16/03/2015 07:57 GMT | Updated 17/03/2015 12:59 GMT

19 TV Dramas You're Embarrassed To Admit You've Never Seen (And What To Say About Them)

They're also known as 'water cooler' shows - despite the fact that, as Seinfeld's George Costanza once remarked, "Nobody drinks from a water cooler any more. They use bottles."

They're some of the greatest TV series of all time. They're the dramas everyone's watching - or already watched - and thus, they're often the topic of polite conversation at dinner parties/down the pub/around the aforementioned office water cooler.

But what do you say if you've never seen a single episode of 'The Sopranos'? Or 'Broadchurch'? Or 'The West Wing', despite the fact that it ended nearly 10 years ago?

We're not suggesting you lie to cover your embarrassment - after all, you're a busy person, you can't have seen everything, right? But if you're not up for admitting the whole truth, just try using one of our get-out phrases below. They're guaranteed to show just enough knowledge, yet also move the conversation on. And away from you.

(Alternatively, of course, you could just watch them.)

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