Special Report

The Best TV Show Released the Year You Were Born

Source: Courtesy of National Broadcasting Company

2009: Parks and Recreation
> IMDb rating: 8.6/10
> IMDb user votes: 239,344
> Series run: 2009-2020
> Cast: Amy Poehler, Jim O’Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

This mockumentary-style comedy chronicles the absurdist exploits of an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department. It was co-created by Greg Daniels (of “The Office”) and “The Good Place” creator Michael Schur. Virtually every lead star went on to have a successful career in film or television.

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2010: Sherlock
> IMDb rating: 9.1/10
> IMDb user votes: 868,894
> Series run: 2010-2017
> Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Benedict Cumberbatch plays famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes to Martin Freeman’s Dr. Watson in this British adaptation. It won multiple awards over the course of four seasons, the third of which was the most-watched drama series in U.K. history.

Source: Courtesy of Home Box Office

2011: Game of Thrones
> IMDb rating: 9.2/10
> IMDb user votes: 1,927,269
> Series run: 2011-2019
> Cast: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

This sprawling adaptation of a best-selling book series became the most quintessential example of event TV from the last decade. Viewers are plunged into a medieval world with fantasy elements, whereby legendary characters battle for the throne.

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2012: The Newsroom
> IMDb rating: 8.6/10
> IMDb user votes: 110,975
> Series run: 2012-2014
> Cast: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

From award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin comes this fast-paced look at cable news in the modern era. In addition to the main cast, it featured supporting or guest performances by Jane Fonda, Terry Crews, BJ Novak, Hope Davis, and others.

Source: Courtesy of Adult Swim

2013: Rick and Morty
> IMDb rating: 9.2/10
> IMDb user votes: 451,457
> Series run: 2013-present
> Cast: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke

Ill-mannered genius Rick Sanchez takes his grandson Morty on a variety of sci-fi adventures in this beloved animated series. The show is so popular among loyal fans that the release of a “Rick and Morty”-themed ​​szechuan sauce sparked riots over its scarcity. On IMDb’s list of Top Rated TV, this one lands at #14.

Source: Courtesy of Home Box Office

2014: True Detective
> IMDb rating: 8.9/10
> IMDb user votes: 532,625
> Series run: 2014-2019
> Cast: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Telling a different detective story every season, this acclaimed anthology series kicked off with its strongest outing to date. Co-stars (and co-producers) Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson flirt with madness as they investigate an elusive serial killer. HBO is reportedly in talks with new writers about an upcoming fourth season.

Source: Courtesy of Netflix

2015: Narcos
> IMDb rating: 8.8/10
> IMDb user votes: 393,144
> Series run: 2015-2017
> Cast: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

This Netflix crime drama depicted the rise and fall of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar during its first two seasons. The series is produced and occasionally directed by José Padilha, the Brazilian helmer behind the blockbuster “Elite Squad” movies.

Source: Courtesy of Netflix

2016: Stranger Things
> IMDb rating: 8.7/10
> IMDb user votes: 949,535
> Series run: 2016-present
> Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour

A group of young friends contend with supernatural forces in this sci-fi smash. Its synth-based soundtrack is one among a number of purposeful homages to the 1980s, which is when the story takes place. The series has paid it forward by influencing subsequent works, including the recent movies “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and “It.”

Source: Courtesy of Amazon Prime Video

2017: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
> IMDb rating: 8.7/10
> IMDb user votes: 95,783
> Series run: 2017-present
> Cast: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle

“Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino presents the inspiring and hilarious story of Mrs. Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan). Against the backdrop of 1950s New York, the Jewish mother and divorcee defies convention by pursuing a career in stand-up comedy. The show has won 20 Primetime Emmys to date, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

Source: Courtesy of Home Box Office

2018: Succession
> IMDb rating: 8.8/10
> IMDb user votes: 103,517
> Series run: 2018-present
> Cast: Nicholas Braun, Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong, Brian Cox

This expertly-written dramedy doubles as a clever satire about wealth and power in the modern age. It follows the members of the dysfunctional Roy family as they battle for control of a waning media empire. The second and third seasons hold a critic score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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