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 1827
    Down 1435

    most listed
    The Simpsons

    1989 More
    94
  2. 2
    Up 1670
    Down 1392
    1994 More
    90
  3. 3
    Up 1656
    Down 1365
    1989 More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 1806
    Down 1212
    2008 More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1699
    Down 1036

    ranked low on reranks
    The Big Bang Theory

    2007 More
    86
  6. 6
    Up 1399
    Down 794
    2011 More
    86
  7. 7
    Up 1449
    Down 1429

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lost

    2004 More
    86
  8. 8
    Up 1500
    Down 1272
    2006 More
    85
  9. 9
    Up 1652
    Down 891

    ranked low on reranks
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    1997 More
    84
  10. 10
    Up 1467
    Down 1303
    1997 More
    83
  11. 11
    Up 1296
    Down 922
    2004 More
    82
  12. 12
    Up 1357
    Down 1227
    1999 More
    81
  13. 13
    Up 1208
    Down 1245
    2005 More
    81
  14. 14
    Up 1147
    Down 946
    1999 More
    81
  15. 15
    Up 1148
    Down 892
    1993 More
    81
  16. 16
    Up 1302
    Down 1105
    2003 More
    80
  17. 17
    Up 1128
    Down 672

    ranked low on reranks
    Walking Dead

    2010 More
    78
  18. 18
    Up 1334
    Down 1062
    2005 More
    77
  19. 19
    Up 1162
    Down 1010
    2009 More
    75
  20. 20
    Up 970
    Down 830
    1998 More
    74
  21. 21
    Up 1062
    Down 1068
    1996 More
    73
  22. 22
    Up 866
    Down 896

    the people's #1
    The Wire

    2002 More
    73
  23. 23
    Up 855
    Down 602
    1987 More
    73
  24. 24
    Up 961
    Down 886
    2001 More
    72
  25. 25
    Up 978
    Down 834
    2002 More
    72
  26. 26
    Up 759
    Down 919

    often listed
    Mad Men

    2007 More
    71
  27. 27
    Up 939
    Down 821
    1999 More
    71
  28. 28
    Up 709
    Down 707
    1963 More
    70
  29. 29
    Up 710
    Down 560
    1982 More
    69
  30. 30
    Up 743
    Down 527
    2001 More
    69
  31. 31
    Up 812
    Down 688
    1990 More
    67
  32. 32
    Up 707
    Down 697
    1987 More
    67
  33. 33
    Up 706
    Down 730
    1975 More
    66
  34. 34
    Up 713
    Down 869
    2006 More
    65
  35. 35
    Up 472
    Down 389
    2010 More
    65
  36. 36
    Up 633
    Down 786

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Battlestar Galactica

    2004 More
    65
  37. 37
    Up 443
    Down 400
    2003 More
    64
  38. 38
    Up 642
    Down 724
    2005 More
    64
  39. 39
    Up 606
    Down 711
    2008 More
    64
  40. 40
    Up 628
    Down 547

    ranked low on reranks
    Malcolm in the Middle

    2000 More
    63
  41. 41
    Up 569
    Down 679
    2005 More
    63
  42. 42
    Up 518
    Down 602
    2005 More
    63
  43. 43
    Up 414
    Down 528
    2001 More
    63
  44. 44
    Up 559
    Down 654
    2009 More
    62
  45. 45
    Up 532
    Down 606
    2001 More
    62
  46. 46
    Up 450
    Down 535
    2002 More
    62
  47. 47
    Up 586
    Down 562
    1993 More
    61
    added by: Kym Parks
  48. 48
    Up 473
    Down 582
    2000 More
    61
  49. 49
    Up 427
    Down 437
    1990 More
    61
  50. 50
    Up 457
    Down 759

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    True Blood

    2008 More
    61
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