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    I think I'll give homeland another shot. I gave up after season 4. It may have been too early from what you're saying.
     
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    The show definitely took a downturn in season 4 but coming off the better than the Manchurian candidate Brody Manchurian candidate story arc that was forgivable since the first three seasons were built around it and the chemistry between the leads was incredibly dynamic. Not to give it away but the tapestry gets much richer and the supporting cast deeper play in Season 5 than was seen in the brooding aftermath that was so much of Season 4. Seasons 5 & 7 are every bit as good as 2 & 3.
     
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    The Wire is #1 for me. That show will never get old or age. Baltimore was bad then..and bad now. God what a series.

    Omar comin

    Got that WMD

    Season 2 gets a bad wrap..but I really like it
     
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    Next to The Wire, my favorite was Homicide: Life on the Street. Unless I missed it no one else picked it, I'm surprised.

     
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    chris_in_sunnyvale In the Starting Line-Up

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    Question for the posters here: Do you have kids? Finding time to even binge watch anything is a chore for me and forget watching shows as they air. I'm honestly jealous as I feel I'm missing out on a lot of quality entertainment listed here.

    Regards,
    Chris
     
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    Our kids now have their own kids
     
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    I'm a Wire nut as well. It's the best although Games is right there.

    S2 of the Wire was better than S1 imo. It was fantastic & I thought S3 was the best. That show is gold & Omar was brilliant. He deserves a ton of credit for one of my fav roles. Shame he's not in more stuff although he is working.
     
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    Game of Thrones having pissed down it's leg in season 8 has forced an edit

    10. Breaking Bad
    9. Homeland
    8. The Sopranos
    7. Star Trek
    6 /5. Rome and Boardwalk Empire,
    4. The Twilight Zone
    3. All In The Family
    2. The Americans
    1. The Wire
     
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    Holy old thread, Batman!

    I'll put up my rankings later....like the OP (@BobDigital) I have watched more TV than I should have.... but I haven't completed GOT yet (stopped somewhere in season 3 close to the "Red Wedding" episode because I wanted to be sure George R.R. Martin would actually finish the books or HBO would end the show).

    Some good recommendations in this thread of shows I have never heard of! And I have seen a lot!!!
     
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    1. Breaking Bad
    2. The Wire
    3. Sopranos

    After that, I don't know. GoT would have been right here if not for its historical, colossal failure in S8. Just some shows that I've really liked a lot, a lot of them in more recent years better kept in my memory: Black Mirror, Boardwalk Empire, Hannibal, Narcos, Mindhunter (one season), Bosch, Fargo, Better Call Saul, Homeland (sometimes)

    Most overrated show of all-time: Mad Men (wtf)
     
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    Shocked no one has mentioned Dexter.
     
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    I didn't even go back and look at my list, but I'm going to say:

    1. Breaking Bad
    2. The Americans
    3. Game of Thrones (Seasons 7-8 stumbled and knocked this down from #1, but 1-6 were amazing)
    4. Narcos
    5. Justified
    6. Rick and Morty
    7. The Office (U.S.)
    8. The Patriot
    9. Better Call Saul
    10. The Wire
    11. Chappelle Show
    12. The Sopranos
    13. The X-Files
    14. Fargo

    Can't figure out where to put the rest (or if they're Top 20)
    Rescue Me, Arrested Development, Archer, The Expanse, Firefly, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Simpsons, Futurama

    EDIT - Went back and looked. Wow. Pretty close to what it was a year ago. Highly, highly recommend The Patriot and Better Call Saul, two newcomers to my list.
     
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    1. Game of Thrones
    2. Lost
    3. Breaking Bad
    4. Deadwood
    5. Battlestar Galactica
    6. Rome
    7. The Sopranos
    8. The Walking Dead
    9. Seinfeld
    10. Taxi
    11. Cheers
    12. Monty Python
    13. Star Trek
    14. 24
    15. Fargo
    16. The X-Files
    17. Curb Your Enthusiasm
    18. Mash
    19. Saturday Night Live
    20. Xena / Legend of the Seeker
     
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    Timely to bring that up. It’s been talked about throughout the Game of Thrones talk as a similar show with an ending that leaves really sour memories. Similar to GoT, the last season kind of melted down into a caricature of itself with terrible dialogue and plot jokes. However, I didn’t hate the finale as much as a lot of people. In fact, I didn’t mind the final sequence at all.

    Dexter first few seasons were really, really good television. It’s been awhile since I’ve reminisced about that show, but I still recall the epic season with John Lithgow. That was one of the better seasons of television I’ve seen. Amazing chess match and acting.
     
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    It’s an amazing show with a perfect ending. The ending isn’t really a climax, so much as an awesome montage to display the cyclical nature of it all. The only reason I rank it second is because I feel like it should be first be in a different category of television. I almost feel like I’m watching a non-fiction story of immense sociological and political insight, rather than a more classic hero/anti-hero series with a more traditional plot (with the classic story arc.)
     
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    Yes.

    One hour afternoon nap.

    Stay up past midnight frequently.

    Be willing to sacrifice your sleep quality (which may effect other areas of your life) for the joy of a great television stories.
     
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    Just saw Black Mirror S5 coming June 5th!!!
     
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    1. Breaking Bad

    2. The Wire

    3. The Sopranos

    4. Fargo (especially seasons 1 and 2)

    5. Better Call Saul

    6. Deadwood

    7. True Detective - Season 1

    8. Game of Thrones

    9. The Shield

    10. Peaky Blinders

    11. Oz

    12. The Pacific

    13. Boardwalk Empire

    14. Arrested Development

    15. The Leftovers

    16. Curb Your Enthusiasm

    17. Justified

    18. Sons of Anarchy

    19. Narcos

    20. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    GoT took a tumble from the top two in the last two seasons. All in all, the top 10 probably doesn’t move while the bottom 10 does and probably will. Chernobyl may place somewhere on this list two weeks from now. It’s that good.

    EDIT: And apparently I really need to go try The Americans again. I got three episodes in and bailed.
     
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    The Americans really builds as it goes, every action has a consequence and those consequences carry a cumulative price tag. The show never once loses sight of it's in universe continuity or reverts to logic bending artifice. The writers always respect the viewer's intelligence, sometimes perhaps a bit too much. Not all of the folks watching have adult memory of the Cold War and may not understand some key reference points or cultural identifiers. Mostly it just works. The casting, writing, acting and directing are top notch, the real meat of the show isn't it's overarching premise. At it's core lies a fascinating look at interpersonal relationships, marriage and family dynamic albeit through a very fractured lens.
     
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    Is there anyone here who likes Mad Men? I’ve yet to find a human being who gets excited about the show. Are critics real human beings? I admit I caved to the expectations and watched almost the entire series just kind of waiting for it to blossom. Other than a general taste for the 1960s culture and having strong acting, I just don’t know why this was such a highly rated show. The plot was so boring and the character development fizzled out after like two seasons. I got the sense the MM team thought really highly of themselves, like “it’s layered and artsy, so it doesn’t need to be interesting.”
     
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