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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.

Including shows like Friends and The X-Files, the best TV shows ever in the past 20 years features the latest television series as well as classics such as Seinfeld and Frasier. From sitcoms to dramas and animations to miniseries,  this list has got them all. If your favorite recent shows are missing, go ahead and add them!

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.

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+ - 4,475 3,942
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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2
+ - 5,064 3,550
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
+ - 4,780 2,507
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

4
+ - 4,794 3,628
Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Friends 1994

5
+ - 4,084 3,405
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Seinfeld 1989

6
+ - 3,600 3,499
Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Lost 2004

7
+ - 3,313 2,462
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

8
+ - 3,331 3,203
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Dexter 2006

9
+ - 2,973 2,958
The Office is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Office 2005

10
+ - 4,482 3,011
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

11
+ - 3,602 2,519
House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
House 2004

12
+ - 2,800 2,258
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

13
+ - 3,320 2,998
South Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
South Park 1997

14
+ - 3,864 2,582
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

15
+ - 3,045 2,874
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Family Guy 1999

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16
+ - 3,566 2,293
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

17
+ - 2,551 2,559
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

18
+ - 2,818 2,461
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

19
+ - 3,014 2,732
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

20
+ - 2,639 2,108
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

21
+ - 2,414 2,209
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Scrubs 2001

22
+ - 2,246 2,386
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

23
+ - 2,215 1,499
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Sherlock 2010

24
+ - 2,197 2,015
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Firefly 2002

25
+ - 1,681 2,114
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Mad Men 2007

26
+ - 2,001 1,863
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Doctor Who 1963

27
+ - 1,791 2,001
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Wire 2002

28
+ - 2,164 1,984
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Futurama 1999

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+ - 1,828 1,674
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,919 1,840
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

31
+ - 1,451 1,824
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

32
+ - 1,526 1,420
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

33
+ - 1,773 1,469
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

34
+ - 1,524 1,706
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

35
+ - 1,285 1,348
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

36
+ - 1,461 1,959
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
30 Rock 2006

37
+ - 1,261 1,129
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

38
+ - 1,393 1,678
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Fringe 2008

39
+ - 1,460 1,358
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
NCIS 2003

40
+ - 1,414 1,146
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

41
+ - 1,455 1,729
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

42
+ - 1,693 1,508
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Frasier 1993

43
+ - 1,211 1,587
Community is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Community 2009

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+ - 1,016 1,427
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,325 1,460
Monk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Monk 2002

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+ - 1,220 1,265
ER is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
ER 1994

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+ - 1,129 1,770
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True Blood 2008

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+ - 1,638 1,525
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,238 1,427
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,262 1,597
24 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
24 2001