Top five television shows

A recent discussion brought up the subject of favourite TV shows. This quickly evolved into a top 5 list – what are your top five tv shows of all time?

It’s trickier than you think. Some once-great TV shows fall apart after a while. Are they still top five material?

Here’s my top 5, in no particular order. This list is subject to change at a moment’s notice.

1. The Wire.

2. Breaking Bad

3. Game of Thrones

4. Battlestar Galactica

5. Firefly

There are a ton of great shows which I’ve really enjoyed, but don’t feel they quite hit the top. Bubbling under we have shows like Buffy, The West Wing, Farscape, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, the list is as long as your arm. They’re all great, but lack that certain… something.

Then there are those which are great fun, but too lightweight or episodic. The Big Bang Theory is on virtual repeat in our house. The first few seasons were funny, but it’s started turning into a parody of itself. Lie to Me was enormous fun but was the sort of thing you didn’t need to watch every episode to keep up. Similarly CSI (all flavours), NCIS, Law & Order. All great shows, but lacking the true brilliance of the top five.

What are your top five TV shows? Do you binge on box-sets? Glued to Netflix, or LoveFilm Instant? What should I watch next?