I will give you a list of Tv series I like and recommend.
I sorted them by year of the last episode that aired (or the last episode I watched). In front of the names is my personal rating going from one * (I like it) to five ***** (I really, really recommend it).
American TV Series:
- ** State of Affairs (ongoing since 2014): Espionage thriller about a CIA analyst who is assembling and presenting the President’s Daily Briefing on the most vital security issues of the US. The series in general is nice, but I kind of dislike Katherine Heigls character. Heigls playing is just not really plausible in my opinion.
- **** Stalker (ongoing since 2014): Police procedural drama about the LAPD’s Threat Assessment Unit who investigate stalking incidents. Starting watching because of Maggie Q from ‘Nikita’. It’s good. Her character has something from her ‘Nikita’ character and the series in general reminds me a bit of Criminal Minds (but somehow better).
- ***** Scorpion (ongoing since 2014): Drama series about a genius and computer expert solving global problems together with other geniuses. I totally love it. The main character somehow remindes me of Chuck (the Chuck at the end of the series) and he also looks a bit like Chuck.
- **** Forever (ongoing since 2014): Crime drama / Fantasy series about a medical examiner who is immortal. He has very good observation skills and helps a female detective with cases. This series remindes me a lot of Castle. Especially the friendship between the main character and the detective. Let’s see what direction the series takes.
- *** The mysteries of Laura (ongoing since 2014): Police- procedural comedy drama about a NYPD homicide detective and her strugle with life as a single mom with two twin kids, her soon-to-be-Ex-husband and her working life.
- *** Madam secretary (ongoing since 2014): Drama about a female secretary of states. Kind of like it! It’s a bit strange that she always explains stuff of her work to his family. Especially her children seem odly interested in her work. 😉
- ** Resurrection (ongoing since 2014): Fantasy drama about dead people that return to life several years after their dead.
- **** The Blacklist (ongoing since 2013): Crime drama about a former government agent that is now one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. He suddenly surrenders and makes the FBI an offer to work together in getting rid of dangerous criminals under the condition that he co-operates only with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler.
- ***** Person of Interest (ongoing since 2011): Crime drama about Reese, a former CIA officer, and Finch, a billionaire software genius, that solve crimes predicted by a machine build by Finch for the government. It was intended that the machine predicts terrorist attacks, but it predicts “ordinary” crimes as well, the government considers irrelevant, so Finch is determined to stop those.
- ***** Castle (ongoing since 2009): Crime drama about the best-selling mystery novel writer Richard Castle that starts shadowing NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett.
- ***** Glee (ongoing since 2009): Teen musical comedy-drama about a school glee club.
- ** Criminal Minds (ongoing since 2005): Crime drama about a team of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) that solve crimes by profiling the unsub.
Finished series (or series I stopped warching after some time):
- ** Selfie (season 1, 13 episodes, 2014): Romantic comedy about a woman obsessed with social media platforms. She gets worried that online friends are not a substitute for real friends and seeks help from a marketing image guru.
- **** Black Box (season 1, 13 episodes, 2014): Medical drama about a neurologist that has bipolar disorder that nobody knows about (only her therapist and her brother’s family know). It remindes me a bit of Dr. House.
- * Bad Teacher (season 1, 13 episodes, 2014): Comedy about a woman that is divorced from her husband and starts working as a teacher at a Middle school to find and marry a rich, single father.
- ***** Intelligence (season 1, 13 episodes, 2013-2014): Cyber-themed action-adventure about an operative of the U.S. Cyber Command enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain with that he can get into any of its data centers and access key intel files. Secret Service agent Riley Neal is assigned to protect him on his missions in protecting the U.S. from its enemies. The show has some similarities to Chuck and Person of Interest.
- *** Star-Crossed (1 season, 13 episodes, 2014): Sci-Fi romance about a human girl and an alien boy. She helped him in the past when the aliens were arriving. They meet again when he is integrated with other alien kids in the local high school.
- *** Mind Games (Season 1, 5 episodes, 2014): Comedy drama about two brother that run a firm employing psychological techniques to influence outcomes for those in need. The show has some similarities to Leverage. Sadly canceled after just 5 episodes. But at least some kind of a fitting ending….
- *** The Tomorrow People (1 season, 22 episodes, 2013-2014): Sci-Fi about a group of humans that have psionic (telepathy, teleportation, and telekinesis) powers (the Tomorrow People) as the early instances of the next state of human evolution hunted by Ultra, an organization that uses Tomorrow People to find others and neutralize their powers.
- ***** Nikita (Season 1-4, 73 episodes, 2010-2013): Action-drama, Spy-fiction about Nikita, that escaped the secret government-funded organisation Division and wants to bring down Division.
- **** Fringe (Season 1-5, 100 episodes, 2008-2013): Sci-Fi about the Fringe Divison of the FBI using fringe science, FBI investigation techniques to investigate occurrences related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe
- ** Smash (Season 1-2, 32 episodes, 2012-2013): Musical drama about a New Yorker musical theater community and the creation of a new Broadway musical
- ***** Chuck (Season 1-5, 91 episodes, 2007-2012): Action-comedy/Spy-drama about Chuck, the average computer-whiz-next-door that receives an e-mail that embeds him with the only remaining copy of the Intersect (database of CIA&NSA spy-secrets) in his head. Afterwards a CIA and a NSA agent get assigned to look after him.
- ***** Leverage (Season 1-5, 77 episodes, 2008-2012): Drama about a group of five people (thief, hacker, grifter, retrieval specialist, former insurance investigator) using their skills to fight corporate/government injustices.
- **** Dr. House (Season 1-8, 177 episodes, 2004-2012): Medical drama about Dr. House, a medical genius that is misanthropic, has a drug-addiction and uses unconventional methods
- ** Simpsons (ongoing since 1989, I stopped watching after Season 22 in 2011): Animated sitcom about the middle-class family (the Simpsons) in Springfield.
- **** Outsourced (Season 1, 22 episodes, 2010-2o11): Sitcom about a call center in Mumbai where an American firm outsourced its order processing. An american call center manager recently send to India must explain the American popular culture to his indian employees and tries to understand the Indian culture. There is also a film called “Outsourced” from 2006. The Tv series idea is based on this film.
- *** FlashForward (Season 1, 22 episodes, 2009-2010): Sci-Fi about a worldwide blackout where each person saw what might be his/her life a few month in the future.
- ** Heroes (Season 1-4, 77 episodes, 2006-2010, revival miniseries planned for 2015): Sci-Fi drama about people who discover superhuman abilities and must cope with that new development in their lifes.
- **** Numb3rs (Season 1-6, 118 episodes, 2005-2010): Crime drama about an FBI agent and his mathematical genius brother that helps his brother with solving FBI crimes.
- *** Dollhouse (Season 1-2, 26 and original pilot, 2009-2010): Sci-Fi about the Dollhouse, a corporation that programs people (called Actives/Dolls) with temporary skills and personalities that get hired by clients for various purposes.
- ** Mythbusters (ongoing since 2003, I watched it for 4 or 5 seasons around 2009): Science entertainment program that tests the validity of myths, movie scenes, internet videos and so on use elements of the science method.
- ** Dexter (ongoing since 2006, I stopped watching after Season 4 in 2009): Crime drama about Dexter a blood spatter pattern analyst of the Miami Police Department that lives a secret life as a serial killer hunting down criminals not brought to justice through the justice system.
- * Navy CIS (ongoing since 2003, I stopped watching after Season 6 in 2008): Police procedural about a team of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service with crimes involving U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
- **** Moonlight (Season 1, 16 episodes, 2007-2008): Paranormal romance drama about a private investigator that was turned into a vampire
- ***** Dead like me (Season 1-2, 29 episodes and 1 TV film, 2003-2004): Comedy drama about a girl dying in the pilot and becoming an undead grim reaper that helps souls of people dying move into their afterlife.
- ** Dawson’s Creek (Season 1-6, 128 episodes, 1998-2003): Teen drama about four friends in a small seaside town called “Capeside” from their sophomore year in school till after university
- *** Dark Angel (Season 1-2, 43 episodes, 2000-2002): Biopunk/Cyberpunk Sci-Fi about a genetically enhanced super-soldier that escaped a government facility as a child and tries to live a normal life trying to not get caught again and find her genetically enhanced brothers and sisters
- ***** Babylon 5 (Season 1-5, 110 episodes and 6 TV films, 1994-1998): Sci-Fi Space Opera about the Babylon 5 space station. Really loved this show!
German TV Series:
- **** Türkisch für Anfänger (Season 1-3, 52 episodes, 2006-2008): Comedy about a German-Turkish patchwork family that focuses especially on the teens of that family.
- ** Doctor’s Diary (Season 1-3, 24 episodes, 2007-2010): Medical about the young doctor Gretchen Haase that wants to make a career in the hospital and focuses also on her love life that especially involves two other doctors of the same hospital.