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The Best TV Shows to Rewatch  

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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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Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 10

Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 24

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 9

Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 7

Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more

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House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

House is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a ...more

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 11

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 8

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 16

South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more

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Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 11

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

Number of Seasons: 11

M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 13

King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010 on Fox. It centers on the Hills, a middle-class ...more

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Community is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Community is an American television sitcom created by Dan Harmon that premiered on NBC on September 17, 2009. The single-camera series follows an ensemble cast of students at a community college ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 7

Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 9

Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 4

Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of ...more

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Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 9

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 9

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 6

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