is a brilliant actor and I’ve enjoyed him in a lot of shows over the years. I was watching an interview with him last month and he ran down a list of his favorite TV shows of all time. Not only did I disagree with his list, but I also wanted to put together some of my favorites, something which I’ve never really thought about. I’ve wrestled with this for a few weeks now and here is my top 5, at least my own personal Top 5.
I won’t put this list in any order, as I just don’t know, but there is no doubt that the Sopranos has to be on this list. This is a show which follows the trials and tribulations of a mob boss and his family and there is no doubt that it has some of the best writing which I have ever seen. There is humor, light and dark, emotions, violence, and plenty of strategy throughout this series, which is widely considered as the best of all time.
Sons of Anarchy
This series should definitely get more of a look in on these top lists, and it is definitely one of my favorites. The show charts the story of a motorcycle club, dealing with all kinds of issues, which are thrown at them. A young member reads letters from his father who wanted a different life, and throughout the series, he is torn between his MC and a new life.
It is not just the great scriptwriting and acting in this show which makes it as good as it is, but the premise alone is absolutely outstanding. The idea that a chemistry teacher gets cancer and then learns to make crystal meth in order to leave some money behind for his family is incredible, not to mention how out-of-control things get. An amazing show and an amazing idea, perfectly executed.
The Wire is a gritty drama about cops in Baltimore who are trying to take down a local gangster. Here once again we see some of the most phenomenal acting and storylines, and you really never know which way it is going to go. What I love most about this is the way that you feel towards characters, hating some and loving others which you probably shouldn’t.
House of Cards
This modern take on an old British classic is one of the best things I have seen for some years, and Kevin Spacey plays the role to perfection. A chief whip with dreams of being the president schemes and plots his way to greatness. There is deception, evil, smiles, and some of the best scriptwriting you are likely to find. The show may have ended in a strange way following personal issues which Space had, but that doesn’t take away from what a phenomenal show this is.
What are your top 5 TV shows of all time?