Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again. Despite an improbable premise, the show is saved by excellent writing and outstanding acting.
The ancient Greeks divided their plays into comedies and tragedies, but the smiling and frowning masks are more extremes of a spectrum than binary variables, and some of the best TV shows of the past two decades, like Fleabag, Atlanta, Succession, and Shameless, find humor in deep pain and poignancy in funny situations.
Since the Sorpranos ushered in the Golden Age of television in 1999, networks and streaming services have launched thousands of English language drama series--this list rounds up the crème of the crop that stand out in terms of audience ratings, popularity, and critical acclaim.
These shows present a realistic (or at least less unrealistic) take on life in high school, with the emotional ups and downs, social issues, awkward moments, difficult social dynamics, and of course young love. We consulted widely with teenagers to gauge the realism of these shows. Or at least one teenager.
The deep dysfunction, unsympathetic characters, and cynicism of the Bluth, Gallagher or Roy families can be hilarious, but can also wear you down--for a change try these family comedies with a good heart.