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.
The characters in these series experience reality differently than most people--they talk to the dead, see psychedelic visions, or are trapped in time, they may be suffering from mental illness or recovering from trauma, but also see things that others miss and probe deep existential issues.
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.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Flash and all your favorite superheroes from DC and Marvel come to life, as well as some unexpected heroes from the pages of comic books like Preacher and Wynonna Earp. No animated features here, just superheroes in the flesh.
These shows build on elements of Twin Peaks--evil bubbling underneath an apparently wholesome small town, detective work, surrealism, some horror, and undertones of the supernatural--all with a nod to David Lynch's distinctive style.
Among the great debates of our time -- Xbox vs. PS4, Star Trek vs. Star Wars, Coke vs Pepsi--few burn hotter than Marvel vs. DC; this list of live action shows is for those of you who would prefer to live in the Marvel multiverse.