The Greatest TV Show of All Time – Part II

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

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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

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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

Greatest TV Show

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 BadBreaking 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!

The Greatest TV Shows of All Time – Part I

My Top 10 Greatest TV Shows of All Time (#10 – 6)

In today’s day and age, binging TV has become a regular occurrence in our everyday lives. According to a Morning Consult survey from late 2018, nearly 60% of viewers watch two or more episodes of their favorite shows at least once a week. Of that 60%, roughly 15% claimed to binge daily, 28% several times per week, and the remaining 17% about once per week. All of that binging leads to many a discussion on which shows make the “Greatest TV Shows” of all time list, and I, of course, have my own take on said list. Since I ventured off to college and got my own Netflix way back in 2011, I’ve probably watched thousands, if not tens of thousands, of hours of television. But, of all of that time spent lounging on my couch, bed, or some random spot I’ve found myself when my body can no longer be comfortable in the aforementioned spots, these are the shows that stand out the most.

#10 – The Witcher

#10 The Witcher

I know, I know, this may be a little premature, but that’s also why I have it at #10. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t have this show somewhere on this list. This franchise has been one of my favorites since I discovered the Witcher 2 back in high school and Netflix dropping the first season in December was the greatest Christmas gift anyone could’ve asked for.

Everything about this franchise is amazing, but the show took it to an entirely different level for me. Starting with the opening scene, we’re submersed into a creepy bog of some sort where Geralt and a Kikamora are fighting for their lives. Throughout the season we get our fair share of vile creatures, villains, and fantasy perfection, all of which led to what I believe was the greatest season of ANY show in 2019. By the end of the season, I was utterly blown away by this show and I think it has a ton of potential to be the next Game of Thrones in regard to size, fan base, and overall success. Season two will be the true test to this franchise and the direction it could head, but I can easily see this show clawing its way to #1 if the future seasons are anywhere near as incredible as the first.

#9 – Dark

Dark

Speaking of shows without a massive collection of episodes, the Netflix original Dark has managed to become one of the most well put together series of the last few years with only two short seasons. Even with only eighteen episodes though, it managed to find its way at number nine of my greatest TV shows list.

The science fiction thriller takes your brain on a journey that will confuse, amaze, and shock you all at the same time. The show follows four families after the disappearance of a young boy exposes many secrets in a small, German town. This, in turn, leads to the unraveling of a time travel conspiracy that spans three generations. Dark not only left me wondering what was going to happen with these families, but also left my mind twisted in all sorts of pretzels as the time travel aspect becomes evident. One of the things that sets this show apart from all the other science fiction, time travel thrillers is that Dark does an amazing job of explaining the things that typically don’t make sense. On top of that, it is littered with easter eggs, hints, and puzzles that leave you wanting more.

#8 – Community

Community: Troy and Abed

Time for a throwback, and one of the greatest TV show comedies of all time. Community first aired in September 2009 and ran for six seasons, when it ended in mid 2015. What originally drew me into this show was the fact that Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, was one of the main characters. But after the first season I was hooked, and I found myself attached to each one of the seven study group members.

For those of you who don’t know, Community follows Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) after he is suspended from being a lawyer. He lied about having a law degree, thus leading him to enroll at the local community college to obtain said degree and continue his life as a lawyer. While attending Greendale he will meet six of his best friends, and this will lead to pure comedic gold for all of us as viewers. Whether it was the paintball scenes, the absurdities enacted by Dean Pelton, or Troy and Abed rapping in Spanish, this show will 100% have you clutching your sides as you gasp for air from laughing throughout each episode.

#7 – Supernatural

Supernatural: Sam and Dean

Supernatural is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi/fantasy TV shows, and it’s also one of the longest running TV shows ever. Coming in at fifteen seasons, all of which are 20+ episodes long, its no minor undertaking to watch. But, I would recommend this show ten times out of ten to anyone who loves any type of supernatural related fields. It can range from angels and demons to horsemen of the apocalypse, and every now and then, a Wendigo or a Poltergeist will get mixed in as well. This brother-duo has grown so much over the years and it is truly incredible to see what Jensen Ackles (Dean) and Jared Padalecki (Sam) have turned this show into. As each season progresses it gets better and better, and this is one of very few shows that I’ve watched that has reintroduced villains multiple times. Yet, of all the times they have brought back a big bad, it’s never been in a way that makes you cringe at how they are brought back into the fold. It’s definitely quite the show to tackle if you’re starting from the beginning, but it’s a show you must watch at some point nonetheless.

#6 – Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

Rounding out the first half of my greatest TV shows of all time list is Friday Night Lights. FNL debuted in October 2006, but I didn’t watch the show until just recently. I’d started it a few other times, but I would always get distracted by a new season of Game of Thrones, Supernatural, or some other show I was watching. As I’ve said in my Best and Worst of Friday Night Lights post though, I deeply regret waiting so long to sit down and fully watch through this classic. This show had just about everything you could ask for too. Inspirational father figure who is always making you emotional, check. Annoying daughter who you hate but can’t get enough of, check. Badass with luscious flow and a hankering to slug beers at any and all times… check. Even though the first two seasons were very, and I mean very, different from the rest due to the writers strike of 2007, this show never ceased to disappoint.


Thanks for stopping by DustyPosts to check out my greatest TV shows of all time list! Be on the lookout for Part II of the list soon and find out what all falls into the top five.