top tv shows

Top TV Shows picked by the staff.  These staff picks reflect only currently running shows and reruns that can be watched on cable tv or over the air.  Internet shows (eg. amazon and netflix) have their own separate listing to be released soon on this site.

rank show Network
1 Togetherness HBO Togetherness “[Mark Duplass]  plays Brett, a sound engineer and family man who has hit a wall in both his career and marriage. His wife, Michelle (played by Melanie Lynskey), feels imprisoned as a stay-at-home mom. Adding to the ferment is her sister Tina (Amanda Peet), a wayward hottie who lands in their Los Angeles home after splitting from Houston. Rounding out this domestic quartet is Mark’s best friend, Alex (Steve Zissis), an out-of-work actor seeking refuge on the couple’s couch. ” – Elena Shepard in Salon  HBO
3 Better Call Saul AMC 3 Better Call SaulBetter Call Saul is the prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad, set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) became Walter White’s lawyer. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and often against, Jimmy is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), a beloved character introduced in Breaking Bad. The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer.”  – amc AMC
4 Hindsight VH1 4 Hindsight on VH1Hindsight, which premiered last week on VH1, isn’t exactly a time travel story, even though it centers around a woman who does, in fact, start the pilot in 2015 and wake up in 1995. It’s more of a “what if I could do it all over again?” story, about the choices we make and if we’d actually do better with the benefit of maturity, experience, and (…wait for it) hindsight. Becca (Laura Ramsey from She’s the Man, some of Channing Tatum’s earliest, and finest, comedic work) is supposed to rise and shine on the day of her second wedding, to a secure, handsome childhood friend. But everything else about her life has not quite worked out as she hoped: she’s a glorified assistant for a tyrannical boss, she’s been estranged from her closest girlfriend for years, she is unfulfilled, disappointed, and lost. And then she passes out in an elevator and wakes up to the sweet, sweet sounds of Ace of Base. “I Saw the Sign” is blasting out of her alarm clock and, wouldn’t you know it, she’s 20 years in the past and is about to marry her first husband and embark on a marriage she already knows will self-destruct.” – thinkprogress 
5 Marvel’s Agent Carter ABC 5 Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC ” Judging by its first two episodes, this is what Agent Carter is going to be: retro-cool pulp thrills in fabulous outfits. Think The Rocketeer or Raiders Of The Lost Ark, but with a dame instead of a dude.” – Noel Murray on the AV Club website
6 The Americans FX
7 Daily Show COMEDY
8 Nightly Show COMEDY
9 Broad City COMEDY 9 Broad City “p<span class=”data”>roduced by Amy Poehler, the web comedy about two twenty-something best friends (Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer) in New York City comes to television. </span>” – metacritic  COMEDY
10 Girls HBO
11 Grey’s Anatomy ABC
12 12 Monkeys SYFY
13 McCarthys CBS
14 Man Seeking Woman FXX
15 Good Wife ABC
16 Backstrom FOX
17 Galavant ABC
18 Stalker CBS
19 Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce ABC
20 Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC
21 Forever ABC
22 Big Bang Theory CBS
28 Parks and Recreation NBC
29 State of Affairs NBC
30 The 100 CW
31 Black Sails STARZ
32 Mad Men AMC
33 Scorpion CBS
34 Mysteries of Laura NBC
35 Supernatural CW
36 Gotham FOX
37 Vampire Diaries CW
38 blackish ABC
39 Vikings HISTORY
40 Comedy Central Presents COMEDY
41 Bad Judge NBC
42 Elementary CBS
43 Suits USA
44 Bones FOX
45 Community NBC
46 White Collar ABC
47 Reign CW
48 Person of Interest CBS
49 How to Get Way With Murder ABC
50 Red Band Society FOX
51 Scandal NBC
52 House CLOO
53 How I Met Your Mother CW
54 Criminal Minds CBS
55 Mentalist CBS
56 Revenge ABC