The Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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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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    the people's #1
    Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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  2. 2
    + 3,893
    - 4,049

    most listed & ranked high on reranks
    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  3. 3
    + 4,849
    - 3,503


    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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  4. 4
    + 4,336
    - 3,356


    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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  5. 5
    + 4,282
    - 3,116


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  6. 6
    + 3,770
    - 3,014


    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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  7. 7
    + 3,451
    - 2,672


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  8. 8
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    - 2,002

    ranked low on reranks
    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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  9. 9
    + 2,986
    - 2,406


    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

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  10. 10
    + 3,812
    - 3,348


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  11. 11
    + 3,317
    - 2,741


    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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  12. 12
    + 2,819
    - 2,072


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  13. 13
    + 2,662
    - 2,441


    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

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  14. 14
    + 2,580
    - 2,209


    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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  15. 15
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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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  16. 16
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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  17. 17
    + 2,446
    - 1,887


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  18. 18
    + 2,916
    - 1,668

    ranked low on reranks
    Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

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    added by TyroneArellano
    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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  20. 20
    + 2,368
    - 2,217


    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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  21. 21
    + 2,017
    - 1,807


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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    + 2,108
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    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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  23. 23
    + 2,164
    - 1,902


    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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  24. 24
    + 2,081
    - 1,610


    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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    + 1,969
    - 2,147

    often listed
    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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  26. 26
    + 1,922
    - 1,509


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  27. 27
    + 1,679
    - 1,515


    Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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    + 1,652
    - 1,333


    Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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  30. 30
    + 1,997
    - 1,391


    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

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    - 1,188

    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

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    + 1,523
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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    + 1,894
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    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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    + 1,893
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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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  35. 35
    + 1,702
    - 1,670


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  36. 36
    + 1,657
    - 1,318


    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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  37. 37
    + 1,389
    - 1,299


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  38. 38
    + 1,283
    - 1,535

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  39. 39
    + 1,323
    - 1,378


    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

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  40. 40
    + 1,775
    - 2,003


    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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    - 1,370

    ranked low on reranks
    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  42. 42
    + 1,665
    - 1,296

    ranked low on reranks
    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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  43. 43
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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  44. 44
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    - 1,611

    often listed
    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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  45. 45
    + 1,535
    - 1,244


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  46. 46
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    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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    ranked low on reranks
    Mel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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    Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

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    added by JamesBradley
    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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