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Universe built: 150 Top Series

by Joe Girard
Universe built: 150 Top Series by Joe Girard
I’ll write a better intro later, but I just wanted to point out that certain series that only had a movie in the MUBI database are represented as such. Something like Too Many Cooks stands in for a lot of Adult Swim’s bizarro masterpieces. If I’ve singled out a specific season or series from a larger series, it’s not exclusionary, just a way to highlight. Shows like MST3K are meant to include their sister series, like Rifftrax. Also, I almost left off documentary series, and I so I added only what came to mind, and might want to do a more thorough accounting later on those. Also, my top ten shows are fairly interchangeable, and of course,… Read more

I’ll write a better intro later, but I just wanted to point out that certain series that only had a movie in the MUBI database are represented as such. Something like Too Many Cooks stands in for a lot of Adult Swim’s bizarro masterpieces. If I’ve singled out a specific season or series from a larger series, it’s not exclusionary, just a way to highlight. Shows like MST3K are meant to include their sister series, like Rifftrax. Also, I almost left off documentary series, and I so I added only what came to mind, and might want to do a more thorough accounting later on those.

Also, my top ten shows are fairly interchangeable, and of course, the nature of the overall list of series, I acknowledge, are so difficult to compare in terms of scope and goals and quality levels that it really is almost ridiculous.

Some series—most notably The Simpsons, perhaps—are not meant to be considered in the whole of their lifespans as shows, but on the basis of my favourite select seasons. Some series, most notably The Walking Dead, which experienced an almost jaw-dropping decline in quality after the first season, have been omitted despite there being some great seasons to speak of.

I decided, after some very necessary hand-wringing, to include, at the end, some personal favourites from childhood, which might be completely terrible in reality. But, you know, you can’t rewatch everything you’ve ever seen every year forever.

Series worth mentioning, not on MUBI yet:

Connections
Clone High
There Will Be Brawl
Drunk History
The Life & Times of Tim
Great Crimes and Trials
Wonder Showzen
The Odyssey
Funny Or Die Presents…
Letterkenny
Hey Arnold!
The Human Face
Moguls and Movie Stars
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Scrapped Princess
Beast Wars

Series I might get around to seeing someday:

Rick and Morty
The Twilight Zone
Fargo
One Punch Man
Pride and Prejudice
Westworld
Over the Garden Wall
Narcos
Gravity Falls
Freaks and Geeks
Peaky Blinders
It’s Always Sunny
Attack on Titan
The Jinx
Lonesome Dove
Archer
Better Call Saul
Monster (2009)
Code Gaess
Spaced
Through the Wormhole
The Untold History of the United States
The Night Of
Adventure Time
Vikings
Silicon Valley
Mr. Robot
Feud
Luther
Hannibal
Erased
Sons of Anarchy
Endeavour
The Knick
Scenes from a Marriage
Carnivalé
Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace
Borgen
Mushi-shi
The Killing
Prime Suspect
When the Cicadas Cry

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