It’s hard to argue against television being one of the greatest inventions of our time. Falling into the category of one of the few things humans have actually gotten right.
Over the years our favourite shows have made us laugh, cry and form unhealthy emotional attachments to completely fictional characters.
There’s so much to take into consideration, so many variables that make a show so damn special. From hard-hitting dramas that have left us exhausted to side-splitting comedies that have nursed the worst of our hangovers – narrowing down a list of the greatest ever TV shows is a near-impossible task.
But here we are, trying to do it anyway.
The Office (UK)
The more I think about it, the more I realise how big an influence the original Office had on comedy. It shifted the formula of what it took to be funny on-screen, trading traditional slapstick humour for something much more agonisingly awkward.
Bojack Is one of those shows that makes you so desperately sad, yet you cannot get enough of it. Kind of like that god-awful ex who you swore you’d never text again.
That being said, the show manages to take on a number of life’s biggest issues in a completely unique way that is both hilarious and gut-wrenching at the same time.
Seinfeld’s unique take on comedy paved the way for other sitcoms that came after it and its influence is still being felt more than two decades on from its final episode.
For something that’s regularly so painfully awkward to watch, Peep Show, along with The Office is the pinnacle of British comedy.
I can’t even begin to imagine how tough it must have been filming it, considering just about every conversation was setting up the next ridiculous punchline.
IT WAS A CHRISTMAS JOKE.
Game of Thrones
Let’s put that final season aside, after all the only reason we were so disappointed was largely due to the impossibly high standards the show had already set for itself.
Game of Thrones was a monster of a show, breaking all kinds of viewing records right up until its last breath and for that, it deserves its place.
We’ve been catching ‘yellow fever’ since 1989 with The Simpsons and a legacy that surpasses every cartoon before and after. America’s favourite family has been keeping us entertained for three decades, and while some people refuse to watch past Season 12, there’s no escaping the pop culture power of The Simpsons. All we need to say is, “You don’t win friends with salad.”
Admittedly a lot of the time I had little to no idea what was going on during Twin Peaks but I loved every second of it regardless.
Creepy, uneasy and fascinating, David Lynch really did out-David Lynch himself when it came to pulling the whole thing together.
Sure, it might be for all the completely wrong reasons and could potentially be the reason I smoke – but there’s probably no show that has generated coolness quite like Mad Men.
Even without the incredible storytelling, it’s worth its weight purely for the aesthetics of the show.
It’s easy to forget how good Breaking Bad was, on top of the colossal impact it had on popular culture when it first exploded onto our screens.
You couldn’t go five minutes without seeing someone in a Los Pollos Hermanos T-shirt, it’s hard to remember a show having that same kind of influence.
Alright, it’s barely breaking the mould labelling The Sopranos as the greatest show ever – but there’s a reason why the show tops nearly every single one of these lists.
The Sopranos generated this magic that no show has been able to replicate to this day. It’s hard to put a label on just what that is, everything just kind of meshed together perfectly for it. An incredible cast paired with incredible writers, The Sopranos has more than earned its top spot.