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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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 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): Sitcom

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

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 356

Network: ABC

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

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
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Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 31

Network: Fox

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

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
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Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 244

Network: ABC

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

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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Full House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
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Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 192

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 9 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

Genres (Tv): Teen drama

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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 72

Network: ABC Family

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery, Crime thriller

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 12 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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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 89

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Drama, Horror, Fantasy

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
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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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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 87

Network: Living TV Group, CITV, Channel 4, Adult Swim, Trouble, + more

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Comedy

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 146

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
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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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 395

Network: CBS

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

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
emlyt added Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Black comedy, Blue comedy, Sitcom, Romantic comedy, + more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 63

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Horror, Drama

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I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

Premiered: 1965

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 139

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: The WB

Genres (Tv): Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural

Charmed (The WB, 1998) is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M. Burge. Sisters Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) discover ...more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 120

Network: ITV4

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Sitcom, Comedy, Action, Camp, + more

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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows
charlies3sexysleuths added Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

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