TV shows these days have transcended the boundaries of entertainment and reached the realms of religion. From fans dressing up as their favourite characters at comic conventions to increasing numbers devoting themselves to fandoms, TV shows have more or less become a necessity rather than a source of entertainment. Here are ten shows that have the strongest fan base and have fans who would give away their life savings for one more episode. One more season would work too.
1) 'The Big Bang Theory'
This American sitcom has widely entertained science enthusiasts with it being primarily focused on physicists Leonard Hofstader and Sheldon Cooper and their geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, Howard Wolowitz, an aerospace engineer, and Raj Koothrappali, an astrophysicist. The intellect and geekiness of the boys are contrasted for comic effect with Penny, an aspiring actress’s social skills, and common sense. The show adds characters with time and after nine seasons, it has loyal fans in thousands who proudly use the sarcastic scientific comebacks from the show.
2) Game Of Thrones
An American fantasy drama, Game of Thrones is set in the fictional world of Westeros with the different royal families fighting for the ‘iron throne’. Based on the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, the show has gained worldwide popularity because of its intricate plot and bold themes. The show has a vast cast and is shot at different locations all over the world, making the fictional land of Westeros as real to the fans as possible.
3) Two And A Half Men
Two and a Half Men is another sitcom that is popular worldwide. The series revolves around Charlie Harper, a jingle writer, his brother Alan, and Jake who is Alan's son. Post his divorce Alan is left homeless and thus he moves into his brother, Charlie’s house in Malibu, along with Jake. Charlie on the other hand is quite a playboy and enjoys living his free and luxurious life. Two and a Half Men was the 4th highest money making show in the year 2012, making about $3.24 million per episode and it remains a favourite of the fans even after its 12th and final season ended in 2015.
Ranked as the best TV series of all time by Mundo Estranho, Friends is perhaps the most loved show with its premise revolving around six friends and their encounters with hilarious situations in life. After ten seasons running over ten years, the show ended in 2004, but fans still remain loyal to it and reminiscence the show fondly.
5) How I Met Your Mother
The show concentrates on the adventures of the 5 main characters as Ted Mosby tells his kids how he met their mother. Known for its unique structure and eccentric humour, the show has a strong fan following. The show has characters that fans can identify themselves with and therefore its popularity is sky high.
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries is a drama series based on the book series by L.J. Smith, following the life of Elena Gilbert in the fictional town of Mystic Falls where she is surrounded by supernatural beings and falls in love with Stefan Salvatore, a vampire and later with his brother Damon Salvatore. The supernatural theme and the chemistry between the characters are what make it popular amongst the viewers.
This is an American fantasy horror television series that follows two brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester, as they hunt demons, monsters, ghosts and other supernatural beings. The show has fans calling themselves as hunters and forming a fandom that is no less than a cult, with it being the longest running North American fantasy series.
Sherlock is a British-American TV series based on crime and drama, following the character of Sherlock Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories. Even though the wait for the next season of this show is excruciatingly painful, the fans happily wait as the intellectual prowess of Sherlock and the powerful yet sarcastic dialogues keep the viewers satisfied. The show received numerous nominations such as the Emmys, BAFTAs and Golden Globes, also winning many awards in different categories. Benedict Cumberbatch’s acting as Sherlock is praised highly.
9) Two Broke Girls
This sitcom is about two girls, Max Black, who has always lived in poverty and Caroline Channing, who had always lived a wealthy and pompous life but is now poor and working as waitresses in a diner, and how the relationship between the girls strengthens over the course of time. It portrays quite a lot of sexualized humour, which is the USP of the show. The show has gained popularity because of the way the chemistry between the two girls develops in a humorous way.
Castle is an American crime-drama series that shows Richard Castle, a crime novelist, solving unusual murders along with Kate Beckett, an NYPD detective. Castle and Beckett slowly start developing feelings for each other while solving the mystery of Kate’s mother, and the show has gained positive response from viewers and critics alike.