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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
6,400 3,170
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
6,323 4,305
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
5,157 4,914
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

4
5,659 4,475
Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Friends 1994

5
4,787 4,159
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Seinfeld 1989

6
3,998 3,061
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

7
4,124 4,361
Lost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Lost 2004

8
4,338 3,037
House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
House 2004

9
3,978 3,853
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Dexter 2006

10
3,623 3,561
The Office is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Office 2005

11
3,382 2,720
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

12
5,182 3,722
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

13
3,892 3,544
South Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
South Park 1997

14
4,360 3,168
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

15
4,373 2,809
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
3,517 3,457
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Family Guy 1999

17
2,973 3,062
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

18
3,277 3,002
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

19
2,731 2,444
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Firefly 2002

20
2,795 1,935
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Sherlock 2010

21
3,117 2,588
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

22
3,481 3,310
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

23
2,417 2,287
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Doctor Who 1963

24
2,816 2,674
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Scrubs 2001

25
2,521 2,888
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

26
2,013 2,548
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Mad Men 2007

27
2,125 2,425
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Wire 2002

28
2,306 2,095
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

29
2,508 2,423
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
2,175 1,777
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

31
1,727 2,233
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

32
2,185 2,251
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

33
1,806 1,790
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

34
1,624 1,740
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

35
1,560 1,479
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

36
1,740 1,489
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

37
1,737 1,712
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
NCIS 2003

38
1,732 2,140
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

39
1,638 2,036
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Fringe 2008

40
1,727 2,087
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

41
1,965 1,844
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Kym Parks added Frasier 1993

42
1,657 2,358
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
30 Rock 2006

43
1,574 1,799
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
1,413 2,103
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True Blood 2008

45
1,924 1,816
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

46
1,403 1,947
Community is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Community 2009

47
1,477 1,581
ER is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
ER 1994

48
1,183 1,754
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

49
1,464 1,737
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

50
1,671 1,453
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years