Good TV

Looking for stuff to watch? Here’s a list of subjectively decent stuff.

To find out where to watch any of the below series, look them up on

January 2017 update:

  • Good new series: The Young Pope, A Series of Unfortunate Events, 3%, The OA, People of Earth, Search Party

Currently Airing

Add these to your TV calendar.


  • Arrested Development [half-hour comedy, 4 seasons] (Fox, Netflix; first two seasons were better)
  • Billions [hour-long drama, 2 seasons] (Showtime)
  • Black Mirror [hour-long sci-fi, 3 seasons] (Channel 4Netflix)
  • Broad City [half-hour comedy, 2 seasons] (Comedy Central)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine [half-hour police comedy, 4 seasons] (FOX)
  • The Circus [half-hour political documentary, 2 seasons] (Showtime)
  • The Comeback [half-hour mockumentary, 2 seasons] (HBO)
  • Fargo [hour-long crime drama, 3 seasons] (FX)
  • Game of Thrones [hour-long medieval fantasy, 6 seasons] (HBO)
  • High Maintenance [half-hour drama, 1 season (plus webisodes)] (HBO, Vimeo) A series of very realistic and well-written short profiles of NYC life, weaved together by a weed delivery man
  • Homeland [hour-long spy thriller, 6 seasons] (Showtime)
  • Inside Amy Schumer [half-hour sketch comedy, 4 seasons] (Comedy Central; leave your morals at the door; fourth season not as good)
  • The Last Kingdom [hour-long historical drama, 1 season] (BBC America, Netflix)
  • Life in Pieces [half-hour comedy, 2 seasons] (CBS)
  • Master of None [half-hour dramedy] (Netflix)
  • Modern Family [half-hour mockumentary, 8 seasons] (ABC)
  • Mozart in the Jungle [half-hour dramedy, 2 seasons] (Amazon)
  • Mr. Robot [half-hour drama, 2 seasons] (USA)
  • Orphan Black [hour-long drama, 4 seasons] (BBC America)
  • Shark Tank [reality, 8 seasons] (ABC)
  • True Detective [hour-long crime drama, 2 seasons] (HBO; second season was not that good)
  • UnREAL [hour-long drama, 2 seasons] (Lifetime; second season wasn’t as good)
  • Veep [half-hour political comedy, 5 seasons] (HBO)
  • Vikings [hour-long period drama, 4 seasons] (History Channel; fourth season wasn’t as good)
  • W1A [half-hour mockumentary, 2 seasons] (BBC Two)
  • Westworld [hour-long sci-fi, 1 season] (HBO)

Very Good:


Formerly Airing

Get these on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/iTunes/wherever.


  • Battlestar Galactica [hour-long space drama, 4 seasons] (Sci-Fi; even if you don’t like sci-fi)
  • Bent [half-hour comedy, 1 season] (ABC)
  • Better Off Ted [half-hour office comedy, 2 seasons] (ABC)
  • Breaking Bad [hour-long drama, 5 seasons] (AMC)
  • Boss [hour-long political drama, 2 seasons] (Starz)
  • Damages [hour-long law drama, 5 seasons] (FX/DirecTV’s Audience Network)
  • Dexter [hour-long police thriller, 8 seasons] (Showtime; started downhill after the 4th season)
  • Downton Abbey [hour-long drama, 6 seasons] (ITV/PBS)
  • Galavant [half-hour period musical comedy, 2 seasons] (ABC)
  • Gilmore Girls [hour-long drama, 8 seasons] (CW, Netflix)
  • House [hour-long medical drama, 8 seasons] (FOX; slow decline after the 4th season)
  • In Treatment [half-hour drama, 3 seasons] (HBO; first season was the best)
  • The Knick [hour-long period drama, 2 seasons] (Cinemax; first season was better)
  • Mad Men [hour-long period drama, 7 seasons] (AMC)
  • Mixology [half-hour comedy] (ABC)
  • The Newsroom [hour-long news drama, 3 seasons] (HBO)
  • Northern Exposure [hour-long drama, 6 seasons] (ABC; went downhill when the creators left after the 4th season)
  • The Office (UK) [half-hour mockumentary, 2 seasons] (BBC Two)
  • The Sopranos [hour-long mob drama, 6 seasons] (HBO)
  • Twenty Twelve [half-hour mockumentary, 2 seasons] (BBC  Four/Two)
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand [hour-long action, 1 season] (Starz)
  • Twin Peaks [hour-long drama, 2 seasons] (ABC)
  • Web Therapy [half-hour mockumentary, 4 seasons] (Showtime)
  • The West Wing [hour-long drama, 7 seasons] (NBC; went downhill when Aaron Sorkin stopped writing it after the 4th season)

Very Good:


  • 11.22.63 [hour-long fantasy, 1 season] (Hulu)
  • 24 [hour-long action, 9 seasons] (FOX)
  • About a Boy (half-hour comedy, 2 seasons] (NBC)
  • Are You There, Chelsea? [sitcom, 1 season]
  • Awake [hour-long drama, 1 season]
  • The Big C [half-hour drama; 4 seasons] (Showtime)
  • Boardwalk Empire [hour-long period drama, 5 seasons] (HBO; slow pace)
  • Brickleberry [half-hour animated comedy, 3 seasons] (Comedy Central)
  • Californication [half-hour dramedy; 7 seasons] (Showtime; leave your morals at the door)
  • Chuck (more nerd-appeal than anything)
  • Community [sitcom; 6 seasons] (NBC and Yahoo!; it’s really meta)
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Donny! [half-hour comedy, 1 season] (USA)
  • Extant [hour-long sci-fi, 2 seasons] (CBS; second season was not that good)
  • Falling Skies [hour-long sci-fi series, 5 seasons] (TNT)
  • The Following [hour-long thriller, 3 seasons] (FOX)
  • Franklin and Bash [hour-long law dramedy, 4 seasons] (TNT; season 4 was not that good)
  • Gary Unmarried
  • GCB [hour-long comedy, 1 season]
  • Getting On (US) [half-hour dramedy, 3 seasons] (HBO)
  • Glee [hour-long high school dramedy, 6 seasons] (FOX; slow decline after excellent first season)
  • Hellcats
  • Heroes
  • Hindsight [hour-long romantic comedy, 2 seasons] (VH1)
  • House of Lies [half-hour drama, 5 seasons] (Showtime; leave your morals at the door)
  • How I Met Your Mother [sitcom, 9 seasons] (CBS; first 3 seasons were excellent)
  • Intruders [hour-long fantasy, 1 season] (BBC America)
  • Kroll Show [half-hour sketch comedy, 3 seasons] (Comedy Central; first season was better)
  • Legend Of The Seeker [hour-long fantasy, two seasons]
  • Marry Me [half-hour comedy, 1 season] (NBC)
  • Masters of Sex [hour-long period drama, 4 seasons] (Showtime; first season is better)
  • Men At Work [sitcom, 3 seasons] (TBS)
  • Mysteries of Laura [hour-long comedy, 2 seasons] (NBC)
  • Resurrection [hour-long supernatural drama, 2 seasons] (ABC)
  • The Returned [hour-long supernatural drama, 1 season] (A&E)
  • Ringer [hour-long drama, 1 season]
  • Salem [hour-long fantasy, 3 seasons] (WGN)
  • Satisfaction [hour-long drama, 2 seasons] (USA)
  • Secret Diary Of A Call Girl
  • Smallville [hour-long adventure, 8 seasons] (WB/CW; started going steadily downhill after the 3rd season)
  • Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
  • Spartacus: Vengeance
  • Stalker [hour-long police procedural, 1 season] (CBS)
  • Stargate: Atlantis
  • Stargate: SG-1
  • Suburgatory [sitcom, 3 seasons] (ABC; 1st season was better)
  • Two And A Half Men [sitcom, 12 seasons] (CBS; better early seasons)
  • Under The Dome [hour-long fantasy, 3 seasons] (CBS)
  • Weeds [half-hour dramedy, 8 seasons] (Showtime)


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