They make me think of good role playing that is driven by the characters and their stories. Think about it! Those are shows that largely do not revolve around killing tons of orcs or dragons, and don't even necessarily feature PCs that are supremely powerful demigods, forcing their will upon the land. Instead, mostly those shows rock because they have compelling characters, and powerful stories. They thrive on the relations between the characters, and the conflicts among those characters.
Oh, I ran 3 miles this evening. And it was good!