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The Best Classic Shows On Netflix 

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Updated May 12, 2020 1.2k votes 319 voters 28.8k views 9 items

List Rules Only shows currently streaming on Netflix that were released before 1990.

Here are the best classic shows streaming now on Netflix. If you're feeling nostalgic or looking to relive old TV classics, this list of older shows currently on Netflix is regularly updated with newly added and popular TV series. What are the best classic series to watch on Netflix? 

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The Andy Griffith Show ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Shows On Netflix
Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

Premiered: 1960

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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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Shows On Netflix
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more

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Behind The Scenes Secrets From The Set Of 'Cheers' #110 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Shows On Netflix
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

Premiered: 1959

The Twilight Zone is a 1959 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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Creepy Parallels Between 'American Horror Story' And 'The Twilight Zone' You Never Even Knew Existed #53 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Sci-Fi TV Shows

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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Shows On Netflix
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Shows On Netflix
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

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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Insightful Quotes From Patrick Stewart About Playing Captain Picard #89 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Sci-Fi TV Shows

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Monty Python's Flying Ci... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Shows On Netflix
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Premiered: 1969

Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Shows On Netflix
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that ...more

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'Twin Peaks' Is The Scariest Thing Ever Aired On Television #137 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #147 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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Highway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Shows On Netflix
Michael Landon, Victor French

Premiered: 1984

Highway to Heaven is an American television drama series which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1989. The series aired for five seasons, running a total of 111 episodes. It was shot entirely in ...more

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Pee-wee's Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Shows On Netflix
Paul Reubens, John Paragon, Phil Hartman

Premiered: 1986

Pee-wee's Playhouse is an American children's television program starring Paul Reubens as the childlike Pee-wee Herman which ran from 1986 to 1990 on Saturday mornings on CBS. The show was ...more

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