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The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

Updated December 14, 2020 25.9k votes 1.2k voters 38.1k views1.3k items

List RulesTelevision 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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    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

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

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  • The Simpsons2
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    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

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

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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer3
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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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  • Once Upon a Time4
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    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison

    Premiered2011

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

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

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    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

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  • Beavis and Butt-head8
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    Mike Judge, Dale Revo

    Premiered1992

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  • The Nanny9
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    The Nanny

    Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring...  more

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  • 7th Heaven10
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    Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Drama

    7th Heaven is an American family drama television series, created and produced by Brenda...  more

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  • NCIS11
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    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

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

    NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional...  more

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  • Rugrats12
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    Rugrats

    Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh

    Premiered1991

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

    Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and...  more

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  • I Dream of Jeannie13
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    I Dream of Jeannie

    Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman

    Premiered1965

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

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  • Full House14
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    Full House

    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a...  more

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  • The Golden Girls15
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    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC...  more

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    Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse

    Premiered2005

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

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  • The Dukes of Hazzard17
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    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Tom Wopat, John Schneider

    Premiered1979

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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  • The Addams Family18
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    The Addams Family

    John Astin, Carolyn Jones

    Premiered1964

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

    The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams'...  more

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  • True Blood19
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    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Horror, Drama

    True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan...  more

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  • Charmed20
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    Charmed

    Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural

    Charmed (The WB, 1998) is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M....  more

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  • The Suite Life on Deck21
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    The Suite Life on Deck

    Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse

    Premiered2008

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

    The Suite Life on Deck is an American sitcom that aired on Disney Channel from September 26,...  more

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  • Married... with Children22
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    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a...  more

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  • Hannah Montana23
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    Hannah Montana

    Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Musical, Comedy-drama

    Hannah Montana, also known as Hannah Montana Forever in its fourth and final season, is an...  more

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  • Celebrity Family Feud24
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    Steve Harvey, Al Roker

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Game show

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  • The Magic School Bus25
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    The Magic School Bus

    Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series, Educational television

    The Magic School Bus is a Canadian–American Saturday morning animated children's television...  more

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