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The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows 

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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 Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 236

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Romance

Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 196

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Medical drama, Romance TV, Drama, Comedy-drama, + more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 234

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, + more

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 148

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 24

Number of Episodes: 528

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 184

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC, Lifetime Television

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 163

Network: The WB Television Network, ABC Family, TeenNick, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy television, + more

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
lolorina added Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: Global Television Network, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Romantic comedy, + more

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
aria2000 added Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Fairy tale, Comedy-drama, Fantasy

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 153

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Drama

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
aria2000 added Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Toon Disney, Disney Channel

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Mystery, Comedy-drama, + more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 218

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Thriller, + more

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 210

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Comedy, + more

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 140

Network: Comedy Central, Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

Premiered: 1960

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Cartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

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The Suite Life of Zack &... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Brenda Song

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 87

Network: Disney Channel

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Comedy

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

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Kids' WB, Hub Network, Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Satire, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

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Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 172

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

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