TV 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."

Vote up your favorite CBS shows below or vote down the shows you thought should have been cancelled immediately.

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi 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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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance 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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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 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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The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman 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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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner 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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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more

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The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie 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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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett 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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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo 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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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette 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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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley 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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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman 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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60 Minutes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft 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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The Ed Sullivan Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Ed Sullivan, Bern Bennett, Ralph Paul 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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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston 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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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads This show is an American drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is filmed primarily at ...more

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Late Show with David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter 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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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong 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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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Curtis Joyce added Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod 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) 21 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs 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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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy Dallas is an American television drama series developed by Cynthia Cidre and produced by Warner Horizon Television that aired on TNT from June 13, 2012 to September 22, 2014. The series was a ...more

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The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows 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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
BabyGirl added Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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Mister Ed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Allan Lane, Alan Young, Connie Hines Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy produced by Filmways that first aired in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961, and then on CBS from October 1, 1961, to February 6, ...more

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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner 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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Vance Berk added Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more

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Lassie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
June Lockhart, Andy Clyde, Pamelyn Ferdin Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, both human and animal. The show was the creation of producer ...more

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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a total of 110 episodes. It dealt with a New York City physician, Dr. Joel Fleischman, who is sent to ...more

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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on ...more

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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los ...more

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. The program starred Candice Bergen as the eponymous Murphy ...more

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The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring Fran Drescher as Fran Fine, a Jewish Queens native who becomes the nanny of three children from the ...more

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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Harsha Nuwan added Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas Scorpion is an American drama television series loosely based on the life of self-proclaimed genius and computer expert Walter O'Brien. In the series, O'Brien and his genius friends help each ...more

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris 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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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as David Banner, Lou ...more

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Stuart McPherran added Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham Survivor is a reality game show produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show, contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Vance Berk added Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard Lost in Space is an American science fiction television series created and produced by Irwin Allen, filmed by 20th Century Fox Television, and broadcast on CBS. The show ran for three seasons, ...more

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins, Anne-Marie Johnson In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the film and the novel of the same title. It starred Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more

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Dennis the Menace is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Mary Wickes, Charles Lane, Jay North Dennis the Menace is an American sitcom based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name and preceded The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday evenings on CBS from October 1959 to July 1963. The ...more

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Father Knows Best is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue Father Knows Best is an American radio and television comedy series which portrayed a middle class family life in the Midwest. It was created by writer Ed James in the 1940s, and ran on radio ...more

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Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
TommyNauman added Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that began broadcast on CBS on September 22, 2003 and ended on February 19, 2015 after twelve seasons. Originally starring Charlie Sheen, Jon ...more

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon ...more

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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is an American Western drama series created by Beth Sullivan and starring Jane Seymour who plays Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn, a physician who leaves Boston in ...more

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The series is filmed on location in New York ...more

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Cosby is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Doug E. Doug Cosby is an American situation comedy television series broadcast on CBS from September 16, 1996, to April 28, 2000, loosely based on the British sitcom One Foot in the Grave. The program stars ...more

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Becker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Ted Danson, Hattie Winston, Terry Farrell Becker is an American television sitcom that ran from 1998 to 2004 on CBS. Set in the New York City borough of The Bronx, the show starred Ted Danson as John Becker, a misanthropic doctor who ...more

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2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best CBS Shows of All Time
Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris 2 Broke Girls is an American television sitcom created for Warner Bros. Television by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. It premiered in the United States on CBS on September 2011, and ...more