20 Addictive TV Shows To Watch Now

So, let's face it: Breaking Bad is over. And whether or not you have a Walt-sized hole in your body is up to you, but with fall approaching, 'tis the season to curl up and get sucked in to today's finest dramatic art — the television show. Sure, movies get the big awards and A-list stars, but television creates devoted — no, passionate — fans, too; those who cry at the end of Six Feet Under, those who know the name of Buffy Summers' dad.
While we salute those who obsessively follow those shoes that help define a "successful" television show, here are the shows that have obsessive cult followings yet haven't quite gotten the fan base that insists on a Kickstarter to revive the series. Yes, we own the golden Twin Peaks Blu-Rays and even stayed up all night to consume Arrested Development, but each of these shows are just as deserving as those that hold the mantle of the best show ever. The world just doesn't know it yet. Additional reporting by Julie Gerstein, Matthew Zuras, and Hayden Manders
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Carnivàle (2003-2005)

If You Like: Mulholland Falls, Twin Peaks

Why It Rules: The traveling band of dust-bowl carnies on Carnivàle are deeply creepy — and super fun to watch. The story follows a carny with telekinesis (Nick Stahl) as he goes head-to-head with an evil preacher (Clancy Brown) in dust bowl-era.

Where to find it: Get it on Amazon or Amazon Instant.
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Clone High (2002-2003)

If You Like: Family Guy, Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Why It Rules: This MTV show only lasted through one season but has a super-dedicated following. Culling DNA from famous historical figures to create clones, a group of "shadowy figures" hopes to raise the facsimiles, only to run into one unforeseen hurdle: puberty. Let's admit it: Seeing Gandhi experience sexual frustration is kind of hilarious.

Where to find it: YouTube, while it lasts.
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A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1989-1995)

If You Like: Key & Peele, Monty Python

Why It Rules: This show is the TV equivalent of drinking a 5-Hour Energy mixed with an espresso and topping it all off with a spoonful of pure sugar. Aided and abetted by Stephen Fry's incredible character acting, this show switches gears faster than you can say LOL — and while you might miss a beat, they never, ever miss a punch line.

Where To Find It: Netflix
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Childrens Hospital (2010-present)

If you like: Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Scrubs

Why it rules: It's a 15-minute comedy series set in a Brazilian hospital where no one speaks Portuguese, staffed by an oversexed chief (Megan Mullally) and a clown doctor (Rob Corddry) who attempts, but often fails, to cure his patients with laughter. Lake Bell, Ken Marino, Malin Akerman, and Henry Winkler are all stellar, too.

Where to find it: Adult Swim
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Photo: Courtesy of Channel 4.
Brass Eye (1997-2001)

If You Like: The Colbert Report, The Daily Show

Why It Rules: Christopher Morris' short-lived spoof show was one of the first — and best — at conning politicians and the public into believing it was the real deal.

Where to find it: Amazon
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Farscape (1999-2003)

If You Like: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Firefly, or Dr. Who

Why It Rules: Okay, it's nerdy. Farscape is really, really nerdy. But, it also took a real fantastical premise, and takes some real risks — even though the very competent Jim Henson Productions was behind the character design. Yes, it is a sci-fi show from before it was SyFy, and if you aren't into space drama, you should skip it, but if you appreciate Battlestar's "frack," you'll love its "frell."

Where To Find It: Amazon
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Popular (1999-2001)

If You Like: Pretty Little Liars, Mean Girls

Why It Rules: Ryan Murphy's first TV series stars Leslie Bibb and Carly Pope as two totally opposite step-sisters forced to get along. The show captures how much the high school popularity game actually resembled warfare.

Where to find it: Amazon
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Photo: Courtesy of E4.
My Mad Fat Diary (2013—Present)

If You Like: Freaks And Geeks, Girls

Why It Rules: Set in the '90s, this coming-of-age story follows Rae, a funny, smart, horny (!!), music-obsessed teenager who has some pretty big issues around body image and mental health. Despite some great nods to '90s culture (Oasis tees! Raves!), this is no nostalgia fest; it's an honest, hilarious, and touching series that makes us laugh, think, and cry.

Where To Find It: YouTube, while it lasts.
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Photo: Courtesy of Starz.
Party Down (2009-2010)

If you like: Parks and Recreation, Childrens Hospital

Why it rules: It features an all-star cast of truly hilarious people, including Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, Martin Starr, and Lizzy Caplan. They each play struggling actors who earn a living wage and regularly get wasted while working at a thankless catering company for horrible clients.

Where to find it: Amazon
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Lilyhammer (2012-present)

If you like: The Sopranos, My Cousin Vinny

Why it rules: E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt plays an ex-New York mafioso who relocates to Norway when he joins a witness protection program. He comically tries to fit in with his small-town neighbors, with awkward results. But, can the fresh air of snowy Scandinavia keep him out of trouble? (Spoiler: Nope!)

Where to find it: Netflix
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Spartacus (2010-2013)

If you like: 300 and butts.

Why it rules: Whether or not there's a plot worth following is debatable, but basically it follows the classic Spartacus story interspersed with Zack Snyder-style violence and gratuitous rear and full-frontal nudity. Some fans fell off after Andy Whitfield, the wonderful Australian actor who played Spartacus in the first season, died of cancer in 2011.

Where to find it: Amazon
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Photo: Courtesy of ABC.
Sports Night (1998-2000)

If you like: The West Wing, Cheers

Why it rules: A little early Aaron Sorkin never hurt anyone, right? This is one of those shows where you feel like the people involved are really your friends, and watching feels more like hanging out than observing from behind the fourth wall. Sorkin originally wanted to run the show without a laugh track, but ABC execs insisted on it — luckily, they faded it out and completely removed it at the end of the first season, and loyal fans will agree that it really wasn't necessary in the first place.

Where to find it: YouTube
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Photo: Courtesy of ABC.
Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)

If you like: Dead Like Me, Psych

Why it rules: It's a wonder that a show about a man with a morbid magical power, a tortured long-term love affair, and a penchant for solving crime could be so very whimsical and just plain happy. Of course, the presence of Kristin Chenoweth doesn't hurt. The technicolor dream world of this show is hard to get use to, but once you accept its unique mix of camp and genuine emotion, it's easy to see why it's a (tragically cancelled) cult classic.

Where to find it: Amazon
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Photo: Courtesy of USA Network.
The 4400 (2004-2007)



If You Like: Lost, The X-Files

Why It Rules: The premise is genius — what happens when all of the people who went missing, from the years 1946 to the present — suddenly appeared. And they had inexplicable powers. Then a mystery would ensue...and ensue (complete with shadowy figures) it does.

Where To Find It: Netflix
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Photo: Courtesy of HBO.
The Larry Sanders Show (1992-1998)

If you like: 30 Rock

Why it rules: Aside from being so quintessentially '90s, this show is a great example of a main character you love to hate. Larry is a total diva, and behaves horribly to everyone, but you still get a kick out of watching him — not unlike our beloved Tracy Jordan, actually. This style of directionless, fluffy, but still very satisfying comedy has been all but lost today, so this show is a true gem and should be treasured accordingly.

Where to find it: Amazon
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Photo: Courtesy of Fox.
Wonderfalls (2004)

If You Like: Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies

Why It Rules: Do you often wish that inanimate objects would give you quirky directives for your life? Wonderfalls is probably for you. Also, it's an easy watch with a feel-good, engaging premise.

Where to find it: Amazon
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The Comeback (2005)

If you like: Waiting for Guffman, The Office (U.K.)

Why it rules: Lisa Kudrow manages to evoke wrenching despair, bobble-headedness, and old-school slapstick all at once. She plays Valerie Cherish, a washed-up early '90s sitcom star who is trying to make her way back into the TV business as a documentary crew follows her many, many foibles. She got it!

Where to find it: Amazon
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Photo: Courtesy of ITV.
The Prisoner (1967-1968)

If you like: Inception, Under the Dome

Why it rules: An unidentified British spy simply known as "Number Six" wakes up in the middle of a seaside "village," oblivious as to how he arrived. He finds himself trapped there by Number Two, the village administrator, as he attempts to figure out just why he is there and how to escape. Plus, the style is amazing; mod fashion at its finest.

Where to find it: Amazon
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Photo: Courtesy of Fox.
Undeclared (2001-2003)

If You Like: Freaks & Geeks, Greek, Arrested Development

Why It Rules: Judd Apatow takes his stoner-funny to college. What's not to love?

Where to find it: Amazon
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Photo: Courtesy of Channel 4.
The IT Crowd (2006—2013)

If You Like: The Office (U.K.),

Why It Rules: Early Chris O'Dowd, awkward computer jokes, and vague, unsettled corporate humor? Basically, this is everything that makes up a great, modern TV show. If it had a prime-time slot or a household name, it would easily be a darker offering on cable TV, but then Steve Carell's The Office came, and the dry British humor got lost.

Where To Find It: Netflix
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