IMDb 250 Top Rated TV Shows [Idea/Suggestion]: Separate Miniseries & Anime/Cartoon from Regular TV Series

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Short version:

I think it's a good idea if Miniseries are removed from the current IMDb 250 Top Rated TV Shows list and put into their own Top 100 TV Miniseries list.

Similarly, I also think Anime/Cartoon shows should also be removed from the IMDb 250 Top Rated TV Shows list and put into their own Top 100 TV Anime/Cartoon list.

Long story:

My main issue with the 250 Top Rated TV Shows list is that it does not differentiate among the 3 main different types of TV programs/shows/series:

1. Single-Season Miniseries

2. Cartoons/Anime Series

3. Ordinary or Regular TV series (including Multi-Season Miniseries [Anthologies]), for lack of a better term

I believe the “250 Top Rated TV Shows” list should be exclusive to the 3rd type: The Ordinary/Regular TV Series. If we look at the list as it stands now, it is NOT representative of the state of television history. Shows like Band of Brothers and Planet Earth, great as they are, are certainly not the top 2 TV shows in history, simply because they do not belong on this list. I do realize that rankings are determined by IMDb’s members’ ratings, but the inaccuracy here results from the fact that both shows are on the wrong list.

Let us examine the top 5 shows after removing Single-Season Miniseries, and Cartoons/Anime:

1. Breaking Bad

2. Game of Thrones

3. The Wire

4. The Sopranos

5. Sherlock

This certainly feels more accurate, and we are not twisting facts here, we are logically separating the different types of TV shows. This, to me, feels more rational because we would be comparing the ratings of apples to apples. The dynamics of how people receive a one-off miniseries with a limited number of episodes lead to very different rating results compared to regular, multi-season TV series, as evident by the Top 250 list, which seems disproportionately dominated by one-off, single-season miniseries. I constantly find myself having to ignore or filter out such shows when I am looking at the list, not because I’m not a fan, but because they logically do not fit into this list.

Ideally, I would also separate Anime/Cartoons, because they are a whole separate type of shows, but I do understand the logic of keeping them on the list. I mean, the Top 250 Movies list includes animated films, so why shouldn’t the Top 250 TV list include animated series, since it's just a different genre, not a different type altogether? I get that, maybe they belong here, but it’s a little different from movies. I think they should have their own list, and I want to hear people's opinions on this.

Having explained my rationale above, here’s the alternative structure that I would like to suggest:

1. Top 250 TV Shows: Regular/Ordinary TV Shows, including Multi-Season Miniseries [Anthologies] (e.g. Fargo, American Horror Story & True Detective)

2. Top 100 TV Miniseries, exclusive to Single-Season (One-off) Miniseries (e.g. Planet Earth, Cosmos, Making a Murderer, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, etc.)

3. Top 100 TV Animated Series / Cartoon Series

What do you guys think?

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Yes, the minimum number of votes is a huge problem that results in a very inaccurate picture of the Top Rated TV Shows list, and I do agree with the suggestion to increase the number of votes to 25,000.

The idea I'm proposing here will further refine the list by removing what the list should NOT include; (i.e. TV Miniseries) which are very different in nature to regular shows as I explained above. If we go a step further and remove the Anime/Cartoon series, that would be ideal and we'd finally have a list that's truly representative of THE top TV shows.

I proposed this idea directly to the IMDb staff, and they advised me to post it here. Let's hope it receives enough traction and support to be implemented. Fingers crossed!