25 Favorite Shows of All-Time (Updated!)

Though books hold a special place in my heart, over the past few years I’ve come to realize that my absolute favorite storytelling medium has to be television. Because of this, I decided to share the 25 TV shows which hold special places in my heart, and why!

I have updated these ranks to include shows which I had either forgotten to include or not seen yet! 

Honorable Mentions

The following shows were pushed out of the Top 25 by new entries:

  • Degrassi: Season 12
  • Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • The 100

#25 – 19

For detailed explanations on the preexisting entries, see the original list.

  • #25. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
  • #24. Scream Queens
  • #23. Sense8
  • #22. Daredevil
  • #21. EastSiders
  • #20. Skam

19. The Man in the High Castle (2015-Present)

Favorite Episode: —

A dense and depressing, sci-fi-oriented alternate history, The Man in the High Castle is sprawling and utterly unique. In fact, it currently stands as one of the only shows I’ve seen I cannot pull a favorite episode from due to the extremely serialized nature of the show.

While the plot can sometime be frustratingly dense, decompressed, slow, and sprawling (yes, all of those things at once) The Man in the High Castle‘s greatest strength is its eye for character. From the powerful but fallible protagonist Juliana Crain, to the antagonistic yet understandable John Smith, to the smaller but integral Ed, MitHC keeps its characters on their toes through countless plot twists which always catch the viewer off guard but never seem outlandish.

The dour nature of this series, along with the two-year gap between the last few seasons, can interfere with its power, but at its best, The Man in the High Castle is an inspiring and unique look at humanity.

18. Future Man

Favorite Episode: The Brain Job (2×12)

I was hesitant to put this show on my list because it is very, very raunchy… unnecessarily show, and to its detriment, which is why despite its moments of total brilliance, it cannot rank any higher on this list. Future Man follows Josh Futterman, an unassuming custodian chosen by future revolutionaries Wolf and Tiger to help prevent the apocalypse by killing his boss. Unwilling to resort to this violence, Josh convinces them to instead travel back in time to attempt to nudge history in the right direction… but these ripples cause irreparable, nasty consequences that permanently change the future.

Again, the complex characters and unique take on time travel (along with several other immensely creative moves, make this show really special… but not quite special enough to justify the gross humor, sex, and poop jokes which profane almost every moment of the show.

#17- 12

For detailed explanations on the preexisting entries, see the original list.

  • #17. The Gifted
    • Moved back due to an unfocused second season.
  • #16. The Good Place
    • Moved forward due to a strong third season.
  • #15. Jessica Jones
  • #14. Legion
  • #13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • #12. The Defenders

11. Runaways (2017- Present)

Favorite Episode: Last Waltz (2×11)

An utterly unique tale within the oft-ignored pantheon of Marvel Cinematic Universe television tie-ins, Runaways is a complex, colorful, poorly paced exploration of adolescence and family which is a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona’s Runaways comic is much loved amongst comic fans, which is why it is so impressive that Hulu was able to produce such a unique take on the mythos that feels like the Runaways while still carving its own path. One of the most stylish Marvel properties, Runaways is notable for having an extensive cast of characters so complex that nearly all of them drive the viewer crazy at some point; but all are understandable, and for the most part, likable.

Runaways started off disconnected from the MCU at large but it has found clever ways of tying into the larger universe and yet doing its own thing in recent episodes. Diverse, funny, and heart-wrenching, Runaways is a unique Marvel story in every sense of the word.

#10-6

  • #10. Doctor Who / Class
  • #9. Angel
  • #8. Cloak & Dagger
    • Moved back as the glory of its recent season has faded into retrospect.
  • #7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • #6. iZombie

5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018- Present)

Favorite Episode: The Trial of Sabrina Spellman (1×03)

I don’t like horror. But, gosh darn it, CAoS is just way too much fun.

Unlike the 90’s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch, based on the same Archie Comics character (which I am in the process of watching right now and enjoying a lot in my own way), CAoS is dark, stylish, and muddled in a complex morality. Shipka’s Sabrina is stubborn and good-natured, intensely curious but also individualistic, constantly questioning the nature of witchcraft and its frightening connection to Satan even as she continues to practice the magic that is a part of her. Her struggle to balance both sides of her biracial (basically) identity without succumbing to either is riveting and relatable, and strengthened by a diverse and likable cast of characters.

Every actor in CAoS pulls their weight, as do the impeccable SFX, set and costume designers, and intensely talented writers. CAoS isn’t perfect but its darn close, weaving an utterly unique and (to reiterate) stylish story that practically demands to be binged.

#4-1

  • #4. Agents of SHIELD
  • #3. Legends of Tomorrow
  • #2. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • #1. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
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