The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time TV Programs
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The Greatest TV Shows of All-Time

List Criteria: Vote up and add all of your favorite TV shows of all time.

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

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  2. 2
    + 2577
    - 1737

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

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  3. 3
    + 2019
    - 1411

    Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr

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  4. 4
    + 2185
    - 1738

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

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  5. 5
    + 2086
    - 1693

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

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  6. 6
    + 2139
    - 1070

    ranked low on reranks Morgan Freeman, Rod Serling, John McGiver

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  7. 7
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    - 1980

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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  8. 8
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    - 1614

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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  9. 9
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    Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

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  10. 10
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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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  11. 11
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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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  12. 12
    + 2011
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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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  13. 13
    + 1409
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    often listed Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie

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  14. 14
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    added by TyroneArellano Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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  15. 15
    + 1481
    - 1042

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  16. 16
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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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  17. 17
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    - 859

    Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway

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  18. 18
    + 1282
    - 984

    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

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  19. 19
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    Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Adam Sandler

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  20. 20
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    Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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  21. 21
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    ranked low on reranks

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  22. 22
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    often listed Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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  23. 23
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    - 866

    ranked low on reranks Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Clint Howard

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  24. 24
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    often listed Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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  25. 25
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    - 839

    Mel Blanc, Harvey Korman, Don Messick

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  26. 26
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  27. 27
    + 1239
    - 861

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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  28. 28
    + 987
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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza

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  29. 29
    + 996
    - 847

    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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  30. 30
    + 671
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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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  31. 31
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    - 790

    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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  32. 32
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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  33. 33
    + 1100
    - 1151

    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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  34. 34
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    - 986

    Stephen King, Brittany Murphy, Kelsey Grammer

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

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  36. 36
    + 916
    - 717

    ranked low on reranks Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Lynde

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  37. 37
    + 714
    - 706

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Angie Harmon, Jill Hennessy, Michael Moriarty

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  38. 38
    + 1046
    - 829

    Tina Louise, Dawn Wells, Jim Backus

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  39. 39
    + 998
    - 785

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

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  40. 40
    + 1010
    - 823

    Jim Cummings, Ken Weatherwax, Anjelica Huston

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    + 862
    - 754

    Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie

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  42. 42
    + 1046
    - 1261

    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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  43. 43
    + 645
    - 796

    Heather Graham, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke

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  44. 44
    + 823
    - 991

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

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  45. 45
    + 1219
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    ranked low on reranks Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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  46. 46
    + 706
    - 773

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Ed Asner

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  47. 47
    + 999
    - 718

    ranked low on reranks Alfred Hitchcock

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    ranked low on reranks June Foray, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace

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  50. 50
    + 841
    - 702

    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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