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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    Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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

  2. 2
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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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

  3. 3
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    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

  4. 4
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    Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

  5. 5
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    Friends is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

  6. 6
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    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

  7. 7
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    Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

  8. 8
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

  9. 9
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    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

    ranked low on reranks
    The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

  10. 10
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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

  11. 11
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    The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    The Big Bang Theory Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

  12. 12
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    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

  13. 13
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    House is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

  14. 14
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    The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

  15. 15
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    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

  16. 16
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    Bufft the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

    added by TyroneArellano
    Bufft the Vampire Slayer Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

  17. 17
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    I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

  18. 18
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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

  19. 19
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    Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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

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    All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

  21. 21
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    Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

  22. 22
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    South Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

  23. 23
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    The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

  24. 24
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    Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

  25. 25
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    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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

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    Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Monty Python's Flying Circus Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

  27. 27
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    The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

  28. 28
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    The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

  29. 29
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    The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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

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    Lost is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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

  31. 31
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    Columbo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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    Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

  33. 33
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    Firefly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

  34. 34
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    Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

  35. 35
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    Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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

  36. 36
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    Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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

  37. 37
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    The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

    ranked low on reranks
    The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

  38. 38
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    Frasier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

    often listed
    Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

  39. 39
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    The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    The Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

  40. 40
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    Taxi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

  41. 41
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    The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

  42. 42
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    Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

  43. 43
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    Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

    often listed
    Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

  45. 45
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    Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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

  46. 46
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    Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

  47. 47
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    Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

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

  49. 49
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    The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

    ranked low on reranks
    The Bugs Bunny Show Mel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus

  50. 50
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    Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


    Jeopardy! Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

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