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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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1
+ - 4,704 4,290
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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2
+ - 5,430 3,780
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
+ - 5,247 2,696
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

4
+ - 5,124 3,899
Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Friends 1994

5
+ - 4,328 3,658
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Seinfeld 1989

6
+ - 3,790 3,779
Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Lost 2004

7
+ - 3,606 2,632
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

8
+ - 3,531 3,422
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Dexter 2006

9
+ - 3,182 3,176
The Office is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Office 2005

10
+ - 3,862 2,700
House is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
House 2004

11
+ - 4,742 3,274
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

12
+ - 2,976 2,419
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

13
+ - 3,488 3,205
South Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
South Park 1997

14
+ - 4,086 2,773
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

15
+ - 3,795 2,494
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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16
+ - 3,189 3,110
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Family Guy 1999

17
+ - 2,982 2,663
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

18
+ - 2,681 2,740
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

19
+ - 3,179 2,954
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

20
+ - 2,415 2,141
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Firefly 2002

21
+ - 2,793 2,285
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

22
+ - 2,453 1,642
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Sherlock 2010

23
+ - 2,568 2,375
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Scrubs 2001

24
+ - 2,194 2,001
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Doctor Who 1963

25
+ - 2,358 2,567
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

26
+ - 1,812 2,273
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Mad Men 2007

27
+ - 1,915 2,155
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Wire 2002

28
+ - 2,276 2,154
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Futurama 1999

29
+ - 2,003 1,828
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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30
+ - 1,567 1,966
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

31
+ - 2,010 1,997
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

32
+ - 1,906 1,586
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

33
+ - 1,636 1,561
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

34
+ - 1,605 1,863
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

35
+ - 1,405 1,492
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

36
+ - 1,499 1,808
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Fringe 2008

37
+ - 1,362 1,266
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

38
+ - 1,536 2,115
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
30 Rock 2006

39
+ - 1,548 1,266
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

40
+ - 1,574 1,487
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
NCIS 2003

41
+ - 1,547 1,867
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

42
+ - 1,803 1,636
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Frasier 1993

43
+ - 1,277 1,731
Community is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Community 2009

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44
+ - 1,421 1,584
Monk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Monk 2002

45
+ - 1,070 1,553
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

46
+ - 1,231 1,890
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True Blood 2008

47
+ - 1,329 1,386
ER is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
ER 1994

48
+ - 1,735 1,634
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

49
+ - 1,326 1,552
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

50
+ - 938 1,326
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years