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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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+ - 4,566 4,044
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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2
+ - 5,202 3,618
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
+ - 4,941 2,570
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

4
+ - 4,911 3,725
Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Friends 1994

5
+ - 4,184 3,484
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Seinfeld 1989

6
+ - 3,665 3,589
Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Lost 2004

7
+ - 3,429 2,512
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

8
+ - 3,057 3,032
The Office is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Office 2005

9
+ - 3,396 3,276
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Dexter 2006

10
+ - 4,570 3,099
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

11
+ - 3,688 2,576
House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
House 2004

12
+ - 2,864 2,306
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

13
+ - 3,387 3,059
South Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
South Park 1997

14
+ - 3,945 2,654
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

15
+ - 3,107 2,952
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
+ - 3,654 2,355
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

17
+ - 2,871 2,533
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

18
+ - 2,599 2,617
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

19
+ - 3,081 2,800
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

20
+ - 2,699 2,166
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

21
+ - 2,478 2,266
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Scrubs 2001

22
+ - 2,296 2,443
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

23
+ - 2,297 1,544
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Sherlock 2010

24
+ - 2,276 2,053
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Firefly 2002

25
+ - 2,069 1,908
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Doctor Who 1963

26
+ - 1,727 2,161
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Mad Men 2007

27
+ - 1,834 2,045
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Wire 2002

28
+ - 2,214 2,036
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Futurama 1999

29
+ - 1,889 1,719
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,958 1,889
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

31
+ - 1,493 1,865
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

32
+ - 1,569 1,455
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

33
+ - 1,814 1,502
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

34
+ - 1,560 1,751
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

35
+ - 1,335 1,388
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

36
+ - 1,304 1,163
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

37
+ - 1,489 2,010
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
30 Rock 2006

38
+ - 1,422 1,717
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Fringe 2008

39
+ - 1,471 1,169
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

40
+ - 1,503 1,389
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
NCIS 2003

41
+ - 1,497 1,764
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

42
+ - 1,729 1,546
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Frasier 1993

43
+ - 1,243 1,632
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 1,464
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

45
+ - 1,363 1,493
Monk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Monk 2002

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+ - 1,158 1,803
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True Blood 2008

47
+ - 1,250 1,300
ER is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
ER 1994

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+ - 1,668 1,557
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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+ - 1,268 1,458
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

50
+ - 889 1,248
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years