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The Very Best TV Franchises

March 23, 2020 930 votes 76 voters 1.0k views39 items

List RulesVote 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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  • Star Trek Franchise1
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    10

    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.

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  • The Twilight Zone Franchise2
    44
    12

    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.

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  • Arrowverse Franchise3
    44
    21

    Arrowverse Franchise

    2012-present

    Arrow
    The Flash
    Supergirl
    Legends of Tomorrow
    Black Lightning
    Batwoman

    Vote on the best shows in the Arrowverse Franchise.

     

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  • Breaking Bad Franchise4
    42
    21

    Breaking Bad Franchise

    2008-present

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

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  • Star Wars TV Franchise5
    28
    11

    Star Wars TV Franchise

    1985-Present

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

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  • Law & Order Franchise6
    27
    10

    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.

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  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast‎ Franchise7
    24
    7

    Space Ghost Coast to Coast‎ Franchise

    1994-2014

    Space Ghost Coast to Coast
    Cartoon Planet
    The Brak Show

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  • DC Animated Universe Franchise8
    24
    11

    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

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  • Chicago Franchise9
    30
    18

    Chicago Franchise

    2012-present

    Chicago Fire
    Chicago P.D.
    Chicago Med
    Chicago Justice

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  • CSI Franchise10
    24
    14

    CSI Franchise

    2000-2016

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

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  • The Walking Dead Franchise11
    22
    12

    The Walking Dead Franchise

    2010-present

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

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  • Cheers Franchise12
    25
    17

    Cheers Franchise

    1982-2004

    Cheers
    The Tortellis
    Frasier

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  • Scooby-Doo Franchise13
    12
    1

    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!

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  • Beverly Hills, 90210 Franchise14
    15
    8

    Beverly Hills, 90210 Franchise

    1990-2019

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

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  • Pretty Little Liars Franchise15
    15
    11

    Pretty Little Liars Franchise

    2010-2019

    Pretty Little Liars
    Ravenswood
    Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

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  • Grey's Anatomy Franchise16
    11
    5

    Grey's Anatomy Franchise

    2005-present

    Grey's Anatomy
    Private Practice
    Station 19

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  • Battlestar Galactica Franchise17
    14
    10

    Battlestar Galactica Franchise

    1978-2010

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

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  • The Golden Girls Franchise18
    10
    4

    The Golden Girls Franchise

    1985-1995

    The Golden Girls
    The Golden Palace
    Empty Nest
    Nurses

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  • Inspector Gadget Franchise19
    2
    2

    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)
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  • Happy Days Franchise20
    21
    20

    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.

     

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  • All My Children Franchise21
    0
    2

    All My Children Franchise

    1970-present

    All My Children
    One Life to Live
    General Hospital
    Loving
    Port Charles
    The City

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  • Doctor Who Franchise22
    8
    4

    Doctor Who Franchise

    1963-present

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

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  • As the World Turns Franchise23
    0
    2

    As the World Turns Franchise

    1956-2010

    As the World Turns
    Another World
    Our Private World
    Somerset
    Texas

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  • NCIS Franchise24
    15
    14

    NCIS Franchise

    1997-present

    JAG
    NCIS
    NCIS: Los Angeles
    NCIS: New Orleans

    Vote on the best shows in the NCIS Franchise.

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  • Walker, Texas Ranger Franchise25
    0
    4

    Walker, Texas Ranger Franchise

    1993-2001

    Walker, Texas Ranger
    Sons of Thunder
    Martial Law
    Early Edition

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