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The Best ABC Shows of All Time

Updated February 25, 2021 18.1k votes 3.1k voters 62.4k views76 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever debuted on ABC.

This list of the top current and canceled ABC shows of all time includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best ABC TV shows of all time includes old ABC shows, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list. 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.

In the beginning, there were only three channels - ABC, CBS, and NBC and ABC is still home to some of the best shows on television today. If you're interested in family sitcoms then there’s everything from The Brady Bunch to Modern Family. If superheroes excite you, you might love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. For fans of drama, ABC has you covered with series like How To Get Away With Murder or the fantasy drama Once Upon A Time.

What are the best ABC TV series ever? Vote up the best ABC shows, or use this list to build a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion.

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  • Lost1
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    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

    Premiered2004

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  • Modern Family2
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    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

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  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.3
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen

    Premiered2013

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  • Castle4
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    Castle

    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic

    Premiered2009

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  • The Wonder Years5
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    The Wonder Years

    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

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  • Happy Days6
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    Happy Days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

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  • The Brady Bunch7
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    The Brady Bunch

    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1969

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  • Batman8
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    Batman

    Adam West, Burt Ward

    Premiered1966

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  • How to Get Away with Murder9
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    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown

    Premiered2014

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  • Grey's Anatomy10
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    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Premiered2005

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  • Roseanne11
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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

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  • Three's Company12
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    Three's Company

    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

    Premiered1977

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    #3 of 64 The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s#37 of 508 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

  • Leave It to Beaver13
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    Leave It to Beaver

    Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont

    Premiered1957

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    #126 of 449 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time#20 of 59 The Best ABC Comedies of All Time

  • Once Upon a Time14
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    Once Upon a Time

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison

    Premiered2011

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  • Laverne & Shirley15
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    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

    Premiered1976

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    #7 of 143 The Best TV Spinoffs#45 of 184 The Most Important TV Sitcoms

  • The Drew Carey Show16
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    The Drew Carey Show

    Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader

    Premiered1995

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    #11 of 44 The Best Sitcoms Named After the Star#132 of 265 The Best Television Shows of the 2000s

  • The Good Doctor17
    194
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    The Good Doctor

    Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas

    Premiered2017

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  • Scandal18
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    Scandal

    Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick

    Premiered2012

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  • MacGyver19
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    MacGyver

    Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar

    Premiered1985

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    #66 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate#73 of 160 Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time

  • Desperate Housewives20
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    Desperate Housewives

    Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman

    Premiered2004

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  • The Odd Couple21
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    The Odd Couple

    Jack Klugman, Tony Randall

    Premiered1970

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    #151 of 297 The Best Duos of All Time#316 of 640 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch

  • Revenge22
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    Revenge

    Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe

    Premiered2011

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  • Wonder Woman23
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    Wonder Woman

    Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner

    Premiered1975

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    #49 of 301 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time#40 of 141 The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time

  • Home Improvement24
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    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

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  • Who's the Boss?25
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    Who's the Boss?

    Tony Danza, Judith Light

    Premiered1984

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    #82 of 309 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History#205 of 397 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch