I notice several people have mentioned Breaking Bad on another thread, which got me thinking.After much deliberation, I am going with The Sopranos.
One that I haven't seen mentioned yet is my personal favourite, The West Wing.
I'm not a huge TV watcher and I tend to rewatch more than I discover, but these are my five all-times in no particular order.
Battlestar Galactica (reboot)
The Twilight Zone (do anthology series count)
I would have included The Walking Dead if it hadn't lost its way for so long and Game Of Thrones if they hadn't fucked off the last season.
I really want to slip The Honeymooners in there somewhere.
Breaking Bad. Next question?
Going old school "A very British coup" just awesome. "GBH" was similarly great. And "Father Ted".......
The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, The Monkees, Cheers, Mash, Frasier, Ben Hall, War and Peace (70's), Spooks, Line of Duty, To name but a few. All favourites at the time. Band of Brothers and The Pacific were watched relatively recently - marvellous!
Seinfeld is, for me, by far, the best comedy series ever. Bojack Horseman the best animated serie. Twilight Zone (the original one) the best sci-fi. Show Me a Hero is probably my favourite short series.
I am a huge Star Trek fan and my favourite of all the series is Deep Space Nine. The long story arc, all the wonderful character actors and the darker themes.
Another one I enjoyed around the same time as Sopranos was Six Feet Under. I would need to revisit this to see if it has stood the test of time. A series I loved way back when was When The Boat Comes In, but I tried watching it a few years ago and it felt terribly dated.
Agree The Bridge / The Killing and Borgen all excellent. I haven't seen The Bureau or The Adulterer. Are they still around on netflix or similar? We may need more viewing choices over the coming months.
Lots of course.
Agree the Sopranos (minus mark for was it season 5 the dream sequence) but the Wire is possibly level. Gomorrah was terrific as was Breaking Bad and Ozark. Boardwalk Empire too.
The Bridge, The Killing (first series), Borgen, Wallander (original Swedish version) The Bureau (French), and The Adulterer (Dutch, Overspel original title) are all foreign language series I've really liked.
Oldies include the Sweeney, Life On Mars/Ashes to Ashes, The Sandbaggers (early 80s UK spy drama), Aufwiedersehen Pet and of course Fawlty Towers.
Probably many more.
1. The Sopranos
2. The Wire
4. Mad Men
5. Breaking Bad
The Sopranos. Definitely and without a doubt. Other shows come and go and sometimes feel like they might be better. But time passes and The Sopranos remain the best.
Only The Wire comes close.