There are very few shows that go beyond mindless entertainment. These are the collection of the shows I love.
1) The Wire
A remarkable show. This show educated me about the life of inner city kids in America. I sobbed when I watched the season with the kids. Sobbed because I knew that what I was watching was based on reality. And because I had it all wrong when I first came to Baltimore from my country.
Similar to the Wire but its about the worst prison system in the US. My brother didn't think I had the stomach for it. I didn't but I couldn't stop. Another soul moving show excellently done.
3) Game of Thrones
That show! The conversations! How does a writer come up with this on his own. Remarkable story, twist and plot. The show makes me want to learn how to tell stories.
4) Apprentice UK
Didn't expect a reality TV show, did you?
I love Sir Allen Sugar. His no nonsense wisdom is adorable. I have learnt a lot about business from that show. Educational and entertaining at the same time.
House, Newsroom, Breaking Bad, Billions, The Profit, The Practice
Any other show recommendations?