TV The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows  

Ranker TV
Originally by
11.3k votes 701 voters 15.3k views 1,330 items Embed

List Rules Television series you hate yourself for watching -- but can't seem to quit. NO reality or game shows.

List of the best guilty pleasure TV shows, past and present, including sitcoms, dramas, reality shows, and game shows. These are the TV shows you won’t admit to watching -- even though you secretly do. Guilty pleasure television is addictive, and often horrible, but it never fails to draw in viewers. This list includes the TV shows you can’t stop watching, the greatest guilty pleasure TV shows of all time.

 Why are we so ashamed to admit that we can’t get enough of these so-called guilty pleasure TV shows? Perhaps it’s because, deep down, we recognize that these ‘so bad they’re addictive’ TV programs are truly terrible. Guilty pleasure dramas take everything to the extreme, adding crazy plot lines revolving around forbidden love, backstabbing, or jealousy. Guilty pleasure sitcoms are so cheesy they’re funny. Guilty pleasure reality shows are usually, paradoxically, unrealistic and showcase the worst in human nature. But much like a train wreck, viewers can’t stop themselves from looking.

 Some guilty pleasure TV shows have become so thanks to age. After all, millions of people watched “Full House” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” when they first aired -- but would you admit to watching them now? Even if you secretly do?

 This list contains the best guilty pleasure television shows of all time. Although everyone has their own ideas about what should be labeled ‘guilty pleasure’ TV, it’s not hard to admit that these shows, while not the greatest examples of television, are one thing: addictive.
list ordered by

1
157 120
Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
KassahWutke added Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time The Best Ecchi Anime of All Time

2
169 139
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

3
35 15
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

4
128 117
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

5
32 14
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

6
37 19
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

7
160 145
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

8
61 48
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
aria2000 added American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

9
29 16
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

10
109 108
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

11
21 9
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

12
28 18
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

13
18 7
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

14
17 6
The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Nanny Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis

15
26 16
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch 29 Popular TV Characters Who Were Suddenly Written Off The Show (And Why)

16
25 15
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Whose Line Is It Anyway? Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles

17
64 63
The Office is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
lolorina added The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

18
21 11
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

19
18 9
I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

20
99 108
Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Saved by the Bell Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

21
34 28
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

22
27 20
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

23
89 99
Full House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
emlyt added Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

24
19 12
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Pinky and the Brain Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

25
103 115
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

26
17 11
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Animaniacs Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

27
11 4
Reba is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Reba Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Steve Howey

28
20 15
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

29
99 112
Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Gossip Girl Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows The Best Self Help Podcasts

30
14 8
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

31
32 30
Batman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

32
13 7
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

33
12 6
The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Munsters Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

34
12 6
Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Who's the Boss? Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

35
11 5
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

36
20 16
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

37
20 16
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

38
47 53
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
aria2000 added Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

39
19 15
Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Bob's Burgers H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

40
10 4
Step by Step is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Step by Step Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call

41
10 4
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Flintstones Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

42
10 4
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Jetsons George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

43
10 4
George Lopez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added George Lopez Sandra Bullock, George Lopez, Constance Marie

The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching The Best Mezcal Brands

44
87 104
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
emlyt added Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

45
14 9
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

46
14 9
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added DuckTales Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

47
14 9
Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

48
14 9
Lizzie McGuire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Lizzie McGuire Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Robert Carradine

49
9 3
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

50
8 2
The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Magic School Bus Lily Tomlin, Dan Tamberelli, Daniel DeSanto