1- GAMES OF THRONES
Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta, Croatia, Iceland, and Morocco, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. The series has been renewed for a fourth season, to air in 2014.
The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores the issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, sexuality, civil war, crime, and punishment. It is the most recent big-budget work to have contributed to the popularity of the fantasy genre in mainstream media.
Games of Thrones starring Peter Dinklage
2- BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Boardwalk Empire is an American period drama series from premium cable channel HBO, set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era. It stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson.
Primetime Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter adapted the show from Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, a book by Nelson Johnson about historical criminal kingpin Enoch L. Johnson.
Boardwalk Empire starring Steve Buscemi
3- SONS OF ANARCHY
Sons of Anarchy is an American television drama series created by Kurt Sutter about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California’s Central Valley.
The show centers on protagonistJackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the then–vice president of the club, who begins questioning the club and himself.
Sons of Anarchy starring Charlie Hunnam
Kurt Sutter is the former director of the great serie “The Shield”.
Kurt Sutter director for Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy soundtracks are amazing, a few examples below :
– ‘Hey,Hey, my,my” by Battleme (original by Neil Young) from Sons of Anarchy
– “HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN” by the White Buffalo from Sons of Anarchy
– “SOLDIER’S EYEs” by Jack Savoretti from Sons of Anarchy
4- BREAKING BAD (ended!)
Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. Set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine, in order to secure his family’s financial future before he dies, teaming with his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Heavily serialized, the series is known for positioning its characters in seemingly inextricable corners and has been labeled a contemporary western by its creator.
Breaking Bad starring Brian Cranston
Vikings is a Canadian-Irish historical drama television series, written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History. It premiered on March 3, 2013 in the United States and Canada.
Filmed in Ireland, Vikings is inspired by the tales about the Viking Ragnar Lodbrok, one of the best-known Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of France and England. It portrays Ragnar as a Viking farmer who pioneers the first daring raids into England with the support of fellow warriors, his brother Rollo, and his wife, the shieldmaiden Lagertha.
Vikings starring Travis Fimmel
On April 5, 2013, History renewed Vikings for a ten-episode second season.
SEASON 2 Video Trailer:
6- BATES MOTEL
A modern re-imagining and prequel to the movie Psychose (1960). This story begins with the earlier years of a teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) who attempt to start a new life running a small town motel. They live in an old house overlooking the adjoining motel which they are renovating. The house and hotel both come with secrets of their own as does the new town.
Norma’s hopes are almost immediately dashed when she is sexually assaulted by the motel’s former owner, which starts a chain of events that leave her both desperate for income and under the watchful eye of Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonelle). Norman, despite suffering from hallucinations and blackouts, tries to have a somewhat normal high school experience, and attracts the attention of Emma (Olivia Cooke), an intelligent classmate who suffers from cystic fibrosis.
Bates Motel starring Vera Farmiga
7- THE AMERICANS (2013)
The Americans is an American television drama series created and produced by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg. The series premiered in the United States on January 30, 2013 on the cable networkFX and has been renewed for a second season.
Video trailer Season 1
Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, The Americans is the story of Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI Counter-Intelligence agent.
8- A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK
A doctor (Jon Hamm) recalls his time at a small Russian village in 1917 and interacts with his younger self (Daniel Radcliffe) in this black comedy series based on short stories by Mikhail Bulgakov.
For reasons that are never explained, the young doctor (who remains unnamed) — the most promising graduate of Moscow’s top medical school — has been sent to a remote hospital “in the back of the back of beyond.” There, he encounters a skeptical staff and peasants who are convinced that everything can be healed by the right kind of drops (or maybe a gargle, in a pinch). Everywhere he turns, he is confronted with portraits of the ferociously bearded Leopold Leopoldovich, his predecessor, and he is continually reminded that he doesn’t seem up to the job by a staff who worshipped Leopoldovich.
This tale of the unsentimental education of a newly minted doctor is sort of a black comedy, but it’s also a farce, a period piece, a melancholy Russian tragedy and a meditation on despair and addiction.
This Comedy-Drama series is excellently directed and served by two excellent actors, the only weakness is the short duration and number of episodes (2 seasons of 4 episodes).
A Young Doctor’s Notebook starring Daniel Radcliffe
Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on theIsraeli series Hatufim (English title: Prisoners of War) created by Gideon Raff.
The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency officer with bipolar disorder, and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper. Mathison has come to believe that Brody, who was held captive by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was “turned” by the enemy and now threatens the United States.
10- THE BORGIAS (ended!)
The Borgias is a historical-fiction drama television series, created by Neil Jordan; it debuted in 2011 and ended in 2013.
The series is set around the turn of the 16th century, and follows the Borgia family, an Italian dynasty of Spanish origin. It stars Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI with François Arnaud as Cesare, Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia, David Oakes asJuan, and Aidan Alexander as Gioffre Borgia. Colm Feore also stars as Cardinal della Rovere.
The Borgias starring Jeremy Irons
- ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Will Have Even More Character Deaths (screenrant.com)
- ‘Boardwalk Empire’ renewed for fifth season (latimes.com)
- ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Will Have Biggest Death Count Yet (slashfilm.com)
- ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Renewed For Season 5 By HBO (freshwaddabrooks.com)
- Charlie Hunnam and Kurt Sutter Talk SONS OF ANARCHY Season 6, the Graphic Novel, and Mapping Out the End of the Show (collider.com)
- May The Glitz and Murder Continue, Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Gets Green Light (contactmusic.com)
- ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Adds Web Aftershow For Season Six (variety.com)
- The One Who Knocked First (slate.com)
- ‘Breaking Bad’: 7 Lessons Showbiz Can Learn From the Gamechanging Series (variety.com)
- ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Beautifully Choreographed at the Emmys (mashable.com)
- Bobby Cannavale wins Best Supporting Actor Emmy for ‘Boardwalk Empire’ (Video) (examiner.com)
- Demographics of Anarchy: Netflix, Afterword, and Gender (cultural-learnings.com)