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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.

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  1. 1
    Up 1981
    Down 1581

    most listed Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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  2. 2
    Up 1868
    Down 1507

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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  3. 3
    Up 1785
    Down 1492

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

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  4. 4
    Up 1991
    Down 1401

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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  5. 5
    Up 1596
    Down 884

    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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  6. 6
    Up 1594
    Down 1538

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

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  7. 7
    Up 1875
    Down 1147

    ranked low on reranks Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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  8. 8
    Up 1603
    Down 1401

    Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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  9. 9
    Up 1843
    Down 983

    ranked low on reranks Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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  10. 10
    Up 1560
    Down 1395

    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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  11. 11
    Up 1407
    Down 1014

    Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie

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  12. 12
    Up 1237
    Down 1014

    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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  13. 13
    Up 1444
    Down 1312

    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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  14. 14
    Up 1282
    Down 1332

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, James Spader

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  15. 15
    Up 1228
    Down 985

    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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  16. 16
    Up 1372
    Down 1192

    Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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  17. 17
    Up 1260
    Down 788

    ranked low on reranks Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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  18. 18
    Up 1437
    Down 1148

    Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris

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  19. 19
    Up 1262
    Down 1080

    Sofía Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen

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  20. 20
    Up 1053
    Down 886

    Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon

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  21. 21
    Up 1109
    Down 1137

    Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh

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  22. 22
    Up 926
    Down 669

    Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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  23. 23
    Up 1028
    Down 952

    Heather Graham, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke

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  24. 24
    Up 921
    Down 961

    the people's #1 Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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  25. 25
    Up 1043
    Down 910

    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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  26. 26
    Up 815
    Down 988

    often listed Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Jon Hamm

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  27. 27
    Up 991
    Down 886

    Katey Sagal, Frank Welker, Billy West

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  28. 28
    Up 794
    Down 771

    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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  29. 29
    Up 776
    Down 610

    Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

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  30. 30
    Up 803
    Down 578

    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, David Schwimmer

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  31. 31
    Up 764
    Down 791

    often listed Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Adam Sandler

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  32. 32
    Up 888
    Down 741

    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

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  33. 33
    Up 578
    Down 463

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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  34. 34
    Up 758
    Down 754

    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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  35. 35
    Up 760
    Down 933

    Emma Stone, Tina Fey, Elizabeth Banks

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  36. 36
    Up 677
    Down 846

    Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Lucy Lawless

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  37. 37
    Up 505
    Down 456

    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

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  38. 38
    Up 660
    Down 770

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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  39. 39
    Up 690
    Down 782

    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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  40. 40
    Up 602
    Down 679

    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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  41. 41
    Up 690
    Down 603

    ranked low on reranks Emma Stone, Hayden Panettiere, Bryan Cranston

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  42. 42
    Up 650
    Down 613

    added by Kym Parks Stephen King, Brittany Murphy, Kelsey Grammer

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  43. 43
    Up 601
    Down 736

    Paul Dinello

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  44. 44
    Up 451
    Down 590

    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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  45. 45
    Up 499
    Down 590

    Tony Shalhoub, Melora Hardin, Ted Levine

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  46. 46
    Up 477
    Down 492

    Angie Harmon, Jill Hennessy, Michael Moriarty

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  47. 47
    Up 599
    Down 712

    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

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  48. 48
    Up 575
    Down 687

    Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Lana Parrilla

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  49. 49
    Up 521
    Down 630

    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

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  50. 50
    Up 504
    Down 854

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Anna Paquin, Evan Rachel Wood, Deborah Ann Woll

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