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Top TV Series *Updated Regularly*

1. The Sopranos

The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano. The show portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and his criminal organization. These are often highlighted during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi. The series features Tony's family members and Mafia colleagues and rivals in prominent roles and story arcs. 

 

The Sopranos has been regarded by some as the greatest television series of all time. The series also won a multitude of awards, including Peabody Awards for its first two seasons, twenty-one Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. A staple of 2000s American popular culture, the series has been the subject of critical analysis, controversy, and parody, and has spawned books, a video game,high-charting soundtrack albums, and a large amount of assorted merchandise. Several members of the show's cast and crew who were previously largely unknown to the public have had successful careers after The Sopranos. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named The Sopranos the best-written TV series of all time, while TV Guide ranked it the best television series of all time. Watch Trailer


2. The Wire

The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore Each season of The Wire introduces a different facet of the city of Baltimore. In chronological order they are: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media. The large cast consists mainly of character actors who are little known for their other roles. Despite its presentation as a crime drama, the show is "really about the American city, and about how we live together. It's about how institutions have an effect on individuals. Whether one is a cop,  a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution to which they are committed."

Despite only receiving average ratings and never winning major television awards, The Wire has been described by many critics as one of the greatest TV dramas of all time. The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of social and political themes. Watch Trailer
 

3. Dexter 

Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan. By day he's a blood spatter pattern expert for the Miami Metro police department. But by night - he takes on an entirely different persona: serial killer. But Dexter isn't your average serial killer as he only kills people who fit a very prolific and precise "moral code" taught to him by his late father Harry (he didn't kill Harry, honest), and developed very thoroughly throughout each kill. 

Dexter has enjoyed wide critical acclaim and popularity, including four straight Primetime Emmy nominations for Best Drama series in its first four seasons. Season 4 aired its season finale on December 13, 2009, to a record-breaking audience of 2.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched original series episode ever on Showtime at that time. Watch Trailer 
 

4. Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television. The main character is Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine, in order to secure his family's financial future before he dies, teaming with his former student, Jesse Pinkman.

Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. By the time the series finale aired, the series was among the most-watched cable shows on American television. The show received numerous awards, including sixteen Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Peabody Awards and a People's Choice Award. In 2014,Breaking Bad entered the Guinness World Records as the highest rated show of all time.             
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5. Homeland

Homeland is an American political thriller television and stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency officer. In the first season she becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of Scott Brody (Damian Lewis) a U.S. soldier who had been missing and presumed dead for nine years, was a setup and may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil.

In its debut season, the series received several industry awards and nominations. At the 69th Golden Globe Awards, the series won the award for Best Television Series – Drama, and Claire Danes won for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, with Damian Lewis receiving a nomination for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. At the 70th Golden Globe Awards, the series won its second consecutive award for Best Television Series – Drama, Danes won again for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, and Lewis won for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, after being nominated the previous year. 

As for the rating the pilot episode on October 2, 2011, received 1.08 million viewers, becoming Showtime's highest-rated drama premiere in eight years. The episode received a total of 2.78 million viewers with additional broadcasts and on demand views. The final episode of season one received 1.7 million viewers, making it the most-watched season finale of any first-year Showtime series. Watch trailer 

 

6. House of Cards 

Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and House majority whip who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of power. His loyal wife, Claire Underwood, assists him in this endeavor. The series is primarily about ruthless pragmatism,manipulation, power, and doing bad things for the greater good.

 

For its first season, House of Cards received nine Primetime Emmy Award nominations, becoming the first original online-only web television series to receive major Emmy nominations.Among its nine nominations were Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Kevin Spacey, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Robin Wright, and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for David Fincher. The show also earned four Golden Globe Award nominations and Wright won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama to be the first major acting award for an online-only web. Watch Trailer  
 

7. Boardwalk Empire 

Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky acts with historical characters in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, and the common folk who look up to him. The federal government also takes an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky's lifestyle—expensive and lavish for a county political figure.

 

Boardwalk Empire has received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its visual style and basis on historical figures, as well as for Buscemi's lead performance. The series has received forty Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including two for Outstanding Drama Series, winning seventeen. The series has also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama in 2011 and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2011 and 2012. Watch Trailer 
 

8. Suits 

On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers.


Mike Ross, a brilliant young college-dropout, slips into a job interview with one of New York City's best legal closers, Harvey Specter. Tired of cookie-cutter law school grads, Harvey takes a gamble by hiring Mike on the spot after he recognizes his raw talent and photographic memory. Mike and Harvey are a winning team. Even though Mike is a genius, he still has a lot to learn about law. And while Harvey may seem like an emotionless, cold-blooded shark, Mike's sympathy and concern for their cases and clients will help remind Harvey why he went into law in the first place. Mike's other allies in the office include the firm's best paralegal Rachel and Harvey's no-nonsense assistant Donna to help him serve justice. Proving to be an irrepressible duo and invaluable to the practice, Mike and Harvey must keep their secret from everyone including managing partner Jessica and Harvey's arch nemesis Louis, who seems intent on making Mike's life as difficult as possible. Watch Trailer 

 

9. True detective

The show's first season is set in Louisiana and follows a pair of Louisiana State Police homicide detectives—Rustin "Rust" Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin "Marty" Hart (Harrelson)—and their pursuit of a serial killer over the course of seventeen years.

"True Detective" has been a big hit and more than 10 million people were watching the show each week. It has also been, hands down, the most discussed, dissected and debated show of 2014 thus far. True Detective was considered among the best television shows of 2014 by the American press. Tim Goodman, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, identified the acting, dialogue, and sleek production as its most satisfying attributes. The Daily Telegraph critic Chris Harvey hailed True Detective as "the most ambitious TV drama for a long time". British philosopher Nick Land called True Detective"the most intelligent series in TV history". Watch Trailer 

 

10. Fargo

THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.

 

Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama television series created and written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name written and directed by the Coen brothers, who serve as executive producers on the series.

Similar to the original film, each episode begins with the superimposed text:

"This is a true story. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in 2006. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred."

However, like the film, this claim is completely fictional. Showrunner Noah Hawley continued use of the Coens' device, saying it allowed him to tell “a story in a new way”.

The first season, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, andMartin Freeman, was met with considerable acclaim. It won the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Directing, and received fifteen additional nominations including Outstanding Writing, another Outstanding Directing nomination, and acting nominations for Thornton, Tolman, Hanks, and Freeman. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film for its first season as well as Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for Thornton.Watch Tailer 

 

11. Mr. Robot

The series follows Elliot, a young programmer, who works as a cyber security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night.

The series is scheduled to begin airing on USA Network on June 24, 2015. The pilot premiered on a variety of online and VOD services on May 27, 2015. To say Mr. Robot’s one of the best shows on television based solely on the viewing of its pilot would be hyperbolic, but it’s fair to say Mr. Robot has one of the best kick-offs to any series in a while. Watch Trailer 

 

12. Empire

Empire is an American drama television series which centers on a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of the company. 

 

Empire received positive reviews from critics. The praise has gone towards the cast, the music, the writing, the direction, and the dramatic heft of the show, bringing modern social issues into the plot and subplots. 

The show's premiere ranked as Fox's highest-rated debut in three years. Viewership has increased continuously; Empire is the first series in at least 23 years to have its viewership increase week to week for its first five episodes. The show continues to increase its viewership with further episodes. Episodes of the show have also been heavily watched on Video on Demand and other streaming services. As of its first season finale, Empire has now surpassed The Big Bang Theory as the highest rated scripted program in the 2014-2015 television season. The first season finale is also the highest rated debut season finale since May 2005, when Grey's Anatomy ended its first season. Empire's season one finale grew 82 percent from its series premiere, making it the show that has grown the most over the course of its first season since Men in Trees during the 2006-2007 season. Watch Trailer|

 

13. Narcos

Narcos tells the true story of notorious drug kingpinPablo Escobar, who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine, while also focusing on Escobar's interactions with drug lords, DEA agents, and various opposition entities.

Narcos received mostly positive reviews from critics. The documentary-style series was praised as “devastatingly addictive” by the Telegraph, while Slate called it “exactly the portrayal of the drug war we needed”, and the Hollywood Reporter mused that it could be the “critically acclaimed international breakthrough” that Netflix has long sought.

But the reception has been much cooler in Colombia, where audiences have been bemused by the stars’ ropey accents, irritated by its portrayal of the country’s recent history, and – in some cases – simply bored by yet another narco-drama. 

Much of the show’s dialogue is in Spanish, but the cast has been drawn from across North and South America, and the actors’ attempts to adopt a Colombian accent have not always been successful.

Escobar himself is played by Brazilian actor Warner Moura, who speaks with a distinctly Brazilian accent – unforgivable for Colombians who expected to hear the distinctive lilt of the people of Antioquia, known as Paisas

To a non-native speaker, the accents may not make a difference: the actors speak Spanish and you can read the subtitles. But many Colombians have felt their teeth set on edge by the sound of Escobar offering the choice of “plata o plomo” – silver or lead – with a strong Brazilian accent.

“It’s like having someone with a strong southern American accent play Sherlock Holmes,” said Orlando González, a Bogotá interior designer who watched the first episode. Watch Trailer