Top 20 Favorite T.V. Shows

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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. 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: 110,242

If you are a woman who grew up in the '90s and are a badass chick, chances are you watched Buffy. Screw you, Twilight - this is how you deal with vampires.

3. 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: 99,068

4. Firefly (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

9.1
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Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 208,179

The tv space western at its very finest. Screw you, FOX. And god bless you, Joss Whedon.

5. Spaced (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 25 min | Action, Comedy

8.7
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Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford.

Stars: Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin, Nick Frost

Votes: 43,249

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. 'Nough said.

6. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

9.2
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In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.

Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena

Votes: 158,775

Yes, it's animated. But don't be fooled - this is not your average Bugs Bunny cartoon. Fun and funny and remarkably touching. The characters are engaging and the storylines are captivating. Please steer away from the live-action motion picture.

7. Doctor Who (2005– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.7
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The further adventures of the time travelling alien adventurer known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender, and his/her companions.

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

Votes: 166,565

Sure, it's spacey-wasey timey-wimey, but it's also witty and crazy and fun and touching. Also the most original, clever concept for a tv show I've ever seen. Sure, time travel is old hat for science fiction. But a main character who's a member of a practically extinct alien race that shapeshifts and switches out his co-star every couple of seasons? Brilliant and groundbreaking (well, obvious props to the original series :]).

8. Top Gear (2002– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.7
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The hosts talk about everything car-related. From new cars to how they're fueled, this show has it all.

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Ben Collins

Votes: 92,023

Even if you're not a gearhead, so much fun to watch - the presenters are hilarious. And, if you are a gearhead, the cars are badass.

9. Game of Thrones (2011– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

9.5
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Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,267,128

Such a flawlessly crafted epic fantasy/drama.

10. 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: 563,888

Ah, the golden age of primetime comedy.

11. Angel (1999–2004)

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

8.0
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The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption.

Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 55,426

Where Buffy was supposed to be a metaphor for the monsters you have to deal with while going from adolescence to young adulthood, Angel was symbolic of the monsters you have to deal with once you grow up and are in the real world. Much darker than Buffy, but that was most of the fun.

12. 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: 242,978

Seriously underrated. Suffers mostly from being on the CW and being associated with that Twilight garbage.

13. Misfits (2009–2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers.

Stars: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon, Lauren Socha

Votes: 80,757

What Heroes would look like if Heroes was... GOOD. And sexy. And shot in England. With talented actors and writers and directors. And cursing. :)

14. Psych (2006–2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.4
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A novice sleuth is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

Stars: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 71,796

15. Will & Grace (1998– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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Will and Grace live together in an apartment in New York City. He's a gay lawyer, she's a straight interior designer.

Stars: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

Votes: 42,365

16. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.2
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 615,221

17. Dark Angel (2000–2002)

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

7.4
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A group of genetically-enhanced children escape from a lab project. Years later we meet Max, one of the escapees who now works for a messenger service in the post-apocalyptic Pacific Northwest.

Stars: Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn, J.C. MacKenzie

Votes: 27,150

1st season only. And maybe the Alec portion of season 2.

18. Frasier (1993–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.0
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Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle, where he lives with his father, and works as a radio psychiatrist.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 60,584

So much funnier than Cheers (man, I hated that show).

19. 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: 38,085

20. Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.6
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Watch the story of history's greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 190,261

R.I.P. Andy Whitfield.