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Here Are The 55 Best TV Shows Of The Decade

From Parks and Recreation to Fleabag and everything in between.

1. Game of Thrones

HBO

Arguably the biggest TV show of the last decade, Game of Thrones gifted us with memorable episodes and characters from start to finish. From "The Rains of Castamere" to "The Battle of the Bastards" and everything in between, Game of Thrones will be a TV show that will endure long after the 2010s.

Standout season: Season 6.

Where to watch: HBO Go.

2. Fleabag

Amazon Prime

While Fleabag became a beloved series in 2019, the show has quietly been a comedy series favorite since it premiered in 2016. The series returned better than ever in Season 2 with Fleabag's iconic fourth-wall breaks and her relationship with the Hot Priest.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime.

3. Breaking Bad

AMC

While the first two seasons of Breaking Bad aired in the previous decade, Breaking Bad's popularity and influence on TV only grew during the 2010s. A worthy successor to The Sopranos, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman took us on a wild journey from start to finish. It's rare for a show to get better with age, but Breaking Bad managed to do that.

Standout season: Season 5.

Where to watch: Netflix.

4. Stranger Things

Netflix

Stranger Things truly defined the late 2010s and will continue to be a huge show into the next decade. Not only did the show play into '80s nostalgia, but it assembled a powerhouse of both new and known actors. Stranger Things perfectly combines sci-fi and heart into a must-watch TV series.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Netflix.

5. The Office

NBC

While The Office was already six seasons into its run, the show entered its most popular phase during the 2010s. Not only did The Office air its final four seasons, but it also became one of the most bingeable series to date. In this time period Jim and Pam got married, Michael said goodbye, and Threat Level Midnight aired, and we loved every second.

Standout season: Season 6.

Where to watch: Netflix.

6. Veep

HBO

It's hard to talk about TV this decade without mentioning the powerhouse that is Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Her portrayal of Selina Meyer will easily be remembered as one of her greatest roles. In general, Veep was one of the most brilliant comedy series during the 2010s and we're still sad that it's over.

Standout season: Season 5.

Where to watch: HBO Go.

7. Orange Is the New Black

Netflix

One of the first major Netflix TV series, Orange Is the New Black truly introduced the world to binge-watching. While the series continued to have memorable moments throughout the 2010s, nothing was as magical as Season 1. Orange Is the New Black proved that a diverse group of strong female characters can lead a remarkable and beloved TV series.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Netflix.

8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

NBC

TV shows rarely get better during the later seasons, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine achieved this during this decade. The series went from being an underrated TV show to one of the most beloved series of the 2010s. Not only has the show given us moments of hilarious comedy, but it isn't afraid to go to some heartbreaking places.

Standout season: Season 5.

Where to watch: Hulu.

9. How to Get Away With Murder

ABC

Viola Davis' portrayal of Annalise Keating will easily go down in history as one of the most captivating TV performances ever. How to Get Away With Murder brilliantly brought together past and present storylines to create one of the best and most talked about TV shows this decade.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Netflix.

10. Chernobyl

HBO

Chernobyl used the horrific nuclear plant disaster that occurred in the Soviet Union in April 1986 to make a compelling and must-watch limited series. It's easily one of the best limited series ever and even beat Breaking Bad as the highest-rated IMDb series of all time.

Where to watch: HBO Go.

11. Pose

FX

The 2010s essentially belonged to Ryan Murphy and Pose is just one example of this. The series rocketed Billy Porter and the rest of its diverse and beloved cast to the forefront of incredible TV performances. Pose may have started this decade, but it will continue to be important in the next.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Season 1 on Netflix.

12. The Big Bang Theory

CBS

The Big Bang Theory remained the biggest network TV series during the 2010s. A series about a bunch of friends hanging out while discussing science and comic books was easily one of the most watched shows in recent memory. The Big Bang Theory created some of the most recognizable and beloved TV characters this decade.

Standout season: Season 3.

Where to watch: You can buy episodes on iTunes.

13. Parks and Rec

NBC

Parks and Rec is another series that only became more popular towards the end of its run and after it ended. During the 2010s, Leslie Knope was a household name as we watched the Pawnee Parks Department overcome every imaginable obstacle, and it was flawless.

Standout season: Season 3.

Where to watch: Netflix.

14. Schitt's Creek

CBC / Pop

Schitt's Creek has only gotten more popular and we've loved watching it work its way into audiences' hearts. What makes the series so special is that it not only delivers hilarious moments, but doubles down on heartwarming scenes. Plus, Moira Rose is truly one of the best TV characters of the decade.

Standout season: Season 4.

Where to watch: Netflix.

15. Scandal

ABC

A worthy Shonda Rhimes follow up to Grey's Anatomy, Scandal gifted us with the white hat wearing Olivia Pope. Not only did Kerry Washington become the first female African American to lead a TV show in 40 years, but the show truly began the live tweeting era of TV. Let's just say that Scandal's impact will continue to be felt long after the 2010s.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: Netflix.

16. The Good Place

NBC

A relatively under-the-radar series in its first season, The Good Place's Season 1 plot twist propelled this show to an instant classic. With Kristen Bell and Ted Danson leading the way, the show's ensemble have created something truly special.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: Netflix.

17. Mad Men

AMC

The definition of a "peak TV treasure," Mad Men gave us some of the most iconic characters on TV, in particular Don Draper and Peggy Olsen. The series perfectly portrayed every aspect of life during the era and did so in a unique way. It's hard to imagine the 2010s in TV without Mad Men.

Standout season: Season 4.

Where to watch: Netflix.

18. Friday Night Lights

NBC

While the series didn't begin in the 2010s, the two seasons that aired during this decade were some of the show's strongest. After most of the original characters graduated high school, Friday Night Lights reinvented itself and remained an instant classic. Plus, a young Michael B. Jordan is a bonus.

Standout season: Season 4.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime and Hulu.

19. How I Met Your Mother

CBS

This decade began with How I Met Your Mother Season 5 and while the series ended with a controversial finale, it's still one of the most memorable TV shows. During this time, we got the bulk of Barney and Robin's relationship and we FINALLY met The Mother.

Standout season: Season 5.

Where to watch: Hulu.

20. Parenthood

NBC

The series breathtakingly showed us the lives of the Braverman family and made us cry every single week. Parenthood showcased family dynamics and told important stories, from Max's Asperger diagnosis to Kristina's breast cancer. We loved being welcomed into the Braverman family during the last decade.

Standout season: Season 4.

Where to watch: Hulu.

21. Barry

HBO

During the 2010s, Bill Hader managed to go from a beloved member of Saturday Night Live to one of the most dynamic comedy performers on TV. Barry rode the fine line between comedy and drama as it became one of the best must-see TV shows.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: HBO Go.

22. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Amazon Prime

Amy Sherman-Palladino's Gilmore Girls follow-up did not disappoint in the slighhtest. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel combined the fast talking style Amy Sherman-Palladino is known for with amazing performances from Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, and Tony Shalhoub.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime.

23. American Horror Story

FX

American Horror Story gave us a lot during this decade. Not only did the series introduce a new generation to the magic of Jessica Lange, but Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters became household names. By reinventing the show season after season, AHS has stood the test of time during the 2010s.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: Netflix.

24. 30 Rock

NBC

30 Rock was one of the most beloved underrated comedy series of the 2010s. While the series was on Season 4 at the start of the decade, it continued to create hilarious storylines that we adored. Plus, the show gifted us with a live SNL-like episode, which was incredible.

Standout season: Season 5.

Where to watch: Hulu.

25. The Americans

FX

An underrated and Emmy Award worthy TV show, The Americans flew somewhat under the radar in the 2010s, but was easily one of the greatest modern TV shows. The series was brilliantly executed and left us on the edge of our seats until the very last episode. It's rare that a show maintains its spark throughout its entire run, but The Americans did just that.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime.

26. Downton Abbey

PBS

Downton Abbey was one of the first TV shows of the 2010s that made each episode feel like a mini movie. The show introduced us to the elegance of 20th century life and the Crawley family with dynamic stories and lovable characters. Downton Abbey continued to be beloved during the entire decade, which was truly remarkable.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime.

27. Grey's Anatomy

ABC

Grey's Anatomy was well into its run at the start of the decade, but over the past ten years it has remained one of the most talked about TV shows. The last ten seasons gave us some iconic Grey's moments including the hospital shooting, the plane crash, and Cristina Yang's final episode. It's hard to imagine a TV world without Meredith Grey and we're glad we didn't have to do that during the 2010s.

Standout season: Season 6.

Where to watch: Netflix.

28. Modern Family

ABC

At the start of the decade, Modern Family essentially revamped the family sitcom for a modern audience. We've watched the Dunphy's and Pritchett's endure a lot of changes in the last ten years from Lily getting adopted to Luke and Manny graduating high school and everything in the middle.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: The current season is available on Hulu.

29. The Handmaid's Tale

Hulu

Based on the best-selling novel, The Handmaid's Tale was one of the hardest TV shows to watch this decade. While it was set in a dystopian future, the topics and themes were all too relevant and left us on the edge of our seats. The show also gifted us with numerous standout performances, especially from Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Hulu.

30. One Day at a Time

Netflix / Pop

One Day At A Time delivered some of the most important episodes of TV in recent memory. The show discussed Latinx and LGBTQ representation, addiction, PTSD, depression, sexual assault, consent, and much more all while continuing to be a family sitcom.

Standout season: Season 3.

Where to watch: Netflix.

31. Sherlock

BBC

Sherlock brought to life one of the most beloved crime solving duos for the 2010s. The series not only rocketed Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to stardom, but gave us one of the best villains of the decade: Jim Moriarty played by Andrew Scott.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: Netflix.

32. Black-ish

ABC

Black-ish gave us one of the best family sitcoms during the 2010s. The series showcased personal and sociopolitical issues all while becoming an instant classic. Black-ish also spawned two spinoffs during the decade, which is impressive to say the least.

Standout season: Season 3.

Where to watch: Hulu.

33. Killing Eve

BBC America

Killing Eve gave us two of the best TV performances in recent years with Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer's portrayals of Eve and Villanelle. The series brilliantly includes two strong and complex female characters that we can't help but love.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Season 1 on Hulu.

34. Glee

Fox

Whether you only watched Season 1 or stuck with it until the end, Glee truly defined TV in the early part of the 2010s. Not only did the show introduce us to some beloved characters and actors, but the musical numbers will never be forgotten.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Netflix.

35. This Is Us

NBC

With streaming taking over this decade, This Is Us reignited network TV in the best way possible. While it's only in its fourth season, the series has already given us some of the most talked about TV moments ever like Jack's death. On top of amazing storylines, the characters are simply the best.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Hulu.

36. Atlanta

FX

Atlanta was not only a phenomenal TV show, but it proved that Donald Glover can literally do it all. The show perfectly balanced moments of comedy and drama to create a TV show that was essential during the 2010s.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Hulu.

37. Broad City

Comedy Central

Broad City hinged on the hilarious wit and charm of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, and we truly enjoyed every single second of it. There are very few shows that put two strong and funny women at the forefront and Broad City proved why we need more shows like it.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Hulu.

38. Euphoria

HBO

Euphoria may have just premiered, but it quickly became one of the most entrancing TV shows of the 2010s. The show wasn't afraid to portray the harsh realities of being a teen in 2019 and further proved that Zendaya will be a must-see actor well into the next decade.

Where to watch: HBO Go.

39. BoJack Horseman

Netflix

BoJack Horseman reimagined what animated TV can accomplish this decade. Presented as a comedy, the series dove into some incredibly important topics like anxiety and depression. It easily became one of the most relevant shows in recent memory.

Standout season: Season 5.

Where to watch: Netflix.

40. When They See Us

Netflix

The limited series chronicled the true story of the Central Park Five, five boys who were falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, When They See Us was one of the most breathtaking and gut-wrenching TV shows this decade.

Where to watch: Netflix.

41. Jane the Virgin

The CW

Jane the Virgin took the telenovela genre and completely changed it for a mainstream audience during this decade. Jane, Xiomara, and Alba's bond will be one of many things Jane the Virgin will be remembered for. Every single episode brought equal parts heart and comedy and it became one of the best CW shows of all time.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Netflix.

42. The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

FX

One of the best limited series this decade, The People vs. O.J Simpson brilliantly brought together Ryan Murphy, Sarah Paulson, and Sterling K. Brown to create a must-watch TV event. The series was equally as captivating as the historic moment it retold.

Where to watch: HBO Go.

43. The Haunting of Hill House

Netflix

One of the biggest Netflix series in the late 2010s, The Haunting of Hill House not only had a captivating horror storyline, but the Easter eggs alone were enough to keep us watching over and over again. Another series that soared thanks to an incredible ensemble cast that we couldn't help but fall in love with.

Where to watch: Netflix.

44. Grace and Frankie

Netflix

Grace and Frankie perfectly took two beloved actors and created a heartwarming and funny comedy. Grace and Frankie's friendship stood out as one of the best this decade. While the entire series remains a Netflix classic, Season 3 was when the show truly hit its stride.

Standout season: Season 3.

Where to watch: Netflix.

45. Orphan Black

BBC America

If you haven't watched Orphan Black, you're truly missing out on one of the most stunning performances of the 2010s. The series combined elements of sci-fi and family dynamics into an incredible genre TV show with Tatiana Maslany playing more than 10 characters.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime.

46. Westworld

HBO

Honestly, Westworld was 100% the series that made us think the hardest this decade. The series wasn't afraid to drop viewers into a world that was completely unfamiliar and basically confuse us from start to finish. What's amazing about Westworld is that it only aired two seasons during this decade, but it easily became one of the most influential shows.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: HBO Go.

47. The Crown

Netflix

The Crown was one of the most gorgeous TV series during the 2010s. Not only were all of the sets elegant and helped bring to life the monarchy, but the show included some of the best performances in recent years.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Netflix.

48. Big Little Lies

HBO

Big Little Lies was one of those rare TV shows where all of the stars align to create the perfect ensemble. Not only did the show bring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Meryl Streep to TV, but it perfectly brought the beloved book to life.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: HBO Go.

49. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

The CW

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was a welcomed surprise hit during this decade. Presented as a musical comedy, the series accomplished so much more. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend wasn't afraid to tackle a number of relevant topics, especially mental health, in a nuanced way. Only Crazy Ex-Girlfriend could have a song called "You Stupid Bitch" and turn it into an emotional and important ballad.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: Netflix.

50. The Walking Dead

AMC

During the 2010s, The Walking Dead helped bring comic book based TV to the forefront and was arguably one of the most talked about shows during its early seasons. A series about the apocalypse ended up creating some of the most iconic characters, like Rick Grimes, and gave us jaw-dropping moments, like Negan's arrival.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: Netflix.

51. Dead to Me

Netflix

One of the best new shows of 2019, we're so excited Dead to Me will be following us into the next decade. Dead to Me beautifully and realistically portrayed how grief affects different people. Plus, Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini teaming up is a must-watch.

Where to watch: Netflix.

52. Outlander

Starz

Starring Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, Claire and Jamie's love story brilliantly leapt off the page and onto the screen during the 2010s. While Claire and Jamie's love was at the heart of the story, the series truly shined when it showcased Claire's strength and determination. It's a show that is continuously expanding while still maintaining the aspects that made it great in the beginning.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix. Seasons 3 and 4 on Starz.

53. Black Mirror

Netflix

Black Mirror was another show during this decade that grew thanks to streaming. While the series was known in the UK, it truly took off with Season 3's release on Netflix, thus making it a now iconic limited series. The show's ability to tell succinct and thought-provoking stories during an episode is one of the reasons we loved it.

Standout season: Season 3.

Where to watch: Netflix.

54. Jessica Jones

Netflix

Jessica Jones perfectly brought a badass Marvel character to TV this decade. With Krysten Ritter in the driver's seat, the series was the best example of how to create a complex and moving superhero TV show. Jessica Jones was also one of the show's we were upset ended during the 2010s.

Standout season: Season 1.

Where to watch: Netflix.

55. Succession

HBO

Succession's rise has only just begun and it will easily become one of the most talked about TV shows during the 2020s. From the brilliant ensemble cast to the storylines, Succession quickly became a must-watch TV show during the later part of the decade.

Standout season: Season 2.

Where to watch: HBO Go.

What have been your favorite TV shows of the decade? Tell us in the comments below!