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.

The best TV shows of all time also include the most popular series with loyal fan bases like Sherlock and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even though some programs are not considered the most watched TV shows of all time, they later become cult classics and remain fan favorites. This list also includes critically acclaimed TV shows such as House of Cards and Breaking Bad, both outstanding programs that have won many Emmy awards. 

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

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  2. 2
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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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  5. 5
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    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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  6. 6
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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

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  10. 10
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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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    Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

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    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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    Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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    Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

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    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

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    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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    Mel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus

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    Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

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    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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