Ranking The 10 Best TV Shows You Have To Watch Before You Die
If you need something to entertain yourself while nua-ing at home and ran out of dramas and movies to watch, we have 10 must-watch TV series that you should definitely start binge watching!
Keep reading to check them out!
#10 The Walking Dead
The series follows a group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse while they live in a world infested with zombies, known as "walkers", and face danger from other surviving groups. Although the later seasons became a little draggy and disappointing, the earlier seasons are probably some of the best zombie content you can find.
It keeps you on your toes right from the first episode and the gore, action and suspense is given depth with insights on moral and societal issues.
#9 Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black is a TV adaptation inspired by Piper Kerman's memoir about her experiences in a minimum-security women's prison. This cleverly written series is filled with dark humour, prison brutality, moments of hope and quotable one-liners.
Other intriguing things happen inside the prison might also be of interest to you, like a group of inmates who trained a cockroach to smuggle cigarettes between cells. 😂 The characters are incredibly flawed and human, and you'll find yourself invested in every one of their stories.
#8 Better Call Saul
This spin-off from the Breaking Bad series is a must-watch! It follows the story of Jimmy McGill and his transformation into a new persona, Saul Goodman, as he begins to represent criminals as their lawyer and get involved with criminal activities himself.
Although this series has a slower pace and less action than the series that spawned it, it's still a sharply crafted show with great writing, character development, dark humour and tragedy.
You've probably heard of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and how he solves crimes with his extraordinary intellect in a Victorian time period. This modern adaptation of the classic mystery stories follows Sherlock Holmes in a 21st century setting instead!
This series has a total of just 13 episodes, and it's an absolute thrill from start to finish. It's witty, suspenseful and full of surprises. If you're enamoured with British culture, this series will definitely feed your interest! ✨
Fleabag is a British comedy series that is just as touching as it is hilarious. It follows the life of Fleabag, a complicated young woman living in London, while she tries to cope with her best friend's death through sexual misadventures.
The series currently has 12 episodes and every one of them is clever and wildly funny. If you're looking for a comedy that has depth and wit to it, this is the one to watch! 😍
#5 Mad Men
This series follows the personal and professional life of Don Draper, an advertising executive in an advertising agency. If you're working in the advertising industry or thought of it, you'll definitely find this series interesting.
It's set in 1960s America so fashion enthusiasts can look forward to the colourful and experimental style that defined that decade. Besides its visually arresting appeal, the series also has a lot of depth and perspective. It touches on issues such as smoking, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism and racism which were all prevalent in American society at that time.
#4 The Wire
The Wire is a crime series that's so much more than a crime series! It portrays law enforcement on different institutions of Baltimore, Maryland, like the illegal drug trade, the city government and bureaucracy, and education and schools.
While being a crime series, it also has plenty of social commentary that will push you to think deeper. Another great thing about it is that it doesn't rely on big names, so every episode looks natural and feels more immersive in comparison to shows where you see famous faces.
#3 Game of Thrones
You won't be satisfied with any other fantasy or medieval show after watching Game of Thrones! Most of them romanticise the time period and looks almost juvenile in comparison to the vivid and gritty world of Game of Thrones. Set in a fictional world, it follows a complex plot with multiple storylines and a large cast where noble families fight for the throne.
The series has great writing, stunning cinematography, compelling characters, dragons, magic, ice zombies etc. Although the series does have excessive nudity at certain points and the quality of writing declined towards the later seasons, it's a must-watch as a whole. This description doesn't do the show justice at all and no praise could accurately describe why you should watch it, you just have to click play and discover how great this show is for yourself!
#2 The Sopranos
If you love watching crime series, The Sopranos should be at the top of your watchlist! The story revolves around Tony Soprano, an Italian-American mafia boss, as he tries to balance family life with his criminal activities. It also covers controversial subjects including crime, family, gender roles and mental illness.
This series has possibly some of the greatest writing in television and it definitely set a new bar for the standard of television when it first aired. After two decades, this work of art still remains relevant and continues to gain new fans from younger generations.
#1 Breaking Bad
This is our number one for a reason! This series is exemplary in all aspects from writing and directing to acting and cinematography.
The title comes from the colloquial term "breaking bad" which means to turn to a life of immorality or crime, which is exactly what the main character does. Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with stage-3 lung cancer and he teams up with his former student to produce and sell meth to make money for his family before he dies. He gradually delves deeper into the criminal world and turns into an anti-hero that you can't help but root for.
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