Being a student for the majority of my life, I have had plentiful time to watch some pretty epic television series. I sincerely and passionately believe that the mid-nineties and early noughties produced the most entertaining and timeless shows of all time, setting the standards for television’s future. The genre of drama has expanded to encompass the large variety of shows produced which pull on humour, drama and action.
The top 3 TV series of all time are:
#3 Gilmore Girls
The series portrays the relationship of thirty-something singly mother Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) with her teenage daughter Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) who live in a small town called Stars Hollow. The show played for 7 seasons, documenting the life of Rory – finishing high school, entering college and graduating to begin the next chapter of her life. The storyline of Lorelai progresses to demonstrate a series of failed relationships with men, as well as her parents.
This show is for those who understand fast talking characters who drop a lot of references to popular culture. The central themes of the show draw upon work, ambition, family and education, with both characters being motivated and driven to get the most out of their lives. The fast dialogues and witty one-liners of this show make it unlike any other that has been on-air, thus making Gilmore Girls a one-of-a-show which is definitely a must-watch.
#2 One Tree Hill
Similar to Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill is a show which is based in a small town called Tree Hill and it follows the lives of a handful of characters through the different phases of live and growing up. The storyline initially focused around two half-brothers Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty), however as the series progressed, it becomes evident that each character in the storyline plays an important role. From making the high school basketball team, to getting married, having a baby, graduating (yes, in that order) to raising children, working and facing failures, One Tree Hill is a show which encompasses every single aspect of an individual’s life.
The themes of the show are so varied that putting it in the drama genre seems unfair to its audiences. In the period of 9 seasons, the characters manage to engage the audiences and grow up with them. Many characters leave, with new ones being introduced however the main gist of the show is kept intact. The emotional roller coaster of being a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend – as well as being a son, a brother, a father and a friend – are all performed impeccably. One Tree Hill is the full package of family drama which I highly recommend to anyone who wants a good show to watch.
#1 Greys Anatomy
Unlike the previous two, Greys Anatomy is a relatively new drama series – being launched in 2005. The medical drama was expected to fall in the footsteps of ER, however the audiences were in for a treat as the show expanded to become much more than that. It follows the life of surgeons working in Seattle Grace hospital, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers). The extreme situations the characters face, from being residents to becoming attendings, is documented in a highly professional manner.
The main themes of the show are surprisingly family, action as well as drama. From bomb scares and hospital shoot-outs to airplane crashes, the series caters to the audiences imagination – reaching unbelievable heights. Shonda Rhimes has become known for her show’s extremely real-life scenarios and impeccable execution of surgeries and attention to detail. Greys Anatomy gives other medical shows a run for their money because of its drama and excellent performances.
Good News: Although Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill has called it quits, Greys Anatomy has signed on for another season. Until then, Happy Watching 🙂