Calista Flockhart became a poster girl for the '90s for her role as the title character, a young lawyer at a firm in Boston. Ally McBeal contained a winning mixture of drama, romance, and quirky humor.
Big Bang Theory
Revenge of the Geeks! Four brilliant but socially awkward scientists meet the beautiful and bubbly aspiring actress who lives across the hall. The results are hilariously entertaining. Bazinga!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Series creator Joss Whedon, who went from cult figure to superstar after directing Marvel’s The Avengers, said he wanted Buffy the Vampire Slayer to be “high school as a horror movie.” The concept went over well and even led to the spin-off series Angel.
Call the Midwife
Fans of Downton Abbey should check out Call the Midwife, another hit BBC period drama. Set in the 1950s and centering around a group of midwives and nuns working in a lower class section of London, the show has also gained a large stateside following.
British comedian and actor Martin Clunes plays Dr. Martin Ellingham, a spin-off of his character from the movie Saving Grace. Having relocated from London to the small town of Portwenn, the surly doctor must adjust to village life.
Samuels has all three seasons of the British period drama that has taken America by storm in the past several years. Downton Abbey is so addictive, you’ll probably want to binge-watch an entire season in one marathon session.
Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle works on solving a variety of criminal cases in Hastings, England as World War II rages at home and on the front. Highly recommended for mystery lovers.
Game of Thrones
Based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy book series, Game of Thrones is currently one of the most popular shows on television. The Emmy-winning series has been praised for its complex storylines and themes.
Riveting legal drama JAG (which stands for Judge Advocate General) follows a team of Navy lawyers as they investigate, prosecute, and defend criminal cases involving military personnel.
Little House on the Prairie
Looking for something the whole family can enjoy? Look no further than Little House on the Prairie, a show based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved book series about her upbringing in the Midwest during the late 19thcentury.
Before directing Mission: Impossible III, Super 8, and Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams was one of the masterminds behind Lost, a suspenseful series about a group of plane crash survivors stranded on an island.
This comedy-drama about two private investigators was notable for the chemistry between the two leads, Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. Moonlighting was also Willis’s first hit before he moved on to movie stardom.
Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under is marked by the same dark humor as series creator Alan Ball’s Academy Award-winning American Beauty. The action centers on the dysfunctional Fisher clan as they run the family funeral home business.
A precursor to Downton Abbey. Upstairs Downstairs was a popular and critically-acclaimed British drama from the 1970s that followed the interactions between the servants and an upper-class family living in a townhouse in London.
Another classic for all age groups, The Waltons ran from 1971 to 1981 and was set right here in Virginia. Viewers were drawn to the fortitude of the Walton family as they faced hardships during the Great Depression and World War II.