What are your top 5 tv shows of all time?



A couple of us discussed this on whatsapp the other day.

Which 5 tv series are your favourites of all time?


  1. Lost
  2. The Leftovers
  3. Enterprise
  4. Community
  5. Dexter

What are you listening to?

My list is:

  1. Scrubs
  2. Band Of Brothers
  3. How I Met Your Mother
  4. Archer
  5. Top Gear BCL (Before Clarkson Left)

  1. Firefly
  2. SG
  3. SG Atlantis
  4. Stranger Things
  5. Heroes


at present it has changed before

  1. Person of Interest
  2. Halt & catch Fire
  3. Battlestar Galactica 2004 reboot
  4. Breaking Bad

No 5. is a battle between Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles, 12 Monkeys and Firefly


Haha my no 5 was also a battle between Dexter and 12 Monkeys.


Very difficult for me

  1. Firefly
  2. BSG (2004)
  3. Wynona Earp
  4. ER (Its a bit of a guilty pleasure)
  5. Dollhouse/SG Atlantis/Flashpoint/Parenthood and many more


i watch a shit ton of shows but these ones (parallels the real world the most) are the ones that i feel people can learn or relate to

eg. like bsg always had ethical, political, philosophical, social themes or breaking bad how a good guy went bad cause he was dealt a bad card etc.


I see you are still wrong @Solitude

  1. Boston Legal
  2. Scrubs
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. The Office
  5. Stargate Atlantis.


1 - Lost
1 - Band of Brothers
1 - Battlestar Galactica
1 - Game of Thrones
2 - Stargate Atlantis
2 - Breaking Bad
2 - Firefly
3 - Stranger Things
4 - House
5 - Dexter

[-]Sorry, could only think of 4.[/-] Nevermind, found number 5


Awesome to see Stargate Atlantis pop up everywhere. What a great show.


mine are:

  1. Friends
  2. Buffy
  3. Stranger Things
  4. The Walking Dead
  5. Game of Thrones

  1. Malcolm in the middle
  2. Community
  3. Vikings
  4. The Magicians
  5. The Bachelor/ Bachelorette

I do not have lots of time to watch series, and I watch so many random stuff that I forget their names after a few months :confused:


This is a difficult one.

  1. Stargate /all
  2. Blue Bloods
  3. Royal Pains
  4. Firefly
  5. The X-Files

If I were to add more it would be MasterChef /all and Gold Rush



  • X-Files (up till around season 7) New 2017 series was great as well)
  • Cheers
  • Due South
  • Star Trek Voyager
  • Now and Again


Great to see all the Joss Whedon live in this thread.

I reserve the right to change my list at any time:

  1. The Newsroom
  2. Firefly
  3. Battlestar Galactica (2004 reboot)
  4. The Legend of Korra
  5. How I Met Your Mother

There are so many great series that didn’t make the list*. I defined “Jan’s top TV shows” as shows I’ve rewatched a lot. BSG is the exception to that rule, but I’ve rewatched several episodes, consumed loads of BSG-related media, and followed my favourite actors’ careers from there to other movies, shows, and even the UN. It had to feature.

* Examples of great series that didn’t make the list: Band of Brothers, Game of Thrones, Angel, Buffy, Stranger Things, all the Stargates, all the Star Treks, Supernatural pre-S8, Mr. Robot, Halt & Catch Fire.


I agree if there was space Masterchef AU and Hells Kitchen would be on the list


Mine are.

Warehouse 13
Band of brothers


You forgot one . . . .

Gilmore Girls!


I found How I met your mother to be a great show, until the last season. It felt like they shoehorned in a ending because the show had somewhat over extended it’s stay.

As for my top 5 I hardly watch live action so I split it into two lists… In no particular order.

Live action:
Breaking Bad
Band of Brothers
Generation War
True Detective
Babylon Berlin

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Hellsing Ultimate
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Garden of Sinners
Hunter X Hunter