons, ending on May 6th, 2004, but that didn’t stop the next generation of viewers from joining the audience. Friends has become an iconic TV series within American pop culture, with merch and taglines being plastered across clothing and wall art as its legacy carries on. So, if you’re looking for a wholesome, relatable, and iconic series, check out NBC’s Friends.