The Best TV Shows of Recent Memory TV Programs
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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.

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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 1821
    Down 1425

    most listed
    The Simpsons

    1989 More
    94
  2. 2
    Up 1660
    Down 1382
    1994 More
    90
  3. 3
    Up 1797
    Down 1198
    2008 More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 1649
    Down 1355
    1989 More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1687
    Down 1027

    ranked low on reranks
    The Big Bang Theory

    2007 More
    86
  6. 6
    Up 1385
    Down 783
    2011 More
    86
  7. 7
    Up 1442
    Down 1423

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lost

    2004 More
    86
  8. 8
    Up 1496
    Down 1263
    2006 More
    85
  9. 9
    Up 1634
    Down 888

    ranked low on reranks
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    1997 More
    83
  10. 10
    Up 1457
    Down 1297
    1997 More
    83
  11. 11
    Up 1291
    Down 916
    2004 More
    82
  12. 12
    Up 1351
    Down 1219
    1999 More
    82
  13. 13
    Up 1205
    Down 1238
    2005 More
    81
  14. 14
    Up 1143
    Down 944
    1999 More
    81
  15. 15
    Up 1144
    Down 886
    1993 More
    81
  16. 16
    Up 1298
    Down 1101
    2003 More
    80
  17. 17
    Up 1119
    Down 664

    ranked low on reranks
    Walking Dead

    2010 More
    78
  18. 18
    Up 1326
    Down 1057
    2005 More
    77
  19. 19
    Up 1154
    Down 1007
    2009 More
    75
  20. 20
    Up 963
    Down 826
    1998 More
    74
  21. 21
    Up 1058
    Down 1064
    1996 More
    73
  22. 22
    Up 858
    Down 894

    the people's #1
    The Wire

    2002 More
    72
  23. 23
    Up 850
    Down 599
    1987 More
    72
  24. 24
    Up 958
    Down 883
    2001 More
    72
  25. 25
    Up 973
    Down 830
    2002 More
    72
  26. 26
    Up 756
    Down 916

    often listed
    Mad Men

    2007 More
    71
  27. 27
    Up 933
    Down 816
    1999 More
    71
  28. 28
    Up 705
    Down 701
    1963 More
    70
  29. 29
    Up 708
    Down 556
    1982 More
    69
  30. 30
    Up 737
    Down 524
    2001 More
    69
  31. 31
    Up 806
    Down 683
    1990 More
    67
  32. 32
    Up 705
    Down 724
    1975 More
    67
  33. 33
    Up 703
    Down 691
    1987 More
    67
  34. 34
    Up 712
    Down 865
    2006 More
    66
  35. 35
    Up 468
    Down 382
    2010 More
    65
  36. 36
    Up 632
    Down 783
    2004 More
    65
  37. 37
    Up 440
    Down 396
    2003 More
    64
  38. 38
    Up 638
    Down 720
    2005 More
    64
  39. 39
    Up 602
    Down 709
    2008 More
    64
  40. 40
    Up 567
    Down 674
    2005 More
    63
  41. 41
    Up 514
    Down 596
    2005 More
    63
  42. 42
    Up 622
    Down 546

    ranked low on reranks
    Malcolm in the Middle

    2000 More
    63
  43. 43
    Up 411
    Down 526
    2001 More
    63
  44. 44
    Up 557
    Down 651
    2009 More
    62
  45. 45
    Up 530
    Down 602
    2001 More
    62
  46. 46
    Up 449
    Down 532
    2002 More
    62
  47. 47
    Up 579
    Down 559
    1993 More
    61
    added by: Kym Parks
  48. 48
    Up 472
    Down 579
    2000 More
    61
  49. 49
    Up 424
    Down 434
    1990 More
    61
  50. 50
    Up 454
    Down 755

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    True Blood

    2008 More
    61
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