The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time TV Programs
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The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

List Criteria: Vote up and add all of your favorite TV shows of all time.

Choosing the greatest TV shows of all time means taking into account the best TV dramas, the best TV comedies, the best cartoons, and even the best TV miniseries to try and come up with a list that answers the question of "what is the best TV show ever?" If you're a fan of reality television - spoiler alert - it's not one of those shows. However, if you're looking for the top TV comedy series and the top TV dramas to fill the top slots on the list, you won't be disappointed. In addition to new favorites like Lost, classic TV sitcoms like Friends and Seinfeld also fare well in the quest to answer the burning question of what are the top television shows ever.

Newer shows are currently dominating the top television shows list, but classic television shows like M*A*S*H and Star Trek are hot as well, and it's up to you to vote for your favorite TV show of all time to get it closer to the top of the list of the greatest television shows of all-time. If your choice for the best TV series ever isn't on the list yet, make sure to add it so others can share in the bright glow of what you consider to be the best television show ever.
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  1. 1
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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    most listed & ranked high on reranks Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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  3. 3
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    the people's #1 Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

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    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    ranked low on reranks Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr

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    ranked low on reranks Morgan Freeman, Rod Serling, John McGiver

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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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  8. 8
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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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  10. 10
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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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  11. 11
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    ranked low on reranks Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

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  12. 12
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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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  13. 13
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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  16. 16
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    often listed Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie

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  17. 17
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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

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  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Adam Sandler

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Clint Howard

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    Mel Blanc, Harvey Korman, Don Messick

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    often listed Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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    Johnny Carson

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    Jim Cummings, Ken Weatherwax, Anjelica Huston

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Stephen King, Brittany Murphy, Kelsey Grammer

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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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    ranked low on reranks Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Lynde

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    Tina Louise, Dawn Wells, Jim Backus

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie

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    Alfred Hitchcock

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    Angie Harmon, Jill Hennessy, Michael Moriarty

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    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet

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    ranked low on reranks June Foray, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Ed Asner

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    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Art Fleming

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Lucy Lawless

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace

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    ranked low on reranks Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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