Binge Watch – Top 10 TV Shows #10 to #1 (2010-2019)

Written and Ranked By: C. A. Ponch

As a reminder – To qualify for the list I followed these basic guidelines:

  1. I watched at least three to five episodes of each show from my top 10 TV shows. Finishing most first seasons of every series on this list. Some shows were so bad that it was not worth watching more than three to five episodes. I gave them a chance. For the majority of the series, I have seen every episode.
  2. Each of the top 10 TV shows could not have more than 30 episodes a season. That eliminated all late-night shows like “The Tonight Show”, variety of programs like “Sports Center”, and singing competitions like “American Idol” and “The Voice”. Also, I didn’t include morning shows like “The Today Show”, etc. If it were a series that aired more than once a week, it was unfortunately just too much content for me to review.
  3. Each series had to have at least three episodes air/stream per season to qualify. This eliminated event TV and made for TV movies but did include some great mini-series.
  4. No reality competitions or junk reality TV. That is not acting, and they show no real craftsmanship to judge. Those series are almost impossible to review. Variety shows with actual writers like SNL were included.
  5. Documentaries were accepted, but only if they were season-long documentaries with more than three episodes. I decided the difference between what qualified as a documentary series and a reality series. Reality series generally create situations and observe those situations for the entertainment of the viewer in an on-going manner much like life itself. A documentary series attempts to educate the viewer by presenting facts through a series of observations that are a full product having a beginning, middle, and end. It’s a fine line, but documentaries tend to inform or educate while entertaining.
  6. Each from the top 10 TV shows had to have at least three episodes air during the past decade (2010-2019) that I actually saw, but I ranked TV shows from their full body of work of which that I have seen since their inception. This eliminated anything that didn’t have an episode air after 2009 but it also eliminated a few shows like “The Simpsons”, and “NCIS” which although I have seen more than three episodes of; I haven’t seen enough episodes of those shows in the past ten years. In fact, a few series on this list would have been ranked higher, had they just ended earlier before the quality of the show deteriorated.
  7. Lastly, there is one exception on this list of TV shows I have watched this decade but can’t rank: “Sesame Street”. It’s still one of the greatest children’s top 10 TV shows of all time. If you have young children, “Sesame Street” should be #1 on this list, if you don’t have young children, why are you watching “Sesame Street”? That’s strange and you may want to seek help.

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Top 10 List Countdown

10. Justified (FX – 2010 to 2015): Ponch: 10/10

IMDB 8.6/10 – RT 97% – Metacritic 86%

Streaming On: Hulu Subscription

9.  Lost (ABC – 2004 to 2010): Ponch: 10/10

IMDB 8.3/10 – RT 85% – Metacritic 84%

Streaming On: Hulu Subscription

8. Catastrophe (Amazon Prime – 2015 to 2019): Ponch: 10/10

8.2/10 IMDB – 98% RT – 89% Metacritic

Streaming On: Amazon Prime Subscription

7. Homeland (Showtime – 2011 to Present): Ponch: 10/10

IMDB 8.3/10 – RT 85% – Metacritic 81%

Streaming On: Showtime Subscription, Hulu Subscription

6. Mad Men (AMC – 2007 to 2015): Ponch: 10/10

IMDB 8.6/10 – RT 94% – Metacritic 87%

Streaming On: Netflix Subscription

5. Watchmen (HBO – 2019 to Present): Ponch: 10/10

IMDB 8.1/10 – RT 95% – Metacritic 85%

Streaming On: HBO Now/Go/Max Subscription

4. Veep (HBO – 2012 to 2019): Ponch: 10/10

IMDB 8.3/10 – RT 93% – Metacritic 83% 

Streaming On: HBO Now/Go/Max Subscription, Amazon Prime Subscription

3. The Americans (FX – 2013 to 2018): Ponch: 10/10

IMDB 8.4/10 – RT 96% – Metacritic 89%

Streaming On: Amazon Prime Subscription

2. 30 for 30 including OJ: Made In America (ESPN – 2009 to Present): Ponch: 10/10

IMDB 8.9/10 – RT 100% – Metacritic NA%

Streaming On: ESPN On-Demand, ESPN+ Subscription

1b. Breaking Bad (AMC – 2008 to 2013): Ponch: 10/10

IMDB 9.5/10 – RT 96% – Metacritic 88% 

Streaming On: Netflix Subscription

1a. Game of Thrones (HBO – 2011 to 2019): Ponch: 10/10

IMDB 9.3/10 – RT 90% – Metacritic 86%

Streaming On: HBO Now/Go/Max Subscription

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