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  • wolfali
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    Inspired by the BBC piece.

    It would take all day to think of 100 but if you could make a ranking of the 50 to 80 greatest television shows of this century so far what would be on your list?

    You can follow your own rules when it comes to your list. For my own list I’m personally excluding shows that I either saw for the first time in the past year or aired from April 2021 to now (to put this into practice this would mean Hacks would be ineligible for my list as would a show like The Other Two because the former aired for the first time in May last year and I saw the latter for the first time last summer but a show like The Good Fight or Succession would be eligible). I am also unlike the BBC list, including shows that premiered in the 1990s and also aired into the 2000s in my own list.

    (Moderators would it be possible to please keep this in television and not move this thread to games as it is a discussion around what one considers to be the strongest televison series of this century rather than a game?)

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    My list of 80:

    1. The Leftovers
    2. Happy Valley
    3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    4. The Wire
    5. Small Axe
    6. Mad Men
    7. I May Destroy You
    8. The Night Of
    9. Frasier
    10. The IT Crowd
    11. Spaced
    12. Miranda
    13. The Americans
    14. Olive Kitteridge
    15. Derry Girls
    16. A Very English Scandal
    17. Utopia (2014)
    18. The Fall
    19. Hannibal
    20. Years and Years
    21. The Bridge (Broen/Bron)
    22. Russian Doll
    23. Wolf Hall
    24. Barry
    25. Fleabag
    26. The Thick of It
    27. Better Call Saul
    28. Normal People
    29. The Crown
    30. Veep
    31. The Good Wife
    32. Lost
    33. Twenty Twelve/W1A (they’re two separate shows but counting them as one because the latter feels more like a continuation of the former rather than a spin off)
    34. The Killing
    35. Succession
    36. Veronica Mars
    37. I Hate Suzie
    38. Watchmen
    39. Atlanta
    40. My Mad Fat Diary
    41. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    42. GLOW
    43. War & Peace (2016)
    44. It’s a Sin
    45. How I Met Your Mother
    46. Call My Agent! (Dix pour cent)
    47. The Promise
    48. Sharp Objects
    49. The Good Fight
    50. The Office (UK)
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    51. What We Do in the Shadows
    52. Chewing Gum
    53. The X Files
    (1993-2002)
    54. Luther
    55. 30 Rock
    56. When They See Us
    57. Parks and Recreation
    58. Toast of London
    59. Chernobyl
    60. Doctor Who
    61. Scrubs
    62. Fargo
    63. Mrs. America
    64. Peep Show
    65. Unbelievable
    66. Ally McBeal
    67. The Office (US)
    68. Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes
    69. Gilmore Girls
    70. Ghosts (2019-)
    71. Deutschland 83/86/89
    72. Unorthodox
    73. The Plot Against America
    74. The Handmaid’s Tale
    75. The Affair
    76. Broadchurch
    77. Breaking Bad
    78. The Sopranos
    79. The Good Place
    80. Fosse/Verdon

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    I’m just gonna do a top 10

    1.Mr Robot
    2.The Americans
    3.Better Call Saul
    4.Veep
    5.Fleabag
    6.The Night of
    7.The Leftovers
    8.Chernobyl
    9.Breaking Bad
    10.Getting on

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    Chloe Sevigny stan <3
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    My list of 80:

     

    What a list!!

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    I’m gonna try and come up with my top 80 list too. Till then, my top 10s:

    Top 10 Comedy Series:
    1. Schitt’s Creek
    2. Friends
    3. The Office
    4. The Good Place
    5. Ted Lasso
    6. 30 Rock
    7. Parks and Recreation
    8. Sex and The City
    9. PEN15
    10. Veep

    Top 10 Drama Series:
    1. Succession
    2. This Is Us
    3. The Good Wife
    4. The Crown
    5. Homeland
    6. The Handmaid’s Tale
    7. Ozark
    8. The Leftovers
    9. Six Feet Under
    10. The Good Fight

    Top 10 Limited Series/TV Movie:
    1. Big Little Lies
    2. American Crime Story
    3. American Vandal
    4. Top Of The Lake
    5. Angels In America
    6. The Normal Heart
    7. Olive Kitteridge
    8. Mare Of Easttown
    9. Station Eleven
    10. The Haunting

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    What a list!!

    Thank you! It felt very difficult to rank once I got below Chewing Gum not because the shows below it are bad by any means but more because with how diverse a medium of television is once you reach a certain number it becomes more and more difficult to measure what qualifies in one’s own opinion as the greatest television series of all time. For example Killing Eve had one of the best debut seasons of recent history but the rest of the show clearly wasn’t anywhere close to that standard. Ditto with Line of Duty which had three excellent seasons and three absolutely mediocre ones. I guess my biggest regret is perhaps putting The Killing too low considering how many shows higher than it probably wouldn’t exist without it.

    The shows ranked from 70 to 80 are those I’d give 4 maybe 4.5 stars out of 5, 51 to 59 I’d give 4.5 maybe even 5 stars out of 5 and then every show from 21 to 50 I’d give 5. The top 20 for me is unimpeachable in the shows included’s own right. Any show that ever manages to place above one of the top 2 deserves to collect every single accolade in the stratosphere.

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    I managed to get to 50 somehow:

    1.The Wire
    2.The Sopranos
    3.Succession
    4.Hannibal
    5.Fargo
    6.The Good Wife
    7.Justified
    8.Line of Duty
    9.The Thick of It
    10.Deadwood
    11.Mindhunter
    12.House of Cards
    13.Damages
    14.The Shield
    15.Veep
    16.Luther
    17.Sherlock
    18.Broadchurch
    19.The Missing
    20.24
    21.The Americans
    22.Westworld
    23.Sons of Anarchy
    24.The Good Fight
    25.OZ
    26.Boston Legal
    27.OZ
    28.Fleabag
    29.The Leftovers
    30.House
    31.The Office UK
    32.Arrested Development
    33.Narcos
    34.Dark
    35.The Night Of
    36.True Detective
    37.Chernobyl
    38.Happy Valley
    39.Homeland
    40.The Killing
    41.Ozark
    42.The Crown
    43.Big Little Lies
    44.Barry
    45.Parks and Rec
    46.What we Do in the Shadows
    47.Bodyguard
    48.Suits
    49.The Newsroom
    50.American Vandal

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    1. Lost
    2. The Leftovers
    3. Breaking Bad
    4. Six Feet Under
    5. The Sopranos
    6. Veep
    7. The Americans
    8. Better Call Saul
    9. Mad Men
    10. Game of Thrones
    11. Succession
    12. Westworld
    13. Chernobyl
    14. The Crown
    15. The Night Of
    16. Mrs. America
    17. Big Little Lies
    18. The Haunting of Hill House
    19. Watchmen
    20. Sharp Objects
    21. Curb Your Enthusiasm
    22. Fleabag
    23. Barry
    24. Homeland
    25. Mr. Robot
    26. Hannibal
    27. Fargo
    28. Bodyguard
    29. Peaky Blinders
    30. I May Destroy You
    31. Downton Abbey
    32. Getting On
    33. The Thick of It
    34. Pen15
    35. Nurse Jackie
    36. The White Lotus
    37. Black Mirror
    38. Counterpart
    39. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    40. Broadchurch
    41. Dark
    42. Flight of the Conchords
    43. Narcos
    44. What We Do In The Shadows
    45. Ramy
    46. Happy Valley
    47. The Last Kingdom
    48. Dexter
    49. Only Murders in the Building
    50. The Great
    51. Vikings
    52. The Handmaid’s Tale
    53. Squid Game
    54. Feud
    55. Boardwalk Empire
    56. For All Mankind
    57. I Hate Suzie
    58. Arrested Development
    59. Derry Girls
    60. Mare of Easttown
    61. Catastrophe
    62. True Blood
    63. True Detective
    64. The Other Two
    65. Fosse/Verdon
    66. Atlanta
    67. The IT Crowd
    68. Luther
    69. Extras
    70. It’s a Sin
    71. Unbelievable
    72. The Boys
    73. The Underground Railroad
    74. Scenes from a Marriage
    75. The Good Place
    76. The Mandalorian
    77. Peacemaker
    78. Dickinson
    79. Baskets
    80. Killing Eve

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