20 TV Shows That Only Intelligent People Appreciate

While cable TV exploded much more than a decade ago and TV shows is wiping the floor with films, and yes, there are TV shows that only smart people appreciate. While many people pay attention to Keeping Up with whatever combination of Kardashians E, smart people not just stop in entertainment, they choose something that probably stimulates their brain. These following television series not just incredibly intelligent but also they are competing for Emmys and Golden Globes and SAGs. If you’re looking for awesome TV shows and you consider yourself as someone smart, this article absolutely for you.

#1. Hannibal

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Hannibal is reckoned as one of the best horrors TV shows on America television. The format of this drama was blended gruesome horror and the more typical police procedural which make the story of the relationship between FBI special investigator – Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham’s most cunning enemy.

You might assume that every week Will’s empathetic skills is used to solve cases to deals with a different crime. It is worth noting that most of these killings are creative in terrible ways, illustrated to full effect with grimly beautiful cinematography. Audience especial the brilliant one can’t resist the lure of Hannibal

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Genre: psychological horror, psychological thriller, crime drama, crime thriller

Actors: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

Network: NBC. 3 Seasons, 39 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8.6/10

#2. Sherlock

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This famous series using Conan Doyle detective plots to build up the modernized version of characters.  The story about Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) a brilliant but eccentric private detective and Doctor John Watson (Martin Freeman) who is invalided out of the Army. Together they solve baffling, and often bizarre, murder mysteries. They also have to compete with Moriarty – Holmes’ nemesis.

These TV series become a global phenomenon. Millions are the fan of the original Sherlock Holmes books and TV shows as well. We’re watching Sherlock because of the unguessable things. Witty, smart, moving or clever are just not enough to describe its wonder. One of the keenest pleasures of Sherlock is the graphic language it has developed to illustrate the deductive process.

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Genre: Crime drama

Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Network: 4 Seasons, 13 Episodes

IMDB Score: 9.2/10

#3. Game of Thrones

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An adaptation based on the novels by George R.R. Martin- The Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones is an epic struggle for power. Seven noble families fight for control of the domination the throne of Westeros (Iron throne). Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.

There is no denial that Game of Thrones is artful and stunning. The series attract all smart people because of the intelligently written script, the well-acted show, and the direction and cinematography are easily on par with any Oscar-nominated TV shows. Also, the big-budget make this series becomes an amazing epic ever.

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Genre: Fantasy, Serial Drama

Actors: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

Network: Netflix. 7 Seasons, 62 Episodes

IMDB Score: 9.5/10

#4. House of Cards

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This is a political drama web television series based on the novel by Michael Dobbs which story center on Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). After being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, he initiates a ruthless and corrupt climb of the political ladder to get himself into a position of greater power. Aided by his wife, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) taking his career to unprecedented heights.

House of Cards may be one of the smartest and most entertaining TV shows that offered by contemporary television, viewed from different angles. It could be understandably when one who weary of taking the plunge don’t find politics interesting political in this political drama. However, the sharp writing, engaging and clear, and the characters are interesting and well developed make intrigue both exciting and easy to follow.

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Genre: Political Drama

Actors: Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

Network: Netflix. 4 Seasons, 53 Episodes

IMDB Score: 9.0/10

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#5. Breaking Bad

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It tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) a chemistry genius woking as a high school teacher. His life drastically changes when he is diagnosed with Stage III lung cancer and given only two years to live. To ensure his family has a financial future after his demise, Walt uses his chemistry background and teams up with a former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to create and sell the world’s finest crystal methamphetamine. They become a dangerous criminal and Walt transforms him into a major player in the drug trade.

Breaking Bad is a dynamic series full of mind-boggling plots and highly developed characters. We need to pay attention to every single detail from the creator to writers, directors or actors, putting thought into every nuance in every character in every scene. Every thinking brain will immediately be attracted to the intelligence so evidently on display. This might be one of the most brilliant TV shows that smart people should appreciate.

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Genre: Crime Drama, Thriller, Contemporary Western, Black Comedy

Actors: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Network: AMC. 5 Seasons, 62 Episodes

IMDB Score: 9.5/10

#6. House

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It centers around Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) – an unconventional, misanthropic medical genius who is crippled in his right leg and a painkiller addiction leads his team of doctors who specialize in diagnostic medicine as they solve bizarre and almost impossible cases. Often resorting to unorthodox methods based on House’s hunches on the patients, their families, or his own personal experiences.

It could be said that House is another version of the Sherlock Holmes but in term of Medicine when it uses deductive reasoning and psychology for every single case. And House routinely rejects cases that he does not find interesting, just like Holmes. If you are a fan of Holmes, don’t miss this TV series.

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Genre: Medical drama

Actors: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

8 Seasons, 177 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8.8/10

#7. Dexter

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Dexter Morgan, a Miami Metro police department blood-spatter analyst, has a double life. A spatter analyst by day and a dangerous serial killer by night. The story about his punishments to people who have escaped the judiciary system while keeping his dark secrets away from his loved ones.

Strong writing, clever dialogue, talented stars make for a wonderful TV show. That’s the reason why audience breathlessly anticipating the next episode. Dexter is a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer. Each week with a new sociological dilemma as well as a new criminal to dispatch.

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Genre: Crime drama, psychological thriller, mystery

Actors: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Network: Showtime. 8 Seasons, 97 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8.8/10

#8. Doctor Who

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This science-fiction television program influenced generations of British television professionals. Many of whom grew up watching the series of The Doctor, from a race called the Time Lords whose home planet is Gallifrey. He travels trough time and space with his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) with numerous companions to encounter some monsters and save the world.

With a large following among the general viewing audience, the TV show takes original series popular and updates it for a new generation. Every episode managed to bring excitement, ingenuity, intelligence, and fun with clever concepts and great dialog.

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Genre: Science fiction, drama

Actors: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

Network: BBC. 12 Seasons, 142 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8.8/10

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#9. The X-Files

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The American science fiction drama television series revolves around two FBI agents, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate the X-Files – cases dealing with unexplained paranormal phenomena. Together, they perceive their cases from standpoints of science and try to solve the mysteries within the U.S. government.

The X-Files will forever be remembered as a true hit TV show and a breakout accomplishment for Fox. Human imagination is what makes The X-Files one of the most intelligent and most important TV shows on television today. It forces us to think, to imagine, and to hope.

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Genre: Science fiction, horror, drama, mystery, thriller, supernatural fiction

Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Network: Fox.10 Seasons, 210 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8.7/10

#10. The Walking Dead

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This is televised American drama series about a group of people trying to survival Zombie Apocalypse. In there sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes who wakes up from a coma discovering a world overrun by zombies commonly referred to as ”walkers” is the leader. This series is all about survival, the risks, and the things you’ll have to do to survive.

The Walking Dead had the largest premiere audience in AMC history. It is so much more than a horror show when it brings suspense, desolate atmosphere by creative storytelling which doesn’t follow a straight line and amazing character development. Being brilliant one, take this television series on your list.

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Genre: Horror, serial drama, zombie apocalypse

Actors: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Network: AMC. 8 Seasons, 115 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8,5/10

#11. Jeopardy!

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This is a quiz competition of American television game show. The answers are given first, contestants must give their responses in the form of questions. Three contestants, including the previous show’s champion, compete in six categories and in three rounds.

The wide range of subjects it covers and the difficulty of the clues also gives the show an intellectual quality. Moreover, with more fast-paced and fun, viewers will find themselves testing their own trivia knowledge. This TV game show just for highly intelligent people, absolutely.

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Genre: Game show

Actors: Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

Network: NBC. 31 Seasons, 3087 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8.2/10

#12. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by comedian John Oliver. It takes a satirical look at news, politics and current events, but on a weekly basis.

John Oliver offers a comic but smart perspective on the top stories being highlighted in the US such as political, economic, and social issues and he really good at delivery humor and parody so that he could offer intelligent explanations or commentaries. Here it is, this TV series for those who smart and also humorous.

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Genre: Comedy, news satire, talk show

Actors: John Oliver, David Kaye, Noel MacNeal

Network: HBO. 4 Seasons, 101 Episodes

IMDB Score: 9,1/10

#13. Criminal Minds

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One of best crime drama TV shows that talk about an elite team of FBI profilers who set about catching various criminals through behavioral profiling. The plot focuses on the team working cases and on the personal lives of the characters, depicting the hardened life and statutory requirements of a profiler.

This television series that it takes wits to beat the bad guys. The characters put their expertise in play to solve some of the most twisted people around. It keeps a great story line all the way through, with many twists and bizarre themes.

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Genre: Police procedural, action, thriller, crime drama

Actors: Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Network: CBS. 12 Seasons, 277 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8.2/10

#14. MythBusters

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This is a science entertainment television program used elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes. Often after the real-world practical tests have proved or debunked a Myth, the team will take the experiment to the extreme, many times using more modern technology than the myth could have used or upped the black powder for impressive explosions.

These guys use science, engineering, and art to debunk, or in some cases prove possible some the stories we’ve all heard while growing up. They do a great job in making the whole thing crazy and funny. It’s science made cool. This is one of the craziest and clever TV shows you should follow regularly

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Genre: Factual television, science

Actors: Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage

Network: Discovery Channel. 19 Seasons, 300 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8.3/10

#15. The Simpson

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The American animated sitcom of a nuclear family named the Simpsons and their life in a typical American town – Springfield. The show makes jokes across the political spectrum. Religion also figures as a recurring theme.

There is certainly the reason that makes The Simpsons becomes one of the longest running animated TV shows. It just so hilarious and incredibly clever and has been ripped off so many times, but nothing has come close to the brilliance that the Simpsons writers have brought us.

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Genre: Animated sitcom

Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Network: Fox. 28 Seasons, 617 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8.8/10

#16. The Big Bang Theory

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The American television sitcom talks about physicists  Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper who understand how the universe works but have no clue about how to interact with people.  Their lives change when they meet their new neighbor – Penny.

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As the theme of the show revolves around science, many distinguished and high-profile scientists have appeared as guest stars on this TV show. The blending of intellectual and ridiculous is also very well done. Find out more for ridiculous men but not in TV shows.

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Genre: Sitcom

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Network: CBS. 10 Seasons, 231 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8.3/10

#17. The Blacklist

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This American crime thriller series on the list premiered television on NBC. The center is a former US Navy officer Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), who has eluded capture for decades, turned high-profile criminal. Then he suddenly surrenders FBI with an offer to help catch a terrorist to exchange for immunity from prosecution. His condition is that he only talks to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone), a young FBI profiler.

Red is a combination among Moriarty and Hannibal Lecter and James Spader. The series’s all shrouded in mystery. James Spader has built mastermind criminal successfully. Undoubtedly, is it on the list TV shows for you.

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Genre: Crime Drama Action, thriller

Actors: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Network: NBC. 5 Seasons, 90 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8,1/10

#18. The Daily Show

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This late-night talk show television program draws its comedy and satire from recent news stories. Besides the Daily Show also has celebrities (and semi-celebrities) on for interviews with the host, comedianTrevor Noah( present, Stewart is the previous).

The Daily Show is the fake comedic news show of entertaining intelligence. While Stewart was an excellent hilarious host, Trevor Noah is something completely new and fun. The TV show for anyone interested in news and comedy in a smart way.

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Genre: Comedy, news satire, talk show

Actors: Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

Network: Comedy Central20 Seasons, 1829 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8,7/10

#19. Mr. Robot

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The center of American drama–thriller television is about Elliot Alderson, a cyber security engineer, and hacker who suffers from social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. He joins a group of hacktivists to erase all debts by attacking the megacorporation.

Characters use really real command tool for hacking, not one of those superspy CIA graphical interface that all needed is just have to press “HACK” and then they become the hacker. This is one of the brilliant TV shows that the explanation, the actual computer science portions are accurate represented, not so much, but just enough that it will captivate and perhaps even educate audience slightly.

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Genre: Drama, techno-thriller, psychological thriller

Actors: Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Network: USA Network. 3 Seasons, 32 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8,7/10

#20. Better Call Saul

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Crime drama series follows the story of small-time lawyer James Morgan “Jimmy” McGill (Bob Odenkirk) known as Saul Goodman; events after the original series are briefly explored as well.

Of course this series on the list of smart TV shows. It not only stands right alongside Breaking Bad as a stunningly entertaining TV series, it stands on its own. Enjoy it and find how smart it is.

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Genre: Crime drama, black comedy

Actors: Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

Network: AMC. 3 Seasons, 30 Episodes

IMDB Score: 8,4/10

For some, spend a bit time on TV shows while enjoying a cup of cafe is just a way to unwind. For smart one, TV shows also are great vehicles for imparting intelligent information and they chose and watch brilliant TV series that give them opportunities to learn and expand their intelligence. Be a smart one.

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