TV that didn't bore me

by myfamily1983 | created - 03 Jul 2012 | updated - 06 Dec 2018 | Public

This list is mostly personal so that I don't forget hours that I spent with rather good TV. Though some of them are listed as TV movie, most of them were aired as series for us.

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1. Spooks (2002–2011)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.

Stars: Peter Firth, Hugh Simon, Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones

Votes: 13,605

Good series with great acting, only if stories were alittle bit better balanced and characters more engaging.

2. Heroes (II) (2006–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented.

Stars: Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka

Votes: 222,337

Very good 1st season, rather good 2nd, poor 3rd season and horrible 4th.

3. Orphan Black (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.

Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard

Votes: 95,504

4. Sharp Objects (2018)

TV-MA | 421 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.

Stars: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen

Votes: 55,109

5. Elementary (2012–2019)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill

Votes: 97,261

Although all the resemblance to Sherlock Holmes stories and even the great "Sherlock"(BBC) ends in character names, those characters are still interesting and stories, sometimes, rather good.

6. iZombie (2015–2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A medical resident finds that being a zombie has its perks, which she uses to assist the police.

Stars: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley

Votes: 56,848

7. The Sinner (2017– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Anthology series that examines how and why ordinary people commit brutal crimes.

Stars: Bill Pullman, Dohn Norwood, Jessica Biel, Christopher Abbott

Votes: 65,782

8. The Uninvited (1997– )

50 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Investigating the phenomena of alien abductions

Stars: Douglas Hodge, Leslie Grantham, Lia Williams, Sylvestra Le Touzel

Votes: 107


9. Derrick (1974–1998)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Detective Chief Inspector Stephan Derrick and his loyal assistant Inspector Harry Klein solve murder cases in Munich and surroundings.

Stars: Horst Tappert, Fritz Wepper, Willy Schäfer, Holger Petzold

Votes: 1,344

10. Arabian Nights (2000)

Not Rated | 175 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

To cure a Prince's murderous madness, Scheherezade tells him a series of wonderous stories.

Stars: Mili Avital, Alan Bates, James Frain, Tchéky Karyo

Votes: 4,784

12. Bye Bye Jupiter (1984)

130 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

While extracting water from the Martian polar ice caps, ancient carvings are uncovered describing an alien spacecraft crashing into Jupiter, postponing plans to turn Jupiter into a second Sun.

Directors: Koji Hashimoto, Sakyo Komatsu, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tomokazu Miura, Dangely Diane, Miyuki Ono, Rachel Huggett

Votes: 192

خداحافظ ژوپیتر This was actually a movie and I should've been 10-12 when I'd seen it; but it had a very strong effect and though I remember almost nothing of its story, for some reason, I can't forget the name or scattered images.

13. Mr. Murder (1998 TV Movie)

R | 132 min | Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A group of scientists are trying to produce the perfect soldier by cloning. The day the clone is born, Marty Stillwater, a mystery novel writer, feels that something strange is going on ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Julie Warner, Bill Smitrovich, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 592

تولد شوم The fun thing I just discovered was that Charlotte was played by Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory)

14. On Dangerous Ground (1996 TV Movie)

R | 165 min | Action, Thriller

When they learn of a secret covenant on the status of Hong Kong signed by Mao in 1944, Chinese factions, the British government, Hong Kong businessmen, AND the Mafia all try to be the first... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark | Stars: Rob Lowe, Kenneth Cranham, Deborah Moore, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 200

بر زمین خطرناک sequel: Midnight Man (1997) I didn't know Rob Lowe at the time, but I liked him and wished so much for him and Anna to be together.

15. Masters of Sex (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

Stars: Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears

Votes: 33,380

16. Between Love and Honor (1995 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama, Romance

Steve Collura is an undercover cop out to infiltrate Carlo Gambino's mob. He soon falls in love with Gambino's daughter Maria and must make a choice between his duties as a police officer, ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Pillsbury | Stars: Grant Show, Géza Kovács, Maria Pitillo, Nigel Bennett

Votes: 92

تردید The version that was aired here, was 25 minutes shorter than listed!

17. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The lives, loves, dangers and disasters in the town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. Creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath this town as a teenage girl is suddenly torn between two vampire brothers.

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

Votes: 267,708

One can stop after season 3. Up until then, it's a little cheesy and has a story that drags and jumps around quite often (except for 2nd half of season 1 and 1st half of season 2, almost), but it's also fun, sometimes.

18. Miss Marple: Nemesis (1987 TV Movie)

102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Miss Marple receives a cryptic letter requesting her to right an unknown injustice, but receives no hint other than a ticket for guided tour of historic homes.

Director: David Tucker | Stars: Joan Hickson, Peter Tilbury, Frank Gatliff, Barbara Franceschi

Votes: 1,759

خانم مارپل with plenty of sequels

19. Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1993–1996)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

Based on Banjo Paterson's poem "Man From Snowy River", this series takes place in Paterson's Ridge, a small town set in the mountains near Melbourne, during the late 19th century. It tells ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrew Clarke, Brett Climo, Guy Pearce, Sheryl Munks

Votes: 536

رودخانه برفی It never got to properly end here; but it had its fun moments, while it lasted.

20. The Alchemists (1999 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 150 min | Thriller

Grant Show (Melrose Place) stars in this fast-placed thriller based on the best-selling novel set in the chilling world of genetic engineering. Ruth Gemmel (Fever Pitch) joins Shaw as ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Smith | Stars: Edward Hardwicke, Ruth Gemmell, Aneirin Hughes, Grant Show

Votes: 77


21. Little Men (1998–1999)

60 min | Drama, Family

The recently widowed Jo March Behr continues to run the school she and her late husband founded, a school for boys called "Plumfield". Based on Louisa May Alcott's classic book, "Little Men".

Stars: Michelle Burke, Spencer Rochfort, Corey Sevier, Trevor Blumas

Votes: 260

مزرعه پامفیلد

22. North of 60 (1992–1998)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mystery drama series about trials and tribulations of Aboriginal people in the fictional town of Lynx River, Northwest Territories.

Stars: Tina Keeper, Tracey Cook, Tom Jackson, Timothy Webber

Votes: 459

شمال 60

23. All Saints (1998–2009)

60 min | Drama

With Ward 17 closed down, the team from All Saints face big changes as they are split up and some are moved to the fast paced world of the Emergency Department, headed by Director of Emergency Frank Campion.

Stars: Judith McGrath, Georgie Parker, Tammy Macintosh, Martin Lynes

Votes: 1,094


24. Ice (1998 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

After the whole North of the Equator freezes below zero, a group of people in Los Angeles risk their lives while trying to "escape" from the city's hostile conditions, in order to take a ship to a hotter place on Earth.

Director: Jean de Segonzac | Stars: Grant Show, Udo Kier, Eva LaRue, Flex Alexander

Votes: 1,010

26. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993–1998)

60 min | Drama, Family, Western

The trials and adventures of a female doctor in a small wild west town.

Stars: Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Shawn Toovey, Chad Allen

Votes: 9,451

پزشک دهکده

27. Traders (1996–2000)

60 min | Drama

In the setting of the Toronto-based investment house, Gardner/Ross, Traders explores the intimate lives and loves, the mystique and monetary machinations of investment bankers whose ... See full summary »

Stars: Sonja Smits, Bruce Gray, Patrick McKenna, Chris Leavins

Votes: 393

سوداگران I was just warming up to it, when they suddenly stopped airing it; all the mechanics of trades were ailttle confusing to me though!

28. A Case for Two (1981– )

60 min | Crime, Thriller

German crime series, centering around a succession of lawyers and a private investigator and former police officer, who typically team up to clear a client of the lawyer, who is usually an innocent suspect in a murder case.

Stars: Claus Theo Gärtner, Renate Kohn, Paul Frielinghaus, Rainer Hunold

Votes: 607

یک پرونده برای دو نفر

29. Hannay (1988–1989)

52 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

Richard Hannay is a man of his times: an Edwardian gentleman and adventurer, a mining engineer from South Africa of Scottish origin, who lives by his own standards and wits, upholding a ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Powell, Christopher Scoular, Gavin Richards, Jill Meager

Votes: 127

30. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Chief Inspector Morse (John Thaw) has an ear for music, a taste for beer, and a nose for crime. He sets out with Detective Sergeant Lewis (Kevin Whately) to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 9,139

31. The Old Fox (1977– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

A police department, lead by an older, experienced detective solve crimes together.

Stars: Michael Ande, Markus Böttcher, Ulf Söhmisch, Rolf Schimpf

Votes: 553

کارآگاه کاستر

32. Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998 TV Movie)

93 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Horatio Hornblower begins his naval career, but a deadly feud with a despicable mate is causing complications.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Dorian Healy, Michael Byrne

Votes: 4,904

هورن بلوئر with 5 sequels

33. Jack Holborn (1982)

60 min | Adventure

Jack Holborn is 13-year-old orphan in the 1800's that wants to get a job on a sailship to avoid foster homes. He is hired by Captain Sharingham, and they set sail. Jack was found on the ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Bach, Matthias Habich, Andreas Mannkopff, Monte Markham

Votes: 342

34. Silas (1981)

286 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Silas, a 13 year old boy runs away from the circus to have adventures.

Stars: Patrick Bach, Lucki Molocher, Ingeborg Lapsien, Nina Rothemund

Votes: 404

35. From the Northern Country (1981– )

45 min | Drama

"From the North" with warmth loving strokes, describing the love of family, love of humanity. Because his wife was having an affair and divorce blackboard Goro, with a son and daughter from... See full summary »

Stars: Kunie Tanaka, Keiko Takeshita, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Tomoko Nakajima

Votes: 98

از سرزمین شمالی Another sad story! Also worth mentioning: هانیکو معلم جزیره

36. Oshin (1983– )

Biography, Drama, Family

Tells the story of Oshin, a poor little girl who would someday become the owner of a big supermarket chain in Japan.

Stars: Toshi Shioya, Nobuko Otowa, Yûko Tanaka, Ayako Kobayashi

Votes: 671

سالهای دور از خانه Depressing and too long, but first series in my memory that had a big audience here.

37. Skippy (1968– )

25 min | Adventure, Family

Sonny and his kangaroo Skippy live in Waratah National Park in New South Wales. Matt Hammond, Sonny's father is the park ranger. Skippy saves the day in many adventures.

Stars: Ed Devereaux, Tony Bonner, Ken James, Garry Pankhurst

Votes: 860

38. Phoenix (1992–1993)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Phoenix is an Australian police drama television series.

Stars: Simon Westaway, Peter Cummins, Sean Scully, Susie Edmonds

Votes: 118

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