People Explain Which TV Shows Were Absolutely Perfect From Start To Finish
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We've all been watching a lot of television of late, haven't we? Don't lie. This is a safe space.

Quarantine and lockdowns aside, this is the golden age of television. While the movie theaters are dominated by big blockbuster bonanzas raking in billions of bucks, television has evolved into the premier visual storytelling medium. There are captivating shows, on a dozen or more streaming services, all at your fingertips.

What are the best, start to finish, shows ever?

Keep this list handy the next time you don't know what to start watching.


Reddit user, Aggressive_Sea_8206, wanted to know what we should all get started binging today when they asked:

"What TV show managed to be consistently fantastic from the first episode to the finale?"

The saddest part about some of these shows is they were never allowed to go longer than a few seasons before they were being cancelled. Still, sometimes one season is enough to make an impact.

The Balance Of Power Is Shifting

"Rome was unfortunately canceled after 2 amazing seasons"

Joyce_Windu

"The weakest part of Rome is the rushed pacing in the 2nd season, and that's just because they were trying to wrap it up when they were told they were being cancelled."

gregorygummo

I Would Love You In Any Way That I Could

"Pushing Daisies was a really fun and pretty show."

ftminsc

"A victim of the writers strike. That show was so lovely and charming."

vicki_chicki

Cause Freaks Go All The Way

"Freaks and Geeks."

"…and they cancelled it."

EquippedCafe

"This is the one show that REALLY bothers me they can never make again. That cast was literally perfect, and they’ll never be that young again. I know that can be said about a lot of shows…but it kills me this show wasn’t ever finished."

Dangerous-Yam-6831

Are We Having Fun Yet?!?

"Party Down. I answer the same way every time this question comes up (like twice a week), and it seems like I'm the only person who watched it."

Quijanoth

The Oscars aside, animation always has, and always will, be a superior form of storytelling because they can tell the stories that "real life" stories never could.

Sometimes I Feel Like I’m Just Like A Boat Upon A Winding River...

"Over the garden wall."

dpahl21

"Over the Garden Wall is the closest thing to a masterpiece I’ve ever seen."

Manybreadloaves

"100%. It's like nothing else I've ever seen while being so reminiscent of growing up in the 70s in the USA. All those folklore cartoons with quirky humor. The sometimes odd unintended creepiness of kids shows. The song and dance numbers. It felt like so many of the short films on reels that teachers would show their in their classrooms...even that flickering quality of watching projected movies was somehow conveyed. All those stories that had lessons in them and the danger to children if not heeded. The music and the art of the animation were incredible. Loved this show so much."

Unique_name256

Finally, I Have Them All

"Gravity Falls"

nanie05

“Gruncle Stan….. I trust you 🙆♀️.”

Dry-Ad7432

"It so perfectly captured that melancholic aspect of every coming-of-age story. The show made me nostalgic for a preteen summer in the Pacific northwest that I never even had"

According_Scallion

Good News, Everyone!

"Futurama. As an adult now, I love rewatching it and finding out more hidden jokes and Easter eggs."

Rangeless

"Agreed. It was "funny" as a kid but as an adult it's an amazing show"

Fuwet

Sometimes a show is so perfect, you can feel the detail, the love, the care, the consideration, placed into every scene, making you have to go from one episode to the next. These aren't the shows that you binge because they're so trashy you can't stop watching. These are the ones you keep watching because you want to absorb visual brilliance.

This, At Last, Is The Gift Of Chernobyl

"Chernobyl. Perfect Television."

paint_everywhere

"Yes, I was just talking with a friend about how I have so much respect for the show runners choosing to only do 5 episodes. I will happily take 5 absolute perfect episodes that fully tell a story instead of 10-22 episodes or countless seasons. Chernobyl is easily top 3 shows ever made and does so much with only ~5 hours of screen time."

RunsWthScizzors

You're Dead, You're Dead, You're Dead

"What we do in the shadows"

jayesh2

"Jackie Daytona."

COSurfing

"That's human bartender Jackie Daytona to you, sir!"

Badwolf84

"Only got better and better as it went on! I tried it out of sheer boredom one day and ended up binging it! Can't wait for season 4."

Din135

Jason Figured It Out?!?

The Good Place

FiveDollarRimjobs

I have to thank Jason Mendoza for all my knowledge about Jacksonville.

shartnado3

It really did have a good running story line that evolved without being predictable. I literally had no idea what to expect, was completely taken by surprise by the big twist, loved all the characters, and they even wrapped the series up with a very satisfying conclusion.

It was great

LurkJerk55

Why are you still reading this? Get watching. Clearly there's tons of brilliant television to take in.

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