Originally Posted by JMRouse
Wait a minute... Firefly combined Sci-Fi and rednecks. The show was practically tailor made for your tastes.
Also an incredibly anti-goverment, pro-libertarian show.
Mad Men: I love it, but every now and then I find it misses the mark. Distant 4th.
The Sopranos: The top 3 are all so close, and so a third place finish is by no means an insult. I found it slowed towards the series end.
The Wire: Amazing. As a sociologist, I point to this for a clearer understanding of the world we live in. Number 2.
Breaking. Not as well written as The Sopranos, nor as complex and indepth as The Wire, but the characters and plots are just so engaging I give it a number 1.
Other Shows Mentioned:
Firefly: Amazing show. Incredibly mad at the cancellation. It could have been so great, or it could have been cancelled before it got bad. I found Serenity a bit lack-lustre in comparison. Not sure if it was an indication of what the show would have become, or merely and attempt to bring a show that would likely have been extremely in depth to close in under 2 hours.
Lost: The first 2 season had me hooked. I love shows in which an overall tapestry of a universe is woven, where each part scene brings more meaning to the rest. I thought that was what this was. Then I realized they're just running around with no end-goal, no real "big picture" in mind.
BSG: First season was some of the greatest on T.V. Afterwards.... I don't know. Still unsure about the ending. But it's up there on my favourites of all time.