Is 24 the most addictive series of all time? - Featured

A British film site - - commissioned a poll in the hopes of identifying the most addictive TV series of all time.

24 came in first place with 19% of the vote.

Lost came in 2nd place with 17% of the vote.

Friends (1994) came in 3rd place with 10% of the vote.

The rest of the results - all with below 10% of the vote - were as follows:


The Wire

Dr. Who


Prison Break

The Sopranos

Sex and the City

So what do you think of this list? Is CSI actually addictive? Where's Dexter? What do you think should be on here instead?




Default avatar cat
Jul 21, 2009 9:14PM EDT

Lost is definitely the most addictive show on tv. There is no show with such deticated fans, the addition of all of the extra content that the fans follow such as the forum, the games, the books, the fake websites, the fans that decipher the anagrams and whispers and all of the other embedded secrets in each episode is something that no other show can contend with. Lost is a different kind of show that has never been seen on tv. I think the reason it didnt flat out win this poll is because of how much it does not cater to the casual fans that dont follow it regilously, the complexity of the plot goes over some people heads if they dont continously follow it.
Another JJ. Abrams show, Alias, was also rediculously addicting. Basicallly every episode ends in a cliff hanger that leads into the next. Try watching one of the season DVDs and see if you dont end up watching half the season in one sitting. Your gonna be like..ok one more, then that episode will end on a cliff hanger and u'll be like...ok just one more, and I mean it this time. That show was awesome.

Default avatar cat
Jul 22, 2009 7:43AM EDT

I totally agree with the post above. Lost MUST be the most addictive series because you just cannot miss an episode without losing the story.Every episode is important for the show and every episode has that much of a storyline as you wouldn't understand how the show goes on if you only miss some episodes.
And to all this case of the week series like CSI etc. If you miss one of those episodes there wont be much of a change in the storyline (as there is barely one and its quite redundant).
So shows with much storyline are more addictive than others and Lost is the one with the most storyline

Jul 24, 2009 5:39PM EDT

wow .... to think i have only ever seen 2 of the mentioned shows. now i have been avoiding watching lost (mainly to annoy certain parties to no end) but i find it really interesting i haven't gotten around to watching the wire or the sopranos. oh, and truefully i'm surprised CSI made the list, especially since well over half of the forensics in the show are things of utter fabrication (ask any cop, or hell, a few of the technical advisors who quit early on). shows im surprised arent on the list: Ally McBeal (the sex in the city of the 90's) Seinfeld (cuz of the huge following it used to have) and, for modern shows, Scrubs (ok, i wouldnt say its addictive, but 8+ years of not dieing!! respect)

Default avatar cat
Jul 25, 2009 5:51PM EDT

dexter should totally be down there, its brill. But wheres the old reliable Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I bought the comic books just to see how it ends

Default avatar cat
Jul 26, 2009 12:06PM EDT

Friends should be no. 1
also True Blood should be out there

Large good to be queen
Jul 26, 2009 7:11PM EDT

Yes, Lost also has my vote for most addicting. Ask me two years ago, and i would have said 24 in the top three, but I just wasn't feeling it much at all this last season. I think having the movie with the time separation (2 months?) before the show began was a bad move. I didn't remember the finer details, causing confusion over the talk of the president's dead son. If they'd have shown the movie the week or even two weeks before, I would have liked it much better. And Tony as a bad guy just wasn't doing it for me. He seemed so out of character; even disallusioned by Michelle's death, I didn't have the feeling those were things he'd ever do. Loved Voight as the bad guy, and even warmed to "Speedle" being bad, but Tony? Nuh-uh.

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 11:05AM EDT

addictive shows? WEEDS people. hehehe

Default avatar cat
Aug 10, 2009 11:20AM EDT

Seasons 1 and 2 of Prison Break where the most addictive seasons of all time.

Aug 19, 2009 8:09PM EDT

HELLO SUPERNATURAL PEOPLE!!!!!!!And I agree with ald. Friends should be no. 1

Default avatar cat
Sep 11, 2009 9:02AM EDT

1. Lost2. Doctor Who3. Friends4. The Twilight Zone (original)5. Supernatural6. Torchwood7. The Shield8. How I Met Your Mother9. Married With Children10. Life on Mars

Nov 2, 2009 5:24PM EST

What about The Simpsons?

Dec 14, 2009 11:52PM EST

SupernaturalPrison BreakMoonlightBonesHouseEurekathe listeneri have always liked jake 2.0 and john doe but they cancelled them

Default avatar cat
Jan 18, 2010 8:41AM EST

Lost24SupernaturalChuckDexterVampire DiariesTrue BloodOTH (in the old days of highschool)Greys Anatomy

Default avatar cat
Jan 18, 2010 8:42AM EST

oh and i agree with friends and prison break the first seasons

Jan 19, 2010 10:52AM EST

couldn't agree more with 24 being on top of the list.I regularly watch tv shows (regular follower of about 15 shows a week), but it's only 24 that LITERALLY gets into my dreams. there was even a time when, during the day, i would catch myself thinking i was going to encounter some of the characters in 24 and i'd really get anxious. it's just too addicting. not saying it's always good, yes there are some loose ends sometimes (esp in season 6).. but if we're talking abt addicting, this is one show that totally transforms me.

Default avatar cat
Mar 29, 2010 11:51PM EDT

24 is hugely addictive, I've lost days of my life to it all too often... HIMYM is pretty infectious.I personally found Lost to be interesting at first, before it devolved into an absurd lottery of increasingly far fetched and daft plot lines. Fail. Friends is another show that should have thrown in the towel at least 4 seasons earlier, but sadly the strength of it's early years became diluted by the sitcom hackery of the later ones.
A show's addictiveness actually can be distinct from it's quality, it's an interesting poll. I love Dexter for example, it might have been my favourite show of recent years, but I don't find myself going back to it much. Similar could be said for Weeds. Both shows are clearly better then say, Scrubs (exempting the first 3 seasons), but I've still rewatched far more crummy later stage Scrubs episodes because it's goofy, light-heartened and easy.
Having said that, I could watch Band of Brothers, and probably the Pacific judging by the first three episodes, till I'm old and grey. Could hardly say they were easy viewing but given that they're just so damn brilliant it doesn't matter.

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