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Top ten programmes on TV

Updated on August 26, 2009

And the noninees are: no particular order...

  1. Fringe
  2. True Blood
  3. NCIS
  4. Dollhouse
  5. Lie to me
  6. Bones
  7. Criminal minds
  8. Dexter
  9. Heroes
  10. Medium


This programme burst onto our screens offering something new and whilst the idea of genetically modified bats, sucking the blood from its human victims didn't impress much, the rest of it has been thought provoking to say the least.

The series follows a group of FBI investigators led by Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and her boss,  Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick), Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble),  who's just out of a mental institution and his son, Peter (Joshua Jackson) as they investigate what they have termed as 'fringe' science.

They encounter more than they bargain for as Olivia battles with the unknown and a huge corporation in her attempt to get to the bottom of some pretty freaky occurrences.

True Blood

Set in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, this show follows Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a waitress in a bar, who can hear the thoughts of others.It's not as if she's eavesdropping either, they seem to intrude upon her.

It's set two years after vampires came out of the coffin and declared that they wanted the same rights as the mortals, but like the racial tension that gripped the south with slavery and so on, they aren't having such a good time of it.

On top of that, many of the vampires don't want it either.

Sookie Meets Bill (Stephen Moyer), a vampire who she saves from a couple of trailer-trash drainers - people who drain the blood of vampires and sell it on the black market, as for humans, it's like a drug - and Bill is attracted to her.

Sookie's Brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) as well as others, are dead against Sookie's relationship with Bill, even though she is in control of the situation - or thinks she is, although, the fact that she can't hear his thoughts and is impervious to his hypnotic influence might have something to do with it.


A serial more than a series that follows a group of Naval Criminal Investigation Service agents as they solve murders, thefts and espionage within the Navy.

Led by Leroy 'Jethro' Gibbs, himself an ex gunnery sergeant, the team consists of officer Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), an Isrealli agent, special agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), special agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) and are assisted by forensic expert Abby Sciuto (Paulie Perrette) and medical examiner Duckie Mallard (David McCullum).

This is like many series nowadays in that although they have a mission that is generally open and shut over the course of one episode, sometimes two, they also have threads running through that get solved over the course of a series - or longer.

It's one of those programmes to look forward to as each of the agents has a distinct personality and the interaction between the characters is excellent.


Another outing into the world of Joss Whedon who brought us Buffy the vampire slayer, Angel and Firefly (plus the film, Serenity).

It was something that Eliza Dushku (Buffy, Tru calling) who plays Echo in the series, hounded Joss to write and wouldn't leave him until he did. We're glad it turned out that way, guys.

The Dollhouse is a secret organisation who have dolls and actives - dolls are the humans who have no brain imprint and actives have been programmed.

The actives can be programmed to do anything from being a sexual partner to being a safe cracker or a criminalist - whatever the client wants, they can have. Well... providing they can pay for it of course.

Echo starts remebering the implants they have given her, showing talent the people running the house, had no idea whe would.

In the meantime, they are being investigated by the FBI and have a spy in their midst...

Lie to me

Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) plays a man who can see by facial expressions and body language, whether someone is telling the truth or not and are regularly being used by the Justice Department to interrogate suspects and help solve crimes.

Aided by Dr, Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams), Eli Loker (Brendan Hines) and Ria Torres (Monica Raymund), the series touches on some extremely sensitive situations in which the truth is often harder to discern than you'd think.


FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) teams up with forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperence Brennan (Emily Deschanel) in an attempt to solve murders where dead bodies are found.

Aided by a team of 'squints', they find themselves in more tight corners than the average scared mouse as they uncover some gruesome bodies with interesting pasts.

Included in that bunch was a man who liked to be treated like a horse and people who enjoyed a certain cannibalistic lifestyle.

The interplay between Booth and Brennan is exquisite since she has few skills as far as human interaction is concerned. Throw Angel (Michaela Conlin) into the mix who has bisexual tendencies, Hodgins (T.J. Thyne), who was having a relationship with her, Booths ex girlfriend Dr. Conlin (Tamara Taylor) and Zack (Eric Millegan),who was later replaced by a whole host of very strange and unique replacements and you have a recipe for a definite hit.

Criminal Minds

The FBI's behavioural Science unit are on call to go anywhere and focus their time on serial killers, which seem to be more numerous than one would have thought possible - which is why I have no intention to go there.

Their jobs are completely all-consuming and is why Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) left to be replaced by renowned criminologist David Rossi (Joe Mantegne) took his place. It's no surprise when you see what depths human beings will stoop to fulfil their fantasies and desires.

Led by Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), they jet around the country to prifile the UnSubs to aid the local police in the capture and incarceration or killing of the perpetrators.


Dexter Morgan (Michael C Hall) works for the Miami Police as a blood Spatter analyst and has a secret - he's a serial killer.

But Dexter has a code; a code taught to him by his adopted father (James Remar), himself a cop, who teaches Dexter that there are elements within society that the law wasn't able to touch and deserve to die.

Dexter then makes it his life's mission to rid at least Miami of these ne'erdowells, and from his position is almost above suspicion.

However, things go wrong when he encounters the Ice Truck Killer, putting his sister, Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), whose only crime is her foul mouth, in danger.


Tim Kring's masterpiece that sees people who have 'special' powers, such as flight, the ability to regenerate, regardless of how bad the damage - within minutes, time travel and so much more trying to avoid capture by a company who seem above the law.

At the same time, one of their kind is busy killing them off and stealing their abilities, becoming stronger and stronger.

So far there have been three series of Heroes and we have seen the fortunes of all of them change as the story has unfolded.

With the fourth series eagerly awaited, we sit in eager anticipation to see how things will develop


Meet Allison Dubois (Particia Arquette) who works for DA Manuel Devalos in the capacity of consultant. They can't be any more specific as Allison can talk to the dead.

She is instrumental in bringing to book, some of the less welcome members of society that have their skeletons perfectly displayed for her as she deciphers the clues she gets.

Her long-suffering husband Joe (Jake Weber) has a lot to contend with as not only is she phychic, but their children are also showing signs of developing the same talents.

Bridgette is worth a pound a minute whilst pubescent Ariel has trouble of her own and little Marie isn't old enough yet to know quite what's going on.

Often disturbing, the show was written around the stories of Allison Dubois, a real life psychic who helped to make Patricia's portrayal all the more believable.

Watch at your own risk...

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Which one do you think should be number one. As I said, the list above is no particular order

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    • Helen Cater profile image

      Helen Cater 8 years ago from UK

      You missed The Tudors......great pic I have watched most of them too.

    • Nick B profile image

      Nick B 8 years ago from Normandy, France

      But... but... You said you'd vote for True Blood...

    • christine almaraz profile image

      christine almaraz 8 years ago from colorado springs

      There I voted:)

    • Nick B profile image

      Nick B 8 years ago from Normandy, France

      But you didn't vote...

    • christine almaraz profile image

      christine almaraz 8 years ago from colorado springs

      heroes is pretty good but they have such a long pause in between seasons and episodes. Nbc needs to get it together if their going to keep their fan base.

    • Nick B profile image

      Nick B 8 years ago from Normandy, France

      We'll have to see won't we?

    • bingskee profile image

      bingskee 8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      of course it's heroes!