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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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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 Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to ...more

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6,941 5,224
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 Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's ...more

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5,216 5,623
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 The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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5,522 4,642
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 Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of ...more

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5,884 4,578
Friends is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more

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5,068 4,411
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more

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4,497 3,686
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 M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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4,644 2,839
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 The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more

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4,222 3,762
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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3,883 3,516
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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3,604 3,492
House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard House is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a ...more

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3,577 2,966
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more

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3,121 2,488
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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4,896 4,874
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more

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4,099 4,038
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 The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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3,632 3,050
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 The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano, the show portrays the ...more

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3,217 2,686
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 I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, ...more

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3,805 2,365
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 Looney Tunes is an American animated series of comedy short films produced by Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of American animation, alongside its sister series Merrie ...more

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3,245 3,163
South Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become famous for its ...more

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3,684 3,451
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
TyroneArellano added Bufft the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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2,661 2,731
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, ...more

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2,975 2,717
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith Doctor Who is a 2005 TV series.

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2,569 2,576
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 All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, ...more

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2,566 2,271
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 The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, ...more

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2,739 2,993
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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2,605 2,453
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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2,843 3,072
Lost is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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2,217 2,123
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 Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows ...more

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2,417 2,110
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 The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, starred Andy ...more

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2,667 1,684
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 Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940, by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It centers on a rivalry between its two main characters, Tom Cat and Jerry ...more

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2,529 1,902
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 The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The ...more

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1,968 2,027
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more

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2,194 2,258
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David ...more

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2,042 1,850
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 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992. It originally aired during late-night. ...more

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2,330 1,969
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 Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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2,369 2,671
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more

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1,742 1,934
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in ...more

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1,729 1,779
The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961, until June 1, 1966. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke, Rose ...more

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2,090 1,814
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 The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features The Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 ...more

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1,695 2,193
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more

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2,106 1,852
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 Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United Artists Television. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim ...more

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2,113 1,743
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons on ...more

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2,393 2,010
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 Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first ...more

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1,797 2,153
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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1,561 1,539
The Office is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more

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1,889 1,263
Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Scooby-Doo Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North Scooby-Doo is an American animated cartoon franchise, comprising several animated television series produced from 1969 to the present day. The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was ...more

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1,896 1,696
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and ...more

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1,675 1,666
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more

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1,787 1,911
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of All Time
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series—which won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series—focuses ...more

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1,630 1,034
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 The Bugs Bunny Show is an animated television anthology series hosted by Bugs Bunny, that was mainly composed of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons released by Warner Bros. between August ...more