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

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

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    Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr

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    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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

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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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    added by TyroneArellano Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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  14. 14
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    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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    Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie

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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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

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    often listed Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Adam Sandler

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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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    Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Clint Howard

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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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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    Johnny Carson

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    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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

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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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    Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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    Jim Cummings, Ken Weatherwax, Anjelica Huston

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    Stephen King, Brittany Murphy, Kelsey Grammer

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    ranked low on reranks Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Lynde

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

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    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

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    Tina Louise, Dawn Wells, Jim Backus

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Angie Harmon, Jill Hennessy, Michael Moriarty

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Ed Asner

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    ranked low on reranks Alfred Hitchcock

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    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Art Fleming

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heather Graham, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke

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    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet

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