Best of TV-Shows: Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Crime, Sci-Fi & Cartoons

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1. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 162,312

✔ Mystery/Drama (ABC) ● 1990 - 1991 ● US

2. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

A chronicle of the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.

Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 114,437

✔ Drama (HBO) ● 2001 - 2005 ● US

3. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 270,309

✔ Crime/Drama (HBO) ● 1999 - 2007 ● US

4. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,313,018

✔ Crime/Drama (AMC) ● 2008 - 2013 ● US

5. Chernobyl (2019)

TV-MA | 330 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 421,625

6. Twin Peaks (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Michael Horse, Chrysta Bell

Votes: 48,851

✔ Mystery/Drama (Showtime) ● 2017 - 2017 ● US

7. The Godfather Saga (1977)

434 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) were re-edited together in chronological order with additional footage added.

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan

Votes: 4,090

✔ Crime/Drama (NBC) ● 1977 - 1977 ● US

8. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 260,461

✔ Crime/Drama (HBO) ● 2002 - 2008 ● US

9. Peaky Blinders (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 263,812

➽ Start Season 5: 2019 | Crime/Drama (BBC) ● 2013 - (open) ● UK

10. Gomorrah (2014– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Ciro disregards tradition in his attempt to become the next boss of his crime syndicate. The internal power struggle puts him and his entire family's life at risk.

Stars: Salvatore Esposito, Marco D'Amore, Cristiana Dell'Anna, Fortunato Cerlino

Votes: 25,148

➽ Start Season 4: 29.03.2019 | Crime/Drama (Sky) ● 2014 - (open) ● IT

11. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 164,811

✔ Crime/Drama (HBO) ● 2010 - 2014 ● US

12. Kozure ôkami (1973– )

Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of a samurai and his young son.

Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Kazutaka Nishikawa, Takumi Satô, Taketoshi Naitô

Votes: 209

✔ Drama/Chambara (NTV) ● 1973 - 1976 ● JP

13. Fargo (2014– )

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Votes: 293,359

➽ Start Season 4: 2020 | Crime/Comedy/Drama (FX) ● 2014 - (open) ● US

14. The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd

Votes: 147,392

➽ Start Season 3: April 2019 | Drama/Dystopia (Hulu) ● 2017 - (open) ● US

15. True Detective (2014– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 466,561

➽ (3x01) | Crime/Drama (HBO) ● 2014 - 2015 ● US

16. Mad Men (2007–2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 190,765

✔ Drama/Comedy (AMC) ● 2007 - 2015 ● US

17. Olive Kitteridge (2014)

TV-14 | 239 min | Drama

A middle-school math teacher Olive and her marriage with Henry which spans 25 years.

Stars: Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Ken Cheeseman, Ann Dowd

Votes: 16,356

✔ Drama (HBO) ● 2014 - 2014 ● US

18. Better Call Saul (2015– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Crime, Drama

The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill in the time before he established his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 270,766

➽ Start Season 5: 2019 | Drama/Comedy (AMC) ● 2015 - (open) ● US

19. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 344,881

✔ Drama/Action (HBO) ● 2001 - 2001 ● US/UK

20. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 63,435

✔ Comedy (BBC) ● 1969 - 1974 ● UK

21. Luther (2010– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Votes: 112,234

➽ (5x01) | Crime/Drama (BBC) ● 2010 - (open) ● UK

22. Bron/Broen (2011–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.

Stars: Sofia Helin, Rafael Pettersson, Sarah Boberg, Dag Malmberg

Votes: 52,895

✔ Mystery/Crime (SVT1/DR1/ZDF) ● 2011 - (open) ● DK/SE

23. Sense8 (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order.

Stars: Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton

Votes: 129,627

✔ Drama/Sci-Fi (Netflix) ● 2015 - 2018 ● US

24. The Shield (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace

Votes: 68,217

✔ Crime/Drama (FX) ● 2002 - 2008 ● US

25. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 84,397

✔ Crime/Drama (HBO) ● 1997 - 2003 ● US

26. Big Little Lies (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 132,555

➽ Start Season 2: 2019 | Crime/Drama (HBO) ● 2016 - (open) ● US

27. Narcos (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 319,052

✔ Crime/Drama (Netflix) ● 2015 - 2017 ● US

28. Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A biker struggles to balance being a father and being involved in an outlaw motorcycle club.

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates

Votes: 239,872

✔ Crime/Drama (FX) ● 2008 - 2014 ● US

29. 4 Blocks (2017– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Based in Neukölln, Berlin Toni manages the daily business of dealing with the Arabic gangs and ends up wanting to leave his old life behind for his family, but as expected, it's never that simple.

Stars: Kida Khodr Ramadan, Almila Bagriacik, Veysel Gelin, Maryam Zaree

Votes: 4,765

➽ Start Season 3: Winter 2019 | Crime/Drama (TNT) ● 2017 - (open) ● DE

30. Dead to Me (2019– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A series about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret.

Stars: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Max Jenkins

Votes: 31,950

31. Pagan Peak (2018– )

43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a gruesomely staged body is found, propped up on a mountain pass in the Alps close to the German-Austrian border, two detectives are sent to investigate. For German detective Ellie, ... See full summary »

Stars: Julia Jentsch, Nicholas Ofczarek, Franz Hartwig, Hanno Koffler

Votes: 2,609

32. Lunatics (2019– )

TV-MA | 35 min | Comedy

This mockumentary series follows the peculiar lives of six eccentric - and sometimes obscene - misfits who march to their own beat.

Stars: Chris Lilley, Judi Young, Brock Thornburgh, Jett Thornburgh

Votes: 2,529

33. Black Summer (2019– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Action, Drama, Horror

In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones.

Stars: Jaime King, Justin Chu Cary, Christine Lee, Sal Velez Jr.

Votes: 16,183

34. After Life (2019– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

After Tony's wife dies unexpectedly, his nice-guy persona is altered into an impulsive, devil-may-care attitude; taking his old world by storm.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Tom Basden, Tony Way, Diane Morgan

Votes: 50,070

35. Sharp Objects (2018)

TV-MA | 421 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.

Stars: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen

Votes: 56,277

36. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself into with his friends and complete strangers.

Stars: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman

Votes: 92,223

37. Russian Doll (2019– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A cynical young woman in New York City keeps dying and returning to the party that's being thrown in her honor on that same evening. She tries to find a way out of this strange time loop.

Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley

Votes: 54,190

38. Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series (2019– )

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Comedy

Nova Scotia's favorite miscreants have always been super sketchy. Now, carrying on from the Season 12 finale, the boys have become complete cartoons.

Stars: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith, Patrick Roach

Votes: 1,532

39. Shameless (2011– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Comedy, Drama

A scrappy, feisty, fiercely loyal Chicago family makes no apologies.

Stars: Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky, Jeremy Allen White

Votes: 186,070

✔ Comedy/Drama (Showtime) ● 2011 - (open) ● US

40. Black Mirror (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 382,308

➽ Start Season 5: 2019 | Drama/Sci-Fi (Channel 4/Netflix) ● 2011 - (open) ● UK

41. The Leftovers (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Three years after the disappearance of two percent of the global population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler

Votes: 70,411

✔ Drama/Mystery (HBO) ● 2014 - 2017 ● US

42. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,642,590

➽ Start Season 8: 14.04.2019 | Fantasy/Drama (HBO) ● 2011 - (open) ● US

43. Lost (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 469,520

✔ Mystery/ Drama (ABC) ● 2004 - 2010 ● US

44. The Killing (2011–2014)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

Stars: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Liam James

Votes: 93,032

✔ Crime/Drama (AMC/Netflix) ● 2001 - 2014 ● US/CA

45. Taboo (2017– )

TV-MA | 59 min