The Golden Age of Television: the 50 Best TV-shows of 2010-2019

The Deuce (2017-2019)

The 1970s found New York’s Times Square as a hive for the business of sex. This retro series depicts the actions of various nightlife figures including barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps and police as they struggle to make a living with their multiple stories in this throwback series created by George Pelecanos and David Simon.

Girls (2012-2017)

A collective of female friends reside in New York City and try to navigate their difficult 20-something lives, struggling to find meaning in their romantic relationships and shifting careers. Multiple stories are followed as the friends clash and comfort in sexual cravings, fun parties and emotional realizations. Created by and starring Lena Dunham.

Black Mirror (2011-)

Akin to a contemporary Twilight Zone, Black Mirror is a sci-fi anthology series that poses surreal and dark what-if scenarios. Technology goes awry, dimensions are broken, and dark secrets are revealed in this iconic collection of stand-alone stories. Created by Charlie Brooker, the show showcases an all-star cast and notable directors for every episode.

Trapped (2015-2019)

A small town in Iceland soon finds itself facing a crisis. Not only is there a terrible storm ravaging their community but a murder has also taken place. As the storm grows worse, the case gets tougher as one devoted cop strives to crack the case this dark crime drama created by Baltasar Kormákur.

The Young Pope (2016)

Lenny Belardo becomes the first American elected to the status as pope. With his rebellious nature, he attained the title through a vicious marketing strategy and aims to shake up the Vatican with his mysterious and contradictory personality. This provocative 10-part series focusing on religious politics stars Jude Law and Diane Keaton.

Bojack Horseman (2014-2020)

The washed-up anthropomorphic horse BoJack (Will Arnett) struggles to find acting work after his 1990s sitcom. But he also finds himself struggling with his own addictions and depression as he searches for meaning in a life of problems. An animated mixture of dark drama and silly comedy, the show additionally features the voices of Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins and Aaron Paul.

Rita (2012-2017)

Rita Madsen (Mille Dinesen) may seem like the most rebellious of teachers but her life isn’t easy, especially at being a single mother. When her old-flame enters the picture, navigating her educational career and love life becomes all the more frustrating and hilarious in this darkly comedic take on woman’s outlandish struggle as an educator.

Hannibal (2013-2015)

Based on the iconic thriller novels by Thomas Harris, this psychological horror features psychopath Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist, tasked with helping a detective solve a dark murder case. As the case evolves, however, more of Lecter’s horrific side comes out as his cannibalistic tendencies unleash themselves in this gruesome horror series.

Rectify (2013-2016)

After spending 19 years on Death Row in Georgia, Daniel Holden tries to glue the pieces of his life back together after being convincted of murder. Thanks to DNA evidence, he is released from his conviction but finds it hard to adjust to life on the outside, especially when others view him more as a danger than a wrongfully convicted man.

Real Humans (2012-2014)

The future is that of robots when consumer-grade humanoid robots become the perfect worker and aid in human contact. However, the reliance on technology soon creates a troubling emotional and moral situation with a deep questioning of how free a robot can be from ownership in this Swedish dramatic series of speculative science fiction.