Description: Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) is a police detective who transfers from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Despite a tendency to step on people's toes, Johnson manages to convert even her strongest adversaries with her unique ability to get to the truth.
First Aired: 2009-06-08 Network: Showtime Runtime: 30 Starring: Edie Falco, Bobby Cannavale, Arjun Gupta, Stephen Wallem, Dominic Fumusa Top Attributes: Character Focus, Serial, Workplace, Hospital Similar Shows: Mercy, Chicago Hope, Lipstick Jungle, Rescue Me, Shameless (US)
Description: "Nurse Jackie" is a half-hour comedy that is at turns wicked, heartbreaking and funny. Edie Falco stars as the title character Jackie O'Hurley, a strong-willed and brilliant -- but very flawed -- emergency room nurse in a complicated New York City hospital. A lapsed Catholic with an occasional weakness for Vicodin and Adderall to get her through the days, Jackie keeps the hospital balanced with her own kind of justice. Every day is a high wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses and her own indiscretions.
Description: While in Iraq, Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency operations officer, had been warned by an asset that an American prisoner of war had been turned by al-Qaeda. After conducting an unauthorized operation in Iraq, Carrie is put on probation and reassigned to the CIA's Counter-terrorism Center in Langley, Virginia.
Description: Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated with an eclectic mix of everyday folks and lovable lunatics, Gilmore Girls is a humorous multigenerational series about friendship, family and the ties that bind. Thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) has made her share of mistakes in life, but she has been doing her best to see that her college-bound daughter - and best friend in the world - Rory (Alexis Bledel), doesn't follow in her footsteps. That may be easier said than done, considering that the two share the same interests, the same intellect, the same coffee addiction and the same eyes. Rory is more serious than Lorelai, but there are tendencies, especially in the love department, that clearly indicate she is her mother's daughter. From the beginning, this unique mother-daughter team has been growing up together. Lorelai was just Rory's age when she became pregnant and made the tough decision to raise her baby alone.
Description: Set in New York's world of high stakes litigation, Damages follows the lives of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), the nation's most revered and most reviled litigator, and her bright, ambitious protege Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) as they become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles Frobisher and his attorney, Ellen learns what it takes to win at all costs -- and that lives, not just fortunes, are at stake.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
First Aired: 1997-03-10 Network: The WB Runtime: 40 Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg Top Attributes: Supernatural, Drama, Geekiness, Strong Female Lead Similar Shows: Eastwick, Charmed, Being Human, The Vampire Diaries, Angel
Description: In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.
First Aired: 2001-09-30 Network: ABC Runtime: 60 Starring: Jennifer Garner, Michael Vartan, Ron Rifkin, Victor Garber, Amy Acker Top Attributes: Strong Female Lead, Science Fiction, Drama, Plot Twists Similar Shows: Revolution, Nikita, Dollhouse, Terra Nova, Firefly
Description: Sydney Bristow, an agent who has been tricked to believe she is working for the U.S. government is actually working for a criminal organization named the Alliance of Twelve. Upon learning this, Sydney becomes a double agent for the real CIA.
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.
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.
Description: Is the grass really greener on the other side? Yes, and it smells better, too! So when Nancy Botwin (Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker) faces both sudden widowhood and poverty, she's determined to do anything to keep her kids in suburbia, including taking a job as the neighborhood pot dealer. Subversive, satirical and hilarious, the first season of this groundbreaking Showtime hit is guaranteed to spark laughter!
Description: Prime Suspect is a successful, award winning detective drama series starring Helen Mirren as Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison. The character was created by Linda La Plante.
The Killing (US)
First Aired: 2011-04-03 Network: AMC Runtime: 60 Starring: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Julia Sarah Stone, Cate Sproule, Bex Taylor-Klaus Top Attributes: Mystery, Detective, Serial, Plot Twists Similar Shows: Fargo, Homeland, True Detective, Elementary, Revenge
Description: From writer, executive producer and series showrunner Veena Sud (Cold Case), The Killing is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation.
The Killing ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim's grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they've moved on, their past isn't done with them.
First Aired: 2005-03-27 Network: ABC Runtime: 40 Starring: Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Patrick Dempsey, Katherine Heigl, Sara Ramirez Top Attributes: Drama, Hospital, Strong Female Lead, Mainstream Similar Shows: Private Practice, Mercy, ER, Chicago Hope, Three Rivers
Description: Meet Meredith Grey, a brilliant first-year surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. Together with her fellow residents-in-training, Meredith navigates her way through the daily traumas and social land mines of the life inside the hospital and out in the real world. Grey's Anatomy is a smart and witty look at young people struggling to be doctors and doctors struggling to be human.