Seriously I hate making these, “Best in,” whatever lists cause of the inner turmoil they bring about in me. There are so many shows to choose from and I like specific aspects about certain shows, so deciding which one is better is just hard and cruel. But I made the list anyways, just so you guys could read something. I created, what to me are the top tier shows on TV and I’m sure your lists might be different than mine but that will be because we are different people and our likes and opinions aren’t the same. I know some people will be like where is Homeland, where is Sons of Anarchy and the truth is I’ve never seen them. Life gets really busy and sometimes there is just no time but I will get around to them cause I’ve heard to many good things about both shows to ignore them. I should add that this list is NOT ranked, so don’t think I like one more than the other and I’m only talking about the CURRENT shows on TV not ones that don’t air anymore, that would make things so much harder. So without further ado, I give you my list of the top 5 TV dramas and comedies.
Top 5 Drama TV Shows
1. Breaking Bad
If you’d ask a lot of people what the best show on TV right now is, they’d probably say Breaking Bad and hey, who am I to argue. Who would have thought that a show about a chemistry teacher, Walter White, turning into a meth dealer would be such an entertaining show. Perfectly cast, tight storytelling, and visually intriguing, all run by a creator who knows what story he wants to tell. Season 1 introduces you to world of Breaking Bad and every season after takes you along for Walter’s journey, as he goes deeper into the meth business. A show so good you will be yelling, “Yeah Bitch” every time you watch it…you’ll understand that if you watch the show.
Fantasy shows are never taken seriously on TV. They’re usually filled with over the top acting, cheesy effects and cliched dialogue. Game of Thrones avoids all of that and displays fantasy as serious genre. The show balances family dynamics and their struggles for power. The story is complex with a lot of characters, but the world created by George R.R. Martin is rich and vivid. Show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have done a phenomenal job bringing the world to life, first grounding this world, then slowly introducing elements of fantasy. The production value on this show is incredible. I can’t even imagine how big the budget might be but everything from the effects to the costumes to the sets are terriffic. Sometimes Game of Thrones can feel like there is just too much going on but that is just a minor problem for a show perfect in every way.
3. Mad Men
I will say this first, Mad Men isn’t for everyone. It’s a slow burn show that really takes its time to tell its story, but if you stick with it you will find a show with some of the best characters on TV. Every character on this show is so well developed that you’d believe that they actually existed. The dialogue is quick exchanges between characters, no big monologues required. Matt Weiner and his writers do not just insert these characters into the 60s they bring the 60s back to life. Using famous events from the time period to affect the lives of the characters and add all this extra detail. Mad Men is ultimately Don Draper’s story and through out the show you will be finding out who this man really is.
Many people may not have heard of Justified but it is definitely one of the best shows on TV. A modern day western that follows US marshall Raylan Givens after he is reassigned to home state of Kentucky. Justified is a cop drama done right, with one of the coolest lead characters on TV. Timothy Olyphant plays Raylan who is this smooth talking officer of the law with an itchy trigger finger. Going up against drug dealers, backwood rednecks, criminal organizations and his arch enemy Boyd Crowder. All of this makes for a great western period, who cares if it takes place in modern times.
The Brits do really make some great TV. From Steven Moffat, the man also behind the new Doctor Who, comes a modern day re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes. To help with this Moffat cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins himself) as Watson. Both actors are superb in their roles, playing it to absolute perfection. Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is a fast talking man obsessed with solving the case, and nothing else, while Freeman plays the grizzled army man looking for his next mission, both men in need of the other. Let’s not forget about the cases, cause they are some of the most smartest and complex cases on TV and you will not know the answer to the case till Sherlock figures it out first. Also their version of Irene Adler and James Moriarty are brilliant and worthy of the cyber age. Tense, gripping, funny and always perplexing, Sherlock is a must watch. I should also add that each season has 3 episodes that are an hour and a half long, so it should be easy to catch up on.
Top 5 Comedy TV Shows
1. Parks and Recreation
I’ll be honest with you, at first I was not a big fan of Parks and Rec but as the show went on I was won over by the extremely charming and funny cast. The jokes are hilarious the pop culture references are brilliant. The humor on this show is filled with genuine heart and love that is just so contagious. A show that started out with being about the Parks department for the city of Pawnee has now evolved and pushed its characters to new bounds. I could go on and on about how much I love this show and how amazing Nick Offerman is as Ron “fucking” Swanson or how Amy Poehlor and Adam Scott play the perfect TV couple, but really do yourself a favor and watch it.
Louie is the show you’d expect if Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm came together and had a baby. Not really, but it does share a lot of similarities to both those shows. It has the stand-up comedy opening like Seinfeld and it has the awkward situations that the main character get himself into like Curb. Louis C.K. plays a lovable idiot version of himself, he’s awkward, he’s like Eyore, bad things just happen to him and it’s funny watching him react to them. I should also add that Louis C.K. uses a lot of elements from his personal life, like his daughters, who are absolutely wonderful and just make the stories the show tells feel more real and grounded.
3. Happy Endings
What can say about Happy Endings other than it is one of the most weirdest, funniest and the most A-MAH-zing show on TV. It takes the Friends dynamic and puts this unique twist on it worthy of the current world. You have Jane and Brad, the married couple everyone wants to be, Penny the crazy relationship obsessed friend, Dave and Alex the beautiful but dumb ones, and Max the chubby gay friend, cause lets be honest, what show doesn’t have one of those these days. The difference though is how well this groups dynamic works. Happy Endings is filled with one liners, pop culture references, witty banter, and heart.
4. New Girl
I’m a guy so New Girl was definitely a hard sell to me. The problem was not me trying to like this show, the problem was me watching this show in the first place. But I did and I fell in love with the Zooey Deschanel’s adorkable ways. Although my favorite character on the show is Schmidt, who played so well by Max Greenfield that he earned himself an Emmy last year for his role. The show centers around Jess, who moves into an apartment with 3 guy roommates (Nick, Winston and Schmidt). Their friendship is constantly adapting, the situations they encounter are hilarious. It has become one of my favorite new shows on TV and it got so much better in it’s second season.
Girls is one of the shows I started watching just because it was on HBO, and lets face it almost everything HBO does is perfection. So, Girls really is no exception. Girls is written, directed and stars Lena Dunham as Hannah. The show follows her and her group of friends, who are experiencing the life of someone in their early 20s. Dunham is able to capture the struggles, the joys and the experiences of being in your early 20s. As someone in their early 20 I find myself relating to these characters a lot, whether, it is them finding a job, finding love, or experiencing loss.
It is impossible for me to do justice to all these shows, in only a paragraph. TV has been growing and changing and the amount of amazing TV out there today is incredible. These are my top recommendations and only a handful amongst some the great TV out there right now.
If you don’t agree with some of the shows I mentioned and feel the need to rude and hateful in the comments below then you can just:
No not really but don’t be rude, gladly mention some of your favorite shows in the comments cause there is some really good TV out there and I would love to hear some of your favourites.
Boardwalk Empire, Community, Doctor Who, Modern Family, Dexter, Curb You Enthusiasm, The Office, Downton Abbey, Archer.