{TV} The art form of TV is NOT yet dead! Proven by these programmes; whether drama or non-fiction, a multi-episode series or a 1-off programme.

by SceneByScene | created - 12 Feb 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

These are TV programmes that show that great television is still being made. They prove that well-thought-out craftsmanship is the basis of a good TV programme, be it either drama or a documentary/non-fiction programme.

P.S. In order to keep this list pertinent to its implication - by the "yet" in the list title - that the TV programmes cited are of a more recent TV output, I chose to leave out older series. If I hadn't, I'd have included SO many outstanding series, including 'Frasier' (TV; 1993+) & '3rd Rock from the Sun' (TV; 1996+), amongst other great programmes. I thus opted to include only TV progs made from (approx.!) the year 2000 onwards.

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1. Inside No. 9 (2014– )

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

Anthology series which mixes dark humor with genres like crime, horror or drama. The show invites viewers into some very different No.9s, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Rosie Cavaliero, Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Votes: 9,686

2. Dates (2013)

Drama, Romance

The social minefield that is 21st century dating.

Stars: Oona Chaplin, Ben Chaplin, Will Mellor, Gemma Chan

Votes: 1,627

3. Keeping Faith (2017– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Faith, a small-town Welsh lawyer, is forced to cut short her extended maternity leave when her husband and business partner, Evan, goes missing. As the truth of his actions surface, Faith must fight to protect her family and her sanity.

Stars: Eve Myles, Bradley Freegard, Mark Lewis Jones, Aneirin Hughes

Votes: 2,729

4. Human Trafficking (2005– )

176 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Hundreds of thousands of young women have vanished from their everyday lives-forced by violence into a hellish existence of brutality and prostitution. They're a profitable commodity in the... See full summary »

Stars: Lynne Adams, Zoe Aggeliki, Isabelle Blais, Céline Bonnier

Votes: 6,410

5. McMafia (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian mafia exiles, has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of their past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his ... See full summary »

Stars: James Norton, Merab Ninidze, Kirill Pirogov, Igor Pokrajac

Votes: 11,005

6. The Night Manager (2016)

TV-14 | 358 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer's inner circle.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman

Votes: 63,236

7. Mum (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

After the death of her husband, a woman attempts to rebuild her life while surrounded by her sometimes problematic family and friends.

Stars: Lesley Manville, Peter Mullan, Sam Swainsbury, Lisa McGrillis

Votes: 1,851

8. Roger & Val Have Just Got In (2010– )

29 min | Comedy

Comedy drama about the day to day lives of husband and wife, Roger and Val. After they've just got in from work.

Stars: Dawn French, Alfred Molina, Theo Efrimidis

Votes: 347

9. Boss (2011–2012)

TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama

Mayor Tom Kane, diagnosed with a dementia disorder, struggles to keep his grip on power in Chicago.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware, Jeff Hephner

Votes: 16,636

10. Ripper Street (2012–2016)

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

The streets of Whitechapel are the haunt of Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and his team of officers, who aim to maintain law and order in a place once terrorized by Jack the Ripper.

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring, Jerome Flynn

Votes: 18,276

11. Being Human (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A werewolf, a vampire and a ghost try to live together and get along.

Stars: Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan

Votes: 23,258

12. Friday Night Dinner (2011– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy

Two siblings share their Friday night dinners at their parents home and, somehow, something always goes wrong.

Stars: Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Paul Ritter, Tom Rosenthal

Votes: 10,592

13. Episodes (2011–2017)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

A couple of TV producers move to Hollywood to export their most popular series and find it is not what they expected.

Stars: Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig, John Pankow

Votes: 31,224

14. Humans (2015–2018)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - a highly-developed robotic servant that's so similar to a real human it's transforming the way we live.

Stars: Katherine Parkinson, Gemma Chan, Lucy Carless, Tom Goodman-Hill

Votes: 33,575

15. The Good Wife (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm.

Stars: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry

Votes: 64,976

16. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 743,228

17. Derek (2012–2014)

TV-MA | 23 min | Comedy, Drama

Derek is a loyal nursing home care assistant who sees only the good in his quirky co-workers as they struggle against prejudice and shrinking budgets to care for their elderly residents.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl, Tim Barlow

Votes: 24,557

18. Tracey Ullman's Show (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Tracey Ullman returns to British screens with this new sketch show, introducing us to a slew of new comic characters and impersonations of celebrities.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Lucy Montgomery, Jason Forbes, Tony Gardner

Votes: 492

19. Tracey Breaks the News (2017– )

30 min | Comedy

Tracey Ullman impersonates political figures as well as everyday people all reacting to the aftermath of the 2017 British election and one year anniversary of Brexit in this one-off satirical comedy special.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Tony Gardner, Laurence Howarth, Laurence Rickard

Votes: 139

20. Popstar to Operastar (2010– )

90 min | Music, Reality-TV

Eight pop stars or musicians have to learn how to sing opera. They are mentored by classical singer Katherine Jenkins and opera singer Rolando Villazon. One will get voted off each week until there is a winner.

Stars: Myleene Klass, Katherine Jenkins, Rolando Villazón, Simon Callow

Votes: 18

21. Great Performances (1971– )

Music

"You Can't Take It With You" is hailed one of the greatest revivals and filmed plays for PBS television. David Woods brought stunning charm, humor, and time to this Moss Hart masterpiece. ... See full summary »

Stars: Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming

Votes: 532

This webpage is IMDb's only citation of the UK programme 'Operatunity', broadcast in the UK in 2003. (The lack of an IMDb webpage covering the TV series 'Operatunity' itself is clearly a fault at IMDb.com! Wink-wink!)

SYNOPSIS of 'Operatunity' (2003): This TV series is about a group of people in the UK who have a keen desire to sing opera, but have not had the opportunity to do so. Over the duration of the programme the participants are put through intensive auditions and training. At the end of the series one of the contestants will be voted the winner by the panel of judges, and as a prize will get to star in a real opera performance.

[Reason for citation at IMDb webpage re 'Great Performances' (1971 TV series): This webpage re the programme 'Great Performances' is does not cover the TV programme 'Operatunity' per se. Instead it details a DIFFERENT TV series, from the US, named 'Great Performances' (a long-standing programme that started in 1971). In the US series 'Great Performances' there was 1 episode that formed a compilation of parts of the UK's 'Operatunity' TV series.]

22. Up the Women (2013– )

TV-PG | 174 min | Comedy

A group of Suffragists band together to spread the word; but they need to learn their own lessons first.

Stars: Jessica Hynes, Vicki Pepperdine, Emma Pierson, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 328

23. Jane the Virgin (2014–2019)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

A young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.

Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas, Ivonne Coll

Votes: 33,817

24. Medium (2005–2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Suburban mom Allison DuBois attempts to balance family life with solving mysteries using her special gift. The dead send her visions of their deaths or other crimes while she sleeps.

Stars: Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber, Sofia Vassilieva

Votes: 24,744

25. Car Share (2015–2018)

30 min | Comedy

When a supermarket issues a new car share scheme. Assistant manager John Redmond and promotions rep Kayleigh Kitson are forced to commute together every day. But will they get along?

Stars: Peter Kay, Sian Gibson, Danny Swarsbrick, Guy Garvey

Votes: 3,492

26. No Offence (2015– )

42 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Follows a group of police officers on the front line wondering what they did to end up where they are now, on the ugly side of Manchester.

Stars: Joanna Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy, Will Mellor, Paul Ritter

Votes: 3,741

27. Shooting the Past (1999 TV Movie)

182 min | Drama, History

A US property developer realises that he has a battle on his hands when he tries to renovate a London building containing a vast photographic collection and discovers that the library ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Lindsay Duncan, Timothy Spall, Liam Cunningham, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 1,111

28. House (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer

Votes: 390,370

29. Nip/Tuck (2003–2010)

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama

The dark and twisted trials of two plastic surgeons.

Stars: Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson, John Hensley

Votes: 51,311

30. Rellik (2017)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Told in reverse, the show follows DCI Gabriel Markham and his team as they try to hunt down a serial killer.

Stars: Richard Dormer, Jodi Balfour, Paterson Joseph, Lærke Winther

Votes: 2,097

31. Age Before Beauty (2018)

Not Rated | 56 min | Drama

Age Before Beauty centers around an eclectic crew of characters who manage a family-owned beauty salon. This series allows us to view how they juggle life, love and adverse rivalries, all ... See full summary »

Stars: Eugene Collins, Amir El-Masry, Isabella Gill, Robson Green

Votes: 304

32. 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: 111,599

33. Scott & Bailey (2011–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama

Two female detectives, one motherly, the other emotionally immature, have varying levels of success applying their eccentric outlooks on life to their police cases and private lives.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp, Tony Mooney, David Prosho

Votes: 5,671

34. Happy Valley (2014– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama

Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Shane Zaza, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 30,303

35. Ghost Whisperer (2005–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy

A newlywed with the ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of the recently deceased overcomes skepticism and doubt to help send their important messages to the living and allow the dead to pass on to the other side.

Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim, Christoph Sanders

Votes: 41,436

36. The Good Place (2016– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Four people and their otherworldly frienemy struggle in the afterlife to define what it means to be good.

Stars: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D'Arcy Carden

Votes: 81,482

37. Catastrophe (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 24 min | Comedy

American boy Rob gets Irish girl Sharon pregnant while they hook up for a week while on a business trip to London.

Stars: Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney, Mark Bonnar, Ashley Jensen

Votes: 13,861

38. Two Doors Down (2016– )

28 min | Comedy

Comedy centered around a couple and their insufferable neighbors.

Stars: Arabella Weir, Alex Norton, Jonathan Watson, Elaine C. Smith

Votes: 720

39. Two Doors Down (2013 TV Movie)

53 min | Comedy

It's Hogmanay in Glasgow and Eric and Beth are hoping soldier son Angus will be back from Iraq in time. Their other son Ian turns up to the party with boy-friend Tony as do Beth's ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Morshead | Stars: Alex Norton, Arabella Weir, Daniela Nardini, Doon Mackichan

Votes: 146

40. The Office (2001–2003)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 90,842

41. Peep Show (2003–2015)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King, Olivia Colman

Votes: 48,440

42. The Cry (2018– )

Not Rated | 57 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The disappearance of a baby from a small coastal town in Australia is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young couple as they deal with an unthinkable ... See full summary »

Stars: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie, Asher Keddie, Alex Dimitriades

Votes: 2,604

43. Fleabag (2016–2019)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy, Drama

A comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy.

Stars: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Olivia Colman, Jenny Rainsford

Votes: 57,903

44. Perception (2012–2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Dr. Daniel Pierce is an eccentric neuropsychiatrist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex criminal cases.

Stars: Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan, Arjay Smith

Votes: 18,132

One particular feature of the show showed a contribution to the art form of TV: the lead protagonist's 'visions'

45. Sunny D (2016– )

Comedy

30 something male lives at home with his parents. He dislikes his job, loves his girlfriend, and dislikes his twin sister. He works hard to make everything better, yet some how makes things worse in a hilarious manner.

Stars: Dane Baptiste, Sasha Frost, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Samantha Baines

Votes: 36

One particular feature of the show showed a contribution to the art form of TV: the lead protagonist's 'day dreams', etc.

46. Years and Years (2019– )

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