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The Best CBS Shows of All Time 

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CBS: Everybody's watching!

"America's Most Watched Network" is the home of modern TV favorites The Big Bang Theory, CSI, and Criminal Minds, but the network has been a favorite for decades. 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 watched Elvis and The Beatles perform, and watch the launch of Space shuttles into orbit; television is deeply ingrained into our social lexicon At the time there were only three channels - ABC, CBS, and NBC. This list has been ranked by men and women television to rank the best shows on the Columbia Broadcasting system or CBS.

The transmission of moving images through television has allowed the public to live vicariously through stories of imagination and also see themselves reflected in stories more based in reality. From cartoons, to variety programs, to daytime, to comedies, television gives us a myriad of programs for endless entertainment and information. Answering the question, “What is the best CBS show of all time?” this list includes top television shows like "Murphy Brown," "The Carol Burnett Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and "I Love Lucy."

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, ...more

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Medical drama, Sitcom, Satire, Military, + more

M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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#72 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #3 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcomslisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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The Andy Griffith Show ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

Premiered: 1960

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, starred Andy ...more

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#18 of 303 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #8 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcomslisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

Premiered: 1971

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, ...more

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#275 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #35 of 303 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television Historylisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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The Carol Burnett Show ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

Premiered: 1967

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy

The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, ...more

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#63 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #62 of 214 The TV Shows with the Best Writing #75 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

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The Dick Van Dyke Show ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

Premiered: 1961

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961, until June 1, 1966. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke, Rose ...more

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#203 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #30 of 303 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television Historylisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. A woman (Kaley Cuoco) who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but ...more

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Behind-The-Scenes Secrets From The Set Of 'The Big Bang Theory' #16 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan. It originally ran on CBS from September ...more

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Dark Secrets Behind The Scenes Of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' That Will Make You Hate It #102 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Romantic comedy

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. Through a series of flashbacks, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) recounts to his children the journey he ...more

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Legendary 'How I Met Your Mother' Fan Theories #10 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #13 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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The Ed Sullivan Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Ed Sullivan, Bern Bennett, Ralph Paul

Premiered: 1948

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Variety show, Comedy, Family Film, Reality television

The Ed Sullivan Show was an American TV variety show that ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948 to Sunday June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was ...more

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#163 of 303 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #39 of 43 The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons #3 of 29 The Best TV Shows of the 1940s

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60 Minutes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft

Premiered: 1968

Genres (Tv): News, News program

60 Minutes is an American newsmagazine television program that is broadcast on the CBS television network. Debuting in 1968, the program was created by Don Hewitt, who chose to set it apart from ...more

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#132 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #89 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciatelisted on The Best Newsmagazine TV Shows & Series

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Thriller, + more

NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more

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The Greatest Guest Stars on NCIS, Ranked #100 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #43 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

Premiered: 1964

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters. It stars Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The ...more

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#48 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #32 of 303 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #25 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcoms

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The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

Premiered: 1955

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Honeymooners is an American sitcom, based on a recurring 1951–55 sketch of the same name. It originally aired on the DuMont network's Cavalcade of Stars and subsequently on the CBS network's ...more

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#53 of 303 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #30 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #160 of 214 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

Premiered: 1968

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, + more

Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and ...more

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

Premiered: 1980

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film, + more

Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more

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#97 of 289 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time #8 of 68 The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Serieslisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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The Mary Tyler Moore Sho... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Curtis Joyce added Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

Premiered: 1970

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977. The program was a television breakthrough, with the ...more

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

Premiered: 1975

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more

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#64 of 303 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #11 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcomslisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston

Premiered: 1982

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Newhart is an American television situation comedy which aired on the CBS network from October 25, 1982, to May 21, 1990. The series starred comedian Bob Newhart and actress Mary Frann as an ...more

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#505 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #80 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcomslisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner

Premiered: 1965

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Military, Comedy

Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner during WWII. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. Bob Crane starred as ...more

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#68 of 303 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #57 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcomslisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

Premiered: 1978

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was ...more

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#41 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #44 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #46 of 303 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

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

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000) is an American crime drama television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker. The series follows Las Vegas CSIs working for the Las Vegas Police ...more

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The Greatest Guest Stars to Ever Appear on 'CSI' #180 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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Late Show with David Let... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Talk show, Variety show, Comedy

Late Show is an American late-night television talk and variety show on CBS. Late Show with David Letterman first aired in August 1993 with host David Letterman, who previously hosted Late Night ...more

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#252 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #84 of 158 Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time #432 of 1,318 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

Premiered: 1966

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, + more

Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
BabyGirl added Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

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

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more

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