With television venturing into path-breaking and coming of age themes with every new TV Series, directors and actors have seem to grown comfortable with on screen nudity. And then there are those TV shows that are so unapologetically bold, they literally bowl you over with their content. Here are the 10 boldest TV Series that up the boldness quotient with every coming season.
1. Shameless (2011-Present)
Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago’s Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although filmed in Los Angeles, with the exterior scenes filmed in Chicago.
The show’s producers sought to distinguish it from previous American working-class shows by highlighting how Frank’s alcoholism affects his family.Paul Abbott, creator of the original, said, “It’s not My Name Is Earl or Roseanne. It’s got a much graver level of poverty attached to it. It’s not blue collar; it’s no collar.When John Wells, the showrunner, began pitching the show, he had to fight efforts to place the show in the South or in a trailer park. He explained, “We have a comedic tradition of making fun of the people in those worlds. The reality is that these people aren’t ‘the other’ – they’re people who live four blocks down from you and two blocks over”
2. Californication (2007 – 2014)
Californication is an American comedy-drama television series created by Tom Kapinos, which aired for seven seasons onShowtime from August 13, 2007 to June 29, 2014. The show follows New Yorker Hank Moody (David Duchovny), a troubled novelist who moves to California and suffers from writer’s block. His drinking, womanizing and drug abuse complicate his relationships with his longtime lover Karen (Natascha McElhone) and their daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin).
The show’s other main characters are Moody’s best friend and agent, Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler), and Charlie’s wife, Marcy (Pamela Adlon). Recurring themes are sex, drugs and rock and roll, all of which are featured regularly. The show has been nominated for many awards and won several, including winning two Emmy Awards (nominated for two others) and one Golden Globe Award (nominated for five others).
3. Orange Is The New Black (2013 – Present)
Orange Is the New Black (often abbreviated to OITNB) is an American comedy-drama seriescreated by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, about her experiences in prison. The second season premiered on June 6, 2014 at 3:00 am EDT. The series has been renewed for a third season.On July 10, 2014, the series received 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations.On March 2, 2015, Netflix announced that season 3 would premiere on June 12, 2015. On April 15, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, scheduled to air in 2016.
4. Scandal (2012 – Present)
Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it debuted on ABCon April 5, 2012. Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H.W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith, who serves as a co-executive producer. The show takes place in Washington, D.C. and focuses on Olivia Pope’s crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House, which includes President Fitzgerald Grant III, Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, and First Lady Mellie Grant.
In addition to Kerry Washington, the show features Guillermo Diaz and Katie Lowes as associates at O.P.A., Tony Goldwyn as the President, Bellamy Young as the First Lady, Jeff Perry as the Chief of Staff, Darby Stanchfield as the Press Secretary, Joshua Malinaas the Attorney General and Scott Foley as a veteran of the U.S. military. Previous cast members include Henry Ian Cusick andColumbus Short, as assistants at Pope & Associates.
5. Dexter (2006 – 2013)
Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down murderers who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system. The show’s first season was derived from the novelDarkly Dreaming Dexter (2004), the first of the Dexter series novels by Jeff Lindsay. It was adapted for television by screenwriter James Manos, Jr., who wrote the first episode. Subsequent seasons evolved independently of Lindsay’s works.
Dexter aired on Showtime from October 1, 2006, to September 22, 2013. In February 2008, reruns (edited down to a TV-14 rating) began to air on CBS, although the reruns on CBS ended after one run of the first season. The series has enjoyed wide critical acclaim and popularity, including four straight Primetime Emmy nominations for Best Drama series in its first four seasons. Season 4 aired its season finale on December 13, 2009, to a record-breaking audience of 2.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched original series episode ever on Showtime at that time.
In April 2013, Showtime announced that Season 8 would be the final season of Dexter. The Season 8 premiere was the most watched Dexter episode with more than 3 million viewers total for all airings that night.\The original broadcast of the series finale—shown at 9 p.m. on September 22, 2013—drew 2.8 million viewers, the largest overall audience in Showtime’s history.
6. The American Horror Story (2011 – Present)
American Horror Story is an American horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a disparate set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own “beginning, middle, and end.”
American Horror Story has been well received by television critics. The repertory cast have been critically acclaimed, particularlyJessica Lange, who received the Emmy Award, the Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance. For the past two seasons, Kathy Bates has been highly praised as well, winning an Emmy Award in 2014 for her performance in Coven and a Golden Globe nomination for Freak Show. The series draws consistently high ratings for the FX network, with its first season being the biggest new cable series of 2011.
7. Girls (2012 – Present)
Girls is an American television series that premiered on HBO on April 15, 2012. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, Girls is acomedy-drama following a close group of twenty-somethings living in New York City. The show’s premise and major aspects of the main character were inspired by some of 28-year-old Dunham’s real-life experiences.
On January 5, 2015, HBO renewed Girls for a fifth season.Dunham has stated that she intends on concluding the series after a sixth season
8. True Blood (2008 – Present)
True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality.
The show was broadcast on the premium cable network HBO in the United States. It was produced by HBO in association with Ball’s production company, Your Face Goes Here Entertainment.The series premiered on September 7, 2008 and concluded on August 24, 2014, comprising seven seasons and 80 episodes.The first five seasons of the series received highly positive reviews, being nominated for and winning several awards, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
9. Masters Of Sex (2013 – Present)
Masters of Sex is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29, 2013, on Showtime. It was developed by Michelle Ashford and loosely based on Thomas Maier’s biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, the series tells the story of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who are portrayed by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, respectively. The series has received critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Drama Series in 2013.
The series completed airing its second season, which premiered on July 13, 2014,and has been renewed for a 12-episode third season,to premiere on July 12, 2015.
10. Game Of Thrones (2011 – Present)
Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland, Morocco, Spain, Malta, Scotland, and the United States, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. Two days after the fourth season premiered in April 2014, HBO renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season. The fifth season premiered on April 12, 2015