1. Chernobyl; this show is scarier than most of the horror films out there.
2. My Name is Earl. It’s the chaotic good to It’s Always Sunny’s chaotic evil.
3. The Expanse. But I’m a space geek.
4. True Detective. I believe this is the single best season of television ever filmed.
5. Buffy. The title credits didn’t even happen before I was gripped if memory serves me right.
6. Mr. Robot. This has been my favorite show since I started watching it a while back. The acting, writing, music, cinematography and so much else are great. The show also takes risks with format and feel (like the episode that was basically a sitcom, one that had only one line of dialogue in it and the most recent one, which was a 5 act play of sorts) and they largely pay off.
7. The Good Place. I liked it right from the first episode.
It became my favorite show ever when Michael laughed, and it’s been that way ever since.
If you haven’t watched it, go and watch it. Go in as blind as you can. It’s worth it.
8. People have already mentioned a lot of my favorites already so I’ll throw the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel out there. It’s one of the best comedies out right now, truly well made with excellent writing and great characters. I thought it was a musical/chick show for some reason but it’s soooo damn good. Plus Tony Shaloub is a national treasure and steals every scene he’s in. Give it a shot if you haven’t.
9. Lucifer. I binge watched that in a matter of days.
10. The West Wing. The opening walk and talk by Leo is phenomenal.
11. Good Omens. I was skeptical when I first watched the preview, and by the time it got to the theme song of the first episode I was hooked. The intro sequence explaining the creation of the universe is absolutely amazing. God: “I do not play dice with the universe. I just play an ineffable game of my own devising.” And it only gets better and better from there.
After rewatching it for the like 4th time I finally decided to read the book. Aziraphale is even more feminine in the book and it goes on about his manicured nails and such haha.
12. LOST. Forget first episode, hooked in the first second with the up-close shot of Jack’s eyes.
13. This Is Us. The commercials didn’t appeal to me. But my mom was going to watch it, so I joined her. Hooked right away
14. Sherlock. First time seeing Benedict Cumberbatch had me hooked within the first 5 minutes.
15. Smallville. I basically became addicted, binge watched before that was a thing. Weaned myself off of it before the show ended. Wife bought the entire series on DVD for my birthday, I made her take it back.
16. Travelers. Found it on Netflix and loved the show. Top 5 all time.
17. How It’s Made. Something comforting about even just listening to this show. I’ll turn it on to go to sleep to even.
18. Daredevil. The first episode of season 1 always reminds me of how much of a masterpiece the whole shows is.
19. Limitless. The show is on Netflix and only has 1 season but it is really good.
20. Fargo. The second half of the episode is just a 4-punch combination of shocking, intense, and memorable scenes. It perfectly sets up the rest of the story and the arcs for the show’s two best characters: Lester Nygaard and Lorne Malvo.
21. 11.22.63 with James Franco. I LOVE movies and shows that explore time travel and the implications of our choices.
22. Attack On Titan. The show does a great job of portraying abject terror in the face of an existential threat.
23. Bob’s Burgers, I feel like it’s one of the best first episodes ever made, they still hadn’t defined their style, but it was really good.
24. Peaky Blinders. That is my absolute favorite show.
25. Frasier. One of the most underrated shows on TV, IMO. Loved every second of it, it really grows on you.
26. Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Never stopped impressing me with the story and plot twists.
27. Arrow, unpopular opinion but i think the flashbacks made everything come together in the show and i loved them.
28. Law and Order. Been watching the original/SVU for almost 30 years.
29. Versailles on Netflix. I’m definitely not usually a fan of historical shows/movies but this show had me hooked within the first five minutes. Only on episode 3 but I highly recommend it.
30. Cowboy Bebop. Just the animation alone was phenomenal.
31. Supernatural gripped me tight and raised me from perdition.
32. Oz. The first so really sets you up for a crazy time. It just starts off at 100. There’s no build up, it just starts off so gripping and exciting to watch.
The show might be a bit dated now, but it was a really good look into the US prison system and had some gripping storylines and characters.
33. Babylon 5. Right from the beginning I knew that show was something special.
34. Outsourced. That show was funny af. It’s a crime it only lasted one season.
35. Lomgmire hooked me instantly, the setting, pacing and way too good for TV (at the time) cast really sold it.
36. Umbrella Academy – does that count? It’s only one season so far, but I can’t wait for the next one.
37. Firefly… Watch from the actual first episode, not the first episode to air.
38. Atypical. When they release a new season I finish in a day or two and feel sad that I ran out of episodes.
39. Game of Throne. The opening scene alone was good enough.
40. Dead Like Me. I didn’t expect to cry from the pilot, but there I was.
41. Battlestar Galactica. The miniseries + first season are sooo good.
42. The Boys. I knew it was going to be a wild ride from that very first episode, and holy shit is it ever.
43. Dexter but I refuse to acknowledge the last season, and most especially last episode.
44. Doom Patrol. It was the right amount of weird + funny + serious + Brendan Fraser saying “fuck”.
45. Avatar: The Last Airbender. I will never stop talking about how much I love that series.
46. The Haunting of Hill House was solid.
47. Futurama. That show had me hooked from the start and 20 years later it’s still an amazing pilot episode and series as whole.
48. Doctor Who, but the 2005 version with Rose. I’m pretty sure I finished the first season of that show in less than 2 days.
49. Mindhunter. I binged this immediately after watching the first episode.
50. Six Feet Under. “Your father is dead and my pot roast is ruined.”