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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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+ - 4,563 4,038
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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2
+ - 5,194 3,615
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
+ - 4,932 2,567
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

4
+ - 4,906 3,720
Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Friends 1994

5
+ - 4,181 3,479
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Seinfeld 1989

6
+ - 3,663 3,583
Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Lost 2004

7
+ - 3,427 2,507
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 3,051 3,029
The Office is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Office 2005

9
+ - 3,394 3,270
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Dexter 2006

10
+ - 4,568 3,096
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

11
+ - 3,684 2,574
House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
House 2004

12
+ - 2,859 2,303
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

13
+ - 3,385 3,055
South Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
South Park 1997

14
+ - 3,942 2,649
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

15
+ - 3,106 2,947
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
+ - 3,647 2,352
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

17
+ - 2,866 2,529
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

18
+ - 2,595 2,613
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

19
+ - 3,079 2,795
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

20
+ - 2,694 2,163
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

21
+ - 2,476 2,260
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Scrubs 2001

22
+ - 2,293 2,440
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

23
+ - 2,294 1,540
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Sherlock 2010

24
+ - 2,273 2,049
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Firefly 2002

25
+ - 2,067 1,904
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Doctor Who 1963

26
+ - 1,723 2,157
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Mad Men 2007

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+ - 1,831 2,041
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Wire 2002

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+ - 2,212 2,031
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Futurama 1999

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+ - 1,887 1,714
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,957 1,886
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,492 1,861
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

32
+ - 1,567 1,453
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,811 1,500
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

34
+ - 1,557 1,749
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,329 1,387
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,303 1,161
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,486 2,007
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
30 Rock 2006

38
+ - 1,421 1,715
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Fringe 2008

39
+ - 1,468 1,168
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

40
+ - 1,502 1,387
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
NCIS 2003

41
+ - 1,495 1,762
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,728 1,542
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Frasier 1993

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+ - 1,240 1,629
Community is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Community 2009

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+ - 1,034 1,461
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,361 1,491
Monk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Monk 2002

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+ - 1,249 1,299
ER is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
ER 1994

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+ - 1,156 1,799
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True Blood 2008

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+ - 1,665 1,554
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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+ - 1,266 1,456
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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+ - 887 1,246
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years