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How many of IMDb’s top 250 TV shows have you watched?

Matt N

CF Legend
Hi guys. I noticed that the film buff thread in this section of the forums, talking about how many of IMDb’s top 250 films you’ve watched, is fairly popular, so I thought; why not take a delve into the top 250 TV shows and see how many we’ve watched? The current top 250 is as follows: https://m.imdb.com/chart/toptv/?ref_=nv_tvv_250

So, how many have I watched? Well, I’ll admit I’m not too much of a TV watcher, so I reckon the count could be quite low… let’s do this!

The shows I’ve watched at least one episode of from that list, in order of ranking, are as follows:
  1. Only Fools and Horses (1981, ranked #44, score 8.8/10)
  2. Friends (1994, ranked #52, score 8.8/10)
  3. Fawlty Towers (1975, ranked #59, score 8.7/10)
  4. Blackadder Goes Forth (1989, ranked #61, score 8.7/10)
  5. The Simpsons (1989, ranked #99, score 8.6/10)
  6. Top Gear (2002, ranked #114, score 8.6/10)
  7. Father Ted (1995, ranked #136, score 8.6/10)
  8. Mr Bean (1990, ranked #162, score 8.5/10)
  9. Impractical Jokers (2011, ranked #198, score 8.5/10)
Wow, that was even worse than 16 on the films one… my total there was 9/250!

For a breakdown like in the films one, it goes:
  • Top 10: 0/10
  • Top 20: 0/20
  • Top 25: 0/25
  • Top 50: 1/50
  • Top 100: 5/100
  • Top 200: 9/200
  • Top 250: 9/250
I’ll admit some of that does surprise me, however; there are things absent from that list that I would personally have predicted to be in there prior to reading (I don’t know if it’s just my personal preference talking, but I’m quite surprised things like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory aren’t in there).

But how many of IMDb’s top 250 programs have you watched?


Mega Poster
Ugh. Any list of top TV shows which doesn't include The Leftovers is totally invalid. That's what you get when you ask the general public.

A few months ago the BBC had a major poll involving "206 TV experts from 43 countries" to determine the best TV shows of the 21st century. It's much more interesting.


Strata Poster
This is clearly broken - Only Fools and Horses and Friends are **** (and yes, I know that's even more controversial than me thinking Taron is a bit 'meh')

I recommend good knowledge of the Simpsons if you want a full appreciation of Serena's trip reports though - or mine, for that matter ;)


Giga Poster
Just did a quick round-up, so no breakdown of Top 10 etc... but I've seen 139 of the 250.

Ugh. Any list of top TV shows which doesn't include The Leftovers is totally invalid. That's what you get when you ask the general public.

A few months ago the BBC had a major poll involving "206 TV experts from 43 countries" to determine the best TV shows of the 21st century. It's much more interesting.

An interesting list.
Unsurprising to see The Wire take top spot. Succession (one of my current binge watches) coming in at 10th. Possibly justifiable albeit too soon to say?
Definitely some questionable choices... my beloved Utopia... 74th :(

Matt N

CF Legend
I recommend good knowledge of the Simpsons if you want a full appreciation of Serena's trip reports though - or mine, for that matter ;)
Interesting… thanks for the pointer! Even though I’ve watched a fair few episodes of The Simpsons (particularly everything Season 19 or earlier, as I have Seasons 1-19 on DVD, and after about Season 27, as that’s when I begun watching it live on TV), I’ve never actually noticed any Simpsons references in either of your reports before… I’m clearly not looking hard enough!

I should also point out that some of these shows aren’t things I’ve seen every episode of; the shows in the list above are things I’ve seen at least one episode of.


Strata Poster
You definitely don't need anything post Season 19 ;)

This is my personal favourite:
Remember four hours ago...when we were excited to hear this IMAscore that sounds like Ralph Wiggum with a flute up his nose?

I'm fairly sure Jordan & Serena could manage a conversation between them entirely consisting of quotes or references :p

PS: Sorry for taking your thread way off topic ;)


Strata Poster
I've rated 23 of the shows on the list, but have probably seen one or two episodes of the other stuff on there as well (mostly stuff like nature documentaries, talk shows or sitcoms).

Here's the stuff I've rated:
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
Rick & Morty
Last Week Tonight
Black Mirror
Better Call Saul
BoJack Horseman
Stranger Things
South Park
House M.D.
Top Gear
The IT Crowd
Silicon Valley
Big Little Lies
Your Lie in April
Love, Death & Robots

Quite a decent list of TV.


Staff member
Well, any top 250 TV shows that doesn't have Babylon 5 in the top 25, let alone not in the top 250 is not a list worth bothering with.

Also, a massive omission with no Carnivale. It's like these lists are written based on popularity, rather than anything else.

It's especially odd, when you have so cracking oddities like "Spaced" in there though. A series that contains the line "Babylon 5 is ****" :D


Top10 - 5
Top 25 - 11
Top 50 - 20
Top 100 - 38
Top 200 - 69 (dude)
Top 250 - 83


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Top 10 - 5
Top 25 - 9
Top 50 - 14
Top 100 - 27
Top 200 - 49
Top 250 - 60



Strata Poster
Top 10: 1/10
Top 25: 2/25
Top 50: 2/50
Top 100: 5/100
Top 200: 7/200
Top 250: 8/250

Wow, that's pretty appalling isn't it. I'm not a big TV watcher, and there's some there which I've included which I haven't watched fully (and equally, some I've only watch a bit of, but haven't included, as I don't think I've watched enough of said show).

So the 8 are...

#3. Breaking Bad. Gave up watching by Season 4. Great first two seasons, but got very tired of it in Season 3. Since I watched over 50% of it, I'll count it, aha

#14. Rick and Morty. Haven't watched the most recent season. I do like it, but it tries way too hard for my liking, and is becoming overly convoluted, and it feels like that's justified in many ways "because that's the point".

#72. Dark. This had been on a 'To watch list' for me for ages, and I finally watched it after seeing glowing reviews on here actually. The final episodes become rather complex, but I adored this.

#87. Stranger Things. Great show, think they should have ended it with 3 seasons though and am a bit worried the 4th one may make things a bit convoluted.

#99. The Simpsons. I bloody love The Simpsons. LOVE IT. Find it unpossible to believe there are people out there who don't enjoy this perfect(ly cromulent) show.

#166. Cobra Kai. I'm a bit too young to have known the films when they came out, but remember always watching them whenever they were shown on terrestrial TV. And really do love the 80s cheese of them all. Cobra Kai absolutely smashes it out the park by treating almost every character as so real, have good and bad sides. Great fun and captures the cheese, but some real gritty character development too. Really enjoyed season 4

#196. Doctor Who. I stopped watching midway through Capaldi's era. I liked everything up to about midway through Matt Smith's doctor, and then grew disinterested with it unfortunately.

#240. Futurama. A few months back I went on a full on binge and watched every episode of this. It is bloody brilliant. Has a few weak spots, and I'm not a fan of the final episode, but for the most part, it's genuinely fantastic.

Side note: I'm a little disappointed that Santa Clarita Diet isn't in the Top 250. Netflix did the show wrong by ending it after 3 seasons, but it was fab.
I'm doing my list based on seeing at least 3 episodes! I don't watch a lot of TV though whatsoever.

True Detective
Black Mirror
Six Feet Under (****ing spectacular, best ending to a TV series ever)
South Park
Impractical Jokers
Schitt's Creek (didn't really enjoy it, I tried)

So, 10.

Where the **** is Modern Family? Where the **** is Vikings?!

EDIT- The list is weird because Vikings got an 8.5 which should put it in the top 250 but it isn't in there. Same with Modern Family at 8.4.


CF Legend
Based on watching at least three episodes, 75/250.

Top 10: 7/10
Top 25: 12/25
Top 50: 25/50
Top 100: 40/100
Top 200: 66/200
Top 250: 75/250


Hyper Poster
I’m very fussy when it comes to TV shows. If I get the slightest whiff that a plot is being ‘padded’ or plot principally created for the sake of extending the show, I’m become disinterested. TV shows are too much of a time commitment for them to simply be ‘OK’.

But I will swan into the thread to recommend BoJack Horseman. That is sensational. Who would have thought an absurd, comic animation about the troubles of a retired actor (that happens to be a talking horse - yes, really) could provoke so many feels. It’s extremely ‘human’ - exploring all sorts of relatable things. The first season can be a little patchy but if you make it through that and into series 2, it’ll be one of the best shows you’ll ever watch.

See the ratings for each series here:

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Hyper Poster
@Will Season 19 + of The Simpsons is very generous! I refuse to acknowledge anything after season 11 exists 😂Seasons 3-8 is the absolute pinnacle of television for me.

Have seen 83 of that list.

The below would be my top 10 in no particular order.

Curb Your Enthusiasm
I'm Alan Partridge
The Wire
The Sopranos
Band Of Brothers
The Office (both UK and US)
Peep Show
Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul
It's Always Sunny


Mega Poster
1-50: 5 (Rick And Morty [wasn't really a fan, 9.1 stars on IMDb], Arcane [9.0 stars], Attack on Titan [8.9 stars], Cowboy Bebop [8.9 stars], The Office [8.9 stars])
51-100: 1 (The Mandalorian [8.7 stars])
101-150: 1 (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba [8.6 stars])
151-200: 0
201-250: 0


Roller Poster
I liked all the shows I have seen. There are a few shows I have only seen one season of, I didn't include them in the list with exception of True Detective because the following seasons have different storylines. My absolute favorites are Band of Brothers, Chernobyl, Game of Thrones, Fargo, the Office and After Life.

3. Breaking Bad
4. Band of Brothers
5 Chernobyl
13. Game of Thrones
19. Sherlock
27. Human Planet
34. True Detective (Season 1)
39. Fargo
40. The Office (US)
41. When They See Us
51. Monty Python's Flying Circus
55. Black Mirror
63. Narcos
69. The Mandalorian
70. Peaky Blinders
72. Dark
89. Stranger Things
161. Making a Murderer
162. Mr Bean
246. After Life