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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, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Science fiction, Mystery

Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams, and Damon Lindelof. After a horrific plane crash, a group of strangers are forced to work ...more

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The Best LOST Characters #31 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #31 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

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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

Premiered: 2009

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

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own unique way from ...more

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The Best Characters On Modern Family #19 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #68 of 200 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Premiered: 1974

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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#375 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #67 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatchlisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

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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#124 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #52 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch #38 of 90 The Best Dramedy TV Series

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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

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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The Real Cast of the Brady Bunch Led Extremely Tragic Lives Behind The Scenes #279 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #87 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
SageAttar786 added Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Premiered: 2013

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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The Best 'Agents OF S.H.I.E.L.D.' Storylines #95 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #12 of 91 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey, and Tom Werner. The series centers around the everyday life of an American working-class family.

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The Juicy Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Roseanne' #162 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

Premiered: 1963-1965

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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#108 of 507 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #2 of 24 The Dark On-Set Drama Behind The Scenes Of Hit TV Shows #3 of 81 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

Premiered: 1966

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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
SageAttar786 added Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

Premiered: 2009

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

Castle (ABC, 2009) is an American crime-comedy-drama television series created by Andrew W. Marlowe. A homicide detective (Stana Katic) reluctantly works with a best-selling mystery novelist ...more

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The Best Seasons of 'Castle' #78 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #118 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

Premiered: 1977

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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#171 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #99 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatchlisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

Premiered: 1976

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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#145 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch #87 of 295 The Best Duos of All Timelisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

Premiered: 1985

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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
stew driscoll added Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A group of young doctors faces the pressure that comes from practicing medicine in a ...more

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The Best 'Grey's Anatomy' Seasons #35 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
SageAttar786 added Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Premiered: 2011

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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The Best Once Upon a Time Characters #55 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #114 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Mystery, Comedy-drama

Desperate Housewives (ABC, 2004) is an American mystery comedy-drama television series created by Marc Cherry. Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends (Teri Hatcher, ...more

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The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives' #158 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #257 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1984

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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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 18 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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The Best Episodes of 'The Good Doctor' #370 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #9 of 91 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
stew driscoll added Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles

Premiered: 1995

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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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

Premiered: 1957

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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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

Premiered: 1975

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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#105 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch #37 of 302 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time #90 of 507 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

Premiered: 1964

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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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

Premiered: 1970

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#372 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #195 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch #59 of 200 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ABC Shows of All Time
Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

Premiered: 1985

Genres (Tv): Drama, Romantic comedy, Mystery, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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