The 10 Best TV Shows Of All Time, According To IMDb
There was a time when the world of television was considered to be a lesser medium than movies. Things have changed and many believe we're currently in the golden era of TV. While today there are more great shows than ever before, stellar television dates back decades.
A good place to use as a reference point for the best series of all time is IMDB. Based on hundreds of thousands of user ratings on IMDB, we've compiled a list of the top scripted shows ever created. That means the only series not included here are documentaries like Blue Planet or Cosmos.
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
The Twilight Zone is one of the most iconic television shows to ever air. From 1959 until 1964, the original iteration ran and blew the minds of viewers everywhere. It worked as an anthology series, with each episode focusing on different characters and a different situation.
Sherlock Holmes is a character, who has had his story told in a variety of mediums. There are books and films, as well as the CBS show Elementary. However, it's the BBC America version simply titled Sherlock that scored highest on IMDB. This is what launched the successful careers of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who are both beloved as Sherlock and Watson.
AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER
You may be surprised to find an animated show on this list. You'd be even more stunned if you only knew of Avatar: The Last Airbender from the widely panned film made by M. Night Shyamalan. The show included 61 episodes and ran on Nickelodeon from 2005 until 2008, gaining all sorts of praise.
Get ready for a lot of HBO on this list. This intense series followed the story of a New Jersey mob boss as he dealt with balancing his family issues and his business problems, all while seeking psychiatric help. The Sopranos was groundbreaking, especially when it premiered back in 1999.
RICK AND MORTY
Here we have our second animated entry. Airing on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim network, Ricky and Morty is kind of the definition of a cultural phenomenon. The show centers around a mad scientist (Rick) and his grandson (Morty), as they go on wacky interdimensional adventures. It always leaves fans wanting more, taking lengthy breaks in between seasons.
Back to the world of HBO for The Wire. Set in Baltimore, it surrounded the intertwining lives of law enforcement and criminals and realistically told the story. The creator of the show, David Simon, had experience as a journalist for the Baltimore Sun, which played a part in why the show felt so honest and raw.
GAME OF THRONES
It's the most ambitious television show ever created. Game of Thrones was an epic scale series that ranked among the most expensive in history. More often than not, a fantasy story like this wouldn't catch on with the masses, but it became a crossover hit that broke ratings records.
There may have never been a more tightly written drama in the history of television. For five seasons, The show told the story of Walter White, a chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer, who partners with his former student to cook and sell meth.
BAND OF BROTHERS
The scope of Band of Brothers was wildly impressive. The HBO miniseries lasted 10 episodes and had a budget of $125 million that you would expect from a blockbuster motion picture. Based on the 1992 book of the same name, it dramatized the history of a United States Army platoon during World War II.
Interestingly, the most recent show on the list also tops it. Another HBO production, Chernobyl was a 2019 five-episode miniseries depicting the 1986 nuclear disaster and the excruciating cleanup that followed. This is not a show you binge watch due to the heavy nature of the subject matter.