There are so many TV shows available that it can be hard to choose a show to sit down and binge watch. We highlight some of the highest rated and popular shows of all time to give you some ideas if you're looking for an iconic series to watch.
The Sopranos is a crime drama TV series that original aired in 1997. It follows the life of fictional character Tony Soprano, a New Jersey-based mobster, and the difficulties he deals with between his family life and as the leader of a criminal organization. The show also features Tony Soprano's family, mafia members, and therapist. There are spinoffs including parodies, books, video games, and music along with other merchandise based off the series. Though most of the cast members are unknown and/or unpopular to the public, they have gone on to have successful careers. The Sopranos is considered to be one of the greatest TV series of all time with critics praising it's well-written screenplay and plot.
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy is a sitcom TV series on CBS from 1951 to 1957 with a total of six seasons. The show starred Lucille Ball and her real-life husband Desi Arnaz and followed Ball's personal life as a housewife in New York City. Colorized versions of the original series was also popular and has been aired a few times since the original series, including in the 2010s. I Love Lucy used novel filming techniques for the time including being shot in front of a studio audience. It is the first show to use an ensemble cast and many consider it to be the greatest sitcom of all time.
The Simpsons is an animated sitcom TV series that is a satirical portrayal of the American working-class life based off the fictional Simpson family. The show is based off the fictional town of Springfield and often includes other people from the town. It is the longest running American sitcom with over 650 episodes and has inspired spinoffs including The Simpsons Movie released in 2007. The Simpsons was widely popular in its first nine to ten seasons and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The show also inspired other adult animated sitcom TV series including South Park, Family Guy, Futurama, etc. Perhaps the most famous phrase is Homer Simpson's "D'oh!" with has been adopted and accepted in the English language.
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live is a sketch comedy and variety show that premiered on NBC in 1975. The show's comedy sketches often parody popular culture and is performed by members from a large, rotating cast. Episodes usually feature a celebrity guest who also performs in the sketches with the cast and often includes a musical guest performer. It is one of the longest running programs in the United States and the show's format has been copied and recreated in several other countries. Saturday Night Live is considered to be one of the greatest shows of all time though at times, its contents have been subject to controversy over censorship and other mistakes from the cast.
Seinfeld is a sitcom TV series created for NBC in the 1980s when there was an increase in popularity of comedians. The series is a fictionalized version of creator Jerry Seinfeld's life and focuses on his personal life with friends and acquaintances. Seinfeld is set mostly in an apartment in the Upper West Side in New York City and many describe it as a show about nothing. Seinfeld is considered to be one of the best and most influential TV series of all time with many of the show's phrases becoming popular in popular culture.