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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 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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
carlybobarly added 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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
stew driscoll added 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) 4 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
SageAttar786 added 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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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 Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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
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 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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
SageAttar786 added 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 Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Batman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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 heroes who defend ...more

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Kriti Das added 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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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
stew driscoll added 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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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Snorof88 added 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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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Snorof88 added 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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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, ...more

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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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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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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Snorof88 added 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) 34 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Roots is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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
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 Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC. The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her ...more

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more

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The Real McCoys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Garry Asmus added Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan The Real McCoys is an American situation comedy co-produced by Danny Thomas's "Marterto Productions" in association with Walter Brennan and Irving Pincus's "Westgate" ...more

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
greenflash added William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen This film 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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Speechless is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Cedric Yarbrough Speechless (ABC, 2016) is an American sitcom television series created by Scott Silveri. The family of a special-needs teen is good at dealing with the challenges he faces - and excellent at ...more

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Ugly Betty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, which premiered on ABC on September 28, 2006, and ended on April 14, 2010. The series revolves around the ...more

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The Adventures of Ozzie and Ha... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Garry Asmus added Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet is an American sitcom, airing on ABC from October 3, 1952, through March 26, 1966, starring the real-life Nelson family. After a long run on radio, the show ...more

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Alias is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Ian Chaffee added 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) 45 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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) 46 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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) 47 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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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Harry O is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
greenflash added 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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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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) 50 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
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