Best Current TV shows

by 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

9.5
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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: 1,055,628

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

8.6
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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.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 71,201

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

7.8
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Detective Jarek Wysocki, one of Chicago's toughest cops, struggles to clean up the town's violence and corruption.

Stars: Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals, Matt Lauria, Devin Kelley

Votes: 7,469

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

8.5
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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.

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs

Votes: 727,074

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

7.4
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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.

Stars: Adam Richman, Casey Webb, Joey Chestnut, Gladys Knight

Votes: 5,887

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

8.5
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Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 283,410

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

7.4
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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).

Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Taylor Wily, Daniel Dae Kim

Votes: 55,504

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

8.7
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The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Aimee Teegarden

Votes: 47,411

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

8.2
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The lives and tragedies of the Braverman family tree.

Stars: Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter

Votes: 26,256

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

8.0
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A spy recently disavowed by the U.S. government uses his special ops training to help others in trouble.

Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless

Votes: 62,154

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

8.2
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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.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 126,764

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.

12. Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)

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

8.6
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A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club.

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

Votes: 210,277

13. Rescue Me (2004–2011)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Comedy

8.4
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Tommy Gavin deals with the fears of his job as a firefighter and seeing his ex-wife dating other men.

Stars: Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth

Votes: 23,097

14. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

8.7
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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: 77,364

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

8.7
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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.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

Votes: 556,534

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

8.2
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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.

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Vik Sahay

Votes: 115,051

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.

17. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy

8.8
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Five friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia.

Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 154,549

18. Californication (2007–2014)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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A writer tries to juggle his career, his relationship with his daughter and his ex-girlfriend, as well as his appetite for beautiful women.

Stars: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 156,157