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.

Here they are, in no particular order:

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
  • 4 seasons totallying 24 episodes of half an hour each, and one special reunion episode
  • No longer in production
  • Available on Netflix

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
  • Three seasons of three 90-minute episodes each, so far
  • Currently in production
  • Available on Netflix

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
  • One season of 10 hour-long episodes, so far
  • 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
  • Three seasons with a total of 30 45-minute-long episodes, so far
  • Currently in production
  • Available on Netflix

The Walking Dead

Everyone's favourite tale of society's recovery from a zombie apocalypse. I got on this bandwagon late, and am in the process of working though season four at the moment.

  • Sequential viewing a must
  • Six seasons with a total of 69 hour-long episodes, so far
  • Currently in production
  • Available on Netflix

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.

  • Sequential viewing a must
  • 13 episodes of 45 minutes each
  • 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
  • 14 episodes of 45 minutes each
  • No longer in production
  • Available on Netflix

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
  • Two seasons with a total of 18 30-minute episodes
  • 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
  • 19 seasons with a total of 262 episodes, each being 22 minutes long
  • Still in production
  • Available on Netflix

UnREAL

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

  • Sequential viewing recommended
  • 1 season with a total of 10 episodes, each being 42 minutes long
  • Still in production

Dignum memoria: the Netflix availability is assuming you're using Netflix's Canadian offerings and was last updated in October '15. Thanks to Alex Dobson for pointing out Flixsearch.io as a place to check Netflix's libraries!