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The Best CBS Shows of All Time

Updated February 11, 2021 16.6k votes 1.6k voters 31.7k views78 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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    #46 of 449 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time#72 of 140 The Worst TV Series Finales Ever

  • 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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    #28 of 97 The Best Dramedy TV Series#8 of 402 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

  • The Carol Burnett Show4
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    The Carol Burnett Show

    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence

    Premiered1967

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    #107 of 141 The Funniest Shows To Watch When You're Stoned#35 of 136 The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

  • All in the Family5
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    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    Premiered1971

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    #100 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate#25 of 117 The Best Shows About Families

  • 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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    #23 of 31 The Best Shows that Won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series#2 of 61 The Greatest Sitcoms from the 1960s

  • The Big Bang Theory7
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    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons

    Premiered2007

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  • NCIS8
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    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

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    The Greatest Guest Stars on NCIS, Ranked#89 of 267 The Best TV Shows Returning In 2021

  • Everybody Loves Raymond9
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    Everybody Loves Raymond

    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

    Premiered1996

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  • How I Met Your Mother10
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    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

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  • 60 Minutes11
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    60 Minutes

    Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl

    Premiered1968

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    #3 of 66 The Best Newsmagazine TV Shows & Series#161 of 339 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

  • Magnum, P.I.12
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    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

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    #6 of 70 The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series#17 of 95 The Best Serial Cop Dramas of All Time

  • Hawaii Five-O13
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    Hawaii Five-O

    Jack Lord, James MacArthur

    Premiered1968

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    #11 of 508 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time#33 of 112 The Greatest TV Title Sequences Ever

  • The Ed Sullivan Show14
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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

  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show15
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner

    Premiered1970

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    #134 of 220 The Greatest TV Shows for Women#47 of 284 The Best Female-Led TV Shows

  • The Munsters16
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    The Munsters

    Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis

    Premiered1964

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    #32 of 309 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History#39 of 538 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

  • The Honeymooners17
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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#7 of 70 The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s

  • 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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    Small Details From 'The Twilight Zone' That Make The Show Much Better#9 of 201 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

  • Newhart20
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    Newhart

    Bob Newhart, Mary Frann

    Premiered1982

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

  • Hogan's Heroes21
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    Hogan's Heroes

    Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer

    Premiered1965

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    #425 of 1,322 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows#15 of 190 The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

  • Late Show with David Letterman22
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    Late Show with David Letterman

    David Letterman, Paul Shaffer

    Premiered2011

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    #89 of 160 Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time#5 of 48 The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

  • WKRP in Cincinnati23
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    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump

    Premiered1978

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

  • Mission: Impossible24
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    Mission: Impossible

    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain

    Premiered1966

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  • The Jeffersons25
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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#13 of 165 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans