20.) BANACEK – George Peppard as insurance investigator Banacek’s Polish proverbs peppered these truly brain teasing adventure where the question was how not why.
19.) HOMELAND –A great show-unpredictable plot, multi-faceted characters, constant suspense. Only reason it’s not higher on my list is it is only in the beginning of its second season.
18.) VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA – This plots quickly changed from black and white terse mini disaster epics to in color full blown flights of fancy with all kinds of bizarre rubber monsters and people in funny monster suits. Richard Basehart and David Hedison made a good team.
17.) HEROES – The closest a television show has come to getting right the multi-part story arcs of comic books with all the great drama and tragic heroes and villains.
16.) VERONICA MARS – Not only the best non-judgmental rendering of teenage life including sex but also a damn good detective show with very original plotlines. Wrote about this show before here
15.) THE PRISONER – Patrick McGoohan I have written about before
14.) THE TWILIGHT ZONE – Wonderful half-hour morality plays couched in horror. All the best actors of the day appeared on this show. Such great writers including Rod Serling himself.
13.) THE OFFICE – The British version of The Office was so unflinchingly real, it wasn’t so much funny as painful but always rewarding. Ricky Gervaiz as David Brent is one of the greatest TV characters.
12.) GREEN ACRES – Dazzingly bizarre, wonderfully surreal and filled with odd unique comic performances and characters like Mr. Haney, Hank Kimball, and Eb.
11.) THE X FILES – Sci-fi, good writing, interesting protagonists, and a few weird monsters. It was amazing this show kept producing quality episodes for as long as it did.