Friends (1994-2004) NBC
Loved by some, hated by others, Friends is the quintessential series par excellence. Created and produced by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, it was aired for the first time on September 22, 1994, and ended on May 6, 2004. It tells the story of a group of friends who live in Manhattan. Immediately after the success in its country, the program began its diffusion by all the world with similar results, being until today considered one of the best ones in the history of the television.
The series is composed of 10 seasons and 236 episodes.
- Breaking Bad (2008-2013) AMCCreated and produced by Vince Gilligan, tells the story of Walter White, a chemistry teacher with economic problems who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. To pay for his treatment and ensure his family’s financial future, he begins to cook and sell methamphetamine, along with Jesse Pinkman, a former student of his.
It has been acclaimed by critics and the public, and in 2013, it was one of the most watched cable television programs in the United States. Also, she managed to get three consecutive years the prize for the best series by the WGA Awards and has won 16 Primetime Emmy awards and was nominated for the Golden Globe awards for best drama series. In September, Breaking Bad entered the Guinness Book of Records as the best-rated series in history, with a score of 99 out of 100 in Metacritique in its fifth season.
- The X-Files (1993-2002) Fox
Created by Chris Carter, this series focuses on the cases investigated by two FBI agents, classified as “X-Files”: paranormal phenomena, UFO sightings, strange creatures, and so on. It was released on September 10, 1993, and ended, after eight and a half years of broadcast, on May 19, 2002.
- Game of Thrones (2011-Present) HBOThis is one of the most popular series of recent years and is based on the novels Song of Ice and Fire, by writer George RR Martin. It has a Golden Globe and 26 Emmys; It is also known to be the most expensive of television.
Its plot focuses on the violent dynastic struggles between several noble families for the control of the Iron Throne of the western continent.
- Seinfeld (1989-1998) NBCBroadcast between 1989 and 1998, and created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, this series is considered among the most influential of the 90s.
The plot revolves around everyday life, in a version fictitious, of Jerry Seinfeld himself and his three friends, Kramer, George Costanza, and Elaine Benes, who interact in the apartment of Jerry and its surroundings in Manhattan, New York.
- The Sopranos (1999-2007) HBOIt is a series created and produced by David Chase. It premiered in January 1999 and lasted eight years. The plot revolves around the New Jersey mobster, Tony Soprano, and the difficulties he faces both at home and in the criminal organization he runs. In turn, it also focuses on the story of the characters close to Tony, especially his wife Carmela and his nephew and protege Christopher Moltisanti.
With a total of six seasons and 86 episodes, The Sopranos is the most economically successful cable series in the history of television and has won numerous awards and recognitions, including 21 Emmys and five Golden Globes.
- Saturday Night Live (1975-Present) NBCThis series came in the mid-70s and revolutionized American television with its combination of sketches, comedy, variety, actors, musicians, and special guests. It has been a quarry generator of strong talents of several writers, actors, writers, producers, and singers.
For almost 40 years, the program has presented crazy characters, humorously strange situations, parodies of presidents and politicians, in turn, sarcastic taunts to contemporary celebrities of music and cinema, and live music shows, thus becoming one of the ten best series of all time.
- I Love Lucy (1951-1957) CBSBelieve it or not, a series from the 1950s was on the list, as it was the most-watched series in the United States during four of the nine seasons that lasted on air. It was broadcasted in numerous countries and won relevant mentions, including five Emmy awards; it was also the first television program to be recorded in the studio on 35 mm film in front of an audience.
- Mad Men (2007-2015) AMCBelonging to the genre of period drama, this series was created and produced by Matthew Weiner, and premiered on July 19, 2007, having a duration of seven seasons and 92 episodes. Mad Men is located in the 1960s, initially in the fictional advertising agency Sterling Cooper, in New York, and later in the Sterling Cooper company Draper Pryce.
This series has received critical acclaim, especially for its historical authenticity, visual style, costume design, acting, screenplay, and direction, and has won numerous awards, including 15 Emmys and four Golden Globes.
- The Simpsons (1989-Present) FoxCreated by Matt Groening, this series is a satire of American society, as it narrates the day-to-day life of a middle-class family in that country. Since its debut, on December 17, 1989, 574 episodes have been broadcast until May 17, 2015, having completed its twenty-fifth season; Also, the series has won numerous awards, including 25 Emmy, 24 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award. Magazine Time of December 31, 1999, rated it as the best series of the twentieth century, and on January 14, 2000, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.