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6 Best TV Shows

Updated on December 16, 2017
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Fawad is yet another University student who happens to be a big fan of TV Shows.

TV shows are a very popular source of entertainment now-a-days. In contrast to movies, TV shows provide a very detailed insight in life of their characters. So, they can also be used as a brilliant learning curve. Based on their content and popularity; these are the TV shows that everyone must watch.

How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM)

iGenre: Comedy, Romance

IMDB Rating: 8.4

Main Characters: Ted Mosby, Robin Scherbatsky, Barney Stinson, Marshall Erikson, Lily Aldrin.

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The series revolves around the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends; as their lives progress over the years in their New York City's Manhattan apartment building. The theme of the season is finding true love in life and then holding on to it.

Problems that we face in our everyday life are depicted in a comical; yet understanding manner. The show provides a lighter and casual approach towards these problems. Thus, viewers develop an unusually strong emotional attachment to the show. This show also symbolizes the importance of friends in our lives and how friends provide us support, play a critical role in lifting us up through testing times of our lives.

The theme of the show is friendship, love and intimacy. The entire show focuses on how experiences of our life change us in a positive manner and how every good or bad thing that happens to us makes us a better person.

Number of seasons: 9

Running time: 22 minutes

Total Episodes: 208

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Season 1 Trailer

White Collar

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

IMDB Rating: 8.3

Main Characters: Neil Caffrey, Peter Burke. Elizabeth Burke, Mozzie

This show revolves around events that transpire after a convinced con-man agrees to help FBI as a consultant in white collar criminal cases. The two main characters of the plot are not just any other agents working on criminal cases. One of them is a very dedicated FBI special agent in white collar division, while the other one is a convicted con-man.

Latter can predict the behavior and thought process of criminals, therefore out-smarting them; thus solving criminal cases becomes more of a jigsaw puzzle for both of them. This non-conventional relationship dynamics leads to a very interesting chemistry between characters.

The show hinges on the charming and confident personality of Neil Caffrey who virtually charms and smile his way out of all troubles. The fascinating thing about the show is that it shows entire way of living and thought process of white collar criminals.

One thing is for sure, ‘Neil Caffrey’ is bound to cast a long lasting impression on you.

Number of seasons: 6

Running time: 40 min

Total Episodes: 81

Season 1 Trailer

Band of Brothers

Genre: Action, Drama, History

IMDB Rating: 9.5

Main Characters: A whole lot of soldiers.

It is based on the true story of 'Easy Company' of the U.S. Army 101st Division during the World War II. The plot unfolds during World War II Europe. While depicting the violent nature of war in remarkable detail, this TV shows somehow manages to represent the softness and tenderness within soldiers and the sheer amount of suffering that is inflicted on people during war.

Shows the bond which develops between men during war and the effect of war on people that are fighting alongside each other against a joint enemy.

Although it is a breath-taking and shockingly accurate depiction of the violent, tragic and mind-boggling events that transpired in World War II; still this mini-series manages to maintain a humane tone throughout the show. Therefore, this historic re-enactment of parts of world war II depicts accurately the sheer violence and trauma of the war; but more importantly, while doing so, it also addresses the empathy to the loss and suffering and thus it covers the emotional aspect of the war.

Number of seasons: 1

Running time: Shortest Episode: 49 minute

Longest Episode: 70 minutes

Total Episodes: 10

Season 1 Trailer

Breaking Bad

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

IMDB Rating: 9.5/10

Main Characters: Walter White, Skyler White, Jesse Pinkman.

Life of middle-aged high school chemistry teacher after he is diagnosed of inoperable lungs cancer and he tries desperately to find means to earn money to secure financial future of his family. But he is unable to foresee the consequences of his actions and the steep cost that he ad his family has to pay to achieve the financial security that he is after.

This TV show was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show focuses on how a mild-mannered high school teacher becomes a relentless drug-dealer. This series also depicts the challenges of this new life style and how characters involved in the series adjust to this new life-style and how their lives are affected negatively by it.

The most fascinating aspect of this TV show is how people can relate it to their daily lives. This show describes messy, chaotic and out of control nature of life. Moreover, the way things turn out and general outlook of the series appear very realistic and resemble to everyday life to such an extent that it makes one wonder if the show is an adoption of a real life story(although it’s not). Things keep getting from bad to worse for 'Walter White' and people around him as he continues to fight to try and find a way to make things work for everyone.

Number of seasons: 6

Running time: 49 minutes

Total Episodes: 62


Season 1 Trailer

House of Cards

Genre: Drama

IMDB Rating: 8.9

Main Characters: Francis Underwood, Claire Underwood

This show gives its viewers glimpses about what goes on behind the scenes in the very top levels of American politics. The show focuses on the fact how greed, corruption, hypocrisy and, thus, the abuse of power have become normal practices in the White House.

Show hinges around the way a seasoned politician, U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina, manipulates other people around him to climb his way to the very top of the political ladder and then struggles to maintain that level. It is based on the U.K mini-series of the same name. On the stage of politics, 'Francis Underwood' and his wife try to stay a step ahead of everyone else and they are ready to pay any cost for that purpose .

Show depicts cruel, relentless and insensitive nature of politics. The spotlight of the show is the way how politicians manipulate each other and people, in general, in order to use them for their advantage. People in power always desperately seek more power and they are ready to take out whatever that comes in their way. In a bid to gain more power they become totally oblivious of the suffering of others. Multiple real-life media figures make cameo appearances in the show.

Number of seasons: 4

Running time: 51 minutes

Total Episodes: 78 up till now

Season 1 Trailer

Game of Thrones

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

IMDB Rating: 9.5

Main Characters: Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Cersie Lannister, Jamie Lannister, Tyrion Lannister

Based on medieval-era rivalry and tussle between nine noble families to rule the kingdom. This show breathtakingly describes the bloody struggle for power and influence and even more bloody struggle to maintain that power. It also depicts the harsh and bitter realities of life in remarkable detail.

Although there are large number of characters in the show but as all of them are very diverse; so it spices up the plot. Moreover, the plot is very broad as more than ones story lines are going on at one time. In short, the show manages to keep its viewers very engaged and the unending twists and turns in the plot never disappoint.

The most exciting feature of this show is that characters develop over-time in the show. As the show progresses through the seasons, the characters become more mature, cunning; in some cases more relentless and cruel.

P.S: Don’t get too used to with your favorite characters in this show, because most of the starting cast dies in the first few seasons.

Number of seasons: 7 up till now*

Running time: 57 minutes

Total Episodes: 61 episodes so far*

*Season 8 is supposed to be finale of the show.

Season 1 Trailer

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