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1. The 100 (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.

Stars: Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos, Isaiah Washington

Votes: 184,736

2. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

8.6
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The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 182,704

3. How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 106,753

4. Homeland (2011– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend

Votes: 283,510

5. Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

7.8
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A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle

Votes: 199,677

6. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Stars: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson

Votes: 88,688

7. Supergirl (2015– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.

Stars: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood

Votes: 99,054

8. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 795,813 | Gross: $154.06M

9. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.

Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo

Votes: 53,601

10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 119,863

11. Jessica Jones (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 180,096

12. Deep Water (2019– )

60 min | Drama

6.1
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A modern day look at family through the eyes of three women as they work to balance work and life pressures.

Stars: Anna Friel, Rosalind Eleazar, Sinead Keenan, Rico Canadinhas

Votes: 478

13. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,157,018 | Gross: $130.74M

14. The Americans (2013–2018)

TV-MA | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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At the height of the Cold War two Russian agents pose as your average American couple, complete with family.

Stars: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor

Votes: 74,688

15. Maleficent (2014)

PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.0
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56 Metascore

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Director: Robert Stromberg | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville

Votes: 310,910 | Gross: $241.41M

16. Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.4
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Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend.

Stars: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

Votes: 144,297

17. Noelle (2019)

G | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | Completed

Santa's daughter finds herself having to take over the family business.

Director: Marc Lawrence | Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Kendrick, Shirley MacLaine, Billy Eichner

18. Sex and the City (1998–2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the 1990s.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 97,631

19. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 28,320

20. Call the Midwife (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, History

8.4
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Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 17,930

21. Weeds (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is.

Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 98,268

22. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.8
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65 Metascore

The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen

Votes: 488,698 | Gross: $532.18M

23. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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50 Metascore

Sixteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby (Toby Froud) when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie).

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 115,100 | Gross: $12.73M

24. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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79 Metascore

A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 657,238 | Gross: $106.95M

25. Madam Secretary (2014– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama

7.6
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A political drama which looks into the life of the Secretary of State as she tries to balance work with family.

Stars: Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller, Geoffrey Arend

Votes: 17,926

26. Veep (2012–2019)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

8.3
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Former Senator Selina Meyer finds that being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she hoped and everything that everyone ever warned her about.

Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott

Votes: 38,951

27. Empire (2015– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Music

7.4
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A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.

Stars: Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray

Votes: 36,077

28. Cinderella (I) (2015)

PG | 105 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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67 Metascore

When her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 146,389 | Gross: $201.15M

29. The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.0
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In a dystopian, polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern

Votes: 7,896 | Gross: $4.96M

30. Orphan Black (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.

Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard

Votes: 94,135

31. The Killing (2011–2014)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

Stars: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Liam James

Votes: 90,907

32. Rough Night (2017)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

5.2
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51 Metascore

Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.

Director: Lucia Aniello | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Glazer

Votes: 41,182 | Gross: $22.06M

33. I, Tonya (2017)

R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson

Votes: 148,502 | Gross: $30.01M

34. Bad Moms (2016)

R | 100 min | Comedy

6.2
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60 Metascore

When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun and comedic self-indulgence.

Directors: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore | Stars: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate

Votes: 103,438 | Gross: $113.26M

35. Fuller House (2016– )

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

6.8
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In a continuation of Full House (1987), D.J. Fuller is a mother of three young boys and is a recent widow. D.J.'s sister Stephanie, her best friend Kimmy and Kimmy's teenage daughter all move in to help raise her sons. The house is now a lot fuller.

Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, Michael Campion

Votes: 21,787

36. Spy (2015)

R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.0
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75 Metascore

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham

Votes: 216,546 | Gross: $110.83M

37. Tomb Raider (2018)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.3
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48 Metascore

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father disappeared.

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu

Votes: 169,355 | Gross: $57.42M

38. The Nanny (1993–1999)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.9
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After being fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, a cosmetics saleswoman becomes the nanny to the three children of a rich English widower. As time passes, the two fall for each other.

Stars: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane

Votes: 34,388

39. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015–2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Musical

7.7
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A young woman abandons a choice job at a law firm and her life in New York in an attempt to find happiness in the unlikely locale of West Covina, California.

Stars: Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vincent Rodriguez III, Pete Gardner

Votes: 14,337

40. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of Melbourne in the late 1920s, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit.

Stars: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings

Votes: 11,684

41. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (2015– )

TV-Y7 | 20 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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Marinette and Adrien, two normal teens, transform into superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir when an evil threatens their city.

Stars: Cristina Valenzuela, Bryce Papenbrook, Keith Silverstein, Mela Lee

Votes: 3,876

42. The Mindy Project (2012–2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

7.4
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A young Ob/Gyn doctor balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.

Stars: Mindy Kaling, Ike Barinholtz, Ed Weeks, Chris Messina

Votes: 27,082

43. Home Again (2017)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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41 Metascore

Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.

Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Pico Alexander

Votes: 23,792 | Gross: $27.02M

44. Lost Girl (2010–2016)

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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Bo is a supernatural being who challenges her clan's way of life.

Stars: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland

Votes: 27,201

45. The L Word (I) (2004–2009)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of gay women living in Los Angeles as well as the friends and family members that either support or loathe them.

Stars: Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner

Votes: 22,523

46. Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Detective Jane Rizzoli and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Maura Isles team up to solve crimes in Boston.

Stars: Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

Votes: 27,901

47. Marcella (2016– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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Marcella Backland left the Metropolitan Police for the sake of her family, only to have her husband leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad, investigating a case that seems disturbingly familiar to her.

Stars: Anna Friel, Ray Panthaki, Jack Doolan, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 16,321

48. Annabelle (I) (2014)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.4
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37 Metascore

A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Director: John R. Leonetti | Stars: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola

Votes: 127,674 | Gross: $84.27M

49. Leverage (2008–2012)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.9
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A crew of high-tech crooks attempt to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen.

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf

Votes: 39,560

50. The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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77 Metascore

High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

Director: Kelly Fremon Craig | Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 90,609 | Gross: $14.26M



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