My 50 Favorite Television Series

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1.
Friends (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Follows the personal and professional lives of six 20 to 30-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan. (22 mins.)
 
2.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
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. (22 mins.)
 
3.
The Office (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium. Based on the hit BBC series. (22 mins.)
 
4.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield. (22 mins.)
 
5.
I Love Lucy (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations. (30 mins.)
 
6.
Ally McBeal (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Ally McBeal and Billy Thomas were going steady throughout their childhoods. Ally even followed Billy... (45 mins.)
 
7.
The Cosby Show (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The goings-on in the life of a successful African American family. (30 mins.)
 
8.
30 Rock (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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 TV show without losing her mind. (22 mins.)
 
9.
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
With a quick wit and a lot of nerve, comedienne Kathy Griffin sets out on her wacky and shenanigan-filled journey from a D- to A-List celebrity. (60 mins.)
 
10.
Will & Grace (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Will and Grace live together in an apartment in New York. He's a gay lawyer, she's a straight interior designer. (22 mins.)
 
11.
Designing Women (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The misadventures of four women and their handyman running a design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. (30 mins.)
 
12.
The Amazing Race (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Multiple teams race around the globe for $1,000,000 to 'amazing' locations. (60 mins.)
 
13.
Saturday Night Live (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show. (90 mins.)
 
14.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (47 mins.)
 
15.
ER (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital. (44 mins.)
 
16.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day. (30 mins.)
 
17.
Survivor (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A reality show where a group of contestants are stranded in a remote location with little more than the clothes on their back. The lone survivor of this contest takes home a million dollars. (60 mins.)
 
18.
Murder, She Wrote (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters. (93 mins.)
 
19.
Friday Night Lights (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff. (44 mins.)
 
20.
Gilmore Girls (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. (44 mins.)
 
21.
The Golden Girls (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times. (30 mins.)
 
22.
Murphy Brown (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The misadventures of a tough female television journalist and her friends. (30 mins.)
 
23.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place. (22 mins.)
 
24.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
 
25.
Desperate Housewives (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor. (45 mins.)
 
26.
Dinosaurs (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Dinosaurs follows the life of a family of dinosaurs, living in a modern world. They have TVs, fridges, etc. The only humans around are cavemen, who are viewed as pets and wild animals. (30 mins.)
 
27.
Family Guy (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (22 mins.)
 
28.
3rd Rock from the Sun (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A group of aliens are sent to Earth, disguised as a human family, to experience and report life on the 3rd planet from the sun. (60 mins.)
 
29.
Frasier (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lives with his father and works as a radio psychiatrist. (22 mins.)
 
30.
Jeopardy! (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A returning champion and two challengers test their buzzer skills and their knowledge in a wide range of academic and popular categories. (30 mins.)
 
31.
Sex and the City (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the '90s. (30 mins.)
 
32.
Ugly Betty (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young, smart and wise woman named Betty Suarez goes on a journey to find her inner beauty. The only... (60 mins.)
 
33.
Modern Family (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. (22 mins.)
 
34.
NewsRadio (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The workplace sitcom "NewsRadio" explores the office politics and interpersonal relationships among the staff of WNYX NewsRadio... (23 mins.)
 
35.
The Colbert Report (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way. (30 mins.)
 
36.
Weeds (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is. (28 mins.)
 
37.
The Big Bang Theory (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (22 mins.)
 
38.
Tiny Toon Adventures (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The adventures of a new generation of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters.
 
39.
The Jeffersons (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants. (30 mins.)
 
40.
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (44 mins.)
 
41.
Darkwing Duck (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A bumbling superhero battles crime with the help of his daughter and pilot sidekick. (30 mins.)
 
42.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (44 mins.)
 
43.
Wings (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Brothers Brian and Joe Hackett attempt to run an airline on the New England island of Nantucket while surrounded by their various wacky friends and employees. (30 mins.)
 
44.
Early Edition (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
His name is Gary Hobson. He gets tomorrow's newspaper today. He doesn't know how. He doesn't know why. All he knows is when the early edition hits his doorstep, he has twenty-four hours to set things right. (41 mins.)
 
45.
Nurse Jackie (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas. (27 mins.)
 
46.
Diagnosis Murder (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Dr. Mark Sloan has a knack for getting into trouble, negotiating the twists and turns of mysteries and solving crimes with the help of his son, Steve, a homicide detective. (45 mins.)
Director: Jerry London
 
47.
The Wonder Years (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting. (22 mins.)
 
48.
The Muppet Show (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show. (30 mins.)
 
49.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In addition to fighting evil, Superman has a burning romance with Lois Lane in both his identities. (46 mins.)
 
50.
Project Runway (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Heidi Klum hosts a reality series where aspiring fashion designers compete for a chance to break into the industry. Each week, a designer is eliminated from the competition after exhibiting their work in front of a judges' panel. (60 mins.)