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List of the best ABC shows of all time, ranked by fans who watch them live or as re-runs. Since its acceptance into homes around the world in the 1950s, television has been a vital part in molding character and asserting social influence. We have seen Elvis and The Beatles perform, and watched the launch of space shuttles into orbit; TV is deeply ingrained into our social lexicon. What are the best ABC TV series ever?

In the beginning, there were only three channels - ABC, CBS, and NBC. This list has been ranked by men and women of all ages to determine the greatest shows ever to air on the American Broadcasting Corporation, aka ABC. The transmission of moving images through television has allowed the public to live vicariously through stories of imagination and also seem themselves reflected in stories more based in reality. From cartoons to variety programs, daytime dramas to primetime sitcoms, TV gives us a myriad of programs from which to be endlessly entertained and informed. Answering the question, “What is the best ABC show of all time?”, this list includes top TV favorites shows like Roseanne, The Wonder Years, Matlock, and The Price is Right

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
carlybobarly added 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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
stew driscoll added Grey's Anatomy 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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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
SageAttar786 added Once Upon a Time 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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
carlybobarly added Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía 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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best ABC 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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
The Brady Bunch Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with ...more

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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best ABC 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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
SageAttar786 added Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on ABC. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House. The story revolves around three single ...more

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Who's the Boss? Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on ABC from September 20, 1984 to April 25, 1992. Produced by Embassy Television, in association with ...more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin — two crime-fighting heroes ...more

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
SageAttar786 added Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan Castle is an American crime 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 Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
The Price Is Right Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson The Price Is Right is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. The show revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of merchandise to win ...more

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the ...more

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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best ABC 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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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Desperate Housewives 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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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as ...more

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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Growing Pains Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron Growing Pains (ABC, 1985) is an American television sitcom created by Neal Marlens. In Long Island, New York, Dr. Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke) and his wife, Maggie (Joanna Kerns), take care of ...more

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil Wonder Woman is an American television series based on the DC Comics comic book superheroine of the same name. Starring Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and Lyle Waggoner as Steve ...more

The Best Current ABC Shows

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The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
stew driscoll added The Drew Carey Show Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles The Drew Carey Show is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 to 2004. The show was set in Cleveland, Ohio, and revolved around the retail office and home life of "everyman" ...more

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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley Leave It to Beaver is an American television situation comedy about an inquisitive and often naïve boy named Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver and his adventures at home, in school, ...more

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall The Odd Couple, formally titled onscreen Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, is an American television situation comedy broadcast from September 24, 1970, to March 7, 1975, on ABC. It stars Tony ...more

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US) Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is an American television quiz show based upon the British program of the same title, which offers a maximum prize of $1,000,000 for correctly answering a series of ...more

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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Charlie's Angels 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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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Snorof88 added Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann Revenge is an American primetime television series that airs on ABC, starring Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, which debuted on September 21, 2011. During its first season it aired on ...more

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American Bandstand Dick Clark American Bandstand is an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as ...more

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Matlock Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal-defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Snorof88 added Scandal 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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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Snorof88 added 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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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Dynasty John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, ...more

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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Kriti Das added The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon ...more

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Roots is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed This award-winning six-part historical epic was one of the first examples of the miniseries format and one of the highest-rated television programs in broadcasting history. Based on the ...more

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically ...more

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Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Snorof88 added Agent Carter Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an upcoming American television series, spinning out of the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name.

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
greenflash added The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen The Fugitive is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins and produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen stars as Richard ...more

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Alias is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Ian Chaffee added Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly Alias is an American spy-action television series created by J. J. Abrams, which was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as ...more

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My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
My So-Called Life Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. It originally aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to ...more

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore Maverick is an American Western television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins. The show ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and stars James Garner as Bret ...more

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All My Children is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
All My Children Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew All My Children is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC for 41 years, from January 5, 1970, to September 23, 2011, and on The Online Network from April 29, 2013, to September 2, ...more

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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
One Life to Live Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross One Life to Live is an American soap opera broadcast on the ABC television network for more than 43 years, from July 15, 1968, to January 13, 2012, and then on the internet as a web series on ...more

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thirtysomething is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
thirtysomething Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris Thirtysomething is an American television drama created by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz for ABC. The series follows a group of baby boomers in their late thirties as they go about their ...more

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The Commish is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
The Commish Michael Chiklis, Theresa Saldana, Kaj-Erik Eriksen The Commish is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC in the United States from 1991 to 1996. The series focuses on the work and home life of a suburban police commissioner ...more

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Harry O is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
greenflash added Harry O David Janssen, Anthony Zerbe, Paul Tulley Harry O, sometimes spelled Harry-O, is an American crime drama series that aired for two seasons on ABC from 1974 to 1976. The series starred David Janssen and was executive produced by Jerry ...more

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Ryan's Hope is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Ryan's Hope Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Mary-Louise Parker Ryan's Hope is an American soap opera created by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, originally airing for 13 years on ABC from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989. It revolves around the trials ...more