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The Best TV Shows of Recent Memory

List Criteria: Only series that have been on the air in the last 20 years

This best TV show list represents the combined opinions of thousands of TV fans. Anyone can vote on this list of the best TV shows of recent memory, making this list a truly trustworthy way to find the best TV show. You can even add your own list to these TV show rankings.

What are the best TV shows of recent memory? Whether you're looking for the best TV shows to add to your Netflix queue or you just want to share your picks for the best TV series of the last few decades, this is the place to tune in to the tastes of TV fans around the world.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 1823
    Down 1426

    most listed
    The Simpsons

    1989 More
    94
  2. 2
    Up 1663
    Down 1384
    1994 More
    90
  3. 3
    Up 1652
    Down 1356
    1989 More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 1798
    Down 1200
    2008 More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1690
    Down 1028

    ranked low on reranks
    The Big Bang Theory

    2007 More
    86
  6. 6
    Up 1388
    Down 785
    2011 More
    86
  7. 7
    Up 1445
    Down 1424

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lost

    2004 More
    86
  8. 8
    Up 1497
    Down 1266
    2006 More
    85
  9. 9
    Up 1637
    Down 889

    ranked low on reranks
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    1997 More
    83
  10. 10
    Up 1460
    Down 1298
    1997 More
    83
  11. 11
    Up 1292
    Down 919
    2004 More
    82
  12. 12
    Up 1352
    Down 1222
    1999 More
    82
  13. 13
    Up 1206
    Down 1240
    2005 More
    81
  14. 14
    Up 1145
    Down 944
    1999 More
    81
  15. 15
    Up 1146
    Down 887
    1993 More
    81
  16. 16
    Up 1300
    Down 1102
    2003 More
    80
  17. 17
    Up 1122
    Down 665

    ranked low on reranks
    Walking Dead

    2010 More
    78
  18. 18
    Up 1328
    Down 1058
    2005 More
    77
  19. 19
    Up 1156
    Down 1007
    2009 More
    75
  20. 20
    Up 966
    Down 827
    1998 More
    74
  21. 21
    Up 1059
    Down 1064
    1996 More
    73
  22. 22
    Up 860
    Down 894

    the people's #1
    The Wire

    2002 More
    73
  23. 23
    Up 850
    Down 600
    1987 More
    72
  24. 24
    Up 959
    Down 883
    2001 More
    72
  25. 25
    Up 974
    Down 830
    2002 More
    72
  26. 26
    Up 757
    Down 917

    often listed
    Mad Men

    2007 More
    71
  27. 27
    Up 934
    Down 817
    1999 More
    71
  28. 28
    Up 705
    Down 703
    1963 More
    70
  29. 29
    Up 708
    Down 557
    1982 More
    69
  30. 30
    Up 740
    Down 525
    2001 More
    69
  31. 31
    Up 806
    Down 684
    1990 More
    67
  32. 32
    Up 705
    Down 725
    1975 More
    67
  33. 33
    Up 704
    Down 691
    1987 More
    67
  34. 34
    Up 712
    Down 866
    2006 More
    66
  35. 35
    Up 469
    Down 384
    2010 More
    65
  36. 36
    Up 633
    Down 783
    2004 More
    65
  37. 37
    Up 441
    Down 397
    2003 More
    64
  38. 38
    Up 638
    Down 721
    2005 More
    64
  39. 39
    Up 604
    Down 709
    2008 More
    64
  40. 40
    Up 567
    Down 675
    2005 More
    63
  41. 41
    Up 516
    Down 597
    2005 More
    63
  42. 42
    Up 624
    Down 546

    ranked low on reranks
    Malcolm in the Middle

    2000 More
    63
  43. 43
    Up 411
    Down 527
    2001 More
    63
  44. 44
    Up 557
    Down 652
    2009 More
    62
  45. 45
    Up 532
    Down 603
    2001 More
    62
  46. 46
    Up 449
    Down 533
    2002 More
    62
  47. 47
    Up 581
    Down 560
    1993 More
    61
    added by: Kym Parks
  48. 48
    Up 473
    Down 580
    2000 More
    61
  49. 49
    Up 425
    Down 435
    1990 More
    61
  50. 50
    Up 455
    Down 755

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    True Blood

    2008 More
    61
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