#3: BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Network: HBO
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Aleksa Palladino, Michael Stuhlbarg, Stephen Graham, Michael K. Williams
Complex co-sign: After watching the $18 million, Martin Scorsese-directed pilot (the most expensive single episode ever) about corrupt politicians and gangsters in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, we knew we'd found the year's best new drama. With the big production values of an epic three-hour gangster movie, the in-depth character development that only long-form television allows for, and amazing performances, Boardwalk Empire is one of a kind. We don't usually do period drama, but for you, baby, we're with it.