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The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

Updated April 22, 2021 1.5m votes 85.4k voters 790.4k views320 items

List RulesOnly series that have aired new episodes since 2001.

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.

Including shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, the best TV shows ever in the past 20 years features the latest television series. From sitcoms to dramas and animations to miniseries, this list has got them all. If your favorite recent shows are missing, go ahead and add them!

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. Figure out what much see TV you have to catch up on below and cast your votes for the best television in recent history. 

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  • 1
    27,327
    15,395

    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey
    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David...  more
  • 2
    24,839
    16,350

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul
    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by...  more
  • 3
    11,184
    5,608

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour
    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more
  • 4
    14,349
    11,969

    House

    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps
    House, M.D. (Fox, 2004) is an American television medical drama created by David Shore. An...  more
  • 5
    16,676
    14,116

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson
    The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg...  more
  • 6
    12,128
    10,917

    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco
    The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase....  more
  • 7
    11,194
    9,413

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and...  more
  • 8
    14,110
    12,457

    Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal
    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more
  • 9
    15,348
    13,896

    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons
    The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and...  more
  • 10
    10,120
    8,925

    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio
    Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and...  more
  • 11
    8,633
    6,933

    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis
    Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E....  more
  • 12
    13,398
    12,271

    South Park

    Trey Parker, Matt Stone
    South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker...  more
  • 13
    16,687
    15,937

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox
    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta...  more
  • 14
    14,188
    13,761

    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright
    The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting...  more
  • 15
    12,604
    11,887

    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter
    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos...  more
  • 16
    11,303
    10,201

    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon
    That '70s Show (Fox, 2006) is an American teen period comedy sitcom created by Bonnie Turner,...  more
  • 17
    12,063
    10,919

    Family Guy

    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein
    Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox...  more
  • 18
    8,040
    7,541

    Parks & Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir
    Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and...  more
  • 19
    10,561
    10,374

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
    The X-Files (Fox, 1993) is an American science fiction horror drama television series created...  more
  • 20
    10,210
    7,965

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric...  more
  • 21
    8,889
    8,901

    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres
    Firefly (Fox, 2002) is an American space western science fiction drama television series...  more
  • 22
    9,041
    8,862

    Scrubs

    Zach Braff, Donald Faison
    Scrubs (NBC, 2001) is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill...  more
  • 23
    6,397
    5,325

    Whose Line Is It Anyway?

    Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie
    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (ABC, 1998-2007, The CW, 2013) is an American improvisational comedy...  more
  • 24
    11,260
    11,110

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel
    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter...  more
  • 25
    4,432
    3,554

    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick
    Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A...  more