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

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
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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

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

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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
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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.

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I see you are still wrong @Solitude

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

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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

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  • 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

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Mine are.

Warehouse 13
Band of brothers

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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

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