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.

Fargo Review: Top Ten Moments of Season One

Warning: Spoilers ahead, proceed with caution!

Fargo Review: Top Ten Moments of Season One

Fargo has been one of those shows that I’ve wanted to watch for such a long time, but every time I go to start it another show comes along that piques my interest a little more. Well, that is no longer true, because I finally started last week and I regret every time I’ve ever pushed this show away for another! I just finished season one and will begin season two immediately, but before I did I wanted to discuss some of my favorite moments from season one (in no particular order).

Fargo’s Snow Storm Shootout

Malvo and Mr. Numbers during the Snow Storm Shootout in Frago

This scene actually spread across two episodes if I’m not mistaken. I thought it was a really cool concept to have this epic battle between Malvo, Molly, Gus, Mr. Numbers, and Mr. Wrench. Not to mention, the fact that Gus ended up shooting Molly was a really nice twist that also makes all the sense (LOL). There was also an extremely grisly death in Malvo slitting Mr. Numbers’ throat, which added the touch of darkness that was needed for this scene.

Lester’s Revenge on Sam Hess

This was a long con, but I absolutely LOVED it. I was somewhat confused at first as to why Lester wanted to be the one to deliver the papers to Mrs. Hess. But then, as he was taking good ol’ Gina Hess on a trip to pound town, we see Lester staring down the photo of the deceased Mr. Hess and his wife. It was so fitting for the picture to fall and break right as Lester was wrapping up the deed as well. Good for Lester, ya know.

Malvo’s Hair Transition

Fargo's Lorne Malvo

Even with how great of a job Billy Bob Thornton did with Lorne Malvo, his hair in the first seven episodes was absolutely horrendous. It made the character look like such a creep, which was probably the whole point, but it irked me every time it was on screen. When Malvo came back as the fun-loving dentist and had that full head of salt and pepper hair I was filled with an endless joy knowing I wouldn’t have to see that awful bowl cut again. It really makes him look like an entirely different person, which once again, was the entire point.

The Mail Scene With Malvo

This was just an excellent piece of work on the writers part here as Malvo schools the mail man while attempting to get a package from his employer. “No, highly irregular is the time I found a foot in a toaster oven.” What a classic Malvo line! This was very early on in the season too so it was a great catalyst to drive home how witty and out there Malvo truly was.

Malvo’s First Speech to Gus

Officer Gus after he Pulls over Malvo for the first time

There was something about Malvo calmly telling Gus that he was making a mistake that really had me nervous for the friendly cop. It was really an incredible little exchange between the two… just read through it and let what Malvo says seek deep into your bones.

Malvo: “We could do it that way. You ask me for my papers. I tell you it’s not my car, that I borrowed it… See where things go from there. We could do that. Or you could go get in your car and drive away.”

Gus: “And why would I do that?”

Malvo: Because some roads you shouldn’t go down. Because maps used to say, “There be dragons here.” Now they don’t. But that don’t mean the dragons aren’t there.

Gus: Step out of the car please Sir.”

Malvo: How old’s your kid? Let me tell you what’s gonna happen… Officer Grimly. I’m going to roll my window up, then I’m going to drive away, and your’e gonna go home to your daughter, and every few years, you’re gonna look at her face and know that you’re alive because you chose not to go down a certain road on a certain night, that you chose to walk into the light instead of into the darkness.”

How terrifying is that!? It was our first glimpse into the true evil Malvo brought to Fargo season one, and the crazy thing is that it only got more intense from him after this.

The Fargo Building Massacre

What a magnificent piece of art this was. I don’t think I have ever witnessed any television or movie scene shot in this fashion. The fact that we were slowly making our way up with Malvo while simultaneously not seeing anything was soooo nail-biting. Hearing the screams of the terrified office workers mixed with the firing of multiple guns added to the mysteriousness of this scene as well. And to top it all off, we got to see Malvo shoot one of the bad guys out of a fourth floor window before proceeding to escape right out from under the FBI’s nose.

The “Frank Peterson” Interview

How hilarious was this scene!? I was laughing so hard watching Billy Bob, A.K.A Malvo, pretend to be this saintlike little church goer when we damn well knew he was a violent, murderous criminal. He of course was going to have some sort of backup story for whenever he was caught, but this one was just absolute perfection. Plus, we also got some more unusual banter between Gus and Malvo here, which leads to the very solid shades of green riddle that Gus eventually solves (but doesn’t explain what he thinks it means).

The Elevator of Death

This scene was one of the best in my opinion because it showed how talented Malvo was AND that he could flip the switch between funny, loving actor dentist and cold-blooded killer just like that. It was actually very disturbing how easy it was for that switch to flip. This, of course, finally brought the two greatest characters of the show back together and led to quite the interesting storyline within the final two episodes.

The Events that Transpire at Lester’s House

I’m not even sure where to begin here. We know the second that Malvo shows interest in the undercover cop car at the dealership that things are probably heading south for our two FBI agents. The way Malvo lured them out of their car was pure genius, and their deaths were quick and graphic. Our villain then easily breaks into Lester’s house, where it appears Lester is attempting to hide, and rather poorly, from Malvo. But whatya know, it was actually a ruse set by Lester to lure Malvo into the bear trap! This then leads to the escape of Malvo, which leads us to my final favorite moment of the season…

Malvo and Lester’s Deaths

Even though they were two of the best characters in the show, these deaths were well deserved. Both men were monsters and died in rather fitting manners. I really appreciated that Gus was the one to take out Malvo, especially since Gus was the first to truly receive a threat from Malvo back in episode one. It looked like it was hard for Gus to shoot Malvo five or six times, but it was something that needed to be done to bring protection back to his family. Then we have Lester, who either drowned or froze to death while fleeing from the cops. Even though I was kind of rooting for him to escape, it was nice to have such sweet justice brought down on someone who could lie, manipulate, and murder as easy as he did. All in all a fantastic ending to the first season!


Well that’s that. Be sure to leave comments below to all of your favorite moments from Fargo season one! Thanks again for reading, and for more of my original content head on over to DustyPosts (be on the lookout for more Fargo posts soon). Anyways, I’m off to start season two, wish me luck!