Favourites of Television

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1. Peep Show (2003–2015)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King, Olivia Colman

Votes: 50,130

2. The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

Follows four friends and their antics during their final years of school.

Stars: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas

Votes: 76,856

3. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,358,018

4. Flight of the Conchords (2007–2009)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Bret and Jemaine are Flight of the Conchords, a folk-rock band from New Zealand living in New York City in search of stardom.

Stars: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal

Votes: 53,405

5. The Chaser's War on Everything (2006–2009)

26 min | Comedy

The show features sketches mocking social and political issues, and often feature comedic publicity stunts.

Stars: Julian Morrow, Andrew Hansen, Chris Taylor, Chas Licciardello

Votes: 2,580

6. Yes We Canberra! (2010)

26 min | Comedy

The Chaser boys take on Australia's 2010 election.

Stars: Andrew Hansen, Chas Licciardello, Julian Morrow, Craig Reucassel

Votes: 46

7. Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1996–2015)

30 min | Comedy, Game-Show, Music

Music-based comedy quiz show.

Stars: Phill Jupitus, Mark Lamarr, Bill Bailey, Sean Hughes

Votes: 5,083

8. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 268,303

9. The IT Crowd (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

The comedic misadventures of Roy, Moss and their grifting supervisor Jen, a rag-tag team of IT support workers at a large corporation headed by a hotheaded yuppie.

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry

Votes: 127,117

10. Father Ted (1995–1998)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

Three misfit priests and their housekeeper live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland that it seems to be.

Stars: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn

Votes: 35,099

11. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family

A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan

Votes: 112,528

12. Exile (2011)

180 min | Drama, Thriller

A father and son story, with a thriller motor. It explores a mystery from the past with a brutal and shocking revelation.

Stars: John Simm, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Nico Mirallegro

Votes: 1,556

13. Second Generation (2003 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

A modern reworking of King Lear, where a businessman lies in a coma while 2 of his daughters plan to turn off his life support machine and sell his business. His third daughter has his best... See full summary »

Director: Jon Sen | Stars: Radhika Aggarwal, Lalita Ahmed, Joanna Bacon, William Beck

Votes: 121

14. North & South (2004)

TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance

North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.

Stars: Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitage, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 28,757

15. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996)

159 min | Drama

In the mid 19th Century, an enigmatic young woman moves to Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone in the village and their prying questions, she remains totally aloof ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, Rupert Graves, Sarah Badel

Votes: 2,446

16. State of Play (2003)

TV-14 | 312 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In London, a naive young politician becomes a suspect when his female assistant and mistress is killed in a suspicious accident. The politician's investigative journalist friend and his team uncover a government conspiracy.

Stars: John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, Philip Glenister

Votes: 8,973

17. The Soup (2004–2020)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

From the hottest new series to the latest OMG reality TV moments, catch up on everything you missed through the lens of a sharp and hilarious commentary.

Stars: Joel McHale, Kelly Levy, Anndi McAfee, Lou the Chihuahua

Votes: 5,820

18. The Crow Road (1996– )

211 min | Drama

An adaption of Iain Banks' dark novel, whose central character is a young Scots history student.

Stars: Joe McFadden, Bill Paterson, Peter Capaldi, Valerie Edmond

Votes: 619

19. Newswipe (2009–2010)

29 min | Documentary, Comedy

Hosted and written by Charlie Brooker, this sardonic series follows and critiques both current news stories and the way television portrays them.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Tim Key, Doug Stanhope, Adam Curtis

Votes: 1,341

20. How TV Ruined Your Life (2011)

30 min | Documentary, Comedy

A comedic documentary series in which Charlie Brooker uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Liz May Brice, Kevin Eldon, Beth Cordingly

Votes: 1,160

21. Have I Got News for You (1990– )

29 min | Comedy, Game-Show, News

Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Angus Deayton, Alexander Armstrong

Votes: 4,265

Funny depending who's on.

22. Mock the Week (2005– )

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy, Game-Show

A comedic look at current events.

Stars: Dara O Briain, Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons, Ed Byrne

Votes: 7,251

23. Offspring (2010–2017)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of the impossible loves of 30-something obstetrician Nina Proudman and her fabulously messy family.

Stars: Asher Keddie, Kat Stewart, Richard Davies, Linda Cropper

Votes: 3,179

25. Frontline (1983– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

Investigative journalist documentaries.

Stars: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress, Arun Rath, Priyanka Boghani

Votes: 1,518

26. 8 Out of 10 Cats (2005– )

24 min | Comedy, Game-Show, News

A topical news panel show with Jimmy Carr as host, and team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson.

Stars: Jimmy Carr, John Pohlhammer, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson

Votes: 5,060

27. Pete Versus Life (2010– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Pete, a journalist, is an average bloke, but what sets him apart is that his life is observed, analysed and commented on by two sports commentators.

Stars: Rafe Spall, Simon Greenall, Ian Kirkby, Pippa Duffy

Votes: 695

28. How to Make It in America (2010–2011)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of 20 somethings living in New York City. Ben and Cameron work on starting a fashion company, while enjoying their lives in the greatest city in the world.

Stars: Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Lake Bell, Eddie Kaye Thomas

Votes: 14,696

29. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 81,482

30. Mind Your Language (1977–1986)

30 min | Comedy

Jeremy Brown is a put-upon language teacher who tries to make a living by teaching English to immigrants. With pupils from India, France, China, and many other countries, his lessons do not... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Evans, George Camiller, Jacki Harding, Zara Nutley

Votes: 7,028

31. Love/Hate (2010–2014)

51 min | Crime, Drama

The story of the organized crime scene of Dublin is revealed, centered on Darren, who wants to stay out of trouble but ends up returning to his old habits and his old gang.

Stars: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Killian Scott, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 5,880

32. Real Time with Bill Maher (2003– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds.

Stars: Bill Maher, Andrew Sullivan, Michael Moore, Arianna Huffington

Votes: 12,056

33. Rectify (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.

Stars: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens

Votes: 23,323

34. Chewing Gum (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 23 min | Comedy

The life of Tracey and the mishaps of her neighbourhood, friends and family, and of course, her boyfriend.

Stars: Michaela Coel, Danielle Walters, Robert Lonsdale, Shola Adewusi

Votes: 6,369



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