SOLID GOLD: Our Top 40 Shows (with Trailers)

These are our favorite shows. There are actually 43 (with more to be added as new shows catch our eye). The majority are so good they have universal appeal, so pull the trigger and enjoy. The trailers are spoiler free as always and are either pre-air promotion spots or DVD trailers, no fan-made BS.

Random Order.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

First Aired: 2008-01-20
Network: AMC
Runtime: 60
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, RJ Mitte, Betsy Brandt
Top Attributes: Strong Male Lead, Drugs, Science, Serial
Similar Shows: Ray Donovan, Dexter, Lights Out (2011), The Sopranos, Weeds

Description: Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine accompanied by a former student, Jesse Pinkman with the aim of securing his family's financial future before he dies.

The Wire

The Wire

First Aired: 2002-06-02
Network: HBO
Runtime: 60
Starring: Dominic West, Michael Kenneth Williams, Idris Elba, Felicia Pearson, Corey Parker Robinson
Top Attributes: Cop Show, Drama, Drugs, Realism
Similar Shows: Homicide: Life On The Street, The Shield, Southland, The Chicago Code, Life (2007)

Description: Unlike most television crime dramas, which neatly introduce and then solve a case all in the space of one hour, HBO's THE WIRE follows one single drug and homicide investigation throughout the length of an entire season. Centered on the drug culture of inner-city Baltimore, the series' storyline unfolds from the points of view of both the criminals lording the streets and the police officers determined to bring them down.

True Detective

True Detective

First Aired: 2014-01-12
Network: HBO
Runtime: 60
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Dunn, Michael Potts
Top Attributes: Detective, Mystery, Serial, Strong Male Lead
Similar Shows: The Following, Dexter, Justified, Ray Donovan, The Killing (2011)

Description: The lives of two detectives, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, become entangled during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.

Rome

Rome

First Aired: 2005-08-28
Network: HBO
Runtime: 60
Starring: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciar, n Hinds, Nicholas Woodeson
Top Attributes: Drama, Historical Elements, Violence, Strong Male Lead
Similar Shows: The Tudors, Spartacus, Deadwood, Band Of Brothers, Generation Kill

Description: "Rome" is the saga of two ordinary Roman soldiers and their families. An intimate drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, and husbands and wives, it chronicles epic times that saw the fall of a republic and the creation of an empire. The series begins in 52 BC, as Gaius Julius Caesar has completed his masterful conquest of Gaul after eight years of war, and is preparing to return to Rome. He heads home with thousands of loyal battle-hardened men, huge amounts of loot in gold and slaves, and a populist agenda for radical social change. Terrified, the aristocracy threatens to prosecute Caesar for war crimes as soon as he sets foot in Rome. Caesar's old friend and mentor, Pompey Magnus, attempts to foment mutiny in order to maintain the balance of power. Two of Caesar's soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, thwart Pompey's plan and in the process, win the eternal gratitude of Caesar and the Julian clan, affording the two plebian officers an intimate view of the ruling class. The fates of Pullo and Vorenus become entwined with those of Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra and the boy Octavian, a strange and awkward child who, by political guile and bloody force, will become the first emperor of Rome.

Enlightened

Enlightened

First Aired: 2011
Network: HBO
Runtime: 30
Starring: Laura Dern, Luke Wilson, Mike White

Description: Enlightened follows the story of Amy, a self-destructive executive, who, after a very public breakdown and a subsequent philosophical awakening in rehabilitation, tries to get her life back together.

Lost

Lost

First Aired: 2004-09-22
Network: ABC
Runtime: 60
Starring: Matthew Fox, Terry O, Quinn, Evangeline Lilly, Naveen Andrews
Top Attributes: Drama, Serial, Interwoven Storylines, Ensemble Cast
Similar Shows: FlashForward, Revolution, Heroes, True Blood, Battlestar Galactica

Description: After their plane, Oceanic Air flight 815, tore apart whilst thousands of miles off course, the survivors find themselves on a mysterious deserted island where they soon find out they are not alone.

Happy Endings

Happy Endings

First Aired: 2011-04-13
Network: ABC
Runtime: 25
Starring: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Damon Wayans Jr., Casey Wilson
Top Attributes: Single Camera, City Setting, Stand Alone Episodes, Comedy
Similar Shows: Rules of Engagement, Seinfeld, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Whitney, Will & Grace

Description: This Chicago-set sitcom follows the intertwined lives of six young urbanites trying to learn the ropes of adulthood. Through breakups and whatever other curve-balls life throws them, the pals stick together.

Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy

First Aired: 2008-09-03
Network: FX
Runtime: 60
Starring: Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam, Maggie Siff, Mark Boone Junior
Top Attributes: Strong Male Lead, Mafia, Drama, Murder
Similar Shows: The Shield, Prison Break, Brotherhood, Detroit 1-8-7, The Sopranos

Description: The Sons of Anarchy (SOA) is an outlaw motorcycle club with many charters in the United States and overseas. The show focuses on the original and founding chapter, Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original, referred to by the acronym SAMCRO or Sam Crow. This nickname is also reflected in the original title of the show, Forever Sam Crow. The Redwood chapter is headquartered in (the fictional town) Charming, California, in a clubhouse adjacent to the Teller-Morrow auto mechanic shop. Led by President Clay Morrow, and later Jax Teller, the club protects and controls Charming through close community relationships, bribery, and violent intimidation. In early seasons they are particularly vehement about keeping "hard" drugs, and drug dealers, out of Charming.

The Sopranos

The Sopranos

First Aired: 1999-01-10
Network: HBO
Runtime: 60
Starring: James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli, Lorraine Bracco, Federico Castelluccio, Robert Funaro
Top Attributes: Mafia, Strong Male Lead, Drama, Violence
Similar Shows: Brotherhood, Sons of Anarchy, Ray Donovan, Boardwalk Empire, Deadwood

Description: Meet Tony Soprano: your average, middle-aged businessman. Tony's got a dutiful wife. A not-so-dutiful son. A daughter named Meadow. An uncle who's losing his marbles. A hot-headed nephew. A not-too-secret mistress. And a shrink to tell all his secrets, except the one she already knows: Tony's a mob boss whose troubles are wrapped up in his two families. These days, it's getting tougher and tougher to make a killing in the killing business. Just because you're "made" doesn't mean you've got it made.

Generation Kill

Generation Kill

First Aired: 2008-07-13
Network: HBO
Runtime: 60
Starring: Chance Kelly, Alexander Skarsg, rd, James Ransone, Eric Nenninger
Top Attributes: War, Drama, Serial, Realism
Similar Shows: Band Of Brothers, The Pacific, Spartacus, The Unit, Rome

Description: A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

First Aired: 1990-04-08
Network: ABC
Runtime: 60
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Sheryl Lee, Catherine E. Coulson, Heather Graham
Top Attributes: Interwoven Storylines, Cult Hit, Serial, Psychology
Similar Shows: Rubicon, Dexter, The Following, Burn Notice, Jericho (2006)

Description: The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into the heart of the surrounding woodland and his very own soul.

Mad Men

Mad Men

First Aired: 2007-07-19
Network: AMC
Runtime: 60
Starring: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks
Top Attributes: Strong Male Lead, Drama, Historical Elements, Workplace
Similar Shows: Pan Am, Rescue Me, In Treatment, Magic City, Dirty Sexy Money

Description: Set in 1960 New York, MAD MEN reveals the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue’s “Golden Age”, where key players make the art of the sell while their private lives get sold. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper (Golden Globe®-winner Jon Hamm), the biggest ad man – and ladies man in the business.

The West Wing

The West Wing

First Aired: 1999-09-22
Network: NBC
Runtime: 60
Starring: Martin Sheen, Dul, Hill, Bradley Whitford, Alan Alda
Top Attributes: Constant Dialogue, Political Elements, Drama, Political Intrigue
Similar Shows: House of Cards (US), The Whole Truth, The Newsroom, Scandal (2012), In Treatment

Description: The West Wing provides a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. These interesting characters have humor and dedication that touches the heart while the politics that they discuss touch on everyday life.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender

First Aired: 2005
Network: Nickelodeon
Runtime: 30

Description: In a world where the four elements can be controlled by people known as Benders, Fire Nation is waging a war to control other nations. The only hope for stopping the brutal war led by them rests on the shoulders of a reluctant young boy named Aang. The last known survivor of the peaceful Air Nomads and the Airbenders, Aang is The Avatar, Bender of all elements. Aided by a Waterbender named Katara and her brother Sokka, Aang begins a perilous journey to restore balance to their war-torn world.

House of Cards

House of Cards

First Aired: 2013-02-01
Network: Netflix
Runtime: 50
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Sandrine Holt, Mahershala Ali
Top Attributes: Political Elements, Strong Male Lead, City Setting, Political Intrigue
Similar Shows: Scandal (2012), The West Wing, State of Play, The Newsroom, Mad Men

Description: House of Cards is an American political drama series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of a previous BBC miniseries of the same name which is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs. Set in present day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and the House Majority Whip, who, after getting passed over for promotion to Secretary of State, decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him. The series also stars Robin Wright, Kate Mara.

Deadwood

Deadwood

First Aired: 2004-03-21
Network: HBO
Runtime: 60
Starring: Molly Parker, Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Jim Beaver, John Hawkes
Top Attributes: Drama, Serial, Strong Male Lead, Historical Elements
Similar Shows: Boardwalk Empire, Rome, Magic City, Brotherhood, The Tudors

Description: In the Black Hills Indian Cession, the town of Deadwood is a settlement violating treaty obligations; a violent and uncivilized outpost that attracts outlaws and entrepreneurs, ex-soldiers and racketeers, Chinese laborers, prostitutes, city slickers and gunfighters.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

First Aired: 2010-09-26
Network: ITV1
Runtime: 60
Starring: Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggatt
Top Attributes: British, Historical Elements, Melodrama, Drama
Similar Shows: Pan Am, Mad Men, House of Cards (US), Scandal (2012), Luck

Description: Downton Abbey depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm

First Aired: 2000-10-01
Network: HBO
Runtime: 30
Starring: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Bob Einstein, Richard Lewis
Top Attributes: Comedy, Awkward Situations, Improvisation, One Man/Woman Against the World
Similar Shows: My Name Is Earl, Party Down, The Office (US), Raising Hope, Seinfeld

Description: Each half-hour episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm features semi-improvised footage of David (playing himself) at home, at work and around town, as he gets into predicaments with fictional and real-life personalities.

Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire

First Aired: 2010-09-19
Network: HBO
Runtime: 60
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Vincent Piazza, Stephen Graham
Top Attributes: Drama, Alcohol, Historical Elements, Serial
Similar Shows: Brotherhood, Deadwood, Magic City, The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy

Description: Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky interacts with several historical figures in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, and the common folk who look up to him. The federal government also takes an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky's lifestyle—expensive and lavish for a county political figure.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

First Aired: 2011-04-17
Network: HBO
Runtime: 60
Starring: Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Charles Dance, Natalie Dormer
Top Attributes: Fantasy, Drama, Interwoven Storylines, Geekiness
Similar Shows: Rome, The Tudors, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Deadwood

Description: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses Stark, Lannister and Baratheon, and with the remaining great houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, and Tyrell, leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.

Rake (Australia)

Rake (Australia)

First Aired: 2010
Network: ABC1
Runtime: 60
Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Caroline Brazier, Adrienne Pickering

Description: On any single day, Cleaver Greene is described as many things. Whilst his ex-wife may call him 'unreliable', his son will call him 'a mate'. To his learned friends at the bar table he is 'a real wag', to his jurors he is 'hilarious', and to most judges he is 'an outrage'. To the Tax Office, he is 'a defendant', to a certain brothel owner 'a legend', and to his former cocaine dealer 'a tragic loss'.

Prisoners of War (Israel)

Prisoners of War (Israel)

First Aired: 2010
Network:
Runtime: 60
Starring: Assi Cohen, Yoram Toledano, Ishai Golan

Description: Prisoners of War (original title in Hebrew: חטופים Translit.: Hatufim Translated: "Abductees") is an Israeli television drama series made by Keshet and originally aired on Israel's Channel 2 from March to May 2010. A second season began airing in October 2012. The series was created by Israeli director, screenwriter and producer Gideon Raff. In July 2010, it won the Israeli Academy Award for Television for Best Drama Series. The show was sold to 20th Century Fox Television and adapted into the acclaimed series Homeland for cable channel Showtime in the United States.

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

First Aired: 2006-10-03
Network: NBC
Runtime: 60
Starring: Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, Taylor Kitsch, Aimee Teegarden, Scott Porter
Top Attributes: Sports, Drama, Serial, Teen Presence
Similar Shows: The Secret Life of the American Teenager, 7th Heaven, One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek, Life Unexpected

Description: Expanding on the hit feature film and best-selling book "Friday Night Lights," this award-winning series centers on life in Dillon, Texas, where high school football brings the community together -- and the drama of small town life threatens to tear it apart.

Summer Heights High

Summer Heights High

First Aired: 2007
Network: HBO
Runtime: 30
Starring: Chris Lilley, David Lennie, Kristy Barnes-Cullen

Description: Chris Lilley, creator of "We Can Be Heroes" brings a whole new meaning to high school with his various characters in his new ABC comedy "Summer Heights High" which include Mr G, Ja'mie and Jonah. Lilley stars as all three characters in this comedy which small issues become huge and social groups are important.

Sports Night

Sports Night

First Aired: 1998-09-01
Network: ABC
Runtime: 30
Starring: Peter Krause, Josh Charles, Felicity Huffman, Robert Guillaume, Sabrina Lloyd
Top Attributes: Ensemble Cast, Constant Dialogue, Workplace, Drama
Similar Shows: Lipstick Jungle, Huge, Mercy, Private Practice, Friday Night Lights

Description: Sports Night ran nearly two full seasons on the ABC network in the US during the '98-99 and '99-00 seasons. Smart, fast-paced, witty and featuring a fine ensemble cast, Sports Night struggled in the ratings from the start, particularly during its second season, when it was routinely pre-empted and moved from night to night. Art imitated life imitating art, as the show took on a consultant, was hired to "tweak" the ratings. The show within a show continued to falter, amidst rumors of the imminent sale of its network and the subsequent gutting of its staff, until it, like its parent Sports Night, simply disappeared from the schedule.

The O.C.

The O.C.

First Aired: 2003-08-05
Network: FOX
Runtime: 60
Starring: Adam Brody, Benjamin McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Willa Holland, Autumn Reeser
Top Attributes: Teen Presence, Drama, High School, Beautiful People
Similar Shows: Dawson's Creek, Gossip Girl, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills, 90210

Description: The O.C. is an idyllic paradise, a wealthy, harbour-front community where everything and everyone appears to be perfect. But beneath the surface is a world of shifting loyalties and identities, of kids living secret lives hidden from their parents, and of parents living secret lives hidden from their children. 'The O.C.' tells the story of the Cohen, Cooper, and Nichol families, and Ryan Atwood, a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks, who is thrust into this world, and who will forever change the lives of the residents of The O.C.

Terriers

Terriers

First Aired: 2010-09-08
Network: FX
Runtime: 60
Starring: Donal Logue, Michael Raymond-James, Kimberly Quinn, Jamie Denbo, Rockmond Dunbar
Top Attributes: Detective, Character Focus, Crime, Cult Hit
Similar Shows: The Good Guys (2010), Justified, Bored to Death, Castle (2009), White Collar

Description: Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business. The series is set in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, although it is portrayed as a distinct town, with Dolworth having once been a member of the fictional Ocean Beach Police Department.

Scrubs

Scrubs

First Aired: 2001-10-02
Network: ABC
Runtime: 30
Starring: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, Christa Miller, Aloma Wright
Top Attributes: Hospital, Comedy, Overall Quirkiness, Workplace
Similar Shows: The Office (US), Will & Grace, Cheers, How I Met Your Mother, NewsRadio

Description: Scrubs focuses on the lives of several people working at Sacred Heart, a teaching hospital. It features fast-paced dialogue, slapstick, and surreal vignettes presented mostly as the daydreams of the central character, Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian.

The Office

The Office

First Aired: 2005-03-24
Network: NBC
Runtime: 30
Starring: Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Craig Robinson
Top Attributes: Single Camera, Workplace, Comedy, Lightness
Similar Shows: The Office (UK), Party Down, Parks and Recreation, Cheers, Seinfeld

Description: A fresh and funny mockumentary-style glimpse into the daily interactions of the eccentric workers at the Dunder Mifflin paper supply company. This fast-paced comedy parodies contemporary American water-cooler culture.

Party Down

Party Down

First Aired: 2009-03-20
Network: Starz!
Runtime: 30
Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr
Top Attributes: Comedy, Awkward Situations, Improvisation, Workplace
Similar Shows: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Workaholics, The Office (US), The Larry Sanders Show, Happy Endings

Description: "Party Down" follows a Los Angeles catering team - a sextet of Hollywood wannabes stuck working for tips while hoping for their "big break." Each episode of this half-hour comedy finds the hapless catering team working a new event - and inevitably getting tangled up with the colorful guests and their absurd lives.

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

First Aired: 2009-04-09
Network: NBC
Runtime: 30
Starring: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza
Top Attributes: Comedy, Single Camera, Workplace, Awkward Situations
Similar Shows: Happy Endings, The Office (US), The Larry Sanders Show, NewsRadio, Party Down

Description: The series follows Leslie Knope, the deputy head of the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. Knope takes on a project with a nurse named Ann to turn a construction pit into a park, while trying to mentor a bored college-aged intern. However, Leslie must fight through the bureaucrats, problem neighbors, and developers in order to make her dream a reality, all while with a camera crew recording her every gaff and mishap.

The Larry Sanders Show

The Larry Sanders Show

First Aired: 1992-08-01
Network: HBO
Runtime: 30
Starring: Garry Shandling, Rip Torn, Jeffrey Tambor, Jon Stewart, Wallace Langham
Top Attributes: Multi Camera, Comedy, Celebrity, Workplace
Similar Shows: NewsRadio, Party Down, Running Wilde, Better With You, Cheers

Description: Comic Garry Shandling draws upon his own talk show experiences to create the character of Larry Sanders, a paranoid, insecure host of a late night talk show. Larry, along with his obsequious TV sidekick Hank Kingsley and his fiercely protective producer Artie, allows Garry Shandling and his talented writers to look behind the scenes and to show us a convincing slice of behind the camera life.

Arrested Develpment

Arrested Develpment

First Aired: 2003-11-02
Network: FOX
Runtime: 30
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, David Cross
Top Attributes: Callback Jokes, Single Camera, Cult Hit, Comedy
Similar Shows: Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office (US), My Name Is Earl, Party Down, Everybody Hates Chris

Description: Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.

Modern Family

Modern Family

First Aired: 2009-09-23
Network: ABC
Runtime: 30
Starring: Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara
Top Attributes: Single Camera, Comedy, Family, Ensemble Cast
Similar Shows: Malcolm in the Middle, Raising Hope, Everybody Loves Raymond, Kath & Kim, Samantha Who?

Description: This mockumentary explores the many different types of a modern family through the stories of a gay couple, comprised of Mitchell and Cameron, and their daughter Lily, a straight couple, comprised of Phil and Claire, and their three kids, Haley, Alex, and Luke, and a multi-ethnic couple, which is comprised of Jay and Gloria, and her son Manny.

The Returned (France)

The Returned (France)

First Aired: 20121989-07-05
Network: Canal+
Runtime: 60

Description: In the shadow of an enormous hydraulic dam, the lives of the residents of a small French town are changed to their core when hundreds of previously dead relatives all return home on the same day.

The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years

First Aired: 1988
Network: ABC
Runtime: 30
Starring: Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano

Description:The Wonder Years tells the story of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) facing the trials and tribulations of youth while growing up during the 1960s. Told through narration from an adult Kevin (Daniel Stern), Kevin faces the difficulties of mantaining relationships and friendships on his enthralling journey into adulthood

The Shield

The Shield

First Aired: 2002-03-12
Network: FX
Runtime: 60
Starring: Michael Chiklis, Benito Martinez, CCH Pounder, Brian J. White, Anthony Anderson
Top Attributes: Serial, Diversity, Strong Male Lead, Character Focus
Similar Shows: Homicide: Life On The Street, Life (2007), Sons of Anarchy, Detroit 1-8-7, The Wire

Description: The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.

Seinfeld

Seinfeld

First Aired: 1989-07-05
Network: NBC
Runtime: 30
Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Liz Sheridan
Top Attributes: Mainstream, Multi Camera, Comedy, Stand Alone Episodes
Similar Shows: Friends, Happy Endings, Whitney, Rules of Engagement, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Description: Jerry Seinfeld is a very successful stand-up comedian, mainly because the people around him offer an endless supply of great material. His best friend is George Costanza, a bald, whiny loser who craves the kind of success Jerry has but is never willing to do what it takes to get it. Jerry's neighbor Kramer often barges into his apartment and imposes onto his life. In the second episode Jerry's former girlfriend Elaine Benes comes back into his life, and the four of them are able to form a friendship together. The episodes were rarely very plot-heavy, focusing more on mundane conversations and situations that could be found during everyday life in New York.

Orphan Black

Orphan Black

First Aired: 2013-03-30
Network: BBC America
Runtime: 60
Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Michael Mando, Inga Cadranel, Kevin Hanchard
Top Attributes: Strong Female Lead, British, Drama, Serial
Similar Shows: Alias, Nikita, Dollhouse, Revolution, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Description: “Orphan Black” follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah. After witnessing a woman’s suicide, Sarah assumes the stranger’s identity, who happens to look just like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman’s savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery as she realizes the dizzying truth: she and the dead woman are clones.

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black

First Aired: 2013-07-11
Network: Netflix
Runtime: 60
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Jason Biggs, Selenis Leyva, Elizabeth Rodriguez
Top Attributes: Fish Out Of Water, Single Camera, Strong Female Lead, LBGT Elements
Similar Shows: Girls, Weeds, New Girl, United States of Tara, Men of a Certain Age

Description: Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.

Misfits

Misfits

First Aired: 2009-11-12
Network: E4
Runtime: 60
Starring: Joe Gilgun, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Karla Crome, Matt Stokoe, Nathan McMullen
Top Attributes: British, Superheroes/Superpowers, Drama, Science Fiction
Similar Shows: No Ordinary Family, Warehouse 13, Doctor Who, Wonderfalls, Torchwood

Description: A group of teenagers are sentenced to community service for past mistakes only to find their lives changed after a storm gives them strange new powers and new problems to overcome.

Justified

Justified

First Aired: 2010-03-16
Network: FX
Runtime: 60
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Natalie Zea, Jacob Pitts, Joelle Carter
Top Attributes: Strong Male Lead, Drama, Cop Show, Action
Similar Shows: Blue Bloods, Ray Donovan, Southland, The Following, The Good Guys (2010)

Description: Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is something of a 19th century-style officer in modern times, whose unconventional enforcement of justice makes him a target with criminals and a problem for his superiors in the U.S. Marshals Service. As a result of an eager but "justified" shooting of a Miami fugitive while on assignment in Florida, Givens is reassigned to Lexington, Kentucky, in a district that includes his hometown of Harlan, a rural mining town in the east of the state.

Friends

Friends

First Aired: 1994-09-22
Network: NBC
Runtime: 30
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox
Top Attributes: Multi Camera, Comedy, Mainstream, Lightness
Similar Shows: Will & Grace, Cheers, Rules of Engagement, Seinfeld, Two and a Half Men

Description: Six young people, on their own and struggling to survive in the real world, find the companionship, comfort and support they get from each other to be the perfect antidote to the pressures of life.

Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks

First Aired: 1999-09-25
Network: NBC
Runtime: 60
Starring: John Francis Daley, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps, James Franco, Samm Levine
Top Attributes: Cult Hit, Family, Geekiness, Teen Presence
Similar Shows: Hung, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, My So-Called Life, Gary Unmarried, Skins

Description: The universal experience of teenagehood as lived by the regular old freaks and geeks in a Michigan high school, circa 1980, is the subject of this wistful comedy-drama. Revolving around the lives of freak and geek siblings Lindsay and Sam Weir, the show studies the everyday fears, humiliations and little triumphs of adolescents past, present and, no doubt, future,too.

Firefly

Firefly

First Aired: 2002-09-20
Network: FOX
Runtime: 60
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Gina Torres, Adam Baldwin
Top Attributes: Cult Hit, Science Fiction, Strong Male Lead, Drama
Similar Shows: Battlestar Galactica, Alias, Dollhouse, Falling Skies, Revolution

Description: In the far-distant future, Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds is a renegade former brown-coat sergeant, now turned smuggler & rogue, who is the commander of a small spacecraft, with a loyal hand-picked crew made up of the first mate, Zoe Warren; the pilot Hoban "Wash" Washburn; the gung-ho grunt Jayne Cobb; the engineer Kaylee Frye; the fugitives Dr. Simon Tam and his psychic sister River. Together, they travel the far reaches of space in search of food, money, and anything to live on.

The Thick of It

The Thick of It

First Aired: 2005
Network: BBC Two
Runtime: 30
Starring: Peter Capaldi, Chris Addison, Chris Langham

Description:The Thick of It is a British comedy television series that satirizes the inner workings of modern British government. It was first broadcast in 2005, initially with a small cast focusing on a government minister, his advisers and their spin-doctor. The cast was significantly expanded to coincide with Christmas and Gordon Brown's appointment as prime minister in 2007, which saw a number of new characters forming the opposition party. These characters continued for its third series in 2009, and the fourth and final series about a coalition government was broadcast in Autumn 2012.

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

First Aired: 2004-09-22
Network: The CW
Runtime: 60
Starring: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra
Top Attributes: Drama, Teen Presence, School, High School
Similar Shows: Revenge, Weeds, The O.C., Pretty Little Liars, Ringer

Description: In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, the rich and powerful make the rules. Unfortunately for them, there's Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 17-year-old apprentice private investigator. During the day, Veronica must negotiate high school like any average teenage girl. But at night, she helps with her father's struggling private investigator business.

Undeclared

Undeclared

First Aired: 2001-09-01
Network: FOX
Runtime: 30
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Charlie Hunnam, Seth Rogen, Jarrett Grode, Loudon Wainwright III
Top Attributes: School, College, Ensemble Cast, Comedy
Similar Shows: Party Down, Community, Happy Endings, Greek, Running Wilde

Description: College life is seen through the eyes of the "new and improved" Steven Karp, who grew seven inches over summer--going from scrawny high-school nerd to potentially handsome college student. Steven meets his British roommate, Lloyd, a suave theater major who enlightens him in the ways of women. They share a suite with Marshall, a music major, and Ron, a business major. They all live just across the hall from Lizzie, the girl who "stole" Steven's virginity (and heart) but has a 'loving' and 'creative' boyfriend back home. And then there's Rachel, Lizzie's panic-stricken roommate. Together they help each other face the freedoms and responsibilities that come along with being away from home for the first time.

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