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The Best CBS Shows of All Time

Updated April 1, 2021 16.8k votes 1.6k voters 32.9k views79 items

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

"America's Most Watched Network" is the home of long-running favorites The Big Bang Theory, CSI, and Criminal Minds, but the network has had long-running favorites since it began. This list of the top current and canceled CBS shows of all time includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best CBS TV shows of all time includes old CBS shows, as this list covers the entire history of the Columbia Broadcasting System. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list,

In the beginning, there were only three channels - ABC, NBC, and CBS and CBS is still home to some of the best shows on television today. Answering the question, “What is the best CBS show of all time?” this list includes old favorites like M*A*S*H and I Love Lucy, as well as more recent shows like How I Met Your Mother and Survivor.

What are the best CBS TV series ever? Vote up the best CBS 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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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

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    #31 of 102 The Best Dramedy TV Series#10 of 305 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

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    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

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    #25 of 81 The Best And Nicest Feel-Good TV Shows#3 of 44 The Best Sitcoms Named After the Star

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    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

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    The Carol Burnett Show

    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence

    Premiered1967

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    #104 of 142 The Funniest Shows To Watch When You're Stoned#35 of 136 The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    Premiered1971

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    #97 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate#1 of 46 The Best CBS Comedies of All Time

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    The Dick Van Dyke Show

    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore

    Premiered1961

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    #12 of 31 The Best Shows that Won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series#12 of 190 The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

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    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

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    The Greatest Guest Stars on NCIS, Ranked#68 of 285 The Best TV Shows Returning In 2021

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    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons

    Premiered2007

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    Everybody Loves Raymond

    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

    Premiered1996

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    Dark Secrets Behind The Scenes Of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' That Will Make You Hate It#13 of 52 The Greatest Sitcoms Of The 1990s, Ranked

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    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

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    The Real Reasons Why 'How I Met Your Mother' Is Better Than 'Friends'#11 of 223 The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

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    #7 of 71 The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series#11 of 51 TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner

    Premiered1970

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    #47 of 291 The Best Female-Led TV Shows#5 of 52 The Best Single Woman Sitcoms

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    Hawaii Five-O

    Jack Lord, James MacArthur

    Premiered1968

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    #37 of 43 The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons#11 of 97 The Best Serial Cop Dramas of All Time

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    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

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    The Best Seasons of 'Criminal Minds'#59 of 160 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    The Ed Sullivan Show

    Ed Sullivan, Bern Bennett

    Premiered1948

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    #3 of 29 The Best TV Shows of the 1940s#4 of 50 The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    60 Minutes

    Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl

    Premiered1968

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    #13 of 66 The Best Newsmagazine TV Shows & Series#161 of 340 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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    The Munsters

    Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis

    Premiered1964

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    #39 of 290 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History#72 of 397 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

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    The Honeymooners

    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney

    Premiered1955

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    #24 of 25 The Most Outrageous Emmy Snubs of All Time#6 of 70 The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s

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    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

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    Small Details From 'The Twilight Zone' That Make The Show Much Better#6 of 201 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

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    Newhart

    Bob Newhart, Mary Frann

    Premiered1982

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    #10 of 13 TV Shows That Had Supposedly Happy Endings (But Were Actually Really Depressing)#10 of 33 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh

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    Hogan's Heroes

    Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer

    Premiered1965

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    #53 of 184 The Most Important TV Sitcoms#97 of 140 The Worst TV Series Finales Ever

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    Late Show with David Letterman

    David Letterman, Paul Shaffer

    Premiered2011

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    #88 of 158 Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time#5 of 48 The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump

    Premiered1978

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    #11 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows#13 of 64 The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Perry Mason

    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale

    Premiered1957

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    The Best Perry Mason Actors#181 of 270 The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

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    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley

    Premiered1975

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    #11 of 91 The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time#4 of 149 The Best TV Spinoffs