If it weren't for my friends, I'd probably watch far fewer movies and television shows, or at least would watch them long after they were first released. Nonetheless, I have been substantially influenced, enriched, and entertained by numerous films and shows over the years, and thus I have lots to choose from when selecting my favorites in this category.
Of course, there are so many movies and shows already in existence, and more being created all the time. There's no way an ordinary person could get anywhere close to watching most of them in a single lifetime, so I expect there will be huge gaps in my favorites. Further, it usually takes me at least two viewings, sometimes more, before I have a clear sense of my appreciation of a particular movie or show, so there are plenty more than are on this list that I have seen, might really like, but I simply haven't made up my mind on yet. As a result, these lists represent only things that I like, and the absence of some item here does not necessarily imply that I appreciate it less than the items listed.