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The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years 

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Updated February 23, 2020 5.2k votes 1k voters 5.7k views 33 items

List Rules Vote up the best new guilty pleasure shows, only your cat knows you're enjoying, that premiered on or after January 1, 2015.

Not everything you watch needs to be of pristine quality and there's no better way to disengage after a bad day than binging some of these new guilty pleasure shows. If you want to sit back, relax, and turn your mind off, try indulging in one of the programs on this list.  

What new guilty pleasure television is available for viewing? If you loved the simplified version of reality provided by '90s sitcoms, the Netflix reboot Fuller House is great. Another reboot that's light and fluffy is 2017's Will & Grace. Other good series featured on this best current guilty pleasure TV shows list include This Is Us, Ballers, and Wayward Pines.

Which new guilty pleasure TV show do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good series we may have missed.

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family drama

This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
carlybobarly added KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more
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Wayward Pines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller, Horror

Wayward Pines (Fox, 2015) is an American mystery, science fiction television series developed by Chad Hodge. A Secret Service agent (Matt Dillon) goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two ...more
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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: CBS All Access

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more
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Gilmore Girls: A Year in... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. Set nearly a decade after the finale of the original series, this revival ...more
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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 228

Network: NBC, Lifetime Television

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace Adler, and is set in New York City. It was broadcast on NBC from September 21, 1998 to May 18, ...more
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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
MacGyver Lucas Till, George Eads, Tristin Mays

Genres (Tv): Action Adventure

MacGyver (CBS, 2016) is an American action-adventure television series developed by Peter M. Lenkov. It is a reboot of the ABC series of the same name created by Lee David Zlotoff, which aired ...more
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Fuller House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten, Andrea Barber

Premiered: 2016

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Fuller House (Netflix, 2016) is an American family sitcom and sequel to the 1987–1995 television series Full House. It centers around D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), a veterinarian ...more
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Ballers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Ballers (HBO, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Levinson. Former football superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) tries to find success as a financial ...more
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Life in Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Life in Pieces (CBS, 2015) is an American sitcom television series created by Justin Adler. The series chronicles the lives of three generations of the Short family as they go about their daily ...more
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Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd
Scream Queens (Fox, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. The semi-anthology series centers on characters being terrorized ...more
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Secrets & Lies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Juliette Lewis, Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime Fiction, Mystery

Secrets and Lies is an American drama television series based on the Australian television series of the same name. The series has a 10-episode series commitment. Barbie Kligman was brought in ...more
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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Drama

Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, ...more
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The Royals is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Drama, Soap opera

The Royals (E!, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn. Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) is the matriarch of a fictional contemporary British royal family who must ...more
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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Grant Show, Nathalie Kelley, Elizabeth Gillies

Genres (Tv): Soap opera

Dynasty (The CW, 2017) is an American soap opera reboot of the 1980s series of the same name. It follows oil tycoon and family patriarch Blake Carrington (Grant Show), his daughter Fallon ...more
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Single Parents is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
eureka added Taran Killam, Leighton Meester, Brad Garrett

Premiered: 2018

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Single Parents (ABC, 2018) is an American sitcom television series created by Elizabeth Meriwether and J.J. Philbin. A group of single parents form their own support system as they raise their ...more
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The Ranch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
aaronk1228 added The Ranch Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Ranch (Netflix, 2016) is an American comedy web television series created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson. The son (Ashton Kutcher) of a Colorado rancher returns home from a semi-pro football ...more
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Good Witch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
aaronk1228 added Catherine Bell, Bailee Madison, James Denton

Premiered: 2015

Network: Hallmark

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Good Witch (Hallmark, 2015) is an American-Canadian fantasy comedy-drama television series that is based on the TV movie series of the same name. The series continues the spirited life of newly ...more
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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
aaronk1228 added Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Santa Clarita Diet (2017) Netflix original comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila and Joel (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, ...more
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Galavant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
aaronk1228 added Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Musical comedy

Galavant is an American fairy tale-themed musical comedy television series that was created, written, and executive produced by Dan Fogelman with executive producers Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, ...more
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Life Sentence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
aaronk1228 added Lucy Hale, Elliot Knight, Dylan Walsh

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

Life Sentence (The CW, 2017) is an American comedy-drama created by Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith. When Stella Abbott (Lucy Hale) finds out her terminal cancer is cured, she's going to have to ...more
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UnREAL is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Shiri Appleby, Craig Bierko, Freddie Stroma

Premiered: 2014

Network: Lifetime Television

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Black comedy

Unreal (Lifetime, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. A young reality television producer (Shiri Appleby) is pushed by her ...more
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Star is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Star Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Musical drama

Star (Fox, 2016) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy. It revolves around three talented young singers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, and Brittany ...more
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Siesta Key is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Alex Kompothecras, Brandon Gomes, Chloe Trautman

Genres (Tv): Reality

Siesta Key (MTV, 2017) is an American reality television series created by Mark Ford and Warren Skeels. Follows a group of young adults confronting issues of love, heartbreak, betrayal, and ...more
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MTV Floribama Shore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Jeremiah Buoni, Codi Butts, Kortni Gilson

Genres (Tv): Reality

MTV Floribama Shore (MTV, 2017) is an American reality television series, and a successor to Jersey Shore. On the Gulf Coast at Panama City Beach, eight young adults live together during the ...more