Skip to main content

Main Area


100 best TV shows of all time, according to critics

  • #17. The Hollow Crown (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 91
    - Highest-rated season: 1

    The Hollow Crown” is a set of four stories adapted from the history plays by William Shakespeare and made by British television. Its stellar cast includes Jeremy Irons,Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville, Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Judi Dench, and Sally Hawkins.

  • #17. Master of None (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 91
    - Highest-rated season: 1

    Aziz Ansari won a Golden Globe for his lead performance in the comedy “Master of None” on Netflix. His character, Dev, tries to work as an actor, meet women, and keep his immigrant family happy, with mixed success. The show ran for two seasons, but its fate has not been announced publicly, following accusations of Ansari’s sexual misconduct.

  • #17. Frozen Planet (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 91

    Made by the BBC, “Frozen Planet” is a cinematographically stunning look at the Earth’s polar regions and the impact of global warming in the Arctic and Antarctic. It is narrated by naturalist Sir David Attenborough, and it offers images from underneath the ice, inside an erupting volcano, and on the trail of wildlife whose existence is in grave danger.

  • #17. Borgen (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 91
    - Highest-rated season: 1

    The award-winning Danish political drama “Borgen” follows the rise to power of a prime minister amid the ambitions of a chorus of politicians, strategists, and journalists. Netflix purchased rights to the show with plans to bring the cast and crew together for a fourth season in 2020.

  • #16. The Wire

    - Series Metascore: 91.8
    - Highest-rated season: 4

    Police and drug dealers, all portrayed in shades of corruption, spar in “The Wire,” created by the celebrated writer David Simon. Each of its five seasons on HBO approaches life in Baltimore from a different angle—from loading docks to failing schools. The show stars Dominic West, Wendell Pierce, and Idris Elba.

    You may also like: Best miniseries available to stream

  • #14. The Simpsons (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 92
    - Highest-rated season: 2

    The animated satire “The Simpsons” has been on Fox television for 31 seasons, and the characters of Bart, Lisa, Homer, Marge, and Maggie Simpson, along with other Springfield residents like neighbor Ned Flanders, school principal Seymour Skinner, and Krusty theClown, are fully ingrained in popular culture. It has won 34 Emmy awards.

  • #14. My So-Called Life (tie)

    - Series Metascore: 92

    My So-Called Life” stars Claire Danes as a teenager negotiating high school, family, friends, and boys. It was canceled after one season, but lasting fans still admire the show’s willingness to tackle issues like sexuailty, domestic violence, child abuse, and mental health.


  • #13. Louie

    - Series Metascore: 92
    - Highest-rated season: 3

    Comedian Louis C.K. created, wrote, and started in “Louie,” a series whose main character, a divorced father raising two daughters, is loosely based on the creator’s real life. It ran on FX, which severed its ties after Louis C.K. was accused of and admitted to sexual misconduct in 2017.

  • #12. Fleabag

    - Series Metascore: 92
    - Highest-rated season: 2

    The two-season British comedy “Fleabag” was created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on her 2013 one-woman show. Waller-Bridge stars as its candid, unedited protagonist, who runs a struggling guinea pig-themed cafe. It won six Emmys in 2019.

  • #11. Bleak House

    - Series Metascore: 93

    Television’s “Bleak House,” set in 19th century England, was an award-winning 15-episode BBC miniseries in 2005. It is based on a novel of treachery and mystery by Charles Dickens of the same name. The show stars Gillian Anderon and Carey Mulligan.

    You may also like: Best Family Guy episodes

2018 All rights reserved.