I'm frequently asked for TV series recommendations, and I frequently ask for recommendations myself, so I thought it'd make life simpler if I just listed my favourites here.


The IT Crowd

Here's a fun British comedy which accurately describes the terrors and triumphs of the corporate IT department, and on a wider spectrum, geekdom as a whole. Don't worry, it's written in a way that doesn't alienate non-nerd too much (to the point where my wife even ejoyed it).

  • Does not require watching sequentially, but does have an ongoing story arc
  • No longer in production

Sherlock

A modern retelling of the tales of Sherlock Holmes, with various stories and plot points based on the original writings by Doyle. Produced by the BBC, and one of the most popular drama shows in the UK

  • Does not require watching sequentially, but does have an ongoing story arc
  • Currently in production

Mr Robot

A great show about modern society as seen through the eyes of a highly proficient computer hacker. (See my post on it here.) It's had some interesting moments where the show seemed to predict real-world events, and as a consequence, the final episode of the first season was aired a week later than planned.

  • Sequential viewing a must
  • Currently in production

Orphan Black

What starts out as a story of a woman taking another woman's identity turns in to a crazy, messed up story of cloning and the ethical dilemmas behind it. The lead actor, a Canadian, is absolutely amazing in the many different roles she plays. Filmed on Canadian soil, eh.

  • Sequential viewing a must
  • No longer in production

Rubicon

A great show about a goverment worker uncovering the manipulation of the truth that is going on right under his nose. Cancelled after one season, inexplicably.

  • Sequential viewing a must
  • No longer in production

Firefly

An interesting concept of the future-sci-fi-set-in-our-universe story, told in a way that attracts many non-sci-fi fans. Another show cancelled after it's first season, but they did make a follow-up movie afterwards, which is also worth the watch.

  • Does not require watching sequentially, but does have an ongoing story arc
  • No longer in production

Silicon Valley

Kind of like IT Crowd, but more nerdy and more vulgar. Follows the story of a Silicon Valley startup.

  • Sequential viewing is recommended
  • Currently in production

South Park

Despite the crass humour and general rudeness, this show is a very apt commentary on modern society and how rediculous it is. To quote Adam Curry, "South Park is on the cutting edge of mockery".

  • Sequential viewing not required
  • Still in production

UnREAL

A fictional behind-the-scenes look at how "reality" shows work. See my post on it here.

  • Sequential viewing recommended
  • No longer in production

 Here's several others that I haven't yet properly added to the above list.

  • Black Mirror
  • Columbo
  • Elementary
  • Father Brown
  • Fawlty Towers
  • Kim's Convenience
  • Lilyhammer
  • Outsiders
  • Scandal
  • Schitt's Creek
  • Shameless
  • The Americans
  • The Expanse