Best Current TV showsby seanm5 | created - 20 Apr 2011 | updated - 01 May 2011 | Public
My personal favorite shows on TV.
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1. 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.
This is probably the best show on television currently. Bryan Cranston gives it 100% in every scene and he's never off his mark. Great chemistry between him and his co-star Aaron Paul - their Emmy wins are much deserved.
2. Justified (2010–2015)
TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky.
Timothy Olyphant has such great screen presence and Walton Goggins continues to blow me away. The writing and characters on this show are great.
3. The Chicago Code (2011)
44 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Detective Jarek Wysocki, one of Chicago's toughest cops, struggles to clean up the town's violence and corruption.
If you've watched The Shield, you already know Shawn Ryan is a genius. He's done it again - The Chicago Code is the best thing on broadcast television. Superb writing with strong characters and a great cast. I'm especially impressed by Delroy Lindo's acting. Chicago is a pretty beautiful place too and gives it a unique feel.
4. The Walking Dead (2010– )
TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.
You might think that being a zombie show means this is all about action, but it's not. They focus on the characters and it's really good stuff.
5. Man v. Food (2008– )
TV-G | 30 min | Reality-TV
Host Adam Richman (and subsequently Casey Webb) travels around the U.S., taking on a variety of local eating challenges involving meal size, spiciness and other daunting factors.
This dude travels around attempting legendary food challenges from local restaurants, like eating a six pound burrito in 25 minutes or something crazy like that. Most of the times he wins or at least comes close. Amazingly, he is not dead yet.
6. Modern Family (2009– )
TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance
Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.
My favorite comedy on television. The kid actors are kinda hit and miss, but the adults are great.
7. Hawaii Five-0 (2010– )
TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father's killer. The Governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0).
Very strong reboot of the classic series with a great cast, some truly amazing stunt work and fight scenes, beautiful Hawaii scenery, and of course that theme song...
8. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Sport
The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff.
The series finale already aired on Direct TV but the final season is just starting on NBC. Truly an amazing series with great actors all around. You don't even have to like football to enjoy this show.
9. Parenthood (2010–2015)
TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama
The lives and tragedies of the Braverman family tree.
From the same man behind Friday Night Lights (Jason Katims) comes the drama Parenthood. I decided to check this out cause several FNL stars like Minka Kelly and the excellent Michael B. Jordan have recurring roles. I'm glad I did. All-around great cast and the situations are real/heavy/emotional.
10. Burn Notice (2007–2013)
TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A spy recently disavowed by the U.S. government uses his special ops training to help others in trouble.
Fun espionage show - I love the voiceover narration giving spy tips. I'm sure most of the tips are made up, but they sound cool at least. Even though the main character is played by Jeffrey Donovan, the real star of the series (for me at least) is Bruce Campbell.
11. Castle (2009–2016)
TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.
A genuinely funny show with very clever writing. I'm not really into the whole "shipping" thing so I don't think I'll ever get extremely invested like many others are. But it's a consistently entertaining hour of television.
14. 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.
An HBO comedy series from the genius behind Seinfeld (Larry David). The cool thing about this show is that there's no strict script to follow and the actors are encouraged to improvise their lines, so it often leads to funny things.
15. Dexter (2006–2013)
TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.
Never thought I'd watch a show about a serial killer and root for him, but Michael C. Hall is THAT damn good. The villains are usually fantastic too (especially John Lithgow in Season 4) but the rest of the cast is kinda sub-par.
16. Chuck (2007–2012)
TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.
This show is pretty much a geeks dream. What I love most about it is the incredible amount of recognizable guest stars - the casting department really does a great job.