For series: Definitely Avatar the Last Airbender. This addictive series sets the standard - amazing and gripping story with unique characters, strong character development and filled with history, philosophy, politics, and numerous cultural references. It also pays homage to the many series that came before it. The writers are geniuses.
In second: Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. Dark, well written, and entertaining.
I thought Avatar: the Last Airbender was an American cartoon influenced by Anime?
Joker: "You killed Captain Clown. You Killed Captain Clown!"
Reading: Ex Machina: Fact V. Fiction
Watching: Death Note