The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time TV Programs

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

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  2. 2
    + 3,868
    - 2,916

    ranked low on reranks
    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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  3. 3
    + 3,859
    - 2,859

    the people's #1
    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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  4. 4
    + 4,104
    - 3,051


    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk

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  5. 5
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    - 2,326


    Alan Alda, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan

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  6. 6
    + 3,684
    - 2,631


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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  7. 7
    + 3,334
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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David

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  8. 8
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    ranked low on reranks
    Morgan Freeman, Morgan Brittany, Rod Serling

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  9. 9
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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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  10. 10
    + 3,401
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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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  11. 11
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    Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson

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  12. 12
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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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  13. 13
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    Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie

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  14. 14
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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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  15. 15
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    Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Desi Arnaz

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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  17. 17
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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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  18. 18
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    Lauren Cohan, Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden

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  20. 20
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    Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Eddie Murphy

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    Rob Reiner, Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor

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  22. 22
    + 2,033
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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway

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    Tom Baker, Eric Roberts, Jon Pertwee

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  25. 25
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    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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    Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Don Knotts

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, John Lithgow

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  28. 28
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    Johnny Carson

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    Mel Blanc, Harvey Korman, Don Messick

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

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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    Kelsey Grammer, Brittany Murphy, Stephen King

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Louise Gold

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    Angie Harmon, Jill Hennessy, Dianne Wiest

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

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    + 1,324
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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Andy Kaufman

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie

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    June Foray, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

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    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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  42. 42
    + 1,355
    - 1,094


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Paul Lynde, Agnes Moorehead

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  43. 43
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    Tina Louise, Dawn Wells, Alan Hale

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

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  45. 45
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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    Barbara Feldon, Stacy Keach, Don Adams

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    ranked low on reranks
    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Art Fleming

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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