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The Best CBS Shows of All Time

Updated December 9, 2020 17.2k votes 1.5k voters 30.1k views76 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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  • The Andy Griffith Show1
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    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

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  • I Love Lucy2
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    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

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  • M*A*S*H3
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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

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  • The Carol Burnett Show4
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    The Carol Burnett Show

    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence

    Premiered1967

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  • All in the Family5
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    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    Premiered1971

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  • The Dick Van Dyke Show6
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    The Dick Van Dyke Show

    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore

    Premiered1961

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  • NCIS7
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    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

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  • The Big Bang Theory8
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    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons

    Premiered2007

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  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show9
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner

    Premiered1970

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  • Everybody Loves Raymond10
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    Everybody Loves Raymond

    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

    Premiered1996

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  • How I Met Your Mother11
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    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

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  • Hawaii Five-O12
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    Hawaii Five-O

    Jack Lord, James MacArthur

    Premiered1968

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  • The Ed Sullivan Show13
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    The Ed Sullivan Show

    Ed Sullivan, Bern Bennett

    Premiered1948

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  • Magnum, P.I.14
    219
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    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

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  • 60 Minutes15
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    60 Minutes

    Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl

    Premiered1968

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  • The Honeymooners16
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    The Honeymooners

    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney

    Premiered1955

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  • The Munsters17
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    The Munsters

    Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis

    Premiered1964

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    #33 of 474 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time#30 of 305 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

  • Criminal Minds18
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    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

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  • The Twilight Zone19
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    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

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  • Newhart20
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    Newhart

    Bob Newhart, Mary Frann

    Premiered1982

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  • Hogan's Heroes21
    157
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    Hogan's Heroes

    Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer

    Premiered1965

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  • Late Show with David Letterman22
    162
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    Late Show with David Letterman

    David Letterman, Paul Shaffer

    Premiered2011

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  • Mission: Impossible23
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    Mission: Impossible

    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain

    Premiered1966

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  • WKRP in Cincinnati24
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    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump

    Premiered1978

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  • The Jeffersons25
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    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley

    Premiered1975

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