Star Trek – TOS
Star Trek – Deep Space 9
The Avengers – 1960’s British, w/ Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg. Adventure, spy, touches of scifi. Series becomes more surreal as time goes on.
Danger Man (aka Secret Agent in US) – 1960’s British. Action/Adventure, Spy. The thinking man’s Bond.
Combat! – 1960’s World War II drama/action w/ Rick Jason and Vic Morrow as alternating leads. The list of directors is like a who’s who of Hollywood’s best. Lots of realism. You can watch this on two different levels: 1. as action war show, 2. as a commentary about how costly war is on everyone and what a waste. Not preachy though.
Sherlock Holmes – 1984 British, starring Jeremy Brett.
All Creatures Great and Small – 1978 starring Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy.
Inspector Lewis – British, detective fiction.
Inspector Montalbano – Italian, Detective Fiction.
Maigret – 1991 – 2004. French. Detective Fiction. Starring Bruno Cremer.