6. "The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story"
5. “The Leftovers”
4. “Better Call Saul”
3. “The Knick”
2. “Mad Men”
1. “The Girlfriend Experience”
TV has never been more beautiful, more daring, and more dramatic, and that’s owed to the new level of talent being given a chance to redefine what might be possible within this medium today. Since the dawn of the 21st century, we’ve witnessed an incredible array of directors (some native to TV, some fleeing the fluctuating feature film world) come to episodic storytelling to discover its potential.
So, to honor those achievements, we picked the 20 best-directed TV dramas of the 21st century. For more analysis on why these shows made the cut, read the full story here. In the meantime, enjoy these small tastes of what made each of these series a visual delight.