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  • Icky
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    No non Americans shows. No mini-series or “limited” dramas. No shows that were never intended to go beyond one season but is still for some reason competing in drama (Horace and Pete).

    1. The Sopranos- season 1
    2. Homicide: Life on the Street- season 1-2
    3. The Shield- season 5
    4. Mad Men- season 1
    5. The Wire- season 3
    6. The Sopranos- season 5
    7. Lost- season 1
    8. Breaking Bad- season 2
    9. Friday Night Lights- season 1
    10. The Wire- season 4
    11. Battlestar Galactica- season 1
    12. The Sopranos- season 6B
    13. The Leftovers- season 2
    14. Homeland- season 1
    15. Deadwood-season 1
    16. Buffy the Vampire Slayer- season 2
    17. Breaking Bad- season 4
    18. Justified- season 2
    19. Rectify- season 2
    20. The Shield- season 7
    21. 24- season 5
    22. Luck- season 1
    23. The Sopranos- season 3
    24. The X-Files- season 3
    25. Friday Night Lights- season 4
    25. Twin Peaks- season 1
    27. Mad Men- season 5
    28. The West Wing- season 4
    29. The Sopranos- season 2
    30. Six Feet Under- season 1
    31. Lost- season 4
    32. Rescue Me- season 1
    33. Deadwood- season 3
    34. ER- season 1
    35. Fringe- season 3
    36. Homicide: Life on the Street- season 3
    37. Battlestar Galactica- season 3
    38. Buffy the Vvampire Slayer- season 3
    39. The Shield- season 4
    40. Justified- season 4
    41. The Wire- season 1
    42. Breaking Bad- season 1
    43. Rectify- season 1
    44. Friday Night Lights- season 5
    45. Boomtown- season 1
    46. Game of Thrones- season 1
    47. Veronica Mars- season 1
    48. Mad Men- season 2
    49. The West Wing- season 2
    50. My So-Called Life- season 1

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    WaltEagle
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    The Shield: Season 7
    The West Wing: Season 1
    The Wire: Season 4
    Deadwood: Season 2
    Mad Men: Season 5
    Lost: Season 1
    The Leftovers: Season 2
    Justified: Season 4
    Six Feet Under: Season 5
    The Sopranos: Season 3

    The Wire: Season 3
    Justified: Season 2
    NYPD Blue: Season 1
    Game of Thrones: Season 1
    The Shield: Season 5
    The Americans: Season 4
    Deadwood: Season 1
    Mad Men: Season 4
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3
    The X-Files: Season 3

    Rectify: Season 2
    The Sopranos: Season 5
    Breaking Bad: Season 4
    Mad Men: Season 7B
    Twin Peaks: Season 1
    Friday Night Lights: Season 1
    Terriers: Season 1
    Six Feet Under: Season 1
    Oz: Season 1
    Battlestar Galactica: Season 4B

    The Sopranos: Season GB
    Freaks and Geeks: Season 1
    Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Season 3
    In Treatment: Season 1
    The Wire: Season 2
    Friday Night Lights: Season 4
    Mad Men: Season 2
    The Wire: Season 1
    The Sopranos: Season 2
    Lost: Season 2

    Breaking Bad: Season 3
    Deadwood: Season 3
    Firefly: Season 1
    Orange is the New Black: Season 4
    Rome: Season 1
    The Sopranos: Season 1
    The Wire: Season 5
    Breaking Bad: Season 2
    Carnivale: Season 1
    Treme: Season 1

    (order rough)

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    Icky
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    51. Transparent- season 2
    52. Justified- season 6
    53. Firefly- season 1
    54. Southland- season 5
    55. Terriers- season 1
    56. Buffy the Vampire Slayer- season 5
    57. ER- season 2
    58. Friday Night Lights- season 3
    59. Orange is the New Black- season 1
    60. Breaking Bad- season 5B
    61. Deadwood- season 2
    62. 24- season 1
    63. Sons of Anarchy- season 2
    64. Homicide: Life on the Street- season 4
    65. NYPD:Blue- season 3
    66. The X-Files- season 4
    67. Mad Men- season 3
    68. Alias- season 2
    69. Grey’s Anatomy- season 2
    70. The Sopranos- season 4
    71. Lost- season 5
    72. The Americans- season 4
    73. In Treatment- season 4
    74. Prison Break- season 1
    75. The Good Wife- season 2
    76. Boardwalk Empire-season 2
    77. The Wire- season 2
    78. House- season 1
    79. The Sopranos- season 6A
    80. OZ- season 1
    81. Angel- season 5
    82. Battlestar Galactica- season 4A
    83. The Good Wife- season 5
    84. Six Feet Under- season 2
    85. Person of Interest- season 3
    86. Northern Exposure- season 2
    87. Rectify- season 3
    88. Breaking Bad- season 3
    89. Transparent- season 1
    90. Hannibal- season 1
    91. Alias- season 1
    92. Heroes- season 1
    93. Breaking Bad- season 5A
    94. Battlestar Galactica- season 2B
    95. The Good Wife- season 5
    96. Buffy the Vampire Slayer- season 4
    97. The West Wing- season 1
    98. Carnival- season 1
    99. Northern Exposure- season 1
    100. Rescue Me- season 3

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    Riley
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    Fourth season of The Wire only tenth? (Or eleventh actually, as you put the two mini Homicide seasons together, but separated the half seasons of various cable shows.) I thought that that was supposed to be the best drama season ever. Have only seen the first myself. No first season of Hannibal in top hundred (mentioning because I think that you like it), but its contemporary Rectify in top twenty? Fringe is one of your ten favourite shows, but only one of its seasons made your drama top seventy-five and not even in your top thirty?

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    Icky
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    Those were favorite shows, not what you consider the best. As much as I got a kick out of Fringe, the third season is the only one I’d say is (mostly) thoroughly good, though seasons two and four have their moments.

    Never been a big fan of Hannibal, though the first season is the best. You must be thinking of (sigh) Denis.

    The third season of The Wire is for me the best. The fourth season is its most unique but not as entertaining and quite a bit more didactic, which makes it just below season three.

    I put the first two seasons of ‘Homicide’ together because the second is only four episodes, and the two seasons are packaged together for purchase.

    Was thinking of throwing Downton’s first season in there, but it’s too damn British.

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    Max
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    1. The West Wing, season 2
    2. The Sopranos, season 1
    3. The Wire, season 4
    4. Breaking Bad, season 5
    5. The Practice, season 2
    6. Hill Street Blues, season 3
    7. Twin Peaks, season 1
    8. The West Wing, season 1
    9. The Sopranos, season 3
    10. Hill Street Blues, season 1
    11. 24, season 5
    12. Hill Street Blues, season 2
    13. The Wire, season 4
    14. Lost, season 1
    15. Breaking Bad, season 4
    16. 24, season 1
    17. Picket Fences, season 2
    18. The Good Wife, season 5
    19. Breaking Bad, season 3
    20. L.A. Law, season 5
    21. Hill Street Blues, season 4
    22. L.A. Law, season 4
    23. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 2
    24. Breaking Bad, season 2
    25. L.A. Law, season 1
    26. Justified, season 2
    27. Chicago Hope, season 1
    28. Dexter, season 4
    29. Friday Night Lights, season 1
    30. ER, season 2
    31. I’ll Fly Away, season 1
    32. L.A. Law, season 2
    33. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 5
    34. L.A. Law, season 3
    35. thirtysomething, season 4
    36. The Wire, season 1
    37. The Practice, season 3
    38. NYPD Blue, season 1
    39. Murder One, season 1
    40. I’ll Fly AWay, season 2
    41. Homicide: Life on the Street, season 6
    42. Grey’s Anatomy, season 2
    43. Alias, season 2
    44. NYPD Blue, season 3
    45. ER, season 1
    46. Cagney & Lacey, season 4
    47. Picket Fences, season 3
    48. Law & Order, season 3
    40. The Shield, season 5
    50. Mad Men, season 3

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    CanadianFan
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    I will return to this thread in ten years when I have caught up with everything.

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    Icky
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    steve buscemi aka god

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    I would put seasons 2 and 5 of The Good Wife up against any drama season of the last 30 years.

    ER Seasons 1 and 2.

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    Icky
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    101. 24- season 4
    102. Dexter- season 1
    103. Nurse Jackie- season 4
    104. The X-Files- season 2
    105. Game of Thrones- season 2
    106. Person of Interest- season 5
    107. The Americans- season 3
    108. Mr Robot- season 1
    109. Homeland- season 4
    110. Mad Men- season 7A
    111. NYPD:Blue- season 1
    112. House- season 3
    113. Nip/Tuck- season 1
    114. Six Feet Under- season 5
    115. Lost- season 3
    116. The Vampire Diaries- season 2
    117. Shameless- season 4
    118. The X-Files- season 5
    119. In Treatment- season 2
    120. Treme- season 1
    121. The Killing- season 3
    122. Joan of Arcadia- season 1
    123. Veronica Mars- season 2
    124. Angel- season 2
    125. Fringe- season 2
    126. Everwood- season 2
    127. Boardwalk Empire- season 4
    128. United States of Tara- season 3
    129. 24- season 3
    130. Orphan Black- season 1 (hardly American, I know)
    131. Underground- season 1
    132. The Wire- season 5
    133. The West Wing- season 3
    134. The Shield- season 6
    135. Lost- season 2
    136. In Treatment- season 3
    137. The OC- season 1
    138- Arrow- season 2
    139. Mad Men- season 7B
    140. Halt and Catch Fire- season 2

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    Riley
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    You prefer the fourth season of 24 to the third one? Ridiculous things obviously happened in earlier seasons, but the fourth one really started to veer into self-parody with how frankly it used torture.

    And you have two seasons of House, but not the fourth one? The writers’ strike made that one so tight, plus the staff-changes arc gave the show some momentum that it lacked in the first three seasons, in which the episodes were largely interchangeable.

    I have seen about a third of your top 125. (So here I am commenting on yours instead of posting my own.)

    Did you edit Hannibal in or did I just not notice? But then you did not correct me when I said that it was not in your top hundred.

    First season of Heroes immediately ahead of Breaking Bad 5A and twenty-one ahead of the directly contemporary Lost third season. Outrageous!

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    Icky
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    I didn’t have Hannibal in my top 75, which is what the second post initially was. Then I edited it to 100 where I first placed Hannibal in the high 80’s.

    Season 3 of Lost was as much of a mess arc wise as season 2 but had a handful of really good episodes and a cool ending. Its worst episodes were probably worse than season 2’s.

    I agree that season 4 of 24 was crazy but it was far most consistently engaging than season 3, which merely had a great final third.

    Your love of BB’s insubstantial 5A persists, which for me was almost a waste of time up until the final two episodes. It’s also the portion of the show where I found the characters’ behavior most difficult to buy. I hoped to appreciate the whole fifth season more when I re-watched the show a year ago. That didn’t happen.

    The fourth season of House was the last one I enjoyed, but I definitely prefer the earlier seasons. Though I’d take season 4 over the second. Season four is where they started to become a bit too over the top with House’s antics and where the show started to get a bit gimmicky. Season six was my last season.

    Where’s your list? I’ve hardly seen every damn thing. I wish I could place some seasons of the procedurals I watch when I was younger (specifically, The Practice), but so much of those episodes and seasons have mushed together in my head for obvious reasons.

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    Riley
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    1. Lost season 1
    2. Breaking Bad season 2
    3. The Leftovers season 2
    4. 24 season 1
    5. House season 4
    6. Dexter season 4
    7. 24 season 5
    8. Lost season 4
    9. Mad Men season 5
    10. Mad Men season 4
    11. Breaking Bad season 5B
    12. Breaking Bad season 5A
    13. 24 season 3
    14. Mad Men season 1
    15. Breaking Bad season 1
    16. Dexter season 1
    17. Lost season 3
    18. Dexter season 7
    19. Lost season 2
    20. Breaking Bad season 4
    21. 24 season 2
    22. Orphan Black season 1
    23. Hannibal season 1
    24. 24 season 8
    25. Lost season 6
    26. House of Cards season 2
    27. Orange is the New Black season 1
    28. 24 season 4
    29. Game of Thrones season 1
    30. Lost season 5
    31. Breaking Bad season 3
    32. Mad Men season 3
    33. Homeland season 4
    34. Game of Thrones season 2
    35. The Americans season 4
    36. The O.C. season 1
    37. Terriers season 1
    38. The Wire season 1
    39. Dexter season 2
    40. House of Cards season 4
    41. House of Cards season 3
    42. Heroes season 1
    43. Prison Break season 2
    44. The Americans season 2
    45. Homeland season 1
    46. Justified season 1
    47. 24 season 9
    48. Damages season 1
    49. Mad Men season 2
    50. 24 season 7

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    Icky
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    There are six seasons of 24 better than Homeland’s first? Sure.

    Seeing three seasons of HoC makes me want to cry.

    Completely forgot about Damages. The fourth season would make my top 100 and season 1 would be in the top 140 somewhere.

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    There are six seasons of 24 better than Homeland’s first? Sure.

    Seeing three seasons of HoC makes me want to cry.

    Completely forgot about Damages. The fourth season would make my top 100 and season 1 would be in the top 140 somewhere.

    Any list of the Top 50 Seasons of TV Dramas in HISTORY that has 3 seasons of HoC (seeing as how the first 2 were the only good ones) is not a valid list at all, in my opinion. Or the person who made the list just hasn’t seen that much TV in his life. :\

    I have not seen NEARLY enough TV to do a Top 50 list. Maybe in a decade after I’ve seen more classic shows like The Sopranos, The West Wing, and 24. I still haven’t seen the first 3 seasons of Game of Thrones, and I’ve only seen the premiere of the most recent season so far.

    I might do a list of my Top 10 favorite TV seasons, but don’t expect Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad, The Americans, or The Leftovers to be on there since I never watched those shows either. The latter 2 I have no interest in seeing, and the former 3 I’ll watch someday.

    I’ve actually seen a couple Americans episodes and they bored me, personally. If you like it, then that’s perfectly fine. I’m waiting until after the series finale of Better Call Saul to watch all of Breaking Bad, and I’ve already seen a couple Buffy episodes I really liked, including the series finale “Chosen.” Very well done.

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