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The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

Updated May 4, 2021 1.5m votes 76.8k voters 896.7k views2.1k items

List RulesVote up all your favorite TV shows of any genre, and add any that are missing from the list.

Choosing the best TV shows of all time means taking into account the best TV dramas, the best TV comedies, the best cartoons, and even the best TV miniseries to try and come up with a list that answers the question of "what are the best TV shows ever?" If you're a fan of reality television - spoiler alert - it's not one of those shows. However, if you're looking for the top TV comedy series and the top TV dramas to fill the top slots on the list, you won't be disappointed. In addition to new favorites like Lost, classic TV sitcoms like Friends and Seinfeld also fare well in the quest to answer the burning question of what are the top rated TV shows ever.

The greatest TV shows of all time also include the most popular TV shows with loyal fan bases like Sherlock and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even though some programs are not considered the most watched TV shows of all time, they later become cult classics and remain fan favorites. This list also includes critically acclaimed TV shows such as House of Cards and Breaking Bad, both outstanding programs that have won many Emmy awards. But could they be considered the best TV series of all time? That's up to the fans to decide.

Newer shows are currently dominating the top television shows list, but classic television shows like M*A*S*H and Star Trek are hot as well, and it's up to you to vote for your favorite TV show of all time to get it closer to the top of the list of the greatest television shows of all time. If your choice for the best TV series ever isn't on this list yet, make sure to add it so others can share in the bright glow of what you consider to be the best television show ever.

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    Breaking Bad

    Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt
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    The Sopranos

    Drea de Matteo, Federico Castelluccio
    The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase....  more

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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey
    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David...  more

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    The Office

    Oscar Nunez, Paul Lieberstein
    The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg...  more

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    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord
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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and...  more

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    Friends

    Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston
    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta...  more

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    Looney Tunes

    Mel Blanc, June Foray
    Looney Tunes is an American animated series of comedy short films produced by Warner Bros....  more

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    Seinfeld

    Jason Alexander, Heidi Swedberg
    Seinfeld (NBC, 1989) is an American television sitcom created by Larry David and Jerry...  more

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    South Park

    Trey Parker, Matt Stone
    South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker...  more

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    House

    Jesse Spencer, Kal Penn
    House, M.D. (Fox, 2004) is an American television medical drama created by David Shore. An...  more

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    The X-Files

    Chris Owens, Jerry Hardin
    The X-Files (Fox, 1993) is an American science fiction horror drama television series created...  more

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    Star Trek: The Original Series

    George Takei, Nichelle Nichols
    Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that...  more

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    The Flintstones

    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc
    The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from...  more

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    The Bugs Bunny Show

    Mel Blanc, June Foray
    The Bugs Bunny Show is an animated television anthology series hosted by Bugs Bunny, that was...  more

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    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    Graham Chapman, Eric Idle
    Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David...  more

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    Lost

    Zuleikha Robinson, Michelle Rodriguez
    Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J....  more

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Joseph Marcell, Tatyana Ali
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from...  more

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    Tom and Jerry

    Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff
    Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940, by William Hanna...  more

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    M*A*S*H

    Gary Burghoff, Alan Alda
    M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970...  more

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    The Wire

    Domenick Lombardozzi, Clarke Peters
    The Wire (HBO, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created and written by David...  more

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    Cheers

    Kirstie Alley, Shelley Long
    Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was...  more

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    The Andy Griffith Show

    Jack Dodson, Aneta Corsaut
    The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960...  more

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    Dexter

    Scott William Winters, Valerie Cruz
    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos...  more

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    Frasier

    David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney
    Frasier (NBC, 1993) is an American sitcom television series created by David Angell, Peter...  more

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