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While everyone’s idea of which TV series are contenders for a top five list is obviously subjective to personal taste, there are several shows that have wowed both critics and fans alike to become timeless classics. The following beloved television shows are guaranteed to make a binge-watching marathon very satisfying indeed! Behold, our picks for the top five TV series of all time:

Seinfeld (1989-1998)

Based on the stand-up comedy of Jerry Seinfeld, this “show about nothing” follows four self-absorbed friends (Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer) as they hilariously navigate their everyday lives in New York. Audiences grew to love these horrible pals who had a knack for making awkward situations even worse, eventually turning the series into not only a major hit, but an entirely new style of comedy that has inspired countless other series in its wake. With entertaining supporting characters such as Uncle Leo and Newman, as well as countless memorable guest stars who moved onto great success in show business (from Teri Hatcher to Bryan Cranston), there was never a lull in hilarity.

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

Perhaps one of the most addictive television series ever created, each episode of Breaking Bad leaves you yearning for more. This dark drama chronicles high school chemistry teacher and family man Walter White as he goes from living a completely ordinary life to becoming the secretive, go-to meth producer trying to stockpile money for his family when he learns he has cancer. His desire to be the best drove him to astonishing lows as he delved further and further into the seedy underworld of the drug trade, with betrayal and murder becoming par for the course in order to keep himself (and more importantly his family) safe at all costs.

I Love Lucy (1951-57)

Paving the way for female comedy actors such as Sofia Vergara and Goldie Hawn, Lucille Ball was the original funny lady in this black-and-white classic. Life imitated art when she and her real-life husband Desi Arnaz (who played Cuban bandleader Ricky) portrayed a married couple in the series that highlighted her ability for slapstick comedy as she somehow always found herself in hilarious situations. She was often accompanied by her best friend Ethel who, along with her husband Fred, also happens to be Lucy’s landlord. These four pals constantly managed to keep us entertained no matter what life threw their way.

Friends (1994-2004)

There was a certain magic that happened when the cast of Friends was chosen; the unmistakable chemistry between all six castmates, not to mention their comedic timing, made for one of the most successful sitcoms in history. While their large apartments and leisure time to hang out at the Central Perk may not have been a realistic portrayal of life in New York City, the clever writing and spot-on delivery make this one of the most watchable shows ever. Although it was by and large meant to make you laugh, at the show’s core was the message that real friendship is to be treasured.

The Sopranos (1999-2007)

This gripping, unpredictable drama about a New Jersey gangster won over viewers from the first episode and never let them go. Although the show was set in the modern day, it portrayed the inner workings of a very old-school criminal organization. Violence, deception, power struggles and whacking whomever might expose their mob family’s secrets is all in a day’s work. Centering on title character Tony Soprano, the groundbreaking show examines his life as he juggles his cantankerous family with his tumultuous professional life which leads to panic attacks that land him in his therapist’s office on the regular. Superbly acted, this series is simply a masterpiece.

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