My Top 30 Mustc TV Shows
This is a golden era for television. In fact, it’s no longer necessary to go to the cinema to experience cinematic quality drama. While the average budget of a Hollywood film still far exceeds that spent on the production of small screen drama, television expenditure is rising.
Production costs for Season 1 of Game of Thrones is widely reported at between $50 and $60 million. IMDB indicates that there will be at least 6 seasons of this hit show.
Image by Natty Dread; source: Flickr
It’s not just the impressive production values of small screen dramas affording cinema competition. TV, as a medium, often surpasses cinema when it comes to plot and writing quality, too. There is much greater scope within a television series for narrative and character development.
Although the run time of films is on the rise, most are under 2 hours long. Whereas, the average TV series has 12-22 episodes– and that’s just season one! In fact, there are so many addictive, ground-breaking, thought-provoking or visually-stunning shows available, that it’s very easy to miss out on even the award-winners when they first air.
There are only so many hours in the day and spaces on the Tivo box, right?
Looking for recommendations? Just finished a brilliant show and left wondering what you should try next? Here’s the list that can help!
(coming soon:) Click on the title links for more info.
(For now, the titles will direct you to their IMDB pages.)
- Game of Thrones (2011)
- The Wire (2002)
- Breaking Bad (2008)
- Boardwalk Empire (2010)
- Prison Break (2005)
- Scandal (2012)
- The Walking Dead (2010)
- Homeland (2011)
- Banshee (2013)
- Justified (2010)
- Damages (2007)
- Outlander (2014)
- The BlackList (2013)
- Suits (2011)
- Peaky Blinders (2013)
- The Americans (2013)
- 24 (2001)
- Orange is the New Black (2013)
- The Chicago Code (2011)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
- Life on Mars (2006; original UK series)
- Revenge (2011)
- Vikings (2013)
- Wentworth Prison (2013)
- Love/Hate (2010)
- Six Feet Under (2001)
- NYPD Blue (1993)
- Black Sails (2014)
- Fargo (2014)
- Luther (2010)
The Quote is from Season 3, episode 12: `We do not Touch the First Ladies.`
Now, I should probably add that Mustc sitcoms and other addictive, but drama-lite shows, will be listed in a separate post. Not only because I feel they deserve their own posts, but because if I didn’t tackle them separately I’d still be agonizing over what should make this list come Christmas!
I should also mention that I’m aware of a handful of shows (past and present) that warrant consideration for my Mustc list. Since I’ve not personally seen them yet (and I don’t recommend TV series I haven’t seen,) they haven’t make the cut this time around.
I’m going to create a permanent page for this post which you can find in the main menu – just click on the Home link to navigate back to the main page. It will have lots of images and quotes from the shows on the list above; it will also be updated as and when I discover a new series worthy of stealing a place in My Top 30 Mustc TV shows list.
So, please check out the Mustc Top 30 page for new recommendations. Feel free to make a case for a series to be included if it’s not yet listed!
I look forward to hearing your comments on these great TV Shows!
Image: GoT 01 -The Eyrie by Natty Dread; source: Flickr. Game of Thrones quote by MustcTV; quote created using ShareAsImage. Liv’s beloved monster by MustcTV; quote created using ShareAsImage; image: blood by M. Mate; source: Flickr.
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