Reddit's List of the 15 Most Addicting Shows Ever
There are some absolute classics in this list.
The best TV shows can have you completely hooked. Sometimes it's a cliffhanger that plays in your head for a full seven days before you finally find out what happens next. Other times, it's watching episode after episode into the wee hours of the morning. But when a show gets under your skin, there's nothing you can do but watch and obsess.
Here are the 15 most addictive shows, according to a recent discussion on Reddit:
15. The Walking Dead
This post-apocalyptic drama ran for 11 seasons and followed sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma to find the world has been taken over by walkers. And he's going to fight back.
14. Stranger Things
Predominantly a teen drama, Stranger Things appeals to all ages and quickly gained a cult following when it was released in 2016. Winona Ryder stars, and the show has launched the careers of other top actors, including Millie Bobby Brown.
Based on the real-life disaster in the Soviet city of Chernobyl (in modern-day Ukraine), this was gripping from minute one to the end. Superbly written and wonderfully acted, you couldn't take your eyes off it.
12. True Detective
The consensus was that Season 1 of this crime drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson was by far the best. The first season was critically acclaimed and won several awards. So even if you don't continue to watch it, these 8 episodes are worth tuning in for.
A stellar cast and plenty of twists and turns made all three seasons of this whodunnit drama compelling viewing. In the first season, creator Chris Chibnall was so keen to keep the identity of the killer under wraps that even the actors didn't know who it was for much of the filming.
Viola Davis stars as Annalise Keating, a defense attorney and professor who gets involved in a murder case with her students. The show ran for six seasons and won several awards.
9. Orphan Black
A British con artist in Canada witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her and steals the identity of the deceased. She then learns that she is a clone - and that she has numerous sister clones, all part of an illegal experiment. The show has a loyal fanbase known as the #CloneClub.
Jason Bateman plays Marty Byrde, a financial advisor who launders money for a Mexican drug cartel. When things go wrong and he loses the cartel's money, Marty suggests an even bigger operation in the Lake of the Ozarks. But that’s not plain sailing either.
7. The Wire
A stunning piece of television that gets down to the nitty-gritty of what really makes the world go round in a typical American city. It's a brutally honest portrayal of urban life and the way the government and its citizens coexist.
Miami forensic technician Dexter Morgan works for the Miami Metro Police Department. And when he's not helping solve murders, he's committing them as a vigilante, dishing out justice when the legal system lets the guilty off the hook.
Yes, it got a bit confusing towards the end. But it still has a lot of fans who keep coming back for more. And many of them say it gets better with every viewing. Is it worth watching again even if you fell in love with it the first time? It has to be.
Cillian Murphy is the indomitable Tommy Shelby, head of a Birmingham crime family. The show is set in the UK just after the First World War and is loosely based on a real crime gang that operated at the time. It's one of those shows where you get sucked in and find yourself rooting for the bad guys.
Thoroughly compelling for its first 4 seasons, Game of Thrones went off the rails in seasons 5-8 as storytelling took over from character-driven drama. That's not to say it wasn't compelling to watch. And the show still has a loyal fan base.
2. The Sopranos
From the beginning, we understand that Tony Soprano is just a man trying to balance work and family. Only work is running the New Jersey Mafia. It was groundbreaking when it first aired in 1999 and remains one of the best shows of all time.
1. Breaking Bad
A sublime piece of television and a show that is universally recognised as such. Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with lung cancer and starts making meth to make enough money to support his family after he dies. Over the course of 5 seasons, the mild-mannered teacher becomes a hardened villain - but always with a good heart.