Addicted to Serial Input

Status: Updated end-of-2019-mini-quick’n’dirty-version … the 2020 version is iminent, but a little late. Sorry.

Ok. Let’s make some (ordered and weighted) lists of my «junk» …

The Yardstick: Epic & Outstanding

  1. The Sopranos, USA 1999 – 2007, 86 episodes (HBO)
  2. Deadwood, USA 2004 – 2006, 36 episodes (HBO) [†]
  3. Battlestar Galactica, USA 2004 – 2009, 75 episodes (Syfy)
  4. The Wire, USA 2002 – 2008, 60 episodes (HBO)
  5. Watchmen, USA 2019 – present, 9 episodes (HBO)
  6. The Shadow Line, UK 2011, 7 episodes (BBC)
  7. The End of the F***ing World, UK 2018, 16 episodes (Channel 4/Netflix)
  8. Luther, UK 2010 – present, 10 episodes (BBC)
  9. Sons of Anarchy, USA 2008 – present, 53 episodes (FX)
  10. Carnivàle, USA 2003 – 2005, 24 episodes (HBO) [†]
  11. The Shield, USA 2002 – 2008, 88 episodes (FX)
  12. United States of Tara, USA 2009 – 2011, 36 episodes (Showtime)
  13. Breaking Bad, USA 2008 – present, 54 episodes (AMC)
  14. Dexter, USA 2006 – present, 72 episodes (Showtime)
  15. Black Books, UK 2000 – 2004, 18 episodes (Channel 4)
  16. Generation Kill, USA 2008, 7 episodes (HBO)
  17. Jericho, USA 2006 – 2008, 29 episodes (CBS) [†]
  18. My Name Is Earl, USA 2005 – 2009, 96 episodes (NBC) [†]
  19. Magic City, USA 2012, 8 episodes (Starz)
  20. Mad Men, USA 2007 – 2010, 52 episodes (AMC)
  21. Game Of Thrones, USA 2011 – present, 20 episodes (HBO)

Spaceships, Aliens & Wormholes

  1. Battlestar Galactica, USA 2004 – 2009, 75 episodes (Syfy)
  2. The Mandalorian, USA 2019, 8 episodes (Disney+)
  3. Firefly, USA 2002, 14 episodes (Fox) [†]
  4. Farscape, Australia 1999 – 2003, 88 episodes (Sci-Fi Channel) [†]
  5. Doctor Who, UK 2011 – present, 14 episodes (BBC)
  6. Caprica, USA 2010 – present, 9 episodes (Syfy)
  7. Space: Above and Beyond, USA 1995 – 1996, 24 episodes (Fox)
  8. Stargate Universe, Canada/USA 2009 – present, 40 episodes (Syfy) [†]
  9. Star Trek: Deep Space 9, USA 1993 – 1999, 176 episodes (Paramount)
  10. Babylon 5, USA 1993 – 1998, 110 episodes (PTEN)
  11. Max Headroom, UK/USA 1987 – 1988, 14 episodes (Channel 4/ABC)
  12. Stargate Atlantis, Canada/USA 2004 – 2009, 100 episodes (Syfy)
  13. Stargate SG1, Canada/USA 1997 – 2007, 214 episodes (Syfy)
  14. Falling Skies, USA 2011 – present, 10 episodes (TNT)
  15. V (2009), USA 2009 – present, 22 episodes (ABC) [†]

La Famiglia

  1. Family Business, FR 2019, 6 episodes (Netflix)
  2. Grace and Frankie, USA 2015 – present, 65 episodes (Netflix)
  3. Modern Family, USA 2009 – 2020, 241 episodes (ABC/Netflix)
  4. Life in Pieces, USA 2015 – 2019, 79 episodes (CBS) [†]

LOL

  1. Curb Your Enthusiasm, USA 2000 – 2011, 80 episodes (HBO)
  2. Black Books, UK 2000 – 2004, 18 episodes (Channel 4)
  3. My Name Is Earl, USA 2005 – 2009, 96 episodes (NBC) [†]
  4. Seinfeld, USA 1989 – 1998, 180 episodes (NBC)
  5. Community, USA 2009 – 2012, 71 episodes (NBC) [TBA]
  6. Little Mosque On The Prairie, Canada 2007 – present, 90 episodes (CBC)
  7. Friends, USA 1994 – 2004, 236 episodes (NBC)
  8. Episodes, USA 2011, 16 episodes (Showtime/BBC)
  9. Arrested Development, USA 2003 – 2006, 53 episodes (Fox)
  10. Suburgatory, USA 2011 – 2012, 24 episodes (ABC)
  11. M*A*S*H, USA 1972 – 1983, 256 episodes (CBS) [completed]
  12. The IT Crowd, UK 2006 – 2010, 24 episodes (Channel 4)
  13. Spaced, UK 1999 – 2001, 14 episodes (Channel 4)
  14. Malcolm in the Middle, USA 2000 – 2006, 151 episodes (Fox)
  15. Parker Lewis, USA 1990 – 1993, 73 episodes (Fox)

Stand Up

  1. Hasan Minhaj – Homecoming King, USA 2017 (Netflix)
  2. Trevor Noah – Afraid of the Dark, USA 2017 (Netflix)
  3. Vir Das – Abroad Understanding, USA 2017 (Netflix)
  4. Ahmed Ahmed – Just Like Us, USA 2010 (Netflix)
  5. Colin Quinn – The New York Story, USA 2016 (Netflix)
  6. Maz Jobrani – I’m Not A Terrorist, USA 2015 (Netflix)
  7. Sarah Silverman – A Speck of Dust, USA 2017 (Netflix)

Board Of Education

  1. Boston Public, USA 2000 – 2004, 81 episodes (Fox)
  2. Picket Fences, USA 1992 – 1996, 87 episodes (CBS)
  3. Freaks and Geeks, USA 1999 – 2000, 18 episodes (NBC) [†]
  4. Community, USA 2009 – 2012, 71 episodes (NBC) [TBA]
  5. Glee, USA 2009 – 2012, 66 episodes (Fox)
  6. The Newsroom, USA 2012, 10 episodes (HBO)
  7. Being Erica, Canada 2009 – present, 38 episodes (CBC)

Extramundane & Supernatural

  1. The Prisoner (2009), USA/UK/Australia 2009, 6 episodes (AMC)
  2. The Twilight Zone, USA 1959 – 1964, 156 episodes (CBS)
  3. Misfits, UK 2009 – 2012, 21 episodes (E4)
  4. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, USA 1955 – 1965, 363 episodes (CBS/NBC)
  5. Heroes, USA 2006 – 2010, 77 episodes (NBC) [†]
  6. The Walking Dead, USA 2010 – present, 19 episodes (AMC)
  7. No Ordinary Family, USA 2010 – 2011, 20 episodes (ABC) [†]
  8. Alphas, USA 2011 – 2012, 24 episodes (SyFy) [†]
  9. True Blood, USA 2008 – 2012, 60 episodes (HBO)
  10. Fringe, USA 2008 – 2012, 87 episodes (Fox)
  11. Alcatraz, USA 2012, 13 episodes (Fox) [†]
  12. Grimm, USA 2011 – present, 26 episodes (NBC)
  13. American Horror Story, USA 2011 – present, 12 episodes (FX)
  14. Twin Peaks, USA 1990 – 1991, 30 episodes (ABC)
  15. Touch, USA 2012 – 2012, 13 episodes (Fox)
  16. FlashForward, USA 2009 – 2010, 22 episodes (ABC) [†]
  17. The X-Files, USA 1993 – 2002, 202 episodes (Fox)
  18. Supernatural, USA 2005 – present, 149 episodes (CB)
  19. Being Human, UK 2009 – 2010, 28 episodes (BBC)
  20. Once Upon A Time, USA 2011 – present, 22 episodes (ABC)

Crimes, Cops, Spies & Punishment

  1. The Wire, USA 2002 – 2008, 60 episodes (HBO)
  2. The Shadow Line, UK 2011, 7 episodes (BBC)
  3. Luther, UK 2010 – 2019, 20 episodes (BBC)
  4. The Shield, USA 2002 – 2008, 88 episodes (FX)
  5. Majans M.C., USA 2018 – present, 20 episodes (FX)
  6. Sons of Anarchy, USA 2008 – present, 53 episodes (FX)
  7. Better Call Saul, USA 2015 – present, 40 episodes (AMC)
  8. Breaking Bad, USA 2008 – present, 46 episodes (AMC)
  9. Dexter, USA 2006 – present, 72 episodes (Showtime)
  10. Justified, USA 2010 – 2012, 39 episodes (FX)
  11. The Closer, USA 2005 – 2012, 109 episodes (TNT)
  12. Major Crimes, USA 2012 – 2018, 105 episodes (TNT)
  13. Longmire, USA 2012 – 2017, 63 episodes (A&E/Netflix)
  14. NYC 22, USA 2012, 13 episodes (CBS) [†]
  15. Lie To Me, USA 2009 – 2011, 48 episodes (Fox) [†]
  16. Sherlock, UK 2010 – 2012, 6 episodes (BBC)
  17. Terriers, USA 2010, 13 episodes (HBO) [†]
  18. The Mentalist, USA 2008 – 2012, 94 episodes (CBS)
  19. The Prisoner, UK 1967 – 1968, 17 episodes (ITV)
  20. The District, USA 2000 – 2004, 89 episodes (CBS)
  21. 24, USA 2001 – 2010, 193 episodes (Fox)
  22. Third Watch, USA 1999 – 2005, 132 episodes (NBC)
  23. Human Target, USA 2010 – 2011, 25 episodes (Fox) [†]
  24. Chuck, USA 2007 – 2012, 91 episodes (NBC)
  25. The Firm, USA 2012, 22 episodes (NBC) [†]
  26. Hawaii Five-0, USA 2010 – present, 47 episodes (CBS)
  27. Burn Notice, USA 2007 – present, 90+1 episodes (Fox)
  28. The Good Guys, USA 2010, 20 episodes (Fox) [†]
  29. The Protector, USA 2011, 13 episodes (ABC) [†]
  30. The Chicago Code, USA 2011, 13 episodes (Fox) [†]
  31. Detroit 187, USA 2010 – 2011, 18 episodes (ABC) [†]
  32. The Black Donnellys, USA 2007, 13 episodes (NBC) [†]
  33. Homeland, USA 2011 – present, 10 episodes (Showtime)
  34. Boardwalk Empire, USA 2010 – present, 24 episodes (HBO)

The Squares & The Weirdos

  1. United States of Tara, USA 2009 – 2011, 36 episodes (Showtime)
  2. Hung, USA 2009 – 2011, 30 episodes (HBO) [†]
  3. nip/tuck, USA 2003 – 2010, 100 episodes (FX)

Superheroes, Super Villains and other Comic Book Characters

  1. Legion
  2. Watchmen, USA 2019 – present, 9 episodes (HBO)
  3. Preacher
  4. The Punisher
  5. Doom Patrol
  6. Umbrella Academy
  7. Luke Cage
  8. Daredevil
  9. Jessica Jones
  10. Swamp Thing
  11. Gotham
  12. Teen Titans
  13. The Boyz
  14. Batwoman
  15. Arrow
  16. Superwoman
  17. The Flash

Noted: Waiting To Be Watched (or not)

  • Line Of Duty, UK 2012, 5 episodes (BBC Two)
  • Odyssey 5, USA/Canada 2012, 19/20 episodes (Showtime) [TBA]
  • Political Animals, USA 2012, 6 episodes (USA Network)
  • Black Mirror, UK 2011, 3 episodes (Channel 4)
  • Criminal Justice, UK 2008 – 2009, 10 episodes (BBC)
  • Damages, USA 2007 – present, 49 episodes (FX)
  • Bomb Girls, UK 2012, 6 episodes (Global)
  • The Corner, USA 2000, 6 episodes (HBO)
  • Dollhouse, USA 2009, 27 episodes (Fox) [†]
  • Charlie Jade, Canada/South Africa 2004, 21 episodes (Space) [†]
  • Psychoville, UK 2009 – 2011, 14 episodes (BBC)
  • Torchwood, UK 2006 – 2009, 31 episodes (BBC)
  • Rubicon, USA 2010 – present, 9 episodes (AMC)
  • Rescue Me, USA 2004 – present, 84 episodes (FX)
  • The Tudors, Ireland/Canada 2007 – 2010, 38 episodes (TV3/Showtime/BBC/CBC)
  • Rome, UK/Italy 2005 – 2007, 22 episodes (BBC/HBO/RAI)
  • Legend of the Seeker, USA 2008 – 2010, 44 episodes (ABC)
  • Legend, USA 1995, 12 episodes (UPN)
  • Flashpoint, Canada 2008 – present, 44 episodes (CTV/CBS)
  • In Treatment, USA 2008 – 2010, 106 episodes (HBO)
  • Lights Out, 2011, 13 episodes (FX) [†]
  • Nowhere Man, USA 1995 – 1996, 25 episodes (UPN) [†]
  • Camelot, USA/Ireland/Canada/UK 2011 – present, 10 episodes (Starz)
  • The Borgias, Canada/Hungary/Ireland 2011 – present, 9 episodes (Showtime)
  • The Killing, USA 2011 – present, 13 episodes (ABC)

Hat tips to: Unsinn und Verstand, Anke Gröner, Nasendackel, anmut und demut, nichts, Nerdcore, Eva L., Steve B., Jacob W. … and many others