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The Best ABC Shows of All Time 

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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. New shows on ABC in 2019 are just adding to an already auspicious history.

 

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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

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, + more

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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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
SageAttar786 added Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Fairy tale, Comedy-drama, Fantasy

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) 3 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
carlybobarly added Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 244

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. The series follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
stew driscoll added Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 356

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Medical drama, Romance TV, Drama, Comedy-drama, + more

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents as they gradually evolve into seasoned ...more

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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

Premiered: 1969

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 117

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Family Film

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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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 255

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Musical, Comedy, Family Film

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
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 115

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 222

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 254

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Sitcom, Comedy, Family Film, Fantasy

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

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action, Adventure Film, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 180

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Soap opera, Drama, Mystery, Comedy-drama, + more

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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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

Premiered: 1963-1965

Number of Seasons: 40

Number of Episodes: 2263

Genres (Tv): Game show

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) 13 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 120

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Sitcom, Comedy, Action, Camp, + more

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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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

Premiered: 1977

Number of Seasons: 8

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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) 15 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
SageAttar786 added Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 105

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Mystery, + more

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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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

Premiered: 1976

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 178

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 138

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action

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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 196

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 114

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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 The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Medical, Drama

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

Premiered: 1957

Number of Seasons: 6

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Snorof88 added Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Procedural drama, Political drama, Drama

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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The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
stew driscoll added Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 233

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

Premiered: 1975

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 59

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Fantasy

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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