The 20 Best TV Shows & Series of All Time

for the intelligent person.

Below are my 20 favourite television shows/series of all time. I have only included drama/non-comedy TV series in this top 20 (to see the 20 best comedy TV shows click here).

It is difficult to say what makes a good TV series. For me, it's a combination of an interesting and intelligent story and good actors who make you believe what you're seeing is real. This is how I selected the TV series.

The first decade of this century has been a golden age for TV shows (in America anyway) and this is shown in my selection.

Show Title Country
1. The Sopranos United States Amazon logo and link
2. The Wire United States Amazon logo and link
3. 24 United States Amazon logo and link
4. Game of Thrones United States Amazon logo and link
5. Edge of Darkness (1985) Britain Amazon logo and link
6. Battlestar Galatica (2004-9) United States Amazon logo and link
7. House of Cards (1990) Britain Amazon logo and link
8. Clocking Off Britain Amazon logo and link
9. Band of Brothers United States Amazon logo and link
10. Deadwood United States Amazon logo and link
11. Rome United States/Britain Amazon logo and link
12. The West Wing United States Amazon logo and link
13. Life on Mars (UK) Britain Amazon logo and link
14. State of Play Britain Amazon logo and link
15. Tinker Taylor Solider Spy (1979) Britain Amazon logo and link
16. I, Claudius Britain Amazon logo and link
17. Bodies Britain Amazon logo and link
18. Sherlock Britain Amazon logo and link
19. The Newsroom United States Amazon logo and link
20. The Walking Dead United States Amazon logo and link