From fantasy epics to gangster masterpieces, we look back on some of the greatest shows ever made

The best TV shows of all time

Has the ever been a better time to shut out the world and binge truly heroic amounts of TV? Join us as we celebrate six of the greatest shows ever to hit the small screen...

6. GAME OF THRONES

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. 

Years: 2011 – 2019

5. THE SIMPSONS

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. 

Years: 1989 – present

4. THE WIRE

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. 

Years: 2002 – 2008

3. MAD MEN

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. 

Years: 2007 – 2015

2. BREAKING BAD

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. 

Years: 2008 – 2013

1. THE SOPRANOS

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. 

Years: 1999 – 2007

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