Watching a smartly written, well-acted, top-tier TV series is like immersing yourself in a great novel. It's addictive. And more and more people are gobbling up shows in big bites—sometimes bingeing on an entire season in a weekend. From classics like Seinfeld and Twin Peaks, to Breaking Bad and Sherlock, to Denmark's Borgen and France's Les Revenants, here are 100 of the very best, all worth spending hours of time on the couch. In addition to insightful, informative, and spoiler-free overviews of storylines, themes, and characters, you'll get enough recommendations, trivia, and teasers to make you want to catch the shows you haven't yet seen—and revisit the ones you have!
Chris Roberts has written about film and TV for the Guardian, Uncut, Empire, and Total Film, and has interviewed everyone from Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen to 24 star Kiefer Sutherland and Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi. His previous books for Carlton include Scarlett Johansson: Portrait of a Rising Star and Heath Ledger: An Illustrated Biography.