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The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

Updated February 5, 2021 123.3k votes 9.8k voters 127.5k views397 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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  • Friends1
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    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta...  more

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  • The Office2
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    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

    The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg...  more

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  • Game of Thrones3
    1,437
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011-04-17

    Genres (Tv)Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action

    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David...  more

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  • Parks and Recreation4
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    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Comedy-drama

    Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and...  more

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  • The Simpsons5
    1,505
    1,411

    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

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

    The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting...  more

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  • House6
    1,210
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    House

    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama

    House, M.D. (Fox, 2004) is an American television medical drama created by David Shore. An...  more

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  • Scooby-Doo7
    546
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    Scooby-Doo

    Casey Kasem, Don Messick

    Premiered1969

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, Mystery, Situation comedy

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  • The Twilight Zone8
    603
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    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction

    The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is...  more

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  • Supernatural9
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    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery

    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric...  more

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  • Futurama10
    978
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    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

    Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and...  more

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  • Sherlock11
    639
    463

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and...  more

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  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air12
    766
    629

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from...  more

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  • Tom and Jerry13
    285
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    Tom and Jerry

    Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff

    Premiered1940

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy, Family Film

    Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940, by William Hanna...  more

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  • The Golden Girls14
    549
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    The Golden Girls

    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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  • Breaking Bad15
    818
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller, Neo-western, Tragedy

    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by...  more

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  • Criminal Minds16
    408
    350

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama

    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series...  more

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  • I Love Lucy17
    420
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    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance,...  more

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  • Family Guy18
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    Family Guy

    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Comedy

    Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox...  more

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  • Seinfeld19
    1,159
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    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from...  more

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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer20
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    1,059

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Horror, Comedy-drama, Teen drama, Action

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series...  more

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  • The Big Bang Theory21
    1,076
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    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and...  more

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  • Looney Tunes22
    794
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    Looney Tunes

    Mel Blanc, June Foray

    Premiered1930

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy

    Looney Tunes is an American animated series of comedy short films produced by Warner Bros....  more

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  • How I Met Your Mother23
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    609

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Romantic comedy

    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter...  more

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  • The Addams Family24
    295
    256

    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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  • Married... with Children25
    355
    284

    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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