If you were to list the greatest TV series of all time, your list would probably be different from everyone else’s depending on how far down the line and back in time you went. But if you concentrated exclusively on series from the last 15 years or so, and you have good taste, then it’s likely your top ten list would include some or perhaps all of the following…
First up, “The Wire” is one of the greatest TV series ever made. Talk about gritty reality! The reason The Wire is so addictive is that, at times, it’s possible to remember you aren’t watching real life. It is simply sublime in its realism and surely nothing has come this close before or since?
Many fans of the Wire also loved “Breaking Bad”. But this was an entirely different thing. Yes – at its core is a tale about drug addiction and dealing – but that’s really where the similarities end. With Breaking Bad, the tale comes close to reality, but you always know it isn’t real. But it IS an absolutely ripping yarn from start to finish and you really never know how it’s going to come out.
Perhaps the trailblazer for all these series, though, was “The Sopranos”? This set the tone for a whole new genre of TV series and it deserves an enormous amount of credit for breaking the mould. But this view is nothing new; after all, everyone loved the Sopranos didn’t they? And each time it’s re-run on TV, it’s as addictive as the last time you watched it. That is because quality counts. True quality really stands the test of time in the way that simply gripping thrillers, etc., don’t. And perhaps the true mark of quality is if you can come back to something again and again and enjoy it almost as much as the first time around?
More recently – how about “The Boardwalk Empire”? Steve Buschemi is excellent in pretty much anything he’s ever in and this TV series is no different. Set during the prohibition era when American gangsters truly came of age and got organized, the series is set in the burgeoning Atlantic City in New Jersey where gambling and illicit boozing were rife.
Today, New Jersey has become one of the only states to legalize online gambling with sites like 32 Red, 888, Skyvegas and others set to make real inroads. The Australian site at au.32red.com has already done the same down-under, whilst the British, Canadian and other worldwide sites under the 32 Red banner have also done well due to the generosity of the sites’ special offers and the creativity of the games. It’s not quite Atlantic City during the roaring twenties, but it’s not bad and at let you don’t get shot!
And last but not least – if you’re prepared to travel back in tine for your favourite TV series – be sure to check out “Rich Man, Poor Man”. This was truly gripping and way ahead of its time in the 1970s and you can usually get it by a DVD / download subscription type service. You will not be disappointed in this old series if you like one or all of the above – all of which should surely be included in anyone with taste’s all time top ten?