38 of My Favorite TV Shows

by jgiles20 | created - 07 Jan 2011 | updated - 07 Jan 2011 | Public

This is a list of my favorite TV shows from the 1950s to the shows of today.

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1. 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: 18,963

2. Three's Company (1976–1984)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.6
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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: 9,511

3. 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: 24,702

4. 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: 51,912

5. Full House (1987–1995)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.7
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After the sudden death of his wife, a young father enlists the help of his brother-in-law and his childhood friend to help him raise his three daughters.

Stars: Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure

Votes: 45,192

6. 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: 563,897

7. Dragnet (1951–1959)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Soule, Vic Perrin

Votes: 1,385

8. Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Police Detective Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross, Clark Howat

Votes: 1,694

9. 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: 197,644

10. 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: 14,330

11. Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

8.0
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Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s.

Stars: John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer, Cam Clarke

Votes: 17,154

12. Picket Fences (1992–1996)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Family

7.8
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An aging Sheriff tries to keep the peace in a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes.

Stars: Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly, Costas Mandylor

Votes: 3,285

13. Life Goes On (1989–1993)

60 min | Drama

7.1
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A TV-series about the life of the Thatchers, especially "Corky", that has Down syndrome but goes to ordinary school ("mainstreaming). We get into their problems and joys. Drew Thatcher's ... See full summary »

Stars: Kellie Martin, Chris Burke, Patti LuPone, Bill Smitrovich

Votes: 1,749

14. Love, American Style (1969–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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An anthology comedy series featuring a line up of different celebrity guest stars appearing in anywhere from one, two, three, and four short stories or vignettes within an hour about versions of love and romance.

Stars: Stuart Margolin, Barbara Minkus, William Callaway, Mary Grover

Votes: 1,396

15. 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 widow and a divorcee marry.

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

Votes: 9,858

16. Touched by an Angel (1994–2003)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.0
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Monica, Tess, and Andrew are a trio of angels sent to Earth to tell depressed and troubled people that God loves them and hasn't forgotten them.

Stars: Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye, Valerie Bertinelli

Votes: 5,232

17. Unsolved Mysteries (1987–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Combines dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates, to tell stories of real mysteries, from human to the supernatural.

Stars: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Brosnan, Christopher Chacon

Votes: 3,352

18. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist (2010– )

Reality-TV

7.4
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Contestants are faced with the challenge of creating unique pieces in a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, collage and industrial design.

Stars: China Chow, Simon de Pury, Jerry Saltz, Judith Braun

Votes: 519

19. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

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

8.1
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This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD who investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

Votes: 59,117

20. Cold Case (2003–2010)

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

7.6
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The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she's assigned "cold cases" -- older crimes that have never been solved.

Stars: Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford

Votes: 20,715

21. Without a Trace (2002–2009)

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

6.9
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The cases of an FBI unit specializing in missing persons investigations.

Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Enrique Murciano, Eric Close

Votes: 15,652

22. Deadly Women (2005)

Documentary, Crime

7.9
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A Docu-series all about how women become murderers either by choice, mentality, influence or upbringing. Enthralling and enticing to all interested in crime, murder and mysteries. This ... See full summary »

Stars: Marsha Crenshaw, Janis Amatuzio, Candice DeLong, Georgina Anderson

Votes: 121

23. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957–1960)

60 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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Lucy and her husband, Ricky Ricardo, are living in the country with their best friends and old landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Lucy is still getting into trouble with her sidekick Ethel, ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 811

24. Pawn Stars (2009– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Reality-TV

7.2
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Rick Harrison and his family own and run a pawn shop on the Las Vegas strip. They buy, sell, and appraise items of historical value.

Stars: Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison, Richard Harrison, Austin 'Chumlee' Russell

Votes: 13,331

25. Amazing Stories (1985–1987)

PG-13 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.5
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Truly amazing, fantastical, funny, and odd, and sometimes scary, sad, and endearing stories are portrayed. Many famous actors, actresses, and directors make guest appearances.

Stars: Charles Durning, Douglas Seale, Louis Giambalvo, Sharon Spelman

Votes: 4,022

26. Night Gallery (1969–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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Rod Serling presents tales of horror illustrated in various paintings.

Stars: Rod Serling, Larry Watson, Joanna Pettet, Matt Pelto

Votes: 3,626

27. 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: 11,181

28. The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985–1992)

23 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.7
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A Canadian-produced anthology series scripted by famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. Many of the teleplays were based upon Bradbury's novels and short stories.

Stars: Ray Bradbury, Frank Whitten, Desmond Kelly, Wayne Robson

Votes: 757

29. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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A horror anthology series where the viewer is taken through ghost stories, science fiction adventures and creepy, unexplained events.

Stars: Paul Sparer, Catherine Battistone, John Marzilli, Karen Shallo

Votes: 4,182

30. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
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Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

Votes: 1,036

31. A Haunting (2005–2017)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, History, Horror

8.0
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An American paranormal anthology previewing stories told by the victims. Victims tell their terrifing encounters with the paranormal. This show contains narrations, frightening reanactments, & religious content.

Stars: Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy, Lorraine Warren, Kera O'Bryon

Votes: 2,508

32. Here's Lucy (1968–1974)

30 min | Comedy

7.1
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Lucy Carter, a widow with two teen children, takes a job as a secretary for her stuffy brother-in-law.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr.

Votes: 998

33. The Lucy Show (1962–1968)

30 min | Comedy

7.3
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The wacky misadventures of a forever scheming woman, her reluctant best friend and her cantankerous boss.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Vivian Vance, Jimmy Garrett

Votes: 1,808

34. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery

7.8
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A collection of tales which range from comic to tragic, but often have a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected twist.

Stars: Robin Ward, Charles Aidman, Richard Mulligan, William Atherton

Votes: 7,173

35. The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)

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

7.3
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This second revival of The Twilight Zone (1959) presents tales of suspense, fantasy, science fiction and horror.

Stars: Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Piven, Olivia d'Abo, Vincent Laresca

Votes: 4,050

36. Cash in the Attic (2002–2012)

30 min | Documentary

6.4
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Add a Plot

Stars: John Sencio, Christine Downing, Tim Luke, Vince Hill

Votes: 144

37. Hollywood Treasure (2010– )

30 min | Reality-TV

7.7
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Hollywood Treasure is a weekly reality series that delves into the intricate world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia collecting, including science fiction and fantasy props and ... See full summary »

Stars: Tracey McCall, Jonathan Mankuta, Joe Maddalena, Diana Gouveia

Votes: 341

38. 8 Simple Rules (2002–2005)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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The Hennessy clan -- mother Cate, daughters Bridget and Kerry, and son Rory -- look to one another for guidance and support after the death of Paul, the family patriarch. Cate's parents lend a hand.

Stars: Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, Martin Spanjers

Votes: 21,744