The Best TV Shows You Should Be Watching: Based on IMDB Ratings

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TV is a great way to relax after a long day. Whether you're into dramas or comedies, you can find what you're looking for on TV. However, it's hard to know where to start when it comes to finding the ..

The best TV shows

House of Cards

In its fifth season, House of Cards has won many awards including the Emmy and Golden Globe for Best Drama Series. The series is about political strategist Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, and his rise to the presidency, according to Thrillist. “This is the sort of show where every piece of the plot seems like the most obvious choice, but it works because everyone in it brings the right amount of cynicism to bear on the situation and seems genuinely horrified by what’s happening,” wrote Thrillist.



The show is based on a book series of the same name. It's about Claire, a married woman, who travels back in time, and falls in love with an army officer, played by Sam Heughan, Thrillist wrote.


How to watch TV

IMDB is the best site to get a TV show, at least according to some people. For others, Netflix and other streaming services, such as Hulu, are easier. If you're not sure where to start, this list should help you find the best TV shows based on the IMDB ratings. You can find more lists for best shows and best TV shows for teens and best shows for young adults, but it's probably best to stick to lists that you can find based on the shows you're interested in.


1. The Big Bang Theory: Average rating: 7.3 out of 10


2. Black-ish: Average rating: 7.4 out of 10


3. Modern Family: Average rating: 7.6 out of 10


4. New Girl: Average rating: 7.7 out of 10


5. Jane the Virgin: Average rating: 7.9 out of 10


6. Arrow: Average rating: 7.9 out of 10


7. New Girl: Average rating: 7.9 out of 10


The best drama series

The Wire: The Wire tells the story of police in Baltimore, Maryland. Based on the Baltimore Sun newspaper, The Wire follows the lives of the police and residents in the same neighbourhoods. The show is known for its realistic, gritty and realistic writing and technical mastery of the series. The Wire is one of the best dramas on IMDB. The Wire averages a rating of 9.8/10 from 893 ratings. You can watch The Wire on Amazon Prime, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes and other streaming services. The Wire is also available on DVD.

The Big Bang Theory: A group of scientists, physicists, and engineers work together at a university research centre. They live in a complex and futuristic-looking lab in Pasadena, California. The story follows their hilarious adventures.


Breaking Bad

I'm sure we all know this is a great TV show based on its incredible ending. It has an overall rating of 8.8/10. It's not even one of the most popular TV shows according to IMDB. Other notable TV shows with a rating of 8.8/10 include Dexter and Sons of Anarchy. Fans have been waiting for the final season to come out, but the release date hasn't been confirmed yet.


Game of Thrones


It has an overall rating of 8.2/10 and has been on TV for seven seasons. It's also ranked #2 on IMDB's list of the best TV shows of all time. Fans are sad that the series may be coming to an end when it returns in 2019. George R.R. Martin is the author of the books that were turned into TV series. This show is based on the famous book series and has received rave reviews from fans.


One of the highest-rated TV shows of all time, Game of Thrones has garnered plenty of success with a wide range of audiences. Since it started, viewers have fallen in love with the show, and with good reason. Game of Thrones explores the classic tale of power struggle and betrayal, making it one of the most popular shows on TV. Although you can start watching the show in the last season, or even in the early seasons, it's more likely that you'll start watching as the show progresses.


The Sopranos

The Sopranos is a critically-acclaimed series, giving viewers a glimpse into the world of Italian crime families in New Jersey, including the 'the family' in Tony Soprano's family.

The Sopranos is ranked #7 on the list with an IMDB rating of 9.8. This is the highest-ranked TV show on the list. The show has been in the IMDB Top 250 shows since its premiere. The Sopranos is about a New Jersey mob boss named Tony Soprano who is forced to confront his own emotions and the escalating violence in his life. The Sopranos is the longest-running and highest-rated TV show of all time. The show became the highest-rated show on the air since The Cosby Show.


Orange Is the New Black


Orange Is the New Black is a Netflix original show which was recently released and has a rating of 7.4 stars. This is the 4th highest-rated TV show according to IMDB. This is the highest-rated TV show with an all-women cast.


House of Cards

The sixth season of Netflix's show, House of Cards, has received positive reviews and ratings so far. The show was filmed on location in Maryland and stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as President Frank Underwood and First Lady Claire Underwood. The series has received mostly good reviews, with most critics praising Wright's performance as Claire. According to IMDB, the season has an IMDB rating of 7.9 out of 10, with 55 per cent of users giving the show a positive rating.


The Walking Dead


The latest season of AMC's The Walking Dead premiered in October, and it has garnered a strong following since its first episode. The second episode of the season even surpassed the season one premiere in terms of views, according to the Associated Press. The series has received an IMDB rating of 7.


The best comedy series

You might be surprised that comedy is IMDB's favourite television show. With their rating system of TV shows, comedies usually rank higher than dramas, and IMDB is no exception.


The Crown


The Crown is the best drama series according to IMDB. In their description of the show, it says, “The story of Britain’s rise to prominence on the global stage through the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy).” While it is not the best show of all time, it's still a great show. It's also beautifully filmed and has an amazing cast. If you are a fan of historical shows, then you have to check them out!


The Americans


The Americans are one of the best TV shows ever! The description from IMDB about the show states, “The Americans, which is about two KGB agents in the US, on the run from a secret FBI agent.


Arrested Development

Here is a free laugh every weeknight. Arrested Development stars Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter. It tells the story of George Bluth, Sr., played by Tony Hale, and his three children, played by Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, and Portia de Rossi. George Bluth Sr. is arrested for fraud and money laundering. The prosecution states he embezzled $40 million from his family. He tries to get the family to pay the money back, but they always find ways to cheat and hide money.


Designated Survivor


This is a drama about a family man who becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic event that kills everyone in the government except for him. He is then the President.



The highest-rated TV show on IMDB, Community, comes at a respectable 8.7. A comedy show, the show follows the lives of five engineering students in the fictional Greendale Community College. The cast members of the show are comedy legends, making the show fun to watch. If you have a keen interest in engineering, science, or technology, Community is a must-watch.


Breaking Bad


A classic, Breaking Bad has been around since 2008 but is still a top favourite to this day. The show follows Walter White (Bryan Cranston) as he decides to become a drug kingpin and later faces life after he loses his soul. Although it's a dark, violent, and intense show, the show is all the more addicting when you understand the meaning behind what is happening.


Parks and Recreation (U.S)

IMDB Rating: 7.7


This show was created by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman and is about Leslie Knope, a government employee who is a dedicated public servant. Her role on the show is as the assistant director of the parks and recreation department. She is based on the real-life "people person" deputy director of the Washington D.C. parks and recreation department. The show is now in its 7th and final season and it's a perfect way to relax after a long day.


Black Mirror (U.S)


IMDB Rating: 7.7

Netflix brings out the series Black Mirror every year with each season following different storylines. The show's cast is all great and each episode depicts a new technological innovation in a dystopian future, usually frightening.


The best horror series

Based on IMDB's top TV shows, the best horror series is actually an old favourite. The Exorcist is IMDB's number one top TV show, not just horror, but shows, in general. The list of IMDB's top TV shows is based on the site's ratings and reviews, which is a good indicator of whether or not they have become iconic in today's society.


The best crime series


The list of the top crime series includes Netflix’s Narcos, the gritty Netflix series based on the life of Pablo Escobar, who was the leader of the infamous Medellin Cartel, a drug trafficking organization in the '80s.


The best sports series


You’re probably a fan of either the NFL or baseball. This list features one of the top TV shows for either NFL, Major League Baseball, or both.

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