1. Breaking Bad
During its five-year run (2008-2013), the crime drama Breaking Bad became one of the most popular and honored TV series of all time, shattering viewing records and winning dozens of awards, including ten Prime-Time Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes. The brainchild of writer/producer/director Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White, a terminally-ill high-school chemistry teacher who seeks to secure the financial future of his family by resorting to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Dean Norris headed an impressive cast.