Television has evolved significantly over the past decade, with innovative storytelling, outstanding performances, and captivating narratives becoming the hallmark of this era. The 2010s introduced us to a wide array of TV shows that left an indelible mark on the entertainment landscape. From intense dramas to mind-bending thrillers, these shows offered something for everyone. Let’s delve into the 10 greatest TV shows of the 2010s, each a masterpiece in its own right.
1. “Orange Is the New Black” (2013)
Orange Is the New Black took viewers behind the bars of a New York women’s prison. The series navigated through comedy, hardship, love, loss, and a scathing critique of corporate greed. With its diverse and complex characters, it shed light on the gritty realities of life behind bars.
2. “Peaky Blinders” (2013)
Set in the early 1900s, Peaky Blinders followed the tumultuous rise of Thomas Shelby and his Shelby crime family. Amidst elaborate power dynamics, stylish violence, and class conflicts, this show offered a gripping glimpse into the criminal underworld of Europe.
3. “Bates Motel” (2013)
Bates Motel delved into the twisted relationship between Norman Bates and his mother, Norma. This contemporary tale of love, loss, and Norman’s tragic descent into madness added depth to the iconic “Psycho” story.
4. “The Haunting of Hill House” (2018)
Revitalizing the horror genre, The Haunting of Hill House offered a terrifying exploration of family trauma and supernatural elements. The chilling direction and intricate storytelling set a new standard for horror on TV.
5. “Better Call Saul” (2015)
A prequel and sequel to “Breaking Bad,” Better Call Saul followed the complex life of lawyer Jimmy McGill, a.k.a. Saul Goodman. Navigating multiple timelines, it unraveled the transformation of a small-time lawyer into a morally ambiguous legal expert.
6. “Euphoria” (2019)
Euphoria chillingly delved into the struggles of modern adolescence, tackling themes of mental health, addiction, sex, and violence. Its flashy and unflinching adaptation from an Israeli series made it a groundbreaking addition to the TV landscape.
7. “Stranger Things” (2016)
The Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things captivated audiences with its stellar cast, ’80s nostalgia, and a perfect blend of supernatural elements, action-packed thrills, and dark storytelling. Fans eagerly awaited each new season.
8. “Vikings” (2013)
Shattering stereotypes, Vikings delved into the brutal reality of Viking culture with impressive production value. The heartfelt familial bond of Ragnar Lothbrok and his Viking brothers added depth to this historical epic.
9. “The Mandalorian” (2019)
Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian breathed new life into the Star Wars franchise for television. With meticulous attention to detail, nostalgia, and a heartfelt storyline, it charted its own course beyond the Skywalker Saga.
10. “Succession” (2018)
HBO’s Succession explored the power struggles within the Roy family as they vied for control of their media empire. Morally dubious actions and the looming threat of downfall made it a gripping drama that held a mirror to the corporate world.