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100 best TV shows of all time, according to critics

  • #81. Watchmen (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 85

    Watchmen” made its debut in 2019 on HBO. Leaping in time, it depicts a fictional world of violent racism, masked vigilantes, and secret police. With Regina King, Louis Gossett Jr., and Jeremy Irons, it is based on a graphic novel.

  • #81. Unorthodox (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 85

    In “Unorthodox”, an Orthodox Jewish woman flees her arranged marriage and stifling life in Brooklyn for a fresh start in Berlin but cannot shake her past. The four-episode series takes an unflinching, intimate look at the guarded community.

  • #81. Undeclared (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 85

    Created by producer and comedian Judd Apatow, “Undeclared” ran for one season on Fox but drew a passionate following. It takes a humorous look at college students fumbling their way through their freshmen year, getting comic boosts from Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, and Loudon Wainwright III.

  • #81. Show Me a Hero (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 85

    “Show Me a Hero” is a six-episode dramatization of the true story of residents in Yonkers, New York, facing a court order to build low-income housing in a white neighborhood. Adapted from a book by a reporter for The New York Times, it was written by David Simon, creator of “The Wire,” and starred Oscar Isaac, Catharine Keener, Alfred Molina, and Winona Ryder.

  • #81. Rick & Morty (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 85
    - Highest-rated season: 1

    The main characters in the animated “Rick & Morty,” on the Adult Swim channel, are a crazed scientist and his none-too-clever grandson taking intergalactic adventures around a sci-fi universe. It was awarded a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in 2018.

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  • #81. P-Valley (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 85

    Starz in late July announced a second season for the critically acclaimed “P-Valley,” a drama set in a Mississippi Delta strip club. It is based on the play Pussy Valley by showrunner Katori Hall and in its first season used only female directors.

  • #81. Nashville (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 85
    - Highest-rated season: 1

    Nashville” revolves around a fading country music legend played by Connie Britton and a rising star played by Hayden Panettiere. Executive producer Callie Khouri won an Oscar in 1992 for writing the “Thelma & Louise” screenplay. “Nashville” ran for four seasons on ABC and two seasons on CMT before it was canceled in 2017.

  • #81. Little America (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 85

    Little America,” which streams on Apple TV+, recounts stories of immigrants journeying to the United States, based on narratives that appeared in Epic Magazine. The anthology show was launched in January 2020 and has been renewed for a second series.

  • #81. Lady Dynamite (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 85
    - Highest-rated season: 1

    Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite” features comic actress Maria Bamford playing a fictional comic actress trying to put her life back together and grappling with her mental health. The two-season show includes Fred Melamed as her manager, Mary Kay Place as her mother, and Ed Begley Jr. as her father.

  • #81. House of Cards (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 85
    - Highest-rated season: 1

    “House of Cards,” a political drama on Netflix, stars Golden Globes winners Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as a married couple employing vengeance and treachery to fulfill their ambitions. Spacey was written out of the sixth and final season after he was accused of sexual assault. The criminal case against Spacey was dropped in 2019.

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