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The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s  

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List Rules Upvote your favorite ABC TV Series that aired in the 2010s

The way we watch TV may be changing, but this list of 2010s ABC shows makes it clear that network television still boasts great programming. These ABC shows of the 2010s are ranked from best to worst according to your votes, and there's no shortage of options to suit your TV tastes. The best 2010s ABC series include hour-long dramas, half-hour comedies, and some reality show standbys.

What are some of the best series that you will find on this good 2010s ABC TV shows list? That's up to you, but Modern Family is worth considering. This sitcom has won dozens of Emmy Awards since it premiered in 2009. The Middle is another great comedy series that appears on this best 2010s ABC shows list.

The 2010s have also good years for ABC dramas. Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and Nashville are all among the most popular ABC series of the 2010s. Fantasy fans also enjoy the ABC series Once Upon a Time, which riffs on familiar fairy tales with clever and dramatic twists.

Which 2010s ABC TV series will be at the top of the list? Vote up your favorite shows and downvote the ones you don't think are worth recommending. If we missed any great series, add them, and if you're a rabid ABC viewer, rerank the list to share your definitive version.
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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen
Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more
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The Goldbergs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, George Segal
The Goldbergs is an American television sitcom that premiered on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 on ABC. The series was created by Adam F. Goldberg and stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin. ...more
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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla
Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more
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Castle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan
Castle is an American drama television series, which premiered on ABC on March 9, 2009. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, it ...more
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The Middle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott
The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children. The show premiered September 30, ...more
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Cougar Town is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps
Cougar Town is an American television sitcom that ran for 102 episodes over six seasons, from September 23, 2009 until March 31, 2015. The first three seasons aired on ABC, with the series ...more
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Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Alexandra Krosney
Last Man Standing (Fox, 2011) is an American television sitcom created by Jack Burditt. The show follows Mike Baxter (Tim Allen), a senior executive and director of marketing for an outdoor ...more
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Kids Say the Darndest Things is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Tiffany Haddish, Bill Cosby, Art Linkletter
Kids Say the Darndest Things is an American comedy series originally hosted by Bill Cosby (CBS, 1998) and later by Tiffany Haddish (ABC, 2019), based on a popular feature with the same name in ...more
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Battle of the Network Stars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Howard Cosell, Gabe Kaplan, Darleen Carr
Battle of the Network Stars was a series of competitions where television stars from ABC, CBS, and NBC would compete in various sporting events. A total of nineteen of these competitions were ...more
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Happy Town is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Geoff Stults, Lauren German, Amy Acker
Happy Town is an American drama television series that premiered on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, and ended on June 16, 2010, on ABC. It was created by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott ...more
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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross
Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. ...more
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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang
Fresh Off the Boat is a comedy series starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Hudson Yang, and Forrest Wheeler that is inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and ...more
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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short
Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more
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Missing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Ashley Judd, Sean Bean, Cliff Curtis
Missing is an American mystery thriller drama television series, starring Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis and Sean Bean. The series ran from March 15, 2012 to May 17, 2012 on ABC. ABC announced on May ...more
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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Robert Wagner
Charlie's Angels is a remake developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar for ABC, based upon the 1976 series of the same name created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. The series ran on ABC from ...more
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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter
The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley, based on true events. With dreams of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, ...more
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Zero Hour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
David Morrissey, Paul McGann, Addison Timlin
Zero Hour is a Canadian/British documentary-style television series, which airs on The History Channel in the United States, History Television in Canada, and on the BBC in the United Kingdom. ...more
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The Whole Truth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Tricia Helfer, Maura Tierney, Annabella Sciorra
The Whole Truth is an American legal drama series that ran on ABC from September 22, 2010, to December 1, 2010. Episodes aired on Wednesdays at 10:00 pm ET/9:00 pm CT. The show, which starred ...more
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My Generation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Jaime King, Laura Ramsey, Daniella Alonso
My Generation is an American mockumentary television series that aired on the ABC network in the fall of 2010. The one-hour comedy-drama, produced by ABC Studios, follows a group of high school ...more
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The Gates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Rhona Mitra, Frank Grillo, Marisol Nichols
The Gates is an American supernatural crime drama television series that aired on the ABC network from June 20, 2010 to September 19, 2010. The show was canceled after its first season due to ...more
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Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Scoundrels Virginia Madsen, Leven Rambin, Vanessa Marano
Scoundrels is an American television series that aired on the ABC network. It is based on the New Zealand TV series Outrageous Fortune. The one-hour comedy-drama premiered on Sunday, June 20, ...more
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Detroit 1-8-7 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Michael Imperioli, James McDaniel, Aisha Hinds
Detroit 1-8-7 is an American police procedural drama series about the Detroit Police Department's leading homicide unit, created by Jason Richman for ABC. It features an ensemble cast of actors ...more
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Mr. Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Matthew Perry, Andrea Anders, James Lesure
Mr. Sunshine is an American television sitcom that aired from February 9 to April 6, 2011, as a mid-season replacement. The single-camera comedy was co-created by Matthew Perry, who also starred ...more
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Downward Dog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ABC Shows of the 2010s
Allison Tolman, Lucas Neff, Barry Rothbart
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Nan immerses herself in her work. This leaves her philosophizing dog, Martin, at home and lonely. He cannot express his feelings to her, so he destroys ...more