Special Report

Now Streaming Classic TV Shows That Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat

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25. 24 (2001-2010)
> Total No. of seasons: 8
> Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Hulu, Microsoft Store, fuboTV, DIRECTV

The intense series that aired on Fox starred Kiefer Sutherland as a U.S. counter-terrorist agent tasked with saving his country from foreign and domestic foes over a 24-hour period that is told in real time. The series took home 20 Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes over its eight-season run. “24” has an 8.3 rating out of 10 out of more than 167,000 IMDb users.

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24. Prison Break (2005-2017)
> Total No. of seasons: 5
> Starring: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco
> Available on: Redbox, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Hulu, Microsoft Store, fuboTV, USA Network

“Prison Break” — about a man who makes his way to prison in order to break out his unjustly condemned brother — ran for four seasons beginning in 2005 with a fifth season in 2017. Critics preferred the first two seasons to the final three based on Rotten Tomatoes ratings. The site describes the series as a “taut thriller.” The Golden Globe-nominated show earned an overall rating of 8.3 out of 10 on IMDb.

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23. Lost (2004-2010)
> Total No. of seasons: 6
> Starring: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Crackle, Hulu, Microsoft Store, IMDb TV

“Lost” is about the tensions that arise among survivors of a plane crash on what appears to be a deserted island. J.J. Abrams, who helped develop the Mission: Impossible franchise and was involved in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise, was one of the creators of “Lost.” The provocative series ran for six seasons on ABC and won 10 Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe. The series has an 8.3 rating out of 10 among IMDb users.

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22. Homeland (2011-2020)
> Total No. of seasons: 8
> Starring: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis
> Available on: Redbox, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Showtime Amazon Channel, Hulu, Showtime, Microsoft Store, fuboTV, DIRECTV

Claire Danes plays a bipolar CIA agent trying to find a balance between her private life and her high-intensity job. The eight-season series that appears on Showtime has won eight Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes. “Homeland” has an 85% approval rating from critics and audiences alike on Rotten Tomatoes. The tautly crafted series has an 8.3 rating out of 10 among IMDb users.

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21. Southland (2009-2013)
> Total No. of seasons: 5
> Starring: Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Hulu

The series that follows numerous officers on the Los Angeles Police Department has exceptional ratings online, including a score of 8.4 out of 10 on IMDb, a rating of 90% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 97% from viewers reviewing it on that same site. It is one of those rare series where each of its five seasons improves on the last, according to consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The site states that it “remains gloriously gritty and observant” in its final season, thanks in part to “bravely unsettling twists.”

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