Top 10 Favorite TV Series Of All Time
For this week’s list, I have attempted something that proved rather difficult. I have compiled a list of my 10 favorite TV series of all time. Now, I realize the list is heavy with sci-fi series, but what can you do? These are the shows that resonated with me the most. On with the list!
- Battlestar Galactica (2004)- It’s hard to believe a remake would end up being my favorite series, but it has. Ronald D. Moore’s ambitious, intense, intelligent, and thought provoking sci-fi series had everything you could want from a great series and more. It’s the rare show that stays with you long after it has ended.
- Firefly- Despite lasting a mere 14 episodes, Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western has continued to endure because it’s just that good. I only hope we will see more adventures from Mal and company one day.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000- The funniest TV show (in my humble opinion) is not a half-hour sitcom. It’s a 2 hour program in which a human and his 2 robot pals make fun of a bad movie. No show is as consistently hilarious and endlessly rewatchable as MST3K. I cannot wait to see the latest incarnation later this year.
- Babylon 5- I’m ashamed to admit I came to this series very late, but I am so glad I finally sat down and devoured every last episode and TV movie. Not only is it one of the greatest sci-fi space operas in any medium, but it was so far ahead of its time in terms of its complex serialized storytelling. Even to this day, B5 remains a vastly underappreciated series that doesn’t get the respect it so richly deserves.
- The Twilight Zone (1959)- I love TV anthology series and “The Twilight Zone” is (and probably always will be) the gold standard thanks to the genius of Rod Serling and the incredible staff of writers who contributed unforgettable stories to the classic series.
- Doctor Who- The long-running sci-fi series may not have the best writing or production values, but it does have iconic characters and the perfect story set-up that allows for the show to continue on for who knows how long. You never know where the Doctor will go, what the character will see, or what the character will regenerate into and that is what keeps us fans tuning in time and time again. It’s a timless series that never gets old because it can always change.
- Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace- From the moment I saw the opening of “Once Upon A Beginning,” I knew I was watching something special. Richard Ayoade and Matt Berry’s 6 episode series is a hilarious masterpiece that spoofs cheap TV series and cheesy horror fiction.
- Twin Peaks- David Lynch and Mark Frost’s genre bending cult soap opera satire changed the TV landscape with its bizarre mysteries, addicting stories, and oddball characters. I can’t wait to see what the two cook up for next year’s revival series.
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer- The original movie the show is based on is terrible and the premise is unquestionably absurd, and yet, BTVS is easily one of the best series that has ever graced TV screens. Joss Whedon’s 7 season show struck a chord with viewers with its lovable cast of characters, engaging mythology, relatable themes, and, yes, even a brilliant musical episode.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine- TOS and TNG are both great Trek series that are worthy of this tenth spot, but at the end of the day, DS9 wins out for me. Instead of being another show set on a starship, DS9 took the franchise in a different direction with epic multi-season spanning story arcs, a huge ensemble cast of characters, and a massive war. It was a refreshing change of pace for Trek to say the least.
Just Missed The Cut: “The Shield,” “The Sopranos,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “The I.T. Crowd,” “Daredevil,” “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Angel,” “Fargo,” “Torchwood,” and so many more.
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