From fantasy epics to gangster masterpieces, we look back on some of the greatest shows ever made
The grandest epic ever to grace the small screen. Hell, it gives Lord of the Rings a run for its money. The politicking and human drama are riveting, while the production values remain unmatched.
There was a period in the '90s when nothing was better than The Simpsons. At its best, it produced 22 minutes of gleefully subversive TV every week that captured the zeitgeist like no other show in history.
The greatest police drama of the last 40 years. A parade of incredible performances and a steadfast refusal to sacrifice reality for sensationlism makes The Wire a true work of art.
The '60s-set saga of advertising men who are sometimes bad men, and indeed sad men, is low on action, but unparalleled in the depth of its characterization. Haunting, and oh so funny.
The story of Walter White – a genial teacher who cooks meth to pay for his cancer treatment – is a bleak but hilarious crime epic. Bryan Cranston is a revelation in the lead role.
The greatest TV show of all time? Fuggedaboutit! This superior mob drama revolutionized television, bringing movie production values to the small screen and putting HBO back on the map.
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