Binge Watch: Favorite TV Series of All Time

This year I’m taking a look at some of my favorite series of all time. That will begin with a Top 10 in four different groups—Network Sitcoms, Network Dramas, Cable Series and Streaming Series. Ultimately, it will end in an overall Top 10. Periodically throughout 2022, I’ll be sharing these lists. Today, it’s a look at my Top 10 Series of All Time. If you want to catch weekly installments, visit here on Saturdays.

10. Band of Brothers (2001)
: This was part of my Cable Series list, which dominates my overall Top 10. I love the way this story is crafted. I’ve seen it many times and it still holds up. It’s worth diving in if you’ve never seen it.

9. Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)
This was originally on my Network Drama list. I remember seeing the movie and thinking it was OK. From the moment I saw the pilot, I knew the series was something that would grab my heart. It still stands out. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton are great together.

8. Watchmen (2019)
: How do you go about making a sequel series to a classic story? That was the challenge for Damon Lindelof, who handled it beautifully. Some want more, but I’m happy to leave the Watchmen series as it is.

7. Bosch (2014-2021)
: Streaming has given us many, many series. This was one of the first that hooked me, and it kept me going for all seven years of its run. I love Titus Welliver in the lead role and I loved the writing here. It’s cemented itself as one of my favorite series ever.

6. The Big Bang Theory (2007-2019)
: I enjoy sitcoms but they haven’t always risen to the level of all time favorites. I never saw this series when it aired live. I found it during COVID and I’ve watched it every day since. What can I say, I love it.

5. ER (1994-2009)
: I already had a love for the writing of Michael Crichton when this series debuted. From the pilot, I was hooked. I watched all 15 seasons. There were some down times but there was never a time when I didn’t make it a point to catch a new episode. ER has long been among my favorite series.

4. Game of Thrones (2011-2019)
When I watched the pilot, I didn’t care for the show. But slowly, over the course of a first season, it hooked me. Over the course of the rest of the show, it climbed up the ranks. The ending wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t diminish for me the heights this show reached when it was on its game.

3. The West Wing (1999-2006)
: An idealized vision of what our politics could be. It sounds as hard to believe now as it did in 1999, and yet this series makes it work. I loved the seven-year journey with these characters. I re-watched this during COVID and it still moves me and still holds up. In fact, it might be more endearing now than it even was when it aired.

2. The Wire (2002-2008)
This is another show I didn’t watch live. I caught it on DVD and I loved it. I devoured the series in a couple weeks. It was intense, emotional and thought-provoking. It remains an incredible work of art that is one of the best things I’ve ever watched.

1. The Leftovers (2014-2017)
I never thought anything would top The Wire for me. Then I saw The Leftovers. The first season hit hard and drew me in. The second season built the mystery. But it was the final season that moved this series past The Wire. Lindelof delivered a beautiful, emotional and cathartic series. The performances from the cast—particular Carrie Coon and Justin Theroux—are incredible. It’s my favorite series of all time.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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