TV.com's Top 30 Shows of the Past Five Years, Vol. 3: #10–1

This is it, ladies and gentlemen: the final round of TV.com's Top 30 Shows of the Half-Decade! Having seen #30–21 and #20–11, you can probably guess many of the shows that will appear in the top 10, but we're guessing that the order might surprise you just a little bit. While our final batch is somewhat drama-heavy, you'll also find amazing comedies, Emmy-winners, low-rated viewer favorites, and more.

Note: For details on how we compiled these rankings, you can find a description of our methodology here.


TABLE OF CONTENTS:
#30 – #26 | #25 – #21 | #20 – #16 | #15 – #11 | #10 – #6 | #5 – #1


10. Archer (50 POINTS)

ELIGIBILITY: Season 1 through the present

Archer proves that there's an audience for animated shows that aren’t The Simpsons, Futurama, or Family Guy while also giving us the gift that is regular appearances by Jessica Walter on our TV screens (even if only in voice). We've seen James Bond parodies been before, and we've seen goofy dysfunctional spy organizations before, but thanks to Archer's slick animation, under-the-radar satire, and dedication to, of all things, continuity, the show rivals the best comedies on television—piss-reekin’ ocelot and all. —MaryAnn Sleasman


9. Hannibal (51 POINTS)

ELIGIBILITY: Season 1 through the present

When Hannibal was announced in 2011, the project was quickly denounced as the epitome of everything that’s wrong with American media development. Everyone expected it to be just another TV show about serial killers and cops, and the fact that it was based on a previously beloved but by then decaying novel and film franchise simply added insult to injury. But then it aired, and we wondered what the hell we ever worried about. Led by Bryan Fuller, Hannibal is a grotesquely beautiful and deeply human series that proves it’s possible to take something old and make it feel like something completely and utterly unique. —Noel Kirkpatrick


8. Game of Thrones (55 POINTS)

ELIGIBILITY: Season 1 through the present

A longtime friend of mine—one who'd previously shown zero interest in anything that had even a whiff of high fantasy about it—started watching Game of Thrones on a bet. By the end of Season 1, she was hooked. And that, in a nutshell, is how HBO's ambitious adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels became a surprise cultural juggernaut. The show has struck a tricky balance between satisfying fans of the source material and appealing to viewers outside the typical genre audience, and in doing so, it's provided the critical and commercial shot in the arm that post-Sopranos HBO needed. When its seven or eight planned seasons conclude toward the end of the decade, it will go down as one of the definitive dramas of the 2010s. —Andy Daglas


7. Community (69 POINTS)

ELIGIBILITY: The second half of Season 1 through the present

Before he ascended to god-like status as the creator of Community, Dan Harmon made weird little shows that had no place on network television. And while Community was Harmon's first big step into the mainstream, he didn't bend to expectations, producing another weird little show that had no place on network television. That's what made Community stand out, and why it's so high on this list. The show owes a lot of its creative success to the well-developed underdog characters who grew up along with it and became great pals, but it will always be remembered for its ability to routinely pull off ambitious episodes that kicked over sitcom conventions in hilarious ways. Because it has frequently delivered the unexpected, watching a new episode of Community is like opening a grab bag of mystery—and more often than not, the show brilliantly gives us something we didn't even know we wanted. Long live Greendale! —Tim Surette


6. Parks and Recreation (72 POINTS)

ELIGIBILITY: The second half of Season 2 through the series finale (Season 7)

The 2010s haven’t been especially fruitful in terms of network sitcoms, but Parks and Recreation is one of the era’s few clear Hall of Famers (despite its less-than-stellar ratings). It entered the decade on a decided upswing, with the second half of Season 2 and all of Season 3 generally—and justifiably—regarded as the show’s high water mark. Its impact on contemporary comedy has outstretched its perennially and maddeningly low ratings, buffing the bonafides of established stars like Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari while helping to spur hopefully long comic careers for people like Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Retta, and burgeoning blockbuster franchise fixture Chris Pratt. —Andy


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Aug 31, 2015
#4 The Americans

It might have been nice for one of your editors who are supposed to know how to write to actually describe the show and let us in on what makes it a great story so we know what we might expect to get out of it, rather than gushing over superlatives that have no meaning and even less context.

Well done Jen on the most worthless editorial content of 2015. *and even includes the complete bullshit of adding sporting events to what should be a tv series list to bulk it out because you cannot be assed*
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May 09, 2015
The whole top 30 is ridiculous without "Sherlock" and "24".. Besides, many of the shows on it started a long time earlier and ended four or five years ago. The point was to name the best of the last five years, not those which were better before but made it until 2010 before being canceled. Still....these lists are always subjective and fun to criticize.
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Apr 12, 2015
#1 "Lost"(ended in 2010),#2 "Chuck"(ended in 2012),#3 "Revenge",#4 "The Blacklist",#5 "Brothers And Sisters"(ended in 2011),#6 "Friday Night Lights"(ended in 2011)#7 "Law And Order:SVU",#8 "CSI:NY"(ended in 2013),#9 'White Collar"(ended in 2014),#10 "Justified"(ended in 2015).#11 "The Client List"(ended in 2013),#12 "The Carrie Diaries"(ended in 2014),#13 "Flashpoint"(ended in 2012),#14 "Bones",#15 "The Big Bang Theory".
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Apr 08, 2015
TWD? First seasons of Dexter? Nowhere to be found? :-/
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Apr 07, 2015
Game of Thrones is easily #1 with daylight afterwards... And no Walking Dead?
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Apr 06, 2015
Are you for real?!?! Breaking Bad SUCKED so bad. I couldn't even finish the final season after weeks of trying. It was so incredibly boring, slow and ALL the characters were unlikeable. It was PAINFUL to watch. I haven't even read up on how it finished because I honestly do not care. I just imagine Jesse killed Walt and that's a great ending in my mind.
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Apr 07, 2015
In what universe have you been watching BB, its the most awesome show of the last 5 decades if not ever?
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Apr 04, 2015
Good list, but how is The Walking Dead not on it?
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Apr 03, 2015
Wow... not even Banshee. You guys constantly rave about Banshee and yet not even a mention....
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Mar 31, 2015
Breaking Bad (20 pts)
Banshee (19 pts)
Orphan Black (18 pts)
Justified (17 pts)
Vikings (16 pts)
The Americans (15 pts)
Game of Thrones (14 pts)
Hannibal (13 pts)
Penny Dreadful (12 pts)
Sleepy Hollow (11 pts)
Supernatural (10 pts)
The Walking Dead (9 pts)
Grimm (9 pts)
Arrow (8 pts)
Once Upon a Time (7 pts)
Lilyhammer (6 pts)
Bones (5 pts)
Boardwalk Empire (4 pts)
American Horror Stoy (3 pts)
Criminal Minds (2 pts)
The Big Bang Theory (1 pt)
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Mar 30, 2015
Were PBS shows not allowed? How about Sherlock?
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Mar 30, 2015
Community? Really? It became so unwatchable after the first half of S1.
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Mar 29, 2015
Clueless twats everywhere
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Mar 29, 2015
Its a real mystery to me that Fringe isn't in there, agreed a lot of good shows are listed and I fully agree with the nr 1 but Fringe should be high up in there too, did the staff overlook it all together or did they forget already how good the reviews were and the acting and story line was, Way better then more then half at least in that list.
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Mar 29, 2015
One of these days, TV.com I feel is really going to inspire someone to become a true blue World Dictator / Evil Overlord. These "lists". Why do I keep clicking on them? Bad habit?
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Mar 28, 2015
Archer is TERRIBLE!!!
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Mar 27, 2015
I just finished my Top 20 list for Mr Magpie's user poll so I may as well post it here too:

Breaking Bad (20 pts)
Boss (19 pts)
Enlightened (18 pts)
Boardwalk Empire (17 pts)
Bunheads (16 pts)
Justified (15 pts)
Rectify (14 pts)
Girls (13 pts)
The Americans (12 pts)
Game of Thrones (11 pts)
Louie (10 pts)
Orange is the New Black (9 pts)
Terriers (8 pts)
Community (7 pts)
Mad Men (6 pts)
Sherlock (5 pts)
True Detective (4 pts)
The Good Wife (3 pts)
Treme (2 pts)
The Secret Circle (1 pt)

Honourable mentions (in no particular order): 30 Rock, Orphan Black, Happy Endings, Top of the Lake, American Horror Story, The Borgias, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Lights Out, Damages, Fringe, Luck, Southland, The Slap (Australia), An Idiot Abroad, Friday Night Lights, Modern Family, The Newsroom, Chuck, Mildred Pierce, The League, Wilfred (U.S.), Rick and Morty, Glee, The 100, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Parks and Recreation, Downton Abbey, Bates Motel, House of Cards, Doctor Who, Lost, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, The Walking Dead, Awake, Masters of Sex, Portlandia and The Legend of Korra.
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Apr 01, 2015
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Mar 30, 2015
yea...that's a pretty good list
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Mar 31, 2015
It has its moments, but overall it's not good.
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Apr 01, 2015
Oh Muder, are you picking a fight? I'm sorry if you found my list lacking in LeBlanc and quality-less, laugh-tracked-to-death unfunny sitcoms about nerds, and ABC shows that couldn't manage to be good for more than a season, and shows where Rachel Bilson decided she could play a heart surgeon, but at least I didn't give myself an avatar for an eligible show and then leave it out of my top 20.

Your move ser.
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Mar 31, 2015
Why thank you.
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Mar 27, 2015
I would definitely include Modern Family, Sherlock and American Horror Story.
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Mar 26, 2015
Hey Guys

Please submit your list before closing time if you want to participate. We have 29 particpants now.

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Mar 26, 2015
Cory's list just misses the point... Don't worry my expectations were met. ;)
Here's my Top 30 over the past 5 years (minimum requirement has to been in its’ second season).
30) Community
29) Parks and Recreation
28) Suits (dropping in quality as time goes by)
27) How I Met Your Mother
26) South Park
25) The Vampire Diaries
24) The Mentalist
23) NCIS
22) Last Man Standing
21) The Walking Dead
20) The Killing
19) Falling Skies
18) Supernatural
17) Helix
16) The Daily Show
15) Strike Back
14) Boardwalk Empire
13) Sleepy Hollow
12) The late late show with Craig Ferguson
11) Castle
10) The Big Bang Theory
09) The Blacklist
08) Orphan Black
07) Haven
06) The 100
05) Sherlock
04) Elementary
03) Arrow
02) Game of Thrones
01) Person of Interest
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Mar 26, 2015
For the 100th time, it's not my list. it's the staff list. Read. The. Blurbs.
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Mar 28, 2015
People seem to be retarded and and can not read nor understand simple directions. I am so sick of people saying it over and over and in turn you having to tell them ""it's not my list, it's the staff list". I seriously hate stupidity. Their stupidity further shows by the mindless, pointless shows they think should have made the cut. lol!
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Mar 26, 2015
Well then let me lift some of the blame the staff is just blind on the basis it ignored the top 10 list on the front page of the site. This site is user driven so to do something like this without the user input is a little dangerous. The easiest way to compile a list without much effort would put to pull the data off that list and use the shows that go in and out of the list. Just like that goat commercial, when something goes wrong you find a scapegoat. So please keep that in mind when doing something like this in the future.
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Mar 27, 2015
So the staff shouldn't use their own opinions? And popularity and quality are the same thing?
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Apr 03, 2015
"Mcarson that is the stupidest, most ridiculous thing I have ever read."

I seriously doubt that, unless you just learned how to read recently.
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Mar 28, 2015
I was talking about using the top 10 list as a starting point to added some objectivity to this list and then later narrowed now with the subjective views of the staff.

The way this was put together and presented it came off to me as a bunch of disconnected comments glued together by one person and not done by the staff. Cory's list does not represent quality by any stretch.
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Mar 28, 2015
Mcarson that is the stupidest, most ridiculous thing I have ever read. bee45tpy said it all with those two well written (yet rhetorical) questions.
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Mar 26, 2015
POI is good but not that good, BBT used to be a lot better and has really gone downhill - and not just cause of "the haircut".. Castle - also good, but not that good.. I'll give ya The Late Late Show w/Craig Ferguson - there was no other show like it on tv... Sleepy Hollow is way too high.. and not having Hannibal in the top 10 is just criminal..
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Mar 26, 2015
In the last five years compared to the competition POI has been consistently well written. Hannibal is a prequel series that will at some point conflict with the move, it being a prequel disqualifies in my book. Now if hey did something like a complete re-imagining like 12 monkeys then it could be considered. But it didn't make my list.
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Mar 28, 2015
once again, Hannibal not making your list (are you kidding?) paired with your above comment speaks volumes to wave length in which you operate on. HAHA
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Apr 03, 2015
"...to wave length in which you operate on."

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Mar 26, 2015
Banshee?
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Mar 26, 2015
You need to punish him!
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Mar 26, 2015
I just can't believe that some Cartoons made it and not this.....
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Mar 26, 2015
Well sports and cartoons don't really belong in this list. The deserve to have their own list because someone will always be able to point to something not on the list that clearly would deserve to be on the list.
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Mar 28, 2015
Sometimes I just hate my mobile keyboard...
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Mar 25, 2015
Click here for the Latest UPDATE

So far 18 people had participated!
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Mar 26, 2015
Please add mine when you get a chance.
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Mar 26, 2015
Sure ! Its top 20 shows though :-)
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Mar 26, 2015
Just remove the talk shows and bump everyone else up a spot.
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Mar 26, 2015
I will do that.
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Mar 26, 2015
Ok, not a problem.
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Mar 26, 2015
Sorry I am not including talk shows so I will take number 1 to 22 or you can repost it again :-)
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Mar 25, 2015
Breaking Bad as #1? Absolutely! Game of Thrones not appearing in the top 5? You must be clinically insane! Don't get me wrong, I love the Good Wife but I have a hard time believing that it's rated higher than GoT....not possible IMHO
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Mar 26, 2015
true dat
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Mar 25, 2015
1-Game of Thrones
2-Boardwalk Empire
3-Mad Men
4-Rectify
5-Justified
6-Treme
7-Orphan Black
8-Newsroom
9-Breaking Bad
10-Downton Abbey
11-Peaky Blinders
12-The Killing
13-Ray Donovan
14-Americans
15-Shameless
16-Vikings
17-Homeland
18-House of Cards
19-Walking Dead
20-Hell on Wheels
21-Banshee
22-Strike Back
23-Nurse Jackie
-one season shows-
24-Les Revenants
25-Fargo
26-The Knick
27-True Detective
28-12 Monkeys
-sitcom-
29-Parks and Recreation
30-Community/30 Rock (either/or)
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Apr 03, 2015
Judging from your list, you obviously recognize good television. It feels very strange to see a list as long as this that doesn't have at least a few crap shows on it. I may have put 1-28 in a slightly different order, but they are all great shows. We are fortunate to live in a time with so much quality available. I'll definitely check out Strike Back, since you listed it. I did find it strange that you didn't list Hannibal.

I must point out, though, that #24 through #27 will all have a 2nd season (unless The Knick got canceled and I didn't get the news).
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Apr 03, 2015
Thank you for the kind words.There are a number of guilty pleasure or crap shows I enjoy.Strike Force is one those.It's sort of like a poor mans 24.As for the order that is not carved in stone it is just what came out.I'm still kicking myself for leaving Continuum off both lists.

I'm aware that all five shows listed as one season are coming back.I just thought they should separated from shows with longer runs along with sitcoms because it seems unfair they should be considered equals to shows with many more episodes or half hour comedies.True Detective or Fargo could be awful this year for all we know.

In the end I replaced three shows on the list with one year shows because I felt the replacements would go on to be better shows as they produced more episodes.
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Mar 25, 2015
Would you want your list (if you don't mind) to be include in our Final Readers list (see below)? You have to decide on the TOP 20 though.
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Mar 25, 2015
Here is the top 20.

1-Game of Thrones
2-Boardwalk Empire
3-Mad Men
4-Rectify
5-Justified
6-Treme
7-Orphan Black
8-Newsroom
9-Breaking Bad
10-Downton Abbey
11-Peaky Blinders
12-The Killing
13-Ray Donovan
14-Americans
15-Shameless
16-Vikings
17-Homeland
18-Les Revenants
19-The Knick
20-12 Monkeys
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Mar 25, 2015
I've tried with Mad Men. I've really really tried. Great acting, great writing, great cast ... but the story just has nothing to keep me coming back. I just don't care!
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Mar 25, 2015
1) Breaking Bad
2) Game of Thrones
3) The Walking Dead
4) Justified
5) Hannibal
6) Community & The Office
7) True Detective & Fargo
8) Homeland
Dexter (very good during its Prime) , Sherlock, Orphan Black, True Blood, Outlander, Penny Dreadful, Arrow, TVD... etc

I really think the Top 8 on my list are worth changing around from top to bottom or vice versa as each show actually reached it's potential, there was simply was no way to compare it to another... Yeah, I might have not seen other honorable mentions but from what i've seen, all the names up there certainly have a uniqueness and a strong grip on the viewer with both storyline and characters.
What do you guys think?
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Mar 26, 2015
& this and that & this. One number represents one show, not 2 :)
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Mar 26, 2015
Yeah, but I can't choose one over the other, so equally good!! : ))
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Mar 26, 2015
great list
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Mar 25, 2015
Well said on Breaking Bad and Parks and Rec. Couldn't agree more, they are Hall of Famers for their genres for sure.
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Mar 25, 2015
Viewers (16) lists so far, on 120+ shows listed so far, only 18 shows appear in at least 5 lists.
Thanks to MarlboroMagpi for the initiative, this looks much more interesting.
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Mar 25, 2015
I hope I had included all the 16. I will update again later. Our final readers list will appear this weekend :-)
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Mar 25, 2015
oh and spoilers : 2 of tv.com's top 5, didn't even get 5 mentions...
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Mar 25, 2015
And where is the Walking Dead?
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Mar 25, 2015
I've got to say this is truly an excellent list, and this just goes to prove why votes of critics mean so much more than a populous vote, or even guild or emmy votes. Especially the top ten. When you included Hannibal at number 9 I just knew from that point the list was going to be stellar, and with each higher number the choices were very justifiable, even if I didn't agree with all of the choices. So great list!
Now my choices,
1) Breaking Bad
2) Game of thrones
3) the Americans
4) Community
5) Justified
6) Parks and Rec
7) Hannibal
8) Veep
9)Fargo
10) the 100
11) Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
12) Modern Family
13) Happy Endings
14) 30 Rock
15) Treme
16) Brooklyn Nine-nine
17) Orphan Black
18)Getting On
19) Orange is the New Black
20) Mindy Project
Haven't watched: Mad Men, Masters of Sex, POI, Rectify, Transparent, Jane the Virgin haven't watched last season of FNL (though if i had it would no doubt have been on this list), I've only watched the finale of lost and i found it to be one of the most moving pieces of television ive seen, yet i watched that season so couldn't include it in good conscious. Meaning to watch Vikings. All animated shows that I should watch but just haven't (archer Bobs Burger Korra) Boardwalk Empire. Looking.
Honourable mentions: Arrow (high highs and low lows) All the danish stuff which has great first season then always falls off eg the killing, Bron New Girls (enjoyable but it isn't the first thing I choose if I have a choice) Review and Broad City
Didn't totally enjoy: Homeland, House of Cards, Suits, Walking Dead, TGW, silicon Valley
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Mar 25, 2015
I will include your list (if you don't mind) in our Final Readers list too (see below). I will not included talk shows like John Oliver though so if you can added one more show if you want:-)
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Mar 26, 2015
ahhh probably Arrow thanks
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Mar 26, 2015
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is not a talk show.
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Mar 25, 2015
"All animated shows that I should watch but just haven't (archer Bobs Burger Korra)"

Archer is definitely worth the time. I'm only now watching Legend of Korra, but so far I really like what I've seen (up to about half of season 2).
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Mar 25, 2015
This list is utterly rubbish
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Mar 25, 2015
These lists always remind me of just how much television I haven't watched - even though I think I watch a lot! The most glaring absences for me personally were Boardwalk Empire (an underrated HBO series) and The Big Bang Theory (I know is has its haters, but its a consistent series and is undoubtedly a large part of our cultural zeitgeist).
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Mar 25, 2015
I really wrestled with what to do with Boardwalk on my personal list. Don't think it ended up there, but man, that was a good show.
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Mar 25, 2015
For me the best TV show is Parks and Recreation... I am currently watching season 3. Last week I started watching for the first time Breaking Bad, I saw the first episode, looking forward to watch the 2nd.
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Mar 25, 2015
* Breaking Bad while overall a great show has a HUGE flaw that pretty much makes the series nonsense. It has a Nobel-prize winning chemist somehow working at a local high school. Walter White's 'cashing out' of the company he co-founded could make sense -- he was more risk-averse -- but when the company was becoming successful, why wouldn't his buddy hire him? Walter White could easily be an executive -- probably a top executive -- and even be on the Board of Directors. At-WORSE, Walter would be working at a university and would have tenure. He'd have enough resources to treat his cancer.

* Mad Men in recent years has also suffer from some key nonsense. Pete Campbell was offered to be lead partner in a bigger firm and he decided to not do something that would have made him an instant millionaire because he has so much faith in Don Draper? And then his role is later diminished in the combined company even though he's essentially the best deal-breaker of the combined firm? The series would have been much better if Don and Co. had to deal with Pete being their boss.

* Anyway, Game of Thrones is much better. It's only flaw is when Dany would be coming to Westeros, but it makes sense in context given her army isn't large enough yet and she perhaps still doesn't have the financial resources necessary.
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Mar 26, 2015
Did you even watch the entire series of BB? It explains all of that.
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Mar 28, 2015
No, it doesn't explain all that. All it explains is why Walter White isn't a billionaire and his buddy is. That his buddy didn't hire him doesn't make sense. Walter didn't want charity. He would have been fine being a multimillionaire. That Walter wasn't working at a university is simply brushed off.
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Mar 31, 2015
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Mar 30, 2015
That's bullcrap. Have you ever been in a relationship with a girl? Yes, you can remain friends, which they are, but things are never the same. He has to live with the feeling she rejected him for Elliot, and he could still have feelings for her. Not a good team together to conduct business. There will always be that resentment and tension....And again, Walt's ego he already sold his share and walked away- his ego wouldn't have allowed him to submit and go back.......You can argue he could have been a professor, but you need to "qualify" to be one. Being smart and winning a prize is not enough. You need to finish your credentials and go through a state process to register, as well as cover tuition for classes. Just because you win a prize doesn't mean you "qualify" to be a university professor. And then there's Walt's eccentricity. He may have just liked high school better by personal choice. Either way, its not a good argument. BB is the greatest show in the history of television.
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Mar 30, 2015
Again, you seem to forget or simply ignore that Walter White wanted to share in the profits of the company he co-founded. Walter and his friend's wife could easily remain civil.

You also don't seem to understand that Nobel Prizes come with money. And not all professors need 'credentials'. Walter's are that he won a Nobel Prize.
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Mar 28, 2015
Duh. Idiot. Walt had a relationship with Gretchen. It was a love triangle. She sort of left him for Elliot. Walt was justifiably feeling betrayed and started a new life of his own. Why would they hire him with the tension of the threeway love triangle. Youre a typical idiot without the intelligence to appreciate the true genius that breaking bad is and game of thrones will never be. By the way, how many emmys and awards did goT win up against Breaking Bad, especially last year?
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Mar 29, 2015
Name-calling is childish. You seem to forget or simply ignore that Walter feeling betrayed was actually because he didn't share in the success of the company he co-founded. Exes can get along in real life. Walter White would have been an excellent, sensible, and shrewd hire.

The Emmys generally don't reward fantasy and don't recall science fiction.

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Walter White won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He easily could have gotten a job as a professor. Again, you seem to forget or ignore that his wife's family considered Walter lazy because he wasn't doing something more challenging than teaching at a high school.
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Mar 29, 2015
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Mar 28, 2015
Also, he was a "contributor" to the Nobel Prize in a specialty area of Chemistry, not the sole actual winner. He was part of a group of people, a team, that won together....If he got his wife pregnant with Flynn, and couldn't afford grad school, he easily could have decided to drop out, like many geniuses do, to provide for his family and just teach at the local high school. Studying in grad school takes away from your ability to make money and produce income for years. Man who can handle grad school coursework (which is the prerequisite for qualifying as a professor) drop out for a variety of reasons, usually financially oriented or family obligations.
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Mar 25, 2015
This is a wild comment
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Mar 25, 2015
Maybe a good scientist would want to teach high school to bring more kids into his field. It is not one that kids gravitate toward. Also, in the 60's, people did not do what would make them instant millionaires if it meant leaving their current company behind. People were loyal to their companies then, it was really a different time. It was God, Country, Company without the job hopping that there is today, so it is really not as odd as you might imagine. I have to agree that Game of Thrones is a great show and I was surprised to see it so low in the top ten, but this list does give me many shows to try because I have not watched much tv at all before the last almost three years so I like these types of lists that give me new shows to try.
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Mar 28, 2015
Walter White did leave the company he co-founded.
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Mar 30, 2015
I did not watch Breaking Bad all the way, and I had just lost my husband to cancer so it was something that I did not pay attention to because I wasn't ready. I do plan on watching it now that time has passed. :) I am still loving BCS though!
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Mar 28, 2015
Again, because he loved Gretchen and she broke it off with him and cheated on him with Elliot.
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Mar 25, 2015
The one I was most surprised not to see here was Orphan Black... But then my tastes are a little different than the staff's, I can't stand half the shows in their top 10.
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Mar 25, 2015
Hopefully Orphan Black will be in our Final Readers list.
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Mar 26, 2015
Did you guys close the entries already or is there still time to put up a list?
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Mar 26, 2015
There is still time.

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Mar 27, 2015
"There is still time." =& this made me have a Dead Zone flashback.
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Mar 24, 2015
I'm missing Sherlock, Outlander, Broadchurch, Orphan Black and Banshee on this list.
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Mar 24, 2015
Interesting lists - here's mine...
(1) Justified; (2) Game of Thrones; (3) Homeland; (4) Good Wife; (5) 30 Rock; (6) The Mindy Project; (7) The Closer; (8) Suits; (9) Broadchurch (English version); (10) Undateable; (11) At Midnight and (12) Last Week with John Oliver.

I don't watch Breaking Bad, Mad Men or the Walking Dead so they're out of my list regardless of their merit. Honorable mention to Community, New Girl, Newsroom, Big Bang & S.H.I.E.L.D. that I have loved at times but are wildly erratic.

Meanwhile, I know they had one tough season, but why is Homeland not on this list! Crazy!
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Mar 27, 2015
I looooove Undateable. I don't think it's very popular though.
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Mar 25, 2015
Just so you know. I will not be including talk shows or sports show so you can add one more show for John Oliver if you want.
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Mar 25, 2015
After last night, how about another vote for Justified! Kidding...one I forgot...(12) Luther.
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Mar 25, 2015
Luther it is :-)
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Mar 24, 2015
(13) Newsroom; (14) S.H.I.E.L.D.; (15) Downton Abby; (16) Community; (17) Scandal; (18) New Girl; (19) Big Bang; (20) The Glades
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Mar 25, 2015
Good Job. Thanks for participating !
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Mar 24, 2015
Okay guys. Here is update before I go to bed.

So far

Elisadiaz, Kevin K, Syrinx, radioleito78 , Mella22. baneofkings. arska, MiraTellia are all participating.

I will not be including sports event and any talk shows. Even if I did, I doubt they will make the final list. If anyone had given me your list but I miss out your name above (sorry), please let me know !

Again to clarify how it works.
Each of us list our TOP 20 shows and points are allocated to the show. 20 points for your number one show and 1 point for the number 20th show. I will added up all the points to get the final master list. It is thus possible that your favorite show is NOT in the final list. I hope you guys understand and do not feel upset about it. I have a feeling my favorite show The Good Wife might not be in it too. It is a list of consensus.

These are TV.com rules NOT mine. I know some of you are suggesting other rules but perhaps we will do that another time.

The point is to have a list and see how it differs from the writers. We will make a list BASED on TV.com rules and then we can COMPARE it with the writers. I guess that is the only fair way to COMPARE.

Again it's all in the name of fun ! Thanks !

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Mar 26, 2015
For the Reader's List.

Some notes: I don't watch animated shows, comedies, sports or talk shows, so don't expect to find any of those in here (except for Community). By the way, I only include shows that I have actually watched, so there are many worthy shows missing, but alas, not enough time in my life. So, here goes

1) Hannibal (always number one, because these people have created a work of art which is enjoyable to watch at the same time)
2) Vikings (I wish I had more No. 1 places...)
3) Banshee (these three are my holy trinity...)
4) The Americans
5) The Good Wife (it deserves all the love it gets, for the exact reasons as the editors explained)
6) Sherlock (it's coming baaaack...)
7) The Newsroom (I wish I could add all of Sorkin's shows here, especially if this is his last foray in TV, as the rumors go)
8) True Detective (it had its flaws but it really raised the bar for good television)
9) Black Sails
10) Rectify (sad and beautiful, TV as we rarely see it)
11) The 100
12) Justified (the dialogue, oh my God the dialogue...)
13) Person of Interest
14) The Blacklist
15) House of Lies (not to be confused with House of Cards...)
16) Community (my only comedy, let's aim for the movie now!)
17) Breaking Bad (others have spoken much more eloquently than I can)
18) Penny Dreadful
19) Game of Thrones (I'm not worried, others will place it much higher)
20) Orphan Black (it might have lost me in the last season, but it really showed the world how to do good scifi without a crazy budget and without superpowers!)

Cheers everyone!
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Mar 25, 2015
1. Game of Thrones (20pts)
2. House of Cards (19pts)
3. Sherlock (18pts)
4. Breaking Bad (17pts)
5. Parks and Recreation (16pts)
6. True Detective (15pts)
7. Modern Family (14pts)
8. Suits (13pts)
9. Fargo (12pts)
10. The Big Bang Theory (11pts)
11. How I Met Your Mother (10pts)
12. Banshee (9pts)
13. Elementary (8pts)
14. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (7pts)
15. Better Call Saul (6pts)
16. Black Sails (5pts)
17. Shameless (4pts)
18. Graceland (3pts)
19. Silicon Valley (2pts)
20. The Last Ship(1pt)
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Mar 25, 2015
I'm in.

1. Person of Interest (20pts)
2. Game of Thrones (19pts)
3. Nikita (18pts)
4. Vikings (17pts)
5. Elementary (16pts)
6. Teen Wolf (15pts)
7. Orphan Black (14pts)
8. Suits (13pts)
9. Scandal (12pts)
10. Covert Affairs (11pts)
11. 12 Monkeys (10pts)
12. The 100 (9pts)
13. House of Cards (8pts)
14. Almost Human (7pts)
15. Revolution (6pts)
16. Agent Carter (5pts)
17. Castle(4pts)
18. The Mentalist(3pts)
19. Merlin (2pts)
20. Drop Dead Diva(1pt)
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Mar 25, 2015
I'll get in on this:

1.Breaking Bad (20pts)
2.Spartacus (19pts)
3.Game of Thrones (18pts)
4.The Walking Dead (17pts)
5.Justified (16pts)
6.Banshee (15pts)
7.Fringe (14pts)
8.The 100 (13pts)
9.Workaholics (12pts)
10.Vikings (11pts)
11.Community (10pts)
12.Siberia (9pts)
13.Fargo (8pts)
14.South Park (7pts)
15.Black Sails (6pts)
16.Suits (5pts)
At this point I could throw just some random shows on for filler, but I'll go ahead and support shows I know are good, but I haven't watched yet.
17.Hannibal (4pts)
18.House of Cards (3pts)
19.The Americans (2pts)
20.Person of Interest (1pt)
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Mar 25, 2015
Good Job. Thanks for participating !
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Mar 24, 2015
So hey, here's my top 20 (I know that I will regret the order by next week):

1) Breaking Bad
2) Boardwalk Empire
3) Shameless
4) Game of Thrones
5) Hannibal
6) The Americans
7) Masters of Sex
8) Orange Is the New Black
9) Fargo
10) Sherlock
11) Penny Dreadful
12) Rectify
13) Looking
14) Black Mirror
15) Person of Interest
16) The Leftovers
17) Veep
18) How I Met Your Mother
19) Broadchurch
20) House of Cards
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Mar 25, 2015
Thanks. Hope we see love for shameless.
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Mar 26, 2015
I see some users having Shameless on their list, I hope it lands somewhere in the top 10.
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Mar 26, 2015
I hope so too but its likely not enough for top 10.
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Mar 24, 2015
Sitcoms Worth Mentioning: The Big Bang Theory - My Name is Earl - How I Met Your Mother

Dramas(and Sci-fi Worth Mentioning): Person of Interest, Sherlock, Da Vinci's Demons
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Mar 24, 2015
Wait! What about Helix?
Just kidding,
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Mar 25, 2015
I actually like Helix. It's unpredictable!....
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Mar 25, 2015
OK, good for you. I am sure many people like it. For me as you said, it is so unpredictable, that at the end of each episode I don´t know if I had just watched Helix or The Big Bang Theory.
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Mar 26, 2015
Yet it's easy to know: if you laughed, it was Helix.
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Mar 26, 2015
Now you made me laugh (and I completely agree, helic is the better comedy).
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Mar 26, 2015
I have being laughing at the new The Big Bang episodes. Season 8 much better than season 7.
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Mar 24, 2015
Awesome list, thanks for taking the time to make it.
I hate choosing favorites, so in no real order;
Justified
The Walking Dead
Breaking Bad
House of Cards
Impractical Jokers (would this count? ...I'd say it counts.)
Hell on Wheels
Sons of Anarchy
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Mar 24, 2015

I have been a TV buff all my life—beginning in 1954. One of the biggest things in my life was the advent of the VCR in 1976. I had the first one—a one hour Betamax—so I started removing commercials and saving stuff for posterity. A lot of times I was unpopular because when people wanted to go out, my wife often had to decline, saying, “We can’t make it tonight, they’re airing a Star Trek John doesn’t have.” This was all well and good, until DVDs—which shortly caused my collection to become, well, worthless. So I got all the DVDs—not realizing technology wasn’t finished yet—and now that too has gone by the wayside. I now have a system that is all digital and have all the stuff I’ve ever wanted—and takes up the room of a cigar box (12 Terabytes). Thank God I ignored the whole Blu-Ray thing. How many remember when a movie cost 90 bucks? So I know of whence I speak, and I think we’re going about this all wrong. You don’t need to pick 30 to get a top 30 list.

So…I’m going to propose a system to settle this once and for all. Everyone who gives a damn makes a list of their top 3 shows of the past half-decade—ONLY THREE. Points are awarded as follows—all number ones get 5 points – twos get 3 – threes get 1. Each show listed gets 3 additional points for each time it appears on anyone’s list. TV.com staff gets double points and are encouraged to participate. The double points gives the staffers a chance to defend their original list by giving them more power. The cream should rise to the top and we should have a viable list when it’s over. The people have spoken!

Okay, here’s mine: #1 – The Good Wife#2 – Fringe#3 – Episodes.

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Mar 26, 2015
I so do understand you. As I am a few (only a few) years younger, I bought my first VCR (a V2000) a few years later and started a DVD collection when it was the only way to see US shows. I now have huge DVD collection laughing at me from a rack in my bedroom (as I always watched a show/movie before going to sleep) and I still wonder if I better had bought a much better car. My NAS is for now the best solution and it is also the best affordable one I've ever had.
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Mar 24, 2015
I was not born in 1954 but I went through the VCR, VCD, DVD era. I did not get into Blue-ray too ! Great minds think alike !

Your suggestion is great however there is likely to be a loop hole in whatever system we use.

Just for fun, I will compile a final list based on the same rules of TV.com but decided by readers here. You are welcome to participate :-)
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Mar 24, 2015
I actually mostly agree with the list. I guess that's a good thing. Boardwalk Empire should have been on the list somewhere I think, but I guess I might understand why it isn't. It's kind of a forgettable show, I think not enough people paid attention to it, and it was criminally under-watched imo. I think it's definitely better than some shows on that list. But anyway, I mostly agreed with the list overall.
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Mar 25, 2015
I like Boardwalk empire too, but I'm waaayyy (like at least a season) behind on my viewing. I agree that it's not discussed enough, like Treme; it seems like every HBO show that's not GoT is not talked about.
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Mar 26, 2015
"it seems like every HBO show that's not GoT is not talked about." That is very accurate. Exactly my thoughts. It's part of the reason I don't like GOT tbh.
I mean okay, it's not this action packed, glass smashing, etc. kind of show. It's slow, calm and dramatic.
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Mar 24, 2015
Boardwalk Empire is on my list :-)
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Mar 24, 2015
Glad to see parks and rec getting some love
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Mar 24, 2015
I more or less agree with the top 10 list. Breaking Bad is a wonderful show and is not only well written it is well acted. As for GoT I like the show but I often think that if it wasn't for the "oh my god!" moments the show would be average at best. The rest of the list is fine. Don't watch all of them but I get why they are where they are.
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Mar 24, 2015
I could go off of a lot of these things on the list I don't get, but a couple:
Could someone explain the whole appeal behind Archer, as I don't see it on the show I caught?
Same goes for Amy Poehler (I've seen her way too much). What is it about her that makes people want to see her?
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Mar 26, 2015
If you do not smile or laugh when you watch Archer, it's just not for you and nobody will be able to explain to you why they laughed. You just have to try.

My son binged Archer over the last week and it was so much fun hearing him laugh every now and then. He loved it, and he just needed to try a few episodes to know why.
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Mar 25, 2015
It's funny.

She's funny.
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Mar 25, 2015
Ok, then... I guess just pout.
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Mar 24, 2015
As for Archer watch another. Probably best to start from the beginning. It streams on Netflix. The show is great because it is well written and remembers its own history. The characters are well thought out and could almost be real people. Plus it is funny.
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Mar 24, 2015
So Banshee is not on this list AT ALL...Wow
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Mar 24, 2015
10 - 6 - Oh this isn't a bad list so far, 8 shows better than Hannibal though?
5 -1 - Ahahahaha no, not even close. You're embarrassing yourselves

And for the love of God, stop licking Breaking Bad's bumhole. It shouldn't even be Top 10
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Mar 24, 2015
How does Psych not make the list? This whole thing has lost all legitimacy.
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Mar 24, 2015
1. The Walking Dead
2. American Horror Story
3. True Blood
4. Da Vinci's Demons
5. Outlander
6. Hemlock Grove
7. The Vampire Diaries
8. Once Upon The Time
9. Stalker
10. Teen Wolf

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Mar 24, 2015
Good Job. I will include them in OUR READERS FINAL LIST (if you want to join) but it will good if we have 20. U can still revised it before this Friday.
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Mar 24, 2015
11. Desperate Housewives
12. Witches Of East End
13. Bones
14. Revenge
15. Black Sails
16. Grimm
17. CSI
18. Helix
19. Sleepy Hollow
20. 666 Park Avenue
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Mar 27, 2015
I like it... a guilty pleasures list of shows.
666 Park Place reminds me of another show that season, Ringer, which also was pulled off the air by ABC. The Cape might also make the list.
Have way too many that don't fit the five year rule. Oh well.

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Mar 24, 2015
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Mar 24, 2015
1- BREAKING BAD
2- MAD MEN
3- TRANSPARENT
4- 30 ROCK
5- THE WALKING DEAD
6- GAME OF THRONES
7- HOUSE OF CARDS
8- HANNIBAL
9- FARGO
10- LOOKING
11- NURSE JACKIE
12- SHERLOCK
13- LOUIE
14- TRUE DETECTIVE
15- ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
16- PARKS AND RECREATION
17- MASTERS OF SEX
18- FAMILY GUY
19- AMERICAN HORROR STORY
20- ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
21- PLEASE LIKE ME
22- BROADCHURCH
23- LES REVENANTS
24- ENLIGHTENED
25- VEEP
26- HOMELAND
27- THE KNICK
28- IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
29- HIT & MISS
30- MODERN FAMILY
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Mar 24, 2015
Good Job. I will include them in OUR READERS FINAL LIST (if you want to join) but its only the top 20. U can still revised it before this Friday.
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