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The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

Updated December 24, 2020 125.8k votes 9.7k voters 125.0k views396 items

List RulesTelevision series worth repeat viewings

List of the best TV shows to rewatch, as ranked by television fans and critics. When the weekend comes around and you can’t bring yourself to get out of your PJs and go out into the sun, it can be nice to have a lazy few days doing nothing but having a marathon of your past favorite shows. Hundreds of shows throughout the decades are considered perfect rewatching material by the biggest television fans. No matter what sort of genre you feel like, there’s a series out there for you. All of the series on this list are completely available on DVD, while most of them can be found instantly on online services like Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

If you’re interested in having a laugh, sitcoms like 30 Rock, The Office, and Parks and Recreation are often good choices. Experiencing sci-fi favorites like Lost and Battlestar Galactica as if they were new again can be extremely entertaining. Fans of classic series may love spending the weekend with Star Trek, The Munsters, and The Wonder Years.

What are the best television series to rewatch? Depending on your genre preference, there are plenty of shows to remember your favorite storylines, discover things you missed the first time, and catch up before anew season begins.

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  • Doctor Who26
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more

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  • South Park27
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    South Park

    Trey Parker, Matt Stone

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire, Animated cartoon

    South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker...  more

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  • That '70s Show28
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    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy

    That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from...  more

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  • The Flintstones29
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    The Flintstones

    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc

    Premiered1960

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

    The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from...  more

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  • Dexter30
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Dark comedy, Police procedural

    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos...  more

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  • The X-Files31
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    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action

    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris...  more

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  • Firefly32
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    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Space Western, Space opera, Drama, Comedy-drama, Science Fiction

    Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer...  more

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  • Scrubs33
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    Scrubs

    Zach Braff, Donald Faison

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Medical drama

    Scrubs (NBC, 2001) is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill...  more

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  • Lost34
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    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural drama, Science fiction, Mystery

    Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J....  more

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  • NCIS35
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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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  • SpongeBob SquarePants36
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    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy, Family Film

    SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist...  more

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  • Gilmore Girls37
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    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama

    Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy...  more

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  • Home Improvement38
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    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from...  more

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  • Frasier39
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    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Frasier (NBC, 1993) is an American sitcom television series created by David Angell, Peter...  more

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  • Boy Meets World40
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    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Teen sitcom

    Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and...  more

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  • Arrested Development41
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    Arrested Development

    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Arrested Development (Fox, 2003) is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz....  more

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  • Psych42
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    Psych

    James Roday, Dulé Hill

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Mystery, Comedy-drama

    Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and...  more
  • Charmed43
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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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  • Star Trek: The Next Generation44
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

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

    Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by...  more

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  • Full House45
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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 Sopranos46
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    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase....  more

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  • Rugrats47
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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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  • M*A*S*H48
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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Medical drama, Sitcom, Satire, Military

    M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970...  more

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  • Community49
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    Community

    Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Community (NBC, 2009) is an American comedy television series created by Dan Harmon. After...  more

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  • Batman: The Animated Series50
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    Batman: The Animated Series

    Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, Adventure film, Action

    Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics...  more

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