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

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156 127
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

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145 131
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

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22 5
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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111 108
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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24 8
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

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98 96
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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57 50
The Office is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
lolorina added The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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44 37
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
aria2000 added American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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19 8
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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17 7
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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16 6
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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89 101
Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Saved by the Bell Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

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28 23
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

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79 91
Full House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
emlyt added Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

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12 4
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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25 20
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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15 8
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Whose Line Is It Anyway? Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles

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14 7
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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26 22
Batman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

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17 11
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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14 8
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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89 104
Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Gossip Girl Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

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90 114
Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

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72 87
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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11 5
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Pinky and the Brain Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

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21 18
X-Men is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added X-Men Scott Porter, Cam Clarke, Jennifer Hale

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10 4
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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9 3
I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

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77 96
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
emlyt added Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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13 9
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

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88 108
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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9 4
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Animaniacs Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

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82 105
Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

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8 3
Lizzie McGuire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Lizzie McGuire Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Robert Carradine

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11 7
Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Bob's Burgers H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

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7 2
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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8 4
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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8 4
My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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11 8
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

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12 10
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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60 85
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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10 8
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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9 7
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Rugrats Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

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57 74
Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dawson's Creek James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

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8 6
American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added American Dad! Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker

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8 6
Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Hey Arnold! Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta

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54 70
The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
The O.C. Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher

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5 2
The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Nanny Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis