Stuart’s Top 50 Television Dramas of All Time – Part Three (#40 – #36)

The natives are getting restless and my non-Doctor Who fan followers are wanting me to write about something else.

So let’s return to the Top 50 Television Dramas of All Time, as we go from #40 – #36

#40 – Revenge

I’ve yet to see the second season of this new-ish American Drama about the daughter of a falsely imprisoned businessman, who returns to her old summer stomping ground after his death to reap – yep, you guessed it – Revenge on those who Revenge_titlecardwronged him.

It’s such brilliant American nonsense, half crap/half genius, with characters formed with the broadest of strokes.

Everyone is camped out as being good or evil, the storylines are completely over the top and the acting is often laughable.

But damn it all, Revenge is fun. Once I’ve finished watching what I’m currently watching, I’m going back to catch up.

#39 – Sherlock

The BBC’s modern-day retelling of Sherlock Holmes is solid, but its lack of episodes (only six so far) precludes it from being further up the list.Sherlock

In my review of it at the start of this year, I said that I felt that five of those six episodes were worth commending, but the Hound of the Baskervilles one just didn’t work in a modern context.

I stand by that.

Benedict Cumberbatch carries it.

#38 – Game of Thrones

I delayed this article because I wanted to get through Season 3 before making up my mind on Game of Thrones.got

People were raving on about the ground-breaking ninth episode and how it was epic.

Well I’m not so sure I agree.

I like Game of Thrones, but there are clear issues with it; namely…

  • Too many characters who look and sound the same, thus making it confusing to follow at times.
  • Not enough progress being made with certain storylines
  • Too many episodes where it’s just people standing around talking in Northern Accents
  • It uses nudity to cover up how practically nothing has happened in those episodes

I know that’s a problem related to following the books (well…not the nudity part), but at the rate it’s going, the child actors will have grown up and it’ll all seem a bit weird.

When it’s good, it’s really good, but that just doesn’t seem to happen enough.

Peter Dinklage is fantastic though, and I can’t wait to see that loathsome toad Joffrey get his comeuppance.

#37 – Survivors (1970s version)

The 1970s, Terry Nation penned version of Survivors is one of these shows that you have to go out of your way to buy if you want to see it, because it’s not going to be on TV again any time soon.survivors

But it’s very good; certainly better than the Walking Dead, which is what it’s like to an extent.

Rather than a zombie plague, the world’s population has been ravaged by a flu epidemic that’s wiped almost everyone out, and the focus is on a bunch of Brits who have come together, first to survive, then to build a community and finally to bring back electricity.

Sure, Season Two is quite slow in that it spends too much time focusing on the logistical difficulties of agriculture (which I grant you doesn’t sound so exciting), but with episodes like the one where they return to London, the one with the rabid dogs and – of course – the superb one where one of the community rapes and murders a girl and blames it on the guy with learning difficulties, I think it’s a fantastic series.

#36 – The Newsroom

Well it goes without saying that – being an Aaron Sorkin show – The Newsroom sparkles with wit and snappy dialogue.The_Newsroom_HBO

It’s also got likeable and well performed characters, not least Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy.

But it’s only one season in, and I can see potential problems in the future because of its format of being based around real news.

What if nothing interesting happens in the news over the course of a year? Then all we’ll get is the will-they-won’t-they romance dynamic between characters.

I’d prefer it if it used fictional news because there’s a far greater scope for drama that way.

And One That Doesn’t Make The List

Survivors (2000s Remake)

It was crap, basically.

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