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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
6,171 3,076
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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2
6,132 4,224
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
5,073 4,806
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

4
5,524 4,364
Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Friends 1994

5
4,704 4,064
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Seinfeld 1989

6
4,039 4,262
Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Lost 2004

7
3,921 2,981
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

8
3,892 3,773
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Dexter 2006

9
4,219 2,969
House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
House 2004

10
3,540 3,490
The Office is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Office 2005

11
5,083 3,615
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

12
3,304 2,670
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

13
3,818 3,474
South Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
South Park 1997

14
4,252 2,739
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

15
4,301 3,098
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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16
3,460 3,373
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Family Guy 1999

17
2,907 3,003
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

18
3,211 2,936
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

19
3,055 2,517
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

20
2,693 1,889
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Sherlock 2010

21
2,638 2,404
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Firefly 2002

22
3,413 3,236
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

23
2,765 2,620
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Scrubs 2001

24
2,352 2,244
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Doctor Who 1963

25
2,482 2,840
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

26
1,957 2,510
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Mad Men 2007

27
2,084 2,384
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Wire 2002

28
2,457 2,374
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Futurama 1999

29
2,233 2,045
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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30
2,117 1,738
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

31
2,146 2,198
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

32
1,676 2,196
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

33
1,769 1,751
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

34
1,573 1,693
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

35
1,698 1,442
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

36
1,513 1,441
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

37
1,701 2,093
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

38
1,698 1,670
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
NCIS 2003

39
1,597 2,000
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Fringe 2008

40
1,692 2,043
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

41
1,624 2,315
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
30 Rock 2006

42
1,930 1,808
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Kym Parks added Frasier 1993

43
1,544 1,761
Monk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Monk 2002

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44
1,372 1,914
Community is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Community 2009

45
1,375 2,061
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True Blood 2008

46
1,449 1,541
ER is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
ER 1994

47
1,877 1,779
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

48
1,159 1,719
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

49
1,439 1,699
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

50
1,641 1,414
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years