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Choosing the greatest 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 is the best TV show 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 television shows ever.

The best TV shows of all time also include the most popular series 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. 

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 the 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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1
6,492 4,851
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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2
6,369 4,899
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

3
4,973 5,324
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

4
5,359 4,375
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

5
4,836 4,179
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

6
5,529 4,298
Friends is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

7
4,319 3,519
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

8
4,447 2,692
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

9
3,757 3,322
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

10
4,076 3,605
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

11
3,446 3,308
House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

12
3,442 2,821
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

13
4,692 4,597
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

14
2,904 2,325
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

15
3,893 3,839
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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16
3,394 2,941
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

17
3,096 2,574
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

18
3,647 2,273
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Looney Tunes Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

19
3,572 3,298
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
TyroneArellano added Bufft the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

20
3,071 3,011
South Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

21
2,851 2,590
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

22
2,562 2,594
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

23
2,492 2,459
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

24
2,491 2,169
The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

25
2,581 2,861
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

26
2,492 2,357
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

27
2,698 2,943
Lost is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

28
2,122 2,040
Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Monty Python's Flying Circus Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

29
2,323 2,021
The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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30
2,513 1,614
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Tom and Jerry Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

31
2,439 1,821
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Flintstones Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

32
1,905 1,938
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Columbo Peter Falk^! Mike Lally^! John Finnegan

33
2,116 2,156
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

34
1,979 1,769
The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

35
2,252 1,894
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

36
1,666 1,851
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

37
1,625 2,084
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

38
2,248 2,559
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

39
2,008 1,752
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

40
1,675 1,703
The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

41
2,036 1,775
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

42
1,741 2,065
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

43
2,318 1,933
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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44
2,037 1,672
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

45
1,738 1,839
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

46
1,831 1,621
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

47
1,583 1,584
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

48
1,757 1,205
Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Scooby-Doo Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

49
1,385 1,465
The Office is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

50
1,561 981
The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Bugs Bunny Show Mel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus