Top 10 Hottest Shows on Television

TV Audiences Crave Zombies, Dragons, and Androids

What's everybody buzzing about at the water cooler these days? Some are old, some are new, a husband or two is borrowed, and they all have clues. These ten are the top watched shows that most of America just can't stop watching.

The Walking Dead
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"The Walking Dead" isn't just about zombies, it's about the human race surviving an apocalypse and how they must form a whole new civilization without the luxuries you have in this world. The downside? AMC only makes 16 episodes a season! The series is based on the comic book series of the same name. The TV show is so popular it even has a talk show support group, "The Talking Dead," that airs immediately following each episode. In 2015, popular spinoff "Fear of the Walking Dead" premiered as a prequel to "The Walking Dead."

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Based on the bestselling fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," by George R.R. Martin, "Game of Thrones" tells the tale of two families fighting for power of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Fans of the book series have flocked to this drama and will defend it against naysayers as valiantly as those brave souls who guard the Wall. Like the other contenders on this list, this series has the good fortune of brilliant writing combined with an equally compelling performance week after week, and it's all people can talk about on Monday mornings.

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Westworld (HBO)

Rich vacationers bored with life out in the real world seek thrilling adventure in Westworld, which is not your typical amusement park. This futuristic park, which is moderated by android "hosts," allows its visitors to live out their fantasies. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park's guests. "Westworld" is derived from the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name. This sci-fi western series features an all-star cast with Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris.

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Vikings (History Channel)

"Vikings" is a historical drama following the life and tribulations of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, the Norse hero whose exploits are featured in the folklore of Denmark and Sweden. The Scandinavian king, also the scourge of England and France, is succeeded by heirs and the show reflects their conquests in Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Centered around Dr. Meredith Grey, this medical drama set in Seattle looks at the relationships of young doctors forged as medical interns and their growth in the medical community and as individuals. The group of doctors experience amazing challenges, love, loss, and breakthroughs of all kinds.

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Homeland (SHO)

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The highly successful show "24" was loved for a reason—the thrilling and jaw-clenching drama that unfolded week after week. Some of the same people who brought you all that excitement are behind this incredible American spy thriller series. While it may not have all the exploding action of "24," the psychological action is insurmountable.

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Big Bang Theory (CBS)

The "Big Bang Theory" is a geeky version of "Friends" with physicists from Caltech figuring out life's challenges, like how to get a date to amidst rambling on about string theory, Dungeons and Dragons, and video gaming. The show is centered on four socially awkward friends and the socially adept girl next door who befriends the Mensa roomies.

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Once Upon a Time (ABC)

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It's got Snow White, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Prince Charming, and all those other legendary fairytale characters you've known all your life. Now, imagine them in the real world with an evil queen seemingly pulling the strings. You will learn the back stories of all the characters. And, you will likely get hooked waiting to see when and how these characters remember who they really are and what they will do with that knowledge. It's a fantastic mystery you can't help but watch unfold each week.

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American Horror Story (FX)

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We all love a great mystery that involves trying to figure out who's dead and who's alive, but when you combine that with a spooky horror element, you have one of television's guiltiest pleasures. Each season brings you a new haunted venue, with some of the same actors (playing different roles) and a whole new mystery to solve.

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The Flash (CW)

"The Flash" is an American superhero drama based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It features a costumed crime fighter who can move at incredible speeds. In 2014, the year it debuted, this CW offshoot of "The Arrow" superhero series won the People's Choice award for favorite new TV drama.