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
    + 4,022
    - 4,196

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

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  3. 3
    + 5,027
    - 3,631


    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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  4. 4
    + 4,455
    - 3,452


    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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  5. 5
    + 4,433
    - 3,248


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  6. 6
    + 3,896
    - 3,121


    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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  7. 7
    + 3,549
    - 2,750


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  8. 8
    + 3,625
    - 2,063

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

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  9. 9
    + 3,056
    - 2,498


    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

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  10. 10
    + 3,922
    - 3,487


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  11. 11
    + 3,404
    - 2,830


    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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  12. 12
    + 2,885
    - 2,134


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  13. 13
    + 2,749
    - 2,522


    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

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  14. 14
    + 2,069
    - 1,596


    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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  15. 15
    + 2,662
    - 2,280


    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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  16. 16
    + 3,094
    - 2,940


    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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  17. 17
    + 2,528
    - 1,948


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  18. 18
    + 2,995
    - 1,721

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

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  19. 19
    + 3,029
    - 2,569

    added by TyroneArellano
    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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  20. 20
    + 2,446
    - 2,289


    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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  21. 21
    + 2,067
    - 1,861


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  22. 22
    + 2,167
    - 2,011


    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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  23. 23
    + 2,236
    - 1,963


    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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  24. 24
    + 2,136
    - 1,658


    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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  25. 25
    + 2,043
    - 2,222

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

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  26. 26
    + 1,980
    - 1,551


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  27. 27
    + 1,737
    - 1,556


    Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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  28. 28
    + 1,697
    - 1,368


    Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

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    - 1,425

    ranked low on reranks
    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

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    - 2,338

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

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  31. 31
    + 1,958
    - 1,856


    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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

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    + 1,572
    - 1,495


    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    - 1,511

    ranked low on reranks
    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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  35. 35
    + 1,428
    - 1,339


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  36. 36
    + 1,751
    - 1,717


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  37. 37
    + 1,703
    - 1,358


    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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  38. 38
    + 1,325
    - 1,578

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

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  39. 39
    + 1,368
    - 1,422


    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

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  40. 40
    + 1,717
    - 1,324

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

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  41. 41
    + 1,833
    - 2,049

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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  42. 42
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    - 1,404

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

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  43. 43
    + 1,489
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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  44. 44
    + 1,414
    - 1,647

    often listed
    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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  45. 45
    + 1,575
    - 1,276

    ranked low on reranks
    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  46. 46
    + 1,943
    - 1,557


    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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  48. 48
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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  49. 49
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    - 876


    Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

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  50. 50
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    - 988

    added by JamesBradley
    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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