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List Rules Television series you hate yourself for watching -- but can't seem to quit. NO reality or game shows.

List of the best guilty pleasure TV shows, past and present, including sitcoms, dramas, reality shows, and game shows. These are the TV shows you won’t admit to watching -- even though you secretly do. Guilty pleasure television is addictive, and often horrible, but it never fails to draw in viewers. This list includes the TV shows you can’t stop watching, the greatest guilty pleasure TV shows of all time.

 Why are we so ashamed to admit that we can’t get enough of these so-called guilty pleasure TV shows? Perhaps it’s because, deep down, we recognize that these ‘so bad they’re addictive’ TV programs are truly terrible. Guilty pleasure dramas take everything to the extreme, adding crazy plot lines revolving around forbidden love, backstabbing, or jealousy. Guilty pleasure sitcoms are so cheesy they’re funny. Guilty pleasure reality shows are usually, paradoxically, unrealistic and showcase the worst in human nature. But much like a train wreck, viewers can’t stop themselves from looking.

 Some guilty pleasure TV shows have become so thanks to age. After all, millions of people watched “Full House” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” when they first aired -- but would you admit to watching them now? Even if you secretly do?

 This list contains the best guilty pleasure television shows of all time. Although everyone has their own ideas about what should be labeled ‘guilty pleasure’ TV, it’s not hard to admit that these shows, while not the greatest examples of television, are one thing: addictive.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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99 74
Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
KassahWutke added Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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82 76
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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75 67
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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70 66
Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Gossip Girl Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

6
96 100
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

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23 21
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
aria2000 added Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

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52 60
Full House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
emlyt added Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

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54 64
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
emlyt added Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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67 86
Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

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53 62
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

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62 79
Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Saved by the Bell Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

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5 0
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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60 79
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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59 78
Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

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56 69
Revenge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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49 65
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Charmed Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

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28 36
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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41 51
One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
One Tree Hill Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

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47 64
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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39 53
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
KassahWutke added New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

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19 25
Angel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
AlexYoung added Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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20 27
The Office is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
lolorina added The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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39 50
The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
The O.C. Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher

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48 68
Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Beverly Hills, 90210 Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

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47 67
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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9 12
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
aria2000 added American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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24 34
Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
rockedew added Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

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36 54
7th Heaven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
7th Heaven Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel

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41 55
Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dawson's Creek James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

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34 46
Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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3 2
Batman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

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2 1
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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42 69
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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2 2
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

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32 47
Psych is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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Younger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
carlybobarly added Younger Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor

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31 52
Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
KassahWutke added Awkward. Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed

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35 52
Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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1 2
X-Men is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added X-Men Scott Porter, Cam Clarke, Jennifer Hale

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1 2
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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1 2
Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added Designing Women Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts

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1 2
Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark

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3 8
My Babysitter's a Vampire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Ashley Keane added My Babysitter's a Vampire Matthew Knight, Vanessa Morgan, Atticus Mitchell

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34 57
Degrassi: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Degrassi: The Next Generation Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar

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33 59
Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Beavis and Butt-head Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

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30 54
Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Baywatch David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth

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22 45
The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach

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23 41
Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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15 33
The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
The Mindy Project Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz