Choosing the best television series of all time, or making a selection of the best, is not easy for film and TV lovers. If we do a review of the last 30 years, we will find authentic gems of television fiction that either stand out for their quality (script, argumentative or interpretative), or for being groundbreaking compared to the conventional series that were made so far.
In these times of saturation of series both from the United States and other parts of the world, it is increasingly difficult to make lists of the most recommendable titles of the season, because there is always one that escapes.
It is impossible to have seen all the fictions of the planet. It is literally impossible. Life is one decision after another and a viewer has no choice but to rule out proposals that landed on television because there are hundreds and hundreds of series. Remember that the series are not films, they are not consumed in two hours and you can move on to the next, but they are mostly works that endure over time.
That’s why we collected information from several websites showing the best TV series to make a comparison and bring you this top with the 48 best TV series, some of them, we have selected them for having become cult series surpassing the millions of followers around the world. These are the TV series that we think you should see at least once in your life if you are a “seriephile”.
But before starting this top to get to the best TV series we leave a warning: “Beware! because they can cause addiction”
You can agree or disagree (see in the comments) in which they should be above, below, those that are left over and also those that are missing, but that will be later. Now lie on the couch, which the credit titles are about to start.
- 48. The Flintstones
- 47. Ally McBeal
- 46. Batman: The Animated Series
- 45. Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- 44. Monty Python’s Flying Circus
- 43. Cheers
- 42. Star Trek
- 41. Planet Earth
- 40. Vikings
- 39. Dimension 404
- 38. Saturday Night Live
- 37. The West Wing of the White House
- 36. Sex and the City
- 35. X Files
- 34. Rick and Morty
- 33. Lost
- 32. Mad Men
- 31. The Big Bang Theory
- 30. Friends
- 29. The Simpson
- 28. Westworld
- 27. Stranger Things
- 26. Seinfeld
- 25. Twin Peaks
- 24. House MD
- 23. Cowboy Bebop
- 22. The Decalogue
- 21. Avatar: The Legend of Aang 2005- 2008
- 20. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
- 19. Orange Is the New Black
- 18. Boardwalk Empire
- 17. Downton Abbey
- 16. Sherlock
- 15. Sons of Anarchy
- 14. New Girl
- 13. The Shield
- 12. House of Cards
- 11. The Good Wife
- 10. The Knick
- 9. The Walking Dead
- 8. True Detective
- 7. Treme
- 6. Black Mirror
- 5. Six Feet Under
- 4. The Sopranos
- 3. Breaking Bad
- 3. Game of Thrones
- 2. Band of Brothers
- 1. The Wire
48. The Flintstones
Yabbadabba-dugh! If you do not remember Pedro and that funny Stone Age, it is possible that there is an important generational barrier. The Flintstones They were The Simpsons before The Simpsons. Although they were very white cartoons (compared to those that are now), Pedro, Pablo and the rest of the troop represented an animated sitcom that delighted children and children in the 60s, representing the life of a middle-class family American in a prehistoric setting. The series had numerous sequels and, more recently.
47. Ally McBeal
Or as Bender would say … “Single lawyer fights for her client, wears provocative miniskirts and is also self-sufficient”. Broadcast on Fox from 1998 to 2005, it marked the consecration of Calista Flockhart as the protagonist, playing the lawyer who gives the series its name. The mix of surreal comedy, drama and legal atmosphere was a success at the time, and the arrival of names such as Robert Downey Jr. they only increased the audience numbers. Now, criticism rained at the time. Above all, on the part of feminist sectors, which considered that Ally’s portrait towards certain women was insultingly simple.
46. Batman: The Animated Series
For a long time, considered the best Batman of all time, with permission from the Batman series Arkham. Bruce Timm and Paul Dini made a new Batman, with a dark art deco setting that served as inspiration for the following series and animated Warner productions. This milestone, in addition, brought together the juiciest casting of Warner voices: Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, Mark Hamill …
45. Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Hitchcock, the master of suspense, had a series of his own. Alfred Hitchcock presents was an anthology of suspense stories that aired from 1955 to 65. The series told self-conclusive stories with the touch of the English director’s film, although not all the episodes were directed by him. Names like those of Robert Altman or Sydney Pollack are among the directors of the first stage. Later, in the ’80s, a remake was made, which again had Hitchcock introductions colored for this renewal of the original material.
44. Monty Python’s Flying Circus
A classic of humor. If we have the guys from Muchachada Nui By the Chanante Hour for questions of absurd humor, the English have the Monty Python and it’s no little fertile and perverse imagination. Although known primarily for Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life, skits and gags of Monty Python are a recurring theme of Internet even day. Whether we are talking about the Lumberjack song or other shorts, the Python sowed smiles in the 70s with a humor that still stands the test of time.
Another classic among sitcoms, Ted Danson and Shelley Long starred in this series that ran in a pub with the name that gave the show its name. Between 1982 and 1993 NBC issued this series that is a pillar of the genre due to the great impact it had. Note that this series also led to one of the great comedies of the 90, which is none other than…
42. Star Trek
The series of Star Trek he proposed a future so bright that he posited the possibility that humanity could afford to send a ship to map the universe. This ship, the USS Enterprise had a high number of crew, whose origin was revolutionary. There were not only Russians and Orientals, like Chekov and Sulu, but an African-American woman in the position of communications officer.
41. Planet Earth
The acclaimed miniseries created by the BBC consists of 11 episodes, written by the prestigious naturalist David Attenborough, in which the beauty of our planet is shown with images never seen before.
The series moves around the life of the renowned warrior Ragnar Lodbrok, a Viking king whose existence is not proven, but who is said to have lived during the ninth century in northern Europe.
39. Dimension 404
Science fiction ahead of its time, delivered in an anthology format and whose brain and scab arguments they remain in force, capable of surprising the youngest audiences of this era.
38. Saturday Night Live
More than 40 years ago reinvented the American comedy and it continues to be a talent pool that constantly mold the Humor that marks trend.
37. The West Wing of the White House
Long before House of Cards will show us the insides of American politics, Martin Sheen He led a cast that for seven years He showed us the two legislatures of an unconventional Democratic President of the United States. To this day, it is still considered that seven seasons of The West Wing of the White House is the best show about politics that exists, with permission from series like Vee, and the two versions of House of Cards.
36. Sex and the City
The series of HBO It caused a feminist revolution during its premiere in 1998. Four New York single women whose conversations are based on their emotional and sexual conflicts, without taboos, independent and with the charismatic Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) at the helm. The adventures of Carrie, the sexual Samantha, Miranda the cynical and Charlotte, the most conservative, so much in the audience that extended the series to 2 films after its end in 2004.
35. X Files
The paranormal series par excellence was on the air since 1993 and 2002, preceded by some films that did not recover the television fan phenomenon. The investigations of the agents Fox Mulder (DavidDuchovny), the believer, and Dana Scully (GillianAnderson), the scientist, unraveled the classified as File X in the archives of the FBI, cases around UFOs, ghosts and other mysteries that, as Mulder said, “they are out there.”
34. Rick and Morty
Rick is a senior and eccentric scientist, who has moved to live at his daughter’s house, where he has created a laboratory in the basement of the house, with many artifacts and elements to travel to all kinds of alternative universes to ours. His travel companion is his little grandson Morty, a well-intentioned but not very clever ten-year-old kid who starts to run all kinds of adventures with his grandfather through the infinite alternative worlds to ours.
Who has not heard, at least once in his life, about ‘Lost’ ? This series begins with a strange plane crash that drags its passengers to a desert island. What, a priori, seems an anodyne argument, becomes a series of six seasons whose plot twists hooked to Millions of followers around the world? Its end unleashed a whole euphoria in Spain and, even to this day, there are almost as many forms of understand the end as viewers.
32. Mad Men
‘Mad Men’ is an acclaimed dramatic series that tells the beginnings of one of the most prestigious advertising agencies of the 70s. It was a world that began its journey at that time, in which professional manipulation and sexual harassment were the order of the day. A mythical series all professional communication should see.
31. The Big Bang Theory
‘The Big Bang Theory’ is a funny, carefree series, which tells the adventures of two geeks, brilliantengineers, who share a floor and who have difficulties in relating to people in their environment.All told in one humor key and also with a certain social criticism.
‘Friends’ I could not miss in this listing as Mythical series for more than one generation. The stories of a group of thirtyish friends who share absolutely everything in key of humor, supposed a before and after in the television comedy. It was issued for the first time in 1994 in the NBC chain and ended in 2004. The very fans of the series can acquire it in packs for collectors.
29. The Simpson
Not to mention, although lately chapters have been declining argumentatively over the years, this was a series that took the hearts of children for several generations
Matt Groening created this series in 1989 and, since then, has created history in the top of the television series . The story of a family headed by Homer, who lives in the fictional town of Springfield, marked a time. Currently and after 25 years, continues to add followers of all generations. It’s practically impossible not to have seen a single episode of the Simpson family.
Westworld is a futuristic and controlled high-tech amusement park run by Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins). The facilities have androids whose physical appearance is human, and thanks to them visitors can give free rein to their instincts and live any kind of adventure or fantasy, however dark or dangerous, knowing that the robots will not hurt them.
27. Stranger Things
is a dramatic television series of mystery that is set in an Indiana town? This place acquires fame for the strange events that are happening, similar to those of the ‘Montauk Project’, a supposed secret project carried out by the government of the United States in which experiments were carried out with the purpose of developing techniques of psychological warfare.
The series deals with the life of Jerry Seinfeld, a comedian from New York City, who in each episode discusses with his friends George (Jason Alexander), Kramer (Michael Richards) and his ex-girlfriend Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) common themes, but with a great sense of humor.
25. Twin Peaks
The brutal murder of the most popular girl from Twin Peaks Village Institute, Laura Palmer, attracts to a peculiar agent of the FBI, to investigate the murder, in the course of his inquiries, the agent discovers and uncover many unspeakable secrets of the villagers, where nothing is what it seems.
24. House MD
is a medical drama that follows the successful recipe of series like ‘CSI’ or ‘Navy: Criminal Investigation’? It looks like them because it applies the techniques of police investigation and crime resolution to the diagnosis of patients with strange conditions.
23. Cowboy Bebop
The year passes 2071. The crew of the ship BEBOP, initially composed of Spike Spiegel Y Jet Black, travels all over the Solar system in search of rewards. Throughout his adventures three new characters are incorporated to his crew: Faye Valentine, Ed and, the pet, Ein. During his adventures the tortuous relationship between the protagonist is revealed Spike and his old comrade Vicious what leads to the outcome of the series. The relationship of Spike with the other co-stars, and their backgrounds, they are glimpsed in the middle chapters of the series.
22. The Decalogue
An anthology of ten medium-length films, which explores a series of ethical and moral dilemmas of a series of characters living in Poland facing the end of his communist era. Each story has a certain parallelism, but very slight with each of the ten commandments.
21. Avatar: The Legend of Aang 2005- 2008
This is the story of the young airbender Aang, who turned out to be the Avatar, person who has the ability to handle the 4 basic elements of the world: Earth, Air, Water Y fire; and in addition, it is destined to be the one who maintains the balance between the nations.
20. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Documentary composed of 12 chapters conducted by the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who, in his youth, was inspired by astrologer Carl Sagan.
This documentary takes us a little deeper into the unknown and unimaginable world that we may never know completely, the universe. A universe without limits, with an unknown and mysterious origin, from which all that we know today as life is born and in which we cannot yet find a totally certain explanation about everything that happens around us, counting only with well-founded theories with credible bases, but only by the human criterion.
19. Orange Is the New Black
Halfway between comedy and drama, this series based on real events tells the story of a woman with a good executive job and a stable life, who must go to prison for a crime she committed more than a decade ago. A brilliant reflection on the American penitentiary system, lesbianism, abuse of power and police corruption.
18. Boardwalk Empire
The world is changing rapidly since the First World War ended, women vote, radio reaches every home and Atlantic City becomes a spectacular vacation spot that everyone wants to take advantage of.
17. Downton Abbey
Excellent series of British origin set during the reign of King George V in 1912 and which perfectly portrays the aristocracy of the time and their litigation to win or keep their fortunes and titles of nobility.
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes are modernized to transport Holmes, Watson and their classic stories to the London of the 21st century. His arrogant character and extraordinary deductive ability make him the perfect detective. A new Sherlock Holmes, for a new millennium.
15. Sons of Anarchy
The members of a biker club that operates illegally in California live between parties and fights, when the young Jackson Teller takes over the vice presidency of the club and begins to question his actions and those of his organization. A western of the 21st century.
14. New Girl
Comedy of easy argument and lazy laughter, which tells the crazy life of Jess, an adorable girl who has just broken up with her boyfriend, and that disappointed decides to turn around his life and share a flat with three attractive singles.
13. The Shield
Detective Vic Mackey directs the effective drive against crime in the city of Los Angeles, to achieve excellent results no doubt breaks the rules and use peculiar methods such as extortion, torture or blackmail, if deemed necessary.
12. House of Cards
With the exceptional performance of Kevin Spacey, House of Cards tells the story of the implacable and manipulative congressman Francis Underwood and his calculator woman in his career to seize the power of the Congress of the United States, for it will not last to become the confidant of a young and ambitious reporter who will use to destabilize and sink their rivals.
11. The Good Wife
Alicia Florrick is a mother and wife who must take care of her family after her husband, the county attorney Peter Florrick, is dismissed and imprisoned for corruption, while videos are released documenting that he had sex with prostitutes.
10. The Knick
Immerse yourself in the dawn of surgical medicine and pharmacology at the hands of a renowned surgeon and hospital staff in New York at the beginning of the 20th century. A risky and unusual television bet that has managed to get the critic in your pocket.
9. The Walking Dead
After a terrible zombie apocalypse, a small group of people struggle to survive in a devastated world. The series explores the limits of human despair, relationships, need, hunger and misery in a world in which one should be more afraid of the living than of the undead.
The quiet world of a salesman changes suddenly when a mysterious character arrives in town. Although the series is based on the Cohen brothers film of the same name, it presents a timeline and a cast of characters other than the original. We recommend it to you because it is really good.
8. True Detective
True Detective is a dramatic series of police genre, which tells by several timelines the story of the hunt for a serial killer by a pair of detectives played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Treme is the name of the most bohemian neighborhood of the melodious and intercultural city of New Orleans. The series tells the life of several characters (musicians, lawyers, a chef, an honest policeman, an unscrupulous builder …) after the terrible Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.
6. Black Mirror
Black Mirror is a British miniseries created by Charlie Brooker that has become one of the most groundbreaking productions of television. Their episodes are independent and do not have to see each other, but all of them use satire and social criticism to make us reflect on the use of technology and social networks.
5. Six Feet Under
The Fisher family runs a funeral business, when the head of the family dies in an accident his children will have to take over the business. A family drama with high doses of black humor, combining with intelligence issues such as death, infidelity, religion and relationships.
4. The Sopranos
Considered the best drama series in the history of TV, Los Soprano is the story of a simple but relentless family. During 86 fantastic chapters, the mafioso capo Tony Soprano will tell his psychoanalyst his personal and “professional” adventures in New Jersey.
3. Breaking Bad
Married and with a disabled adolescent son, Walter White is a faint 50-year-old chemistry teacher who lives a mediocre life. However, when he discovers that he has an incurable lung cancer, Walter will begin to manufacture and distribute amphetamines with the help of an alumnus to ensure the future of his family.
3. Game of Thrones
Considered one of the best series of recent times for the depth of its plot and characters, Game of Thrones is a fantastic series that takes place in a fictional medieval world in which various families and forces conspire to seize the throne of the 7 kingdoms.
2. Band of Brothers
Based on real events, well documented and with film greats like Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, Brothers of Blood is a great 10-episode miniseries that tells the story of a battalion of American paratroopers who fought for Europe during World War II.
1. The Wire
Corruption, misery and struggles between drug traffickers are the absolute protagonists of this extraordinary 60-episode TV series that chronicles the investigation of a murder related to the world of drugs in the slums of Baltimore. The series has won multiple awards for its fantastic script written by a policeman and a reporter from the black chronicle of Baltimore.