(Probably) the best TV series ever

Recommendations website FilmAffinity has posted film and TV reviews for 19 years

While it is impossible to make a definitive list of the best TV series ever, there are certain productions that come up again and again whenever the issue is addressed on websites and blogs: Breaking Bad, Band of Brothers, Chernobyl, The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Friends, The Simpsons… the list is a long one. To keep things simple, we decided to look on the film and TV recommendations website FilmAffinity, which has been providing reviews of films and series by critics and users for the past 19 years.

the wire (2002-2008) David Simon is the Charles Dickens of television, turning Baltimore into a microcosm filled with stories and human relationships. This series always tops the rankings.
Breaking Bad (2008-2013) Vince Gilligan, formerly of the ‘X-Files’, excelled when he turned an inoffensive and terminally ill chemistry teacher into New Mexico’s Satan of methamphetamine.
the Simpsons (1989-...) Matt Groening’s animated series has been winning viewers over for decades with its unique satire narrating the miseries of a middle-class American family.
game of thrones (2011-2019) It quickly became the most watched and pirated series in history, going on to win 59 Emmy Awards as viewers everywhere became hooked on the fate of the Seven Kingdoms.
Band of Brothers (2001) Its 10 episodes were more like 10 films following the footsteps of an American battalion (Easy Company) as it fought its way through Europe during World War II.
the sopranos (1999-2007) Marking a turning point in the new consumer culture, this HBO hit saw showrunner David Chase betting heavily on script quality and production design.
chernobyl (2019) This recent miniseries tells the story of one of history’s great tragedies: the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine and the collateral damage it caused.
true detective (2014-2019) Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are a pair of detectives who get bogged down in a case that reveals secrets both within and outside the law.
Arcane: League of legends (2021) The saga has only just begun but this adaptation of the popular video game is already considered one of the best animated series ever.
Monty Python’s flying circus (1969-1974) This British series by the Monty Python comedy group consisted of short episodes that mixed social criticism and absurd humour.
Fanny and Alexander (1983) This cinema masterpiece by Ingmar Bergman was actually a four-episode miniseries about the life of a Swedish family living under a conservative and very religious patriarch.
rick and morty (2013-...) The animated sitcom follows the misadventures across an infinite number of realities and dimensions of a cynical mad scientist and his irritating but good-hearted grandson.
Dekalog (1988-1990) This Polish drama series directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski consists of ten one-hour films, with each episode representing one of the Ten Commandments.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009-2012) Sixty-four episodes showed the adventures of two brothers who want to resurrect their mother through alchemy.
I, Claudius (1976) It is hard to underestimate the impact of this BBC miniseries in which some of Britain’s greatest acting talents brought to life the famous book written by Robert Graves.
Roma criminal (2008-2010) Based on the book of the same name by Judge Giancarlo de Cataldo, the series narrates the family dynamics of a group of criminals who want to conquer Rome.
fargo (2014-...) It seemed impossible that a series inspired by the acclaimed Coen brothers film could match and even raise the bar with themes that still surprise us every season.
Tear Along the Dotted Line (2021) This Italian adult animated series about the nineties generation has quickly risen up the ranks of the most popular series on Netflix.
black mirror (2011-2019) The ‘Twilight Zone’ of our era uses anthology episodes to dare us to imagine a demented immediate-future in which society is twisted and dominated by technology.
Scenes from a Marriage (1973) As he did with ‘Fanny and Alexander’, director Ingmar Bergman came up with a six-episode miniseries that became a landmark film.
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