The 350 Greatest Television Shows Of All Time

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1.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities. (105 mins.)
 
5.
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Director: Arthur Bloom
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
 
8.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life. (55 mins.)
 
9.
60 Minutes (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (60 mins.)
Director: Arthur Bloom
 
10.
Late Show with David Letterman (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk-show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. (60 mins.)
Director: Randi Grossack
 
11.
The Honeymooners (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience. (30 mins.)
 
12.
The Daily Show (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily... (22 mins.)
 
13.
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Chicago-based daytime talk-show host Oprah Winfrey invites a guest panel to discuss a topic, in front of a studio audience... (60 mins.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
Mary Tyler Moore (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
 
17.
The Andy Griffith Show (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney. (30 mins.)
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
SportsCenter (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Daily sports news, results, and features. (60 mins.)
 
22.
The Carol Burnett Show (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe. (60 mins.)
 
23.
Star Trek (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. (50 mins.)
 
24.
The Flintstones (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles. (30 mins.)
 
25.
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances. (60 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Whelan
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
The West Wing (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House. (44 mins.)
 
28.
M*A*S*H (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. (25 mins.)
 
29.
Sesame Street (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, both human and puppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games and songs. (55 mins.)
 
30.
Law & Order (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court. (45 mins.)
 
31.
Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe. (30 mins.)
 
32.
Today (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A daily live broadcast provides current domestic and international news, weather reports and interviews with news-makers from the worlds of politics, business, media, entertainment and sports. (240 mins.)
 
33.
South Park (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. (22 mins.)
 
34.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future. (49 mins.)
 
35.
Cheers (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (22 mins.)
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
ABC News Nightline (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A nightly discussion of one important news event from earlier that day. (30 mins.)
Director: Eric Siegel
 
39.
30 for 30 (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world... (60 mins.)
 
40.
The Bugs Bunny Show (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Bugs Bunny, the famous, Oscar-winning cartoon rabbit, hosts his first weekly television series, along... (30 mins.)
 
41.
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The original rapid fire sketch comedy show. (60 mins.)
 
42.
ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Alan Pultz
 
43.
Meet the Press (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Weekly news program offering political interviews and analysis of current events by elected officials and experts. (60 mins.)
 
44.
NYPD Blue (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's 15th precinct investigate criminal cases. (45 mins.)
 
45.
St. Elsewhere (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital. (60 mins.)
 
46.
NFL Monday Night Football (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Coverage of professional football featuring teams from the National Football League airing on Monday nights during the NFL's regular season.
 
47.
24 (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster. (44 mins.)
 
48.
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.)
 
49.
The Bob Newhart Show (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues. (30 mins.)
 
50.
Thirtysomething (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Hope and Michael are a married couple in their thirties, living in Philadelphia, and struggling with everyday adult angst... (60 mins.)
 
51.
The Three Stooges Show (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Watch as Moe, Larry and Curly go through life the only way a stooge can, with laughs and a lot of mischief. (90 mins.)
 
52.
The Defenders (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day. (60 mins.)
 
53.
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.)
 
54.
Donahue (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The precursor to all the daytime talk shows that arose during the 1980's and 90's. Phil Donahue's show started off similar to other shows of its day... (60 mins.)
Director: Ron Weiner
 
55.
Hill Street Blues (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct. (60 mins.)
 
56.
Soul Train (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A pop music dance show with an African-American focus. (60 mins.)
 
57.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. (45 mins.)
 
58.
The Phil Silvers Show (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Sgt. Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas US Army Camp. Colonel Hall... (30 mins.)
 
59.
The Rockford Files (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator. (60 mins.)
 
60.
An American Family (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
This was the original "Real World". The show was a weekly documentary which followed the real life travails of the Loud family... (720 mins.)
 
61.
Picket Fences (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An aging sheriff tries to keep the peace in a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes. (120 mins.)
 
62.
Real World (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
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... (30 mins.)
 
63.
Taxi (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things. (30 mins.)
 
64.
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.)
 
65.
Gunsmoke (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City. (60 mins.)
 
66.
Bewitched (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces. (25 mins.)
 
67.
The Milton Berle Show (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Amidst a huge publicity blitz by ABC-TV (including an iron-clad, long term contract) and considerable... (60 mins.)
 
68.
Your Show of Shows (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Live, original comedy originally featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Carl Reiner and Howard Morris joined the show later... (90 mins.)
Director: Max Liebman
 
69.
Twin Peaks (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks. (47 mins.)
 
70.
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.)
 
71.
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.)
 
72.
The Jack Benny Program (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends. (30 mins.)
 
73.
General Hospital (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Families, friends, enemies and lovers experience life-changing events in the large upstate New York city of Port Charles, which has a busy hospital, upscale hotel, cozy diner and dangerous waterfront frequented by the criminal underworld. (60 mins.)
 
74.
L.A. Law (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm. (46 mins.)
 
75.
Rocky and His Friends (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An comedic anthology featuring primarily the adventures of a heroic flying squirrel and his dumb moose friend. (30 mins.)
 
76.
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Dinah hosted this hour-long weekly for seven years. It featured Dinah and guest stars in a variety of songs, skits, production numbers. Also featured: her "See the USA in your Chevrolet" song and her warm kiss to all in conclusion. (60 mins.)
Director: William Asher
 
77.
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Neighbor Blanche Morton frequently joins Gracie in escapades which annoy hubby Harry and provide George with an opportunity to offer a humorous soliloquy. (30 mins.)
 
78.
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.)
 
79.
The Price Is Right (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Contestants compete for prizes and cash, including cars and vacations, in games that test their knowledge of consumer goods pricing. (60 mins.)
 
80.
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.)
 
81.
Columbo (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes. (100 mins.)
 
82.
Freaks and Geeks (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year. (44 mins.)
 
83.
Roseanne (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems: Marriage, Children, Money and Parents in Law. (22 mins.)
 
84.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself in with his friends and complete strangers. (28 mins.)
 
85.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. (44 mins.)
 
86.
Chappelle's Show (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture. (22 mins.)
Director: Todd Broder
 
87.
Happy Days (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie. (30 mins.)
 
88.
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.)
 
89.
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.)
 
90.
New American Bandstand 1965 (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
On this show, Dick Clark hosts a daily to weekly dance show that features the latest hit music for the attending teens to dance to. In addition, the show has performances by popular musicians and audience members rate songs. (90 mins.)
 
91.
Playhouse 90 (1956 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season. (90 mins.)
 
92.
Antiques Roadshow (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A team of experts from auction houses tours towns throughout the UK to value treasures brought in by members of the public. (45 mins.)
Director: Lisa Edwards
 
93.
Caesar's Hour (1954 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
94.
Mission: Impossible (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture. (50 mins.)
 
95.
Bonanza (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community. (49 mins.)
 
96.
American Idol (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Twelve finalists and/or future singers (six men and six women) who were selected from America, compete... (42 mins.)
 
97.
The Larry Sanders Show (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show. (30 mins.)
 
98.
Wheel of Fortune (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Hosted by Pat Sajak, this game show features 3 contestants who try to solve a puzzle by spinning the wheel and guessing letters in a word or phrase. (30 mins.)
 
99.
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Follows a group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California, from their school days and into adulthood. (44 mins.)
 
100.
Good Times (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A poor Afro-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects. (30 mins.)