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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 1973
    Down 1577

    most listed Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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  2. 2
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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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  3. 3
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    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

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  4. 4
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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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  5. 5
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    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Up 1592
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez

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

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  8. 8
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    Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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  10. 10
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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie

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  12. 12
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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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  13. 13
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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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  14. 14
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, James Spader

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  15. 15
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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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  16. 16
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    Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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  18. 18
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    Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris

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  19. 19
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    Sofía Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen

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  20. 20
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    Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon

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  21. 21
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    Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh

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  22. 22
    Up 926
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    Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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  23. 23
    Up 1026
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    Heather Graham, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke

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  24. 24
    Up 920
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    the people's #1 Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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  25. 25
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    Down 909

    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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  26. 26
    Up 814
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    often listed Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Jon Hamm

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  27. 27
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    Katey Sagal, Frank Welker, Billy West

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  28. 28
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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

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  30. 30
    Up 802
    Down 577

    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, David Schwimmer

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  31. 31
    Up 763
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    Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Adam Sandler

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  32. 32
    Up 883
    Down 739

    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

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  33. 33
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    Down 460

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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  34. 34
    Up 757
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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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  35. 35
    Up 758
    Down 933

    Emma Stone, Tina Fey, Elizabeth Banks

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  36. 36
    Up 676
    Down 846

    Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Lucy Lawless

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  37. 37
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    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

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  38. 38
    Up 658
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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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  40. 40
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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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  41. 41
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    ranked low on reranks Emma Stone, Hayden Panettiere, Bryan Cranston

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  42. 42
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    added by Kym Parks Stephen King, Brittany Murphy, Kelsey Grammer

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  43. 43
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    Paul Dinello

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  44. 44
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    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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  45. 45
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    Tony Shalhoub, Melora Hardin, Ted Levine

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  46. 46
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    Angie Harmon, Jill Hennessy, Michael Moriarty

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  47. 47
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    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

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  48. 48
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    Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Lana Parrilla

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  49. 49
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    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

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  50. 50
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Anna Paquin, Evan Rachel Wood, Deborah Ann Woll

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