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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    most listed
    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  2. 2
    + 3,966
    - 3,024

    ranked low on reranks
    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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  3. 3
    + 4,051
    - 2,935

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

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  4. 4
    + 4,270
    - 3,119


    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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  5. 5
    + 3,149
    - 2,391


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  6. 6
    + 3,424
    - 2,712


    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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  7. 7
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    - 2,715


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  8. 8
    + 3,199
    - 1,779

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    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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  9. 9
    + 2,718
    - 2,134


    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

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  10. 10
    + 3,032
    - 2,469


    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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  11. 11
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    - 2,971


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  12. 12
    + 2,590
    - 1,814


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  13. 13
    + 2,373
    - 2,174


    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

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  14. 14
    + 2,294
    - 1,980


    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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  15. 15
    + 2,248
    - 1,672


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  16. 16
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    - 2,241

    added by TyroneArellano
    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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  17. 17
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    - 2,544


    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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  18. 18
    + 1,632
    - 1,289


    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    + 2,627
    - 1,512

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    Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

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  20. 20
    + 1,912
    - 1,754


    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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  21. 21
    + 1,862
    - 1,609


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  22. 22
    + 2,093
    - 2,016


    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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  23. 23
    + 1,914
    - 1,444


    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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  24. 24
    + 1,913
    - 1,720


    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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  25. 25
    + 1,526
    - 1,359


    Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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    - 1,942

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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  27. 27
    + 1,765
    - 1,357


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  28. 28
    + 1,520
    - 1,181


    Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

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    + 1,810
    - 1,251

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    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

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  30. 30
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    - 2,066

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

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    - 1,282


    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    - 1,637


    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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    + 1,554
    - 1,501


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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    + 1,151
    - 1,360

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

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    + 1,511
    - 1,193

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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  37. 37
    + 1,197
    - 1,196

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

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  38. 38
    + 1,275
    - 1,153


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  39. 39
    + 1,716
    - 1,064

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

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  40. 40
    + 1,356
    - 1,294

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

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  41. 41
    + 1,505
    - 1,169


    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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  42. 42
    + 1,402
    - 1,116


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  43. 43
    + 1,538
    - 1,232


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  44. 44
    + 1,251
    - 1,454

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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  45. 45
    + 1,583
    - 1,827

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

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  46. 46
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    - 1,397


    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by JamesBradley
    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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  48. 48
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    - 1,204

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

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    - 902


    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

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  50. 50
    + 1,152
    - 1,095


    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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