1. The Wire - hands down, without question the greatest television show ever made. I think it's something people need to watch so they understand the problems our society faces with poverty cycles, bureaucracy, corruption, and education. Each season focuses on a different aspect of these. It will blow your mind. It's funny, sad, witty, wry, and just the best show ever made, no question, hands down. Please watch if you haven't seen it. My favorite character? Omar Little.
2. Avatar: The Last Airbender - beautiful animation, lovable characters, brilliant story arcs, excellent voice acting, and hilarity for kids and adults, this show is the epitome of striking that balance in writing and directing to make it a show for the entire family. I've watched this show all the way through twice, and absolutely adore it. Uncle Iro is probably my favorite character.
3. Seinfeld - The show about nothing. How can you not love Seinfeld? It's like a comedy sketch played out as a TV show. The jokes build on themselves. It has slapstick, situational comedy, irony, and wonderful characters. So many memorable moments and such rewatchability. Favorite chacter? Puddy.
4. LOST - The first show I ever watched that had me dying to watch the next episode. My LOST experience started when my wife and I borrowed the first season, and would stay up til all hours of the night thinking, "Just one more... just one more." I think we watched the whole season in 3 or 4 days. So many moments that touched me: Charlie's Greatest Hits, Not Penny's Boat!, "We have to go back!", the final episode, Sun and Jin, and of course, everything surrounding John Locke. Wow. My favorite character in this was definitely Jack.
5. MASH - Probably the first TV show that became a phenomenon. And for good reason. Funny, heart-breaking, poignant, and relevant. MASH did it all, blending comedy and current event commentary with genius rarely, if ever again, seen on television. It would be years before another show would reach such similar heights. How popular was this show? No other series finale even comes CLOSE to its viewership. 125 MILLION people tuned in. That's the kind of numbers only the Superbowl pulls in. Favorite character? Hawkeye.
What are YOUR favorites?