Top 100 TV Shows of ALL TIME!!!

by livingston50074 | created - 11 Apr 2012 | updated - 30 Sep 2013 | Public

I often find myself coming across "lists" (whether it's for tv, movies, or music) which claim to be "All Time Lists", but are filled mostly with current material. So I thought it would be fun to come up with my own list. This one will be about Television. What makes this list a little different is that there are some shows that I don't particularly care for, and some that I've never even seen. I am ranking them from Historical, Social, and Cultural relevance, and yes... There is a personal bias mixed in (starting with #1). So enjoy, and feel free to comment, but please keep it clean. Everyone won't be happy, but hopefully you will find that all generations are pretty well represented. After all it's an ALL-TIME list.

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1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.5
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A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,063,536

I had to put this one up so high because it's so different. Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), with the aim of securing his family's financial future before he dies.

2. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.3
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 221,460

Despite only receiving modest ratings and never winning major television awards, The Wire has been described by many critics as the greatest television series ever made and one of the most accomplished works of fiction of the 2000s

3. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 19,241

4. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.9
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The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 200,944

Seinfeld broke several conventions of mainstream television. The show, often described as being about "nothing. A critical favorite, commercial blockbuster and cultural phenomenon, the show led the Nielsen ratings in its sixth and ninth seasons and finished among the top two (along with NBC's ER) every year from 1994 to 1998

5. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

8.8
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Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 50,998

I know that people won't be crazy about this selection, but hey........ It's my list.

6. The Oprah Winfrey Show (1984–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Talk-Show

5.2
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Chicago-based daytime talk-show host Oprah Winfrey invites a guest panel to discuss a topic, in front of a studio audience. The topics are often controversial or sensational.

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King, Chris Rock

Votes: 4,163

A Talk show in the top 10? Yes!!! An American syndicated talk show hosted and produced by its namesake Oprah Winfrey. It ran nationally for 25 seasons beginning in 1986, before concluding in 2011. It is the highest-rated talk show in American television history. I accused it of being very Anti- men, but in it's last season I began to realize how far reaching it was

7. The Cosby Show (1984–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

7.4
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The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Votes: 27,396

According to TV Guide, the show "was TV's biggest hit in the 1980s, and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC's ratings fortunes. The show changed tv forever, because everyone of all races, could ralate to this family

8. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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A New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and leads him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 223,377

The Sopranos is the most financially successful series in the history of cable television, and has frequently been acclaimed as the greatest television series of all-time. Bring on the Prequel

9. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

105 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.4
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen, Skitch Henderson

Votes: 2,521

Anyone "fortunately old enough" to have seen Johnny Carson knows that he was the best to ever do it! With his dry humor and keen wit, he litterally opened doors for other comedians to follow in his footsteps. Leno, Letterman, and Conan continue to use his jokes, and bits to this day. Heeeeeere's Johnny!!!

10. 60 Minutes (1968– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, News

7.6
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A popular television News magazine in the USA, in which an ever changing team of CBS News correspondents contribute segments ranging from hard news coverage to politics to lifestyle and pop culture.

Stars: Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft, Morley Safer

Votes: 2,435

Okay I know, it's a news program, but it's one of the most watched television shows of all time. As recent as 2002, TV Guide was ranked the #6 Greatest television show ever. 10 years later, the show is still going strong in it's 44th season

11. Dexter (2006–2013)

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

Votes: 558,994

Another very original subject matter. Dexter, a blood spatter pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer. Set in Miami, the show's first season was largely based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

12. Entourage (2004–2011)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Film star Vince Chase navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty agent.

Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 145,743

This show made me wish that I was 5 years younger, and a celeb in Hollywood. Based on the life of Mark Wahlberg The series deals with themes of male friendship and real-life situations in modern-day Hollywood. The show is known for its array of guest stars, usually featuring at least two celebrities per episode.

13. Star Trek (1966–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.3
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Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 60,235

The core of Star Trek is its six television series: The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. The show fascinates me because for a Science Fiction series in the 1960's and 70's it broke down many racial barriers. Not only was it the first tv show with an interracial kiss, but Capt Kirk also got busy with a green chick. WOW!!!

14. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.4
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The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 42,918

adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH (which was itself based on the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, by Richard Hooker). The series is a medical drama/black comedy. the finale became the most watched television episode in U.S. television history at the time, with a record breaking 125 million viewers,

15. Lost (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.4
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The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 425,686

A critically acclaimed and popular success, Lost was consistently ranked by critics on their lists of top ten series of all time. The first season garnered an average of 15.69 million viewers per episode on ABC

16. Boston Public (2000–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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The lives of 10 faculty members at a high school in Boston, Mass. weave in and out of dealing with trouble-makers, having a personal life, and keeping sanity.

Stars: Loretta Devine, Anthony Heald, Fyvush Finkel, Chi McBride

Votes: 4,784

My favorite of the David E Kelley shows, Boston Public centered on a fictional public school in Boston Mass. It featured a large ensemble cast and focused on the work and private lives of the various teachers, students, and administrators at the school. I taught for almost three years, and it's uncanny how accurate it was.

17. The Practice (1997–2004)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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We follow the exploits and cases of defense attorneys of a Boston law firm. Bobby Donnell is the senior defense attorney and founder of the firm.

Stars: Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle, Steve Harris

Votes: 6,435

Great show!!! The Practice focused on the law firm of Robert Donnell and Associates (later becoming Donnell, Young, Dole, & Frutt, and ultimately Young, Frutt, & Berluti). Plots typically featured the firm's involvement in various high-profile criminal and civil cases that often mirror current events. I always loved that "Plan B" strategy!

18. ER (1994–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle

Votes: 43,244

Mostly known as the vehichle that launched the career of George Clooney. The show ran for 15 seasons, becoming the longest-running primetime medical drama in American television history. It won 23 Emmy Awards, including the 1996 Outstanding Drama Series award, and received 124 Emmy nominations, which makes it the most nominated drama program in history.

19. All in the Family (1971–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 11,706

This is the part of the list where the 30, and younger crowd will get very frustrated. Sorry, everything can't be current. This show is several years older than me, but it's subject matter is still cutting edge. Despite being considerably softer in its approach than its BBC predecessor, the show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for U.S. network television comedy, such as racism, homosexuality, women's liberation, rape, miscarriage, abortion, breast cancer, the Vietnam War, menopause, and impotence

20. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

8.7
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The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself into with his friends and complete strangers.

Stars: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman

Votes: 77,857

I'm the younger (and black) version of Larry David. Everything I seem to do or say ends up coming off the wrong way. The Seinfeld co-creator took his act to HBO and continues his world of nothingness

21. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

8.1
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A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 36,449

I can barely watch this show nowadays, but that doesn't diminish the shows importance. Throughout its more than three decades on air, (making it one of the longest-running network television programs in the United States as of 2012) the show format has been developed and recreated in several countries including Spain, Italy, Japan, and South Korea, each meeting with different levels of success. The alumni of cast members is too lengthy to list

22. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

8.2
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The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Votes: 5,364

one of the most acclaimed television programs ever produced" in US television history. It received high praise from critics, including Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series three years in a row (1975–77), and continued to be honored long after the final episode aired.

23. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

8.2
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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Votes: 5,683

Hill Street Blues received rave reviews from critics. The groundbreaking choice to include African-Americans as mainstays in the core ensemble cast and to feature several inter-racial and inter-ethnic cop partnerships drew notice and praise, as did the overlapping plots and examinations of moral conundrums such as police corruption, racism, alcoholism, and both interpersonal and institutional forgiveness.

24. Good Times (1974–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.3
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A poor African-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.

Stars: Ja'net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker

Votes: 4,589

As was the case on other Norman Lear sitcoms, the characters and subject matter in Good Times were a breakthrough for American television. Episodes of Good Times dealt with the characters' attempts to "get by" in a high rise project building in Chicago, despite all the odds stacked against them. Thelma Thelma Thelma!!!

25. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.2
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On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 9,590

That's right... Sesame Street, What??? Who among us didn't start our day by watching this? Not only did the show teach us basic learning skills, such as math and reading, but it introduced us to the some of the muppets. The show is still going strong, and they're still making Muppets movies

26. Bonanza (1959–1973)

TV-PG | 49 min | Western

7.3
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The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 6,328

Never saw it, but any show that ran hour long episodes for fourteen seasons has to be on the list.

27. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

8.8
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Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 3,742

The series won 25 prime time Emmy Awards, was ranked #16 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time in 2002 and in 2007 was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All Time."

28. Cheers (1982–1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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The regulars of the Boston bar Cheers share their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar where everybody knows your name.

Stars: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt

Votes: 39,061

One of the the rare shows that got better every year. it was nearly canceled during its first season when it ranked last in ratings for its premiere (77th out of 77 shows). Cheers, however, eventually became a highly rated television show in the United States, earning a top-ten rating during 8 of its 11 seasons, including one season at #1.

29. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 25,073

My best friend would kill me if this show didn't make the top 30. All four stars each received an Emmy Award throughout the series' run and had multiple nominations. The series also ranked among the top ten highest-rated programs for six out of its seven seasons

30. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 14,530

The series aired for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996. It is one of the most successful and longest-running television shows in history, with close to 23 million viewers in its prime, and was a staple of its Sunday night lineup for a decade. The series is also successful around the world.

31. Maude (1972–1978)

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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This "All In The Family" spin-off centers around Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay. She's a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, NY with her fourth husband Walter, owner of Findlay's ... See full summary »

Stars: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain, Rue McClanahan

Votes: 2,704

The program was a spin-off of All in the Family, on which Beatrice Arthur had first played the character of Maude, Edith Bunker's cousin; like All in the Family, Maude was a sitcom with topical storylines created by producer Norman Lear. They were dealing with topics such as abortion back in the early 70's "Cutting Edge"

32. Boston Legal (2004–2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running David E. Kelley series The Practice (1997), following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole, and Schmidt.

Stars: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 38,315

The spinoff of the practice, Boston Legal follows the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. More comical than its predecessor, the show continued to deal with modern day cases in a more upscale environment. Denny Crane!!!

33. The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.5
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A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker

Votes: 5,804

Norman Lear churned out successful tv shows and spinoffs like they were reality shows. However, unlike some of his other shows, it was less sharply political in tone and The Jeffersons evolved into more of a traditional sitcom, relying more on the characters' interactions with one another rather than explicitly political dialog or storylines. It did, however, tackle a few serious topics including racism, suicide, gun control and adult illiteracy. Also, the words *beep* and "honky" were used occasionally, especially during the earlier seasons.

34. House M.D. (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

8.8
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An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer

Votes: 346,667

Critically acclaimed for much of its run, House was among the top-ten rated shows in the United States from its second through its fourth season. Distributed to 66 countries, House was the most watched television program in the world in 2008.[1] The show has received several awards, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Peabody Award, and nine People's Choice Awards. I

35. Friends (1994–2004)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.9
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Follows the personal and professional lives of six 20 to 30-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.

Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 577,319

I had a hard time ranking this show because I just couldn't relate, but I simply can't ignore the show's popularity and significance. Friends received positive reviews throughout its run, becoming one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. The series won many awards and was nominated for 63 Primetime Emmy Awards. The series, an instant hit from its debut, was also very successful in the ratings, consistently ranking in the top ten in the final primetime ratings. Many critics now regard it as one of the finest shows in television history, including TV Guide, which ranked it #21 on their list of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time.

36. Mad Men (2007–2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

8.6
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A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 163,818

I keep waiting for this show to overwhelm me, but it just hasn't yet. You simply can't ignore the critical acclaim, particularly for its historical authenticity and visual style. The show has won fifteen Emmys and four Golden Globes. It is the first basic cable series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning it in each of its first four seasons in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

37. Two and a Half Men (2003–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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A hedonistic jingle writer's free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.

Stars: Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones, Conchata Ferrell

Votes: 214,825

Honestly, I've never been a fan of this show. For some reason, I simply can't relate. But the show has been hugely successful. Although, I understand that it's really fallen off since Charlie Sheen was fired

38. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.4
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A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother.

Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 502,587

How I Met Your Mother has been a critical success, and has received consistently positive reviews throughout its run. It has won five Emmy Awards, including a nomination for "Outstanding Comedy Series" in 2009.

39. Miami Vice (1984–1990)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami.

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 18,824

Unlike standard police procedurals, the show drew heavily upon 1980s New Wave culture and music. The show became noted for its heavy integration of music and visual effects to tell a story. It is recognized as one of the most influential television series of all time.

40. Sanford and Son (1972–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.9
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The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

Stars: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page, Don Bexley

Votes: 6,040

Another Norman Lear joint. Fred G Sanford was the black answer to Archie Bunker. Sanford and Son has long been hailed as the precursor to many African American sitcoms, such as The Cosby Show. Although sometimes gregarious in its humor, Sanford and Son was groundbreaking for African Americans on television.

41. Real World (1992– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama, Reality-TV

5.0
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Each season, series producers choose a diverse group of seven to eight people in their late teens to mid-20s to live together in a major city. The series presents their spontaneous, ... See full summary »

Stars: Janelle Casanave, Alton Williams II, Arissa Hill, Brynn Smith

Votes: 3,534

Although not the first, (American Family) The Real World is considered by many to be the mother of all reality shows. The series was hailed in its early years for depicting issues of contemporary young-adulthood relevant to its core audience, such as prejudice, sexuality, AIDS and substance abuse, but later garnered a reputation as a showcase for immature and irresponsible behavior

42. L.A. Law (1986–1994)

46 min | Drama

7.0
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The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.

Stars: Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michael Tucker

Votes: 3,395

If not for the last three seasons, this show would hav been a lot higher. The features including a large number of parallel storylines, social drama and off the wall humor. It reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s and many of the cases featured on the show deal with hot topic issues such as abortion, racism, gay rights, homophobia, sexual harassment, AIDS, and domestic violence. The series often also reflected social tensions between the wealthy senior lawyer protagonists and their less well-paid junior staff. The show was popular with audiences and critics, and won 15 Emmy Awards throughout its run, four of which were for Outstanding Drama Series.

43. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 27,262

In 2002, Law & Order was ranked #24 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. The show also placed #27 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list. The show has been so good, it just won't go away. It keeps coming back with with a revolving door ensemble cast, and several spinoffs

44. The Shield (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.7
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Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace

Votes: 61,738

Known for its portrayal of corrupt police officers, it was originally advertised as Rampart in reference to the true life Rampart Division police scandal, which the show's Strike Team was loosely based upon. The first season gained the most Emmy nominations for a basic cable drama. The series was created by Shawn Ryan and The Barn Productions for Fox Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television.

45. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

9.0
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Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 53,033

The success of the series led to a feature film, a radio series, a comic book, a magazine, and various other spin-offs that spanned five decades, such as two "revival" television series. The first ran on CBS and in syndication in the 1980s, and another that ran on UPN from 2002 to 2003

46. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 11,443

The series featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. By the premiere of the show on October 2, 1955, Hitchcock had been directing films for over three decades. Time magazine named Alfred Hitchcock Presents one of "The 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME"

47. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.8
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 306,435

The Simpsons has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 27 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award. Time magazine's December 31, 1999 issue named it the 20th century's best television series, and on January 14, 2000 the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

48. Family Guy (1998– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.2
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In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 264,580

What makes this show so great is that they don't discriminate... I mean they do... You know what I mean. This show goes after everyone, and it's funny because it's true.

49. Family Ties (1982–1989)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.2
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Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter, Justine Bateman

Votes: 13,083

Much of the humor of the series focused on the cultural divide during the 1980s when younger generations rejected the counterculture of the 1960s and embraced the conservative politics which came to define the 1980s.

50. The Big Bang Theory (2007– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

Votes: 593,061

I've never even seen this show, but I'm working with some of you younger people. The show is a huge success

51. 30 Rock (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

8.2
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Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan", must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful television show without losing her mind.

Stars: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 98,745

Tine fey is a genius!!!

52. Heroes (II) (2006–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.6
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Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented.

Stars: Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka

Votes: 212,121

This show had such an opportunity to be way higher on this list, but after season 1 it lost its way. When you begin to feature Dania Ramirez, you're in trouble. Pretty girl, but she can't act!!! Note to Hollywood, there are other young pretty latina actresses, stop hiring the same one!!!

53. Grey's Anatomy (2005– )

TV-14 | 41 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.

Stars: Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Ellen Pompeo

Votes: 187,714

The show has attained commercial success and critical acclaim. The first episode was watched by 16.25 million viewers, and the first season finale attracted 22.22 million viewers.

54. Nip/Tuck (2003–2010)

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama

7.7
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The dark and twisted trials of two plastic surgeons.

Stars: Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson, John Hensley

Votes: 49,225

Brilliant!!!

55. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas.

Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Eric Szmanda

Votes: 70,514

The thing about this show that bothers me is that they always seem to solve the crime. CSI has been recognized as the most popular dramatic series internationally by the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo, which has awarded it the "International Television Audience Award (Best Television Drama Series)" three times. CSI's worldwide audience was estimated to be over 73.8 million viewers in 2009. In 2011, CSI is the most watched drama series in the world, again.

56. The Honeymooners (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.7
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A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolph

Votes: 3,882

The first time I saw this show I said, "this reminds me of the Flintstones". Later on I found out that the cartoon was based on this show. Once I figured that out, I fell in love with it

57. The Flintstones (1960–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.5
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The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.

Stars: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 27,224

Speaking of the Flintstones... It became the first animated series to be nominated for an Outstanding Comedy Series Primetime Emmy Award. The birth of Pebbles is still one of the most tv episodes in tv history

58. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

6.9
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The educational adventures of a group of Afro-American inner city kids.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer, Lou Scheimer

Votes: 1,557

When you're a young African American growing up in the inner city in the mid 70's and early 80's you simply couldn't find many shows that you felt spoke specifically to you. The show always had an educational lesson emphasized by Cosby's live-action segments, and the gang would usually gather in their North Philadelphia junkyard to play a rock song on their cobbled-together instruments at the end of the show.

59. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

7.9
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A streetwise, poor young man from Philadelphia is sent by his mother to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins in their Bel-Air mansion.

Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali

Votes: 100,209

Truth be told I've never been a Will Smith fan, but Carlton, and Hillery were the ones that had me coming back. One of the funnier shows of the 90's and Big Willie style hasn't looked back

60. The Office (2005–2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.8
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A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.

Stars: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson

Votes: 243,434

Great show! Steve Carell, playing the Michael Scott is one of the funniest tv characters I've ever seen

61. The Office (2001–2003)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 78,653

I usually favor the original to the spinoff, but in this case I give steve Carel the nod

62. SportsCenter (1979– )

60 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

8.3
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Daily sports news, results, and features.

Stars: Neil Everett, Jalen Rose, Jenn Brown, Antonietta Collins

Votes: 1,944

Booyah!!!Bet you didn't see this coming. It's such an important show, it simply had to make the list.

63. A Different World (1987–1993)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

6.9
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A group of students at a historically Black university struggle to make it through college.

Stars: Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy, Darryl M. Bell

Votes: 4,598

While it was a spin-off from The Cosby Show, A Different World typically addressed issues that were avoided by the Cosby Show writers (race and class relations). One episode that aired in 1990 was one of the first American network television episodes to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The show also caused a substantial increase in the matriculation of African Americans in Historically Black colleges

64. American Idol (2002– )

TV-PG | 42 min | Game-Show, Music, Reality-TV

4.2
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Twelve finalists and/or future singers (six men and six women) who were selected from America, compete in a talent contest in which they were asked to sing any song they like on this "Star ... See full summary »

Stars: Ryan Seacrest, Mark Thompson, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell

Votes: 19,962

The show was described by rival TV executives as "the most impactful show in the history of television. It has also become a recognized springboard for launching the career of many artists as bona fide stars. It's given us Kelly, Carrie, Rubin, and J. Hud. Idol rules the reality roost because the winners of Fox's ratings juggernaut actually do go on to greatness. And Taylor Hicks? He's the exception that proves the rule."

65. Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

8.8
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A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.

Stars: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine

Votes: 109,193

Despite a quick cancellation and only one season with 18 episodes, Freaks and Geeks developed a devoted cult following. The series appeared on Time magazine's 2007 "100 Greatest Shows of All Time" list, as well as placing 3rd on their list of the greatest television shows of the 2000s (decade). In 2007, Freaks and Geeks ranked #21 on TV Guide's Top Cult Shows Ever. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked it the 13th-best series of the past 25 years.

66. Yo! MTV Raps (1988–2004)

60 min | Music

7.8
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Interviews and music videos from the biggest and most notable rap artist of the time. This show gave the rap genre a platform to be seen and heard by mainstream viewers far and wide.

Stars: Bill Bushwick, Scarface, Willie D., DJ Jazzy Jeff

Votes: 149

The advent of Yo! MTV Raps in the late 1980s was crucial to the spread of hip-hop around the world. Through MTV, African-American and Latino style and sound was instantly available to millions of people across the globe. This helped to create a worldwide appreciation and interest in the hip-hop scene,

67. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Detectives from NYPD's 15th squad investigate homicides within their precinct.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Votes: 9,778

set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically intertwined several plots involving an ensemble cast.

68. In Living Color (1990–1994)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

8.1
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The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 8,076

The sketch comedy show helped launch the careers of male comedians/actors Jim Carrey (then credited as "James Carrey", a future Golden Globe winner and one of only two caucasian members of the original cast), Jamie Foxx (a future Academy Award winner, who joined the cast in the third season) and David Alan Grier. It also gave us J-Lo... well three out of four ain't bad.

69. Chappelle's Show (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Music

8.7
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Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture.

Stars: Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Rudy Rush, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 42,275

The show is notorious for its handling of the topic of sexuality and Chappelle's casual usage of racial epithets, categorizing the show as a racial comedy. The show also handles such topics as prostitution, the entertainment industry, gun violence, numerous drug references (particularly marijuana, alcohol, PCP, Crystal Meth and crack cocaine) and music, all performed in a comedic fashion with a touch of antagonism.

70. The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

6.7
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The misadventures of a large family united when a widower and a divorcée marry.

Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Barry Williams

Votes: 9,967

Just saw it the other day. They don't continue to show it in syndication for no reason. The movie spawned a number of television movies and tv specials, as well as two feature films 25 years after the show was cancelled.

71. Modern Family (2009– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.5
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Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 285,152

The series has received positive reviews from critics and received multiple award nominations. President Barack Obama said it is his favorite show to watch with his family. The series has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series twice so far, as well as the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series

72. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 132,782

73. Glee (2009–2015)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.7
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A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice, while working to pursue dreams of their own.

Stars: Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith

Votes: 121,938

Glee has received a number of awards and nominations. In 2009, the series won five Satellite Awards: "Best Musical or Comedy TV Series", "Best Actor" and "Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series" The show also made a star out of veteran actress Jane Lynch

74. Married with Children (1986–1997)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.1
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Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 84,646

The show litterally jump started the Fox network. The series' 11-season, 259-episode run makes it the longest-lasting live-action sitcom on the Fox network

75. Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.7
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The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, Dana Plato

Votes: 7,541

Too bad that the child actors fell victim too the "Special episodes" that were often featured on the show. I have a real soft spot for this show. Gary coleman was about 4 years older than me, but was playing a character that was my age. In many ways, I felt that this show was just for me. The show knocked down racial, and socioeconomic walls

76. The A-Team (1983–1987)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military.

Stars: George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict

Votes: 28,654

The show remains prominent in popular culture for its cartoonish, over-the-top violence (in which people were seldom seriously hurt), formulaic episodes, its characters' ability to form weaponry and vehicles out of old parts, and its distinctive theme tune. The show boosted the career of Mr. T, who portrayed the character of B. A. Baracus, around whom the show was initially conceived.[

77. Martin (1992–1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Sassy sitcom centering on radio and television personality Martin Payne. Series focuses on his romantic relationship with girlfriend Gina, her best friend Pam and escapades with best friends Tommy and Cole.

Stars: Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford, Carl Anthony Payne II

Votes: 5,992

Reflecting the rising popularity of the Fox network throughout the 1990s, Martin was one of the network's highest-rated shows during the sitcom's five-season run. In contrast to the popularity of NBC's "Must See TV" on Thursday nights in the 1990s, many African American and Latino viewers flocked to Fox's Thursday night line-up of Martin, Living Single, and New York Undercover.

78. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.8
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Roberta Peters

Votes: 912

In 2002, The Ed Sullivan Show was ranked #15 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. From 1949 until its cancellation in 1971, the show ran on CBS every Sunday night from 8 – 9 P.M. E.T., and is one of the few entertainment shows to have been run in the same weekly time slot on the same network for more than two decades. The show helped launch the careers of The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and The Supremes

79. The Odd Couple (1968)

G | 105 min | Comedy

7.7
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Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.

Director: Gene Saks | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman

Votes: 27,261 | Gross: $44.53M

The success of the 1968 film version of the stage play of The Odd Couple, which starred Jack Lemmon as Felix and Walter Matthau as Oscar, served as the catalyst to bringing the characters to television. During its original run the show had mediocre ratings at best. Nonetheless, both actors were nominated for Emmy Awards in each year of the show's run. The show led to Another television version with two African American actors (Ron Glass, and Demond Wilson) and an cartoon version, with a Dog, and Cat

80. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.6
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Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

Votes: 77,220

It premiered to 27 million viewers with the two-hour pilot With 178 episodes spread over seven seasons, it ran longer than any other Star Trek series, In 2002, Star Trek: The Next Generation was ranked #46 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list. In 2008, was ranked #37 on Empire's "The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time".

81. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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A group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California make their way through life from their school days into adulthood.

Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth

Votes: 25,727

The series gained popularity during the summer of 1991, when Fox aired a special "summer season" of the show while most other series were in reruns. The series became one of Fox's top shows when it began its next season that fall. Viewership increased dramatically and the cast members became teen idols.

82. The Walking Dead (2010– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

8.4
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Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs

Votes: 729,873

It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy[2] Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find the world dominated by flesh-eating "walkers", resembling the zombies of George A. Romero's horror movies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.

83. The Arsenio Hall Show (1989–1994)

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

6.4
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Arsenio Hall hosts this hip, late-night talk show.

Stars: Arsenio Hall, Burton Richardson, Michael Wolff, Sinbad

Votes: 635

Hall's show was aimed primarily at the younger urban audience, with Eddie Murphy (a personal friend of Hall's) and other performers often featured. The show quickly appealed to young people of all races and began to attract a wide variety of guests (although this popularity with audiences was short-lived, leading to the show's cancellation). It became the show for entertainers to go to in order to reach the "MTV Generation."

84. ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961– )

90 min | Sport

7.3
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ABC's weekend extravaganzas about everything that can be called a sports event.

Stars: Jim McKay, Howard Cosell, Muhammad Ali, Bill Flemming

Votes: 118

Spanning the Globe to bring you the constant variety of sport. The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat. Before there was ESPN, this is what we had, and we loved it. I can still see that poor skier tumbling down that slope. Howard Cossell, Muhammed Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard,Tiger Woods, and Wayne Gretzky all gained popularity through this show.

85. NFL Monday Night Football (1970– )

Sport

8.3
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Coverage of professional football featuring teams from the National Football League airing on Monday nights during the NFL's regular season.

Stars: Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, Howard Cosell

Votes: 1,148

In 1970 ABC gambled that people actually wanted to watch Football on Monday nights, and it paid off big! With the controversial Howard Cossell, Calling the games with former players Frank Gifford, and Don Meredith, the show took off, and despite the move to ESPN, the show is still going strong

86. Dallas (1978–1991)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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J.R. Ewing, a Texas oil baron, uses manipulation and blackmail to achieve his ambitions, both business and personal. He often comes into conflict with his brother Bobby, his arch-enemy Cliff Barnes and his long-suffering wife Sue Ellen.

Stars: Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray

Votes: 9,499

The show debuted in April 1978 as a five-part miniseries on the CBS network, and then was subsequently broadcast for thirteen seasons from April 2, 1978 to May 3, 1991. Dallas was included in Time magazine's 2007 list of "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME." The show was also famous for its cliffhangers, including the "Who shot J.R.?" mystery, and the "Dream Season", in which the entirety of season eight was revealed to have been a dream of one of the characters.

87. Dynasty (1981–1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both oil rich families in Denver, Colorado.

Stars: John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Gordon Thomson

Votes: 5,172

Ratings for the show's first season were unremarkable, but the second season arrival of Joan Collins as Blake's scheming first wife Alexis heralded Dynasty's rise into the Top 20, by the fall of 1982, it was a top ten show and by 1985, it was the #1 series on television. Dynasty was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Drama Series every year from 1981 to 1986, winning in 1984. Dynasty spawned a successful line of fashion and luxury products, and also a spin-off series called The Colbys.

88. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 111,195

Reviews for the show were positive; it has been included in many "best of" lists, including being ranked #41 on the list of TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, #2 on Empire's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, voted #3 in 2004 and 2007 on TV Guide's Top Cult Shows Ever and listed in Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME."

89. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.8
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A young teen struggles to make a decision between two vampire brothers and their supernatural lives. Soon after she discovers the truth her whole world turns upside down.

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

Votes: 245,524

The pilot episode attracted the largest audience of any series premiere since the CW network began in 2006. During its course it maintained admirable ratings for a show that airs on a relatively new, small and not so famous network. The first season averaged 3.60 million viewers.[3] The show initially received average reviews, but critics agreed that the series improved over the course of the season; the second season premiered to generally favorable reviews. The show has received numerous award nominations, winning a People's Choice Award and many Teen Choice Awards. On April 26, 2011, The CW renewed the series for a third season which began on September 15, 2011

90. South Park (1997– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.7
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Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall

Votes: 277,306

The series has received numerous accolades, including four Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and a #3 ranking in the 2004 documentary The 100 Greatest Cartoons. The series' almost instant popularity resulted in a feature-length theatrical film, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut which was released less than two years after the show's premiere, in June 1999 and became a box office success

91. That's So Raven (2003–2007)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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A teenage girl periodically receives brief psychic visions of the near future. Trying to make these visions come true results in trouble, and hilarious situations, for the girl and her friends.

Stars: Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol, Kyle Massey

Votes: 14,786

I know, I know...Raven Symone is annoying, but she is by far the most successful Cosby Show Alum, and the show had a four year run on the Disney Network, followed by syndication on ABC and ABC Family. The show is a modern-day sitcom with a teenage twist in the vein of Bewitched. I know I'm going to hear it now

92. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Sport

8.7
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The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Aimee Teegarden

Votes: 47,592

Friday Night Lights never obtained a sizable audience. It was a critical success, however, lauded for its realistic portrayal of Middle America and deep personal exploration of its central characters. The show was awarded a Peabody Award, a Humanitas Prize, and a Television Critics Association Award, as well as several technical Primetime Emmy Awards. At the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards the show was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.

93. Ugly Betty (2006–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A young, smart and wise woman named Betty Suarez goes on a journey to find her inner beauty. The only problem is that it's hard for a slightly less attractive woman to find her beauty ... See full summary »

Stars: America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana, Ana Ortiz

Votes: 36,400

The series revolves around the character Betty Suarez and is based on Fernando Gaitán's Colombian telenovela soap opera Yo soy Betty, la fea. Coming to TV on the heels of The Devil Wears Prada, Ugly Betty, unfortunately was One of the few shows that I could think of where the Latin actors had prominent roles and representation. The show was executive produced by Selma Hyek

94. Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor.

Stars: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria

Votes: 101,321

Since its premiere on ABC in 2004, the show has been well received by viewers and critics alike. The show is a multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award winner. The series premiere drew 21.6 million viewers

95. Three's Company (1976–1984)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.5
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The misadventures of two women and one man living in one apartment and their neighbors.

Stars: John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers, Richard Kline

Votes: 9,650

the show lasted for eight years, and although very tame by today's standards, the show was considered extremely over the top for its sexual (jiggly) nature. The show defined the career of John Ritter, one of the all time great physical comedy actors

96. The Little Rascals (1955– )

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.1
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Television syndication package of the classic 1929-1938 shorts from the "Our Gang Comedies" movie series.

Stars: Wally Albright, Sherwood Bailey, Bobbie 'Cotton' Beard, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard

Votes: 863

The series is noted for showing children behaving in a relatively natural way. Our Gang notably put boys, girls, whites and blacks together in a group as equals, something that "broke new ground. Such a thing had never been done before in cinema but has since been repeated after the success of Our Gang

97. The Boondocks (2005–2014)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

8.4
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Based on the comic strip, Huey and Riley move away from the city and out to the suburbs with their irascible grandfather. Biting socio-political commentary ensues.

Stars: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough

Votes: 23,127

Aaron McGruder is the man! The Boondocks began its life as a comic strip in The Diamondback, the student newspaper at McGruder's alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park. The strip later found its way into The Source magazine. "Each episode is beautifully crafted, with an eye on lush, shadowy visuals and a pulsing, jazz-like rhythm... the show is almost consistently funny, consistently brilliant, and, best of all, compulsively watchable."[

98. Everybody Hates Chris (2005–2009)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

7.4
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A young African American teen attempts to survive with his dysfunctional family and his all white school in the 1980s.

Stars: Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond, Imani Hakim

Votes: 30,274

This show is personal! It's litterally about me. It's really too bad that it didn't get more fanfare. Growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York (often referred to in the show as Bed-Stuy). The show is set from 1982 to 1987. ( I actually moved to DC in 84, but still...) I'm so glad that Chris Rock made this show.

99. New York Undercover (1994–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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Drugs, robbery, corruption, rape, murder. Cops versus criminals. The undercover war has started. Welcome to New York City.

Stars: Malik Yoba, Michael DeLorenzo, Patti D'Arbanville, Luna Lauren Velez

Votes: 1,623

New York Undercover is notable for being the first police drama on American television to feature two people of color in the starring roles. In contrast to the popularity of NBC's "Must See TV" on Thursday nights in the 1990s, many African-American viewers flocked to Fox's Thursday night line-up of Living Single, New York Undercover, and Martin. In fact, these were the three highest rated series among black households (in this respective order) for the 1996-1997 season.

100. Arrested Development (2003– )

TV-PG | 489 min | Comedy

8.9
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Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett

Votes: 235,582

Since debuting on November 2, 2003, the series has earned six Emmy awards, one Golden Globe, and widespread critical acclaim and has attracted a cult following, including several fan-based websites. In 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME." In 2008, the show was placed #16 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list.