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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 Friends and The X-Files, the best TV shows ever in the past 20 years features the latest television series as well as classics such as Seinfeld and Frasier. 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.

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1
6,380 3,164
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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2
6,304 4,297
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
5,151 4,904
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

4
5,648 4,464
Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Friends 1994

5
4,781 4,152
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Seinfeld 1989

6
3,989 3,058
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

7
4,118 4,352
Lost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Lost 2004

8
4,331 3,031
House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
House 2004

9
3,973 3,847
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Dexter 2006

10
3,616 3,556
The Office is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Office 2005

11
3,376 2,716
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

12
5,171 3,713
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

13
3,885 3,540
South Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
South Park 1997

14
4,358 3,160
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

15
4,363 2,803
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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16
3,515 3,449
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Family Guy 1999

17
2,965 3,059
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

18
3,272 2,998
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

19
2,727 2,441
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Firefly 2002

20
2,791 1,931
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Sherlock 2010

21
3,114 2,582
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

22
3,475 3,306
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

23
2,415 2,282
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Doctor Who 1963

24
2,811 2,671
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Scrubs 2001

25
2,519 2,883
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

26
2,009 2,545
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Mad Men 2007

27
2,121 2,423
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Wire 2002

28
2,302 2,092
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

29
2,505 2,419
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Futurama 1999

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30
2,170 1,775
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

31
1,724 2,231
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

32
2,183 2,246
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

33
1,803 1,787
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

34
1,620 1,735
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

35
1,553 1,476
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

36
1,738 1,487
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

37
1,735 1,710
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
NCIS 2003

38
1,730 2,136
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

39
1,635 2,034
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Fringe 2008

40
1,724 2,083
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

41
1,961 1,841
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Kym Parks added Frasier 1993

42
1,654 2,355
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
30 Rock 2006

43
1,572 1,797
Monk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Monk 2002

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44
1,412 2,100
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True Blood 2008

45
1,923 1,813
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

46
1,402 1,943
Community is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Community 2009

47
1,475 1,578
ER is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
ER 1994

48
1,181 1,752
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

49
1,463 1,735
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

50
1,667 1,450
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years