Entertainment

The Very Best TV Franchises 

Ranker TV
March 23, 2020 529 votes 51 voters 39 items

List Rules Vote up the television franchises of three or more shows that have done the best with their expanded universes.

The best TV franchises of all time have brought us some of the best dramas, sitcoms, and animated series ever as well as a few spin-off films. Spawning new series from back-door pilots and favorite characters, or just expanding to include more and more cities under the watchful eye of a procedural drama, television franchises are often more complicated than movie franchises, but also far more bingeable. This is your chance to vote from what you think is the greatest TV franchise ever and see how your favorite television franchises rank against other TV enthusiasts' choices.

Some people will judge a franchise based on its best parts, like The Walking Dead, while others will take all the interconnected parts of a franchise into account when ranking the top TV universes, so don't get offended if you see the Law & Order franchise further down this list than you think it should be. Also, try to keep in mind that TV franchises that will have three or more shows but don't yet do not yet qualify for this list.

Vote on these top TV franchises based on the collection as a whole, or just because one or two of the series mean something special to you. Make sure your favorite TV franchise of all-time lands at the top of this list.

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1
Star Trek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Star Trek Franchise

1966-present

Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Picard

Vote on the best shows in the Star Trek Franchise.

2
The Twilight Zone Franch... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
The Twilight Zone Franchise

1959-2019

Twilight Zone (1959)
Twilight Zone (1985)
Twilight Zone (2002)
Twilight Zone (2019)

Vote on the best shows in the Twilight Zone Franchise.

3
Arrowverse Franchise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Arrowverse Franchise

2012-present

Arrow
The Flash
Supergirl
Legends of Tomorrow
Black Lightning
Batwoman

Vote on the best shows in the Arrowverse Franchise.

 

4
Breaking Bad Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Breaking Bad Franchise

2008-present

Breaking Bad
Talking Bad
Better Call Saul
Talking Saul
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

5
Space Ghost Coast to Coa... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Space Ghost Coast to Coast‎ Franchise

1994-2014

Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Cartoon Planet
The Brak Show

6
Star Wars TV Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Star Wars TV Franchise

1985-Present

Star Wars: Droids
Ewoks
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Resistance
The Mandalorian

Vote on the best shows in the Star Wars television franchise.

7
CSI Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
CSI Franchise

2000-2016

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Miami
CSI: NY
CSI: Cyber

Vote on the best shows in the CSI Franchise.

8
DC Animated Universe Fra... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
DC Animated Universe Franchise

1992-2006

Batman: The Animated Series
Superman: The Animated Series
The New Batman Adventures
Batman Beyond
Static Shock
The Zeta Project
Justice League
Justice League Unlimited

Vote on the best shows in the DC Aminated Universe Franchise.

9
Law & Order Franchis... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Law & Order Franchise

1990-Present

  • Law & Order
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury
  • Law & Order: LA
  • Law & Order True Crime
  • Law & Order: Hate Crimes

Vote on the best shows in the Law & Order Franchise.

10
Chicago Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Chicago Franchise

2012-present

Chicago Fire
Chicago P.D.
Chicago Med
Chicago Justice

11
The Walking Dead Franchi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
The Walking Dead Franchise

2010-present

The Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead
The Walking Dead: World Beyond

12
Cheers Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Cheers Franchise

1982-2004

Cheers
The Tortellis
Frasier

13
Beverly Hills, 90210 Fra... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Beverly Hills, 90210 Franchise

1990-2019

Beverly Hills, 90210
Melrose Place
Models Inc.
90210
Melrose Place
BH90210

14
Happy Days Franchise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Happy Days Franchise

1974-1983

Happy Days
Laverne & Shirley
Blansky's Beauties
Mork & Mindy
Out of the Blue
Joanie Loves Chachi
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
Laverne & Shirley

Vote on the best shows in the Happy Days Franchise.

 

15
Pretty Little Liars Fran... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Pretty Little Liars Franchise

2010-2019

Pretty Little Liars
Ravenswood
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

16
The Golden Girls Franchi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
The Golden Girls Franchise

1985-1995

The Golden Girls
The Golden Palace
Empty Nest
Nurses

17
Grey's Anatomy Franchise... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Grey's Anatomy Franchise

2005-present

Grey's Anatomy
Private Practice
Station 19

18
NCIS Franchise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
NCIS Franchise

1997-present

JAG
NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: New Orleans

Vote on the best shows in the NCIS Franchise.

19
Doctor Who Franchise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Doctor Who Franchise

1963-present

Doctor Who
K-9 & Company
Torchwood
The Sarah Jane Adventures
Class

Vote on the best shows in the Doctor Who Franchise.

20
Scooby-Doo Franchise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Scooby-Doo Franchise

1969-present

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
The New Scooby-Doo Movies
The Scooby-Doo Show
Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics
What's New, Scooby-Doo?
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc.
The Scooby-Doo Show
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo
The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!

Vote on the best shows in the Scooby-Doo Franchise.

21
Dallas Franchise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Dallas Franchise

1978-2014

Dallas (1978)
Knots Landing
Dallas (2012)

22
Hawaii Five-O Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Hawaii Five-O Franchise

1968-present

Hawaii Five-O (1968)
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)
NCIS: Los Angeles
MacGyver
Magnum P.I.

23
Battlestar Galactica Fra... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Battlestar Galactica Franchise

1978-2010

Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Galactica 1980
The Miniseries
Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Caprica

24
The Practice Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
The Practice Franchise

1997-2008

The Practice
Boston Legal
Boston Public

25
Inspector Gadget Franchi... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best TV Franchises
Inspector Gadget Franchise

1983-2018

  • Inspector Gadget (1983)
  • Gadget Boy & Heather
  • Gadget Boy's Adventures in History
  • Inspector Gadget's Field Trip
  • Gadget and the Gadgetinis
  • Inspector Gadget (2015)