In most cases, even the best TV shows can have down seasons. For example, after bursting onto the scene to much critical acclaim, many fans thought Dexter jumped the shark after Season Four, despite sticking around for eight full seasons. Likewise, The Walking Dead was a huge success when it first hit AMC as a miniseries (which was renamed to Season One after the show was renewed for more episodes), but lately it’s been harder and harder to watch. And then there are shows like The Simpsons, who will likely never recapture their glory days of the mid-to-late 90s, yet continue to crank out new episodes every year
But then there are the exceptions. The shows that are so well-written and carefully planned, that not a single season can be considered a drop off. It’s not easy to do, but the shows that manage to maintain their quality throughout their entire run often go down in television history as the best ever. Here are our picks for 10 series that never gave us a dud season.
10. The Shield
The Shield is seven full seasons of hard-to-watch drama. We don’t say that because the show was bad — just the opposite. But with Michael Chiklis playing main character Vic Mackay, a deplorable LAPD detective who actually shoots another cop in the face in the very first episode, viewers are left to watch a series full of gritty, violent, and disturbing storylines. Detective Mackey investigates gangs, rapists, child sex trafficking, and all sorts of other horrible crimes. Along the way, he uses plenty of questionable tactics in order to achieve justice.
Much like the next show on this list, The Shield forced audiences to cheer for a character that was obviously very bad. Mackey was a violence sociopath, sure, but he also routinely did whatever it took to put the bad guys behind bars (or worse). He’s the kind of cop you hope doesn’t exist in real life, unless someone really evil pops up in your neighbourhood — then he’s the only man you want on the job.