There are so many TV shows out there now that the choice of what to watch next can get complicated. Sometimes it’s helpful to see what’s been rated highly in order to find something you might not have noticed before.
To find out the most highly rated TV shows of the last 100 years, we went to Metacritic and found which shows produced in the last 100 years had the highest Metascore.
Do you agree that these shows should have the highest ratings?
Bo Burnham: Inside
This one-man show is a musical comedy that was show by Burnham himself. It took him a year to create this masterpiece of comedy with no crew there to assist him and no audience watching.
The Office (UK)
A masterclass in cringe humor, this series follows the workday of a small company in slough, UK. The awkward boss and embarrassing situations make this one of the top comedy series ever.
Planet Earth: Blue Planet II
This series is an amazing adventure across various parts of the world. With David Attenborough narrating, it’s the perfect way to learn more about nature and the possibilities that exist on Earth.
America to Me
This series looks at the inner workings of a high school in suburban Chicago and all that the students and staff have to deal with. As one of the most diverse suburban schools, issues of race are often at the forefront.
The U.S. and the Holocaust
A Ken Burns series, this is a look at how the U.S. responded to the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazis. It uses a lot of first-person footage and interviews to drive the messages home.
O.J.: Made in America
This series follows the life of O.J. Simpson from his humble beginnings through his career and later life. It covers his trial for murder and the outcome of the trial that created a media circus.
Planet Earth II
This is another in the Planet Earth series that creates amazing views of nature. The series focuses on a wide range of animals around the planet and their habitats.
Homicide: Life on the Streets
This is a policy procedural that shows what happens after a murder has been committed. The whole series used handheld cameras to give it a feeling of reality.
The Larry Sanders Show
From its iconic opening theme to its many jokes about Larry’s hair, this series was an unforgettable comedy. Gary Shandling starred in this series that frequently broke the fourth wall.
When a writer’s wife was found deceased at the bottom of a set of stairs, many wondered what exactly happened. This series follows the case closely and presents the trial that had many captivated.
The Sopranos was a celebrated drama series that focused on a mafia mob boss and his troubles both within the mob and within his family. A family drama as well as a crime drama, there’s a lot going on in the Soprano family.
City So Real
The city of Chicago has plenty going on, and that’s especially true at election time. With 21 people trying for the mayor’s seat, this series shows life in the city and the race for mayor.
This animated series follows a warrior, Jack, who was sent to the future by Aku, an evil wizard. In this time, Aku is the ruler, and the world is a bleak place where Jack tries to find a way back home.
Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce
Beyonce performed at the 2018 Coachella festival, and this series documents that performance. It also has interviews as well as footage taken behind the scenes.
This series is a new take on the Dickens classic story. It’s a beautifully shot series that focuses on orphans and the rich guardian who takes them in.
Romeo and Juliet
The timeless Shakespeare story gets a new version performed at London’s National Theatre. The performance portrays young lovers who are doomed from the start.
My So-Called Life
This 90s series followed high schooler Angela Chase as she navigated both her school and home life. Finding both friends and love, she faces some tough choices and unexpected situations.
This British comedy series is based on a play written by the series’ star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It centers on a 20-something woman who is often angry and self-loathing.
This highly acclaimed series follows a man who comes back to Atlanta, his hometown. He finds that his cousin is becoming a popular rapper and wants to help him get wider popularity.
The Underground Railroad
This adaptation of a novel traces the steps of two runaway enslaved people who discover the Underground Railroad. As they flee the plantation, a bounty hunter is on their heels.
This Is Going to Hurt
This series is an adapted memoir written by a man working in an OB-GYN ward of a hospital. He faces challenges every day on the job in this British series set in an NHS hospital.
It’s a Sin
This drama series follows a group of friends in the early 1980s. As the group moves to London, they find their lives affected by the scourge of HIV/AIDS.
In the Arctic and Antarctic areas of the world, the planet is frozen but has its own beauty. This series chronicles these areas and the life that lives in these bleak places.
The Last Movie Stars
In this six-part series, the lives of movie stars Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are chronicled through archival footage. The series also features interviews with other stars including Sally Field and Martin Scorsese.
A chef is at the center of this series about a man running a sandwich shop. As he returns to his home and takes control of the family’s restaurant, he has both family and business problems.