TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV 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.
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.)
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
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, which affects his metal state and ends up seeking professional psychiatric counseling. (55 mins.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
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
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
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
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
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
 
30.
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
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
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.)
 
36.
The Fugitive (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer. (51 mins.)
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
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.)
 
39.
The Rockford Files (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator. (60 mins.)
 
40.
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.)
 
41.
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.)
 
42.
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.)
 
43.
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.)
 
44.
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.)
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
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.)
 
47.
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.)
 
48.
Taxi (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things. (30 mins.)
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
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.)