My Top 30 Mustc TV Shows

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.

GoT 01 -The Eyrie by Natty Dread source Flickr

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.)

  1. Game of Thrones (2011)
  2. The Wire (2002)
  3. Breaking Bad (2008)
  4. Boardwalk Empire (2010)
  5. Prison Break (2005)
  6. Scandal (2012)
  7. The Walking Dead (2010)
  8. Homeland (2011)
  9. Banshee (2013)
  10. Justified (2010)
  11. Damages (2007)
  12. Outlander (2014)
  13. The BlackList (2013)
  14. Suits (2011)
  15. Peaky Blinders (2013)
  16. The Americans (2013)
  17. 24 (2001)
  18. Orange is the New Black (2013)
  19. The Chicago Code (2011)
  20. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) 
  21. Life on Mars (2006; original UK series)
  22. Revenge (2011)
  23. Vikings (2013)
  24. Wentworth Prison (2013)
  25. Love/Hate (2010)
  26. Six Feet Under (2001)
  27. NYPD Blue (1993)
  28. Black Sails (2014)
  29. Fargo (2014)
  30. Luther (2010)                                                                                    

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 Quote created using ShareAsImage; image by M. Mate; source: Flickr

The Quote is from Season 3, episode 12: `We do not Touch the First Ladies.`

Well, that’s the list. I hope it helps you discover your new MustcTV obsession! If you’d like to know what Mustc TV shows are currently available, check out the TV Listings page.

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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