I know that some people claim they never watch television and consider it low culture, but I beg to differ. Of course the better part is complete rubbish, but along with some excellent news, documentary and educational airings on public access television here in Sweden, many surprisingly well-made series have emerged in recent years – mainly produced by North American premium cable networks such as HBO and Showtime.
Dexter, Battlestar Galactica, Carnivàle, Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Black Books, Arrested Development, Firefly, Flight of the Conchords, The Wire, Mad Men, Lost, Sons of Anarchy and Weeds – just to name a few contemporary shows worth watching.
However, Breaking Bad is probably my very favorite of the lot. The first two seasons offer one of the best, most engaging, original, nuanced, well-performed and superbly executed dramas I have ever seen on a TV screen. Each episode probably has a higher budget than an average Swedish movie. If Breaking Bad is one of the best shows, imaginative vampire spectacle True Blood must be one of the most entertaining. I follow it and look forward to each new episode.
Update: True Blood quickly turned into some Twilight-esque soap opera bullshit and I no longer watch it. Sons of Anarchy went downhill as well. I would also like to add these truly superb shows to the list: Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, House of Cards, Homeland and Game of Thrones.