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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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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2
+ - 6,191 4,603
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

3
+ - 4,783 5,127
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

4
+ - 5,225 4,209
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
+ - 4,655 3,992
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

6
+ - 5,291 4,113
Friends is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

7
+ - 4,204 3,399
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

8
+ - 4,303 2,589
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

9
+ - 3,969 3,472
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

10
+ - 3,640 3,193
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

11
+ - 3,349 3,164
House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

12
+ - 4,555 4,395
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

13
+ - 2,732 2,197
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

14
+ - 3,348 2,710
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

15
+ - 3,758 3,677
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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16
+ - 3,236 2,855
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

17
+ - 3,000 2,468
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
+ - 3,489 3,182
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Bufft the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

19
+ - 3,506 2,210
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Looney Tunes Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

20
+ - 2,954 2,910
South Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

21
+ - 2,755 2,500
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

22
+ - 2,485 2,510
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

23
+ - 2,433 2,377
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

24
+ - 2,438 2,088
The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

25
+ - 2,484 2,745
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

26
+ - 2,047 1,959
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
+ - 2,563 2,854
Lost is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

28
+ - 2,369 2,284
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

29
+ - 2,260 1,935
The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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30
+ - 2,395 1,551
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Tom and Jerry Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

31
+ - 1,932 1,715
The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

32
+ - 1,856 1,862
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

33
+ - 2,368 1,761
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Flintstones Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

34
+ - 2,043 2,089
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

35
+ - 1,575 1,997
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

36
+ - 1,610 1,785
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

37
+ - 1,950 1,681
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

38
+ - 2,196 1,840
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

39
+ - 2,154 2,487
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

40
+ - 1,634 1,649
The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

41
+ - 1,684 2,000
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

42
+ - 1,988 1,714
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
+ - 2,255 1,878
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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44
+ - 1,983 1,617
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

45
+ - 1,699 1,788
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

46
+ - 509 70
Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton

47
+ - 1,785 1,568
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

48
+ - 1,503 1,526
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

49
+ - 1,677 1,154
Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Scooby-Doo Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

50
+ - 1,309 1,661
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod