My Top 10 Greatest TV Shows of All Time (#5 – 1)
Welcome back to Part II of My Top 10 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list. Last week, we explored a wide variety of genres that spanned across many networks. This week you will find more of the same with ranging genres, but four of my top five all fall under the HBO tree. They clearly make exceptional television, and I wouldn’t be surprised if three or four of my top five are also in your top five greatest TV show rankings. Without further ado…
#5 – WestWorld
As another show with only a handful of seasons, Westworld may be a strange pick for some to include in their greatest TV show lists. But even with only three seasons, I think Westworld has done more with its characters and stories than some shows have done with six plus seasons. The show itself is almost indescribable, as not only does it twist your brain into a doughy, uncooked pretzel, but the setting and plot have also changed each season. Its labeled as a “Science-Fiction Western”, but by episode two of the second season you can already tell its much more than that.
Season one was one of the most confusing things I have ever watched, yet I could not peel my eyes off the screen. Season two found us in the same park as season one, yet we now learn there are other parks AND that the hosts (A.K.A. robots) are essentially becoming human. The third season is nearly halfway over, yet now we’ve found ourselves in the real world and our good friend, Dolores, is attempting to wreak havoc on those using technology for unspeakable things. You see, not just a Science-Fiction Western! This show will 1,000,000% lose you (probably multiple times per episode) and will probably make you second guess future technological advancements, but either way you have to give Westworld a shot.
#4 – The Sopranos
The Sopranos is the oldest show on my top ten list, but that in no way hampers its ability to rank highly on my list. The pilot aired wayyyy back in 1999, but even with very (and I mean very) dated language and graphics, I was captivated within minutes. The show follows Tony Soprano, a capo in the DeMeo crime family in New Jersey, throughout his life and daily routine as a mob man. We also learn almost immediately that he is dealing with some psychological issues, yet he doesn’t want anyone to know about them because he thinks it will hurt his image. This eventually falls to the back burner for Tony as his life as a mob boss gets increasingly difficult, but it was a great story piece early on.
The Sopranos ran for six seasons, but the final season was actually two very large “half” seasons due to David Chase asking for an episode extension to tell more story. In my opinion the second half of season six is what pushed this out of my top three, and possibly even my top two. I believe the latter half of season six B was entirely fumbled, and I was one of the people who loathed how HBO ended the show. Even so, The Sopranos had quite the incredible journey from 1999-2007. So, I suggest you go grab your gabagool and pour some extra gravy on your pasta before diving into this roller coaster of death, deceit, and the misery of mob life in New Jersey.
#3 – Succession
Another HBO show that will go down amongst the greats is Succession. This show is extremely different from all the others on my list, but as someone who has work experience in the corporate finance world, the plot and characters of this show just hold an extra special spot in my soul. Succession follows the Roy family through their endeavors within the corporate media conglomerate world whilst the family itself is fighting for control of the company. Between the constant family bickering and the perfectly crafted retorts from the youngest Roy, this show will have you feeling like a disgusting filthy slimeball trapped in the trenches of corporate (and family) warfare, all while clutching your sides in pain from laughing. It is truly one of a handful of shows that I’ve ever watched that has made me feel like an awful person for enjoying while also making me feel like I couldn’t live without another episode (#2 on that list is Amazon’s The Boys). A lot of people are turned off to Succession due to the complexities of the business world, but to those people I say “hold up”. A simple google search can clear up anything that may go over your head, and once you start piecing together a few business terms, this show goes from gold to titanium in more ways than one.
#2 – Game of Thrones
If you’re a recurring guest to DustyPosts I’m sure you already know how large a Game of Thrones fan I am, so this ranking shouldn’t really surprise you. If you don’t know, Game of Thrones is an American Fantasy drama based in the world of Westeros as multiple people are vying to become the ruler of The Seven Kingdoms. Even if you aren’t much of a fantasy fan, I think this show would still have an exceptionally high chance of drawing you in. Most of the characters are extremely captivating and the acting throughout the entire show is world-class. Even though the final season was a massive disappointment in the eyes of most fans (mine included), the show as a whole is magnificent. George R. R. Martin created one of the most fantastic fantasy worlds of all time and it led to seven of the greatest seasons of television ever. This show is a must-watch in my opinion, and I believe everyone should at the very minimum give the first season a watch. Most people who say they didn’t like the show claim that it was because there were too many people, places, and names to remember. I have an easy fix for that though: go listen to a podcast or use the Google machine to help answer questions! Watching this show will 100% change your perspective on any fantasy television, and i’d even go so far to say that it could make a fan of the genre out of you by the time you’re finished watching.
#1 – Breaking Bad
I don’t even know where to begin with Breaking Bad. Whether you’re considering the casting, the writing, the acting, the filming, or the plotting, every detail of this show was pure perfection. And the reason Breaking Bad stands atop the rest and will more than likely forever be my #1 is due to one small thing that 99% of other shows nowadays don’t have: a great ending. When you look at all the shows that have ended on my list, most of them didn’t have a great ending. With Community, Troy (Donald Glover) leaves and the show falls apart. Sopranos ended in an extremely vague fashion and is now either your most loved or most hated endings of all time (I clearly fall towards the latter end of that spectrum). Game of Thrones was rushed by D&B and left fans wishing for more. But Breaking Bad… Breaking Bad ended in a way that tied up every loose end and perfectly satiated our fix for Walter and Jesse. Granted, it eventually led to an incredibly mediocre movie spin off (El Camino), but that’s beside the point. This show was the epitome of perfect television for five entire seasons, and it even survived (if not thrived) the writers strike of ’07-’08. I can honestly say that I think Breaking Bad will reign over all others for a very, very long time, thus making it my greatest TV show of all time.
And that’s a wrap. Thank you for checking out my countdown of TV shows as I explored my greatest TV show of all time. As always, be sure to leave comments below and let me know what your top 10 looks like. Also, for more original DustyPosts TV and Movie content, be sure to follow this link!