My 60 (and counting) All Time Favorite TV Shows

Because does anyone REALLY have 100 favorite TV shows? Once you get past 50 or so you're not talking about shows that you'd stay home to watch. Or that you really look forward to. Or even care about. Just shows that you watch when you have nothing better to do. I may go a few past 50 if I think of or find some worth adding.

This may take a little while to get in the proper order. And NO doubt I'm forgetting a few. A work in progress.
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1.
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 financial future. (49 mins.)
“ I wish I'd had a teacher like this one. He makes learning fun! ” - laplacesdemon666
 
2.
The Big Bang Theory (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 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.)
“ I love this show.

In fact I usually end up saying that 2 or 3 times per episode when I watch it. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
3.
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth. (44 mins.)
“ Star Trek stuck to short stories. Galactica built on a story line with every episode leading it to a greater destiny than ST could achieve. There are moments of true magnificence and exceptional depth. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
4.
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.)
“ I spent a summer with this family back in the early 1970's while my mom was in the hospital. You'll never meet a nicer bunch of people. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
5.
Hogan's Heroes (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders. (25 mins.)
“ This one hits on a LOT of levels. How can a show about a POW camp be funny? I dunno but it is. Several of the cast were actually Jewish including Robert Clary (LeBeau) who always kept his arms covered to conceal a tattoo he got in a concentration camp during the war. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
6.
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.)
“ Still my favorite Star Trek even if the effects were primitive. Credit for that goes primarily to Shatney, Nimoy, and several of the writers. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
7.
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.)
“ Episodic TV at its best. The story lines are still as fresh and important as the day they were written. And the show featured many of the best actors of its era. This show has stood the test of time. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
8.
How the Universe Works (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
A users guide to the cosmos from the big bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons. Where did it all come from and how does it all fit together. A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered. (60 mins.)
“ Like the Cosmos series of the 1970's. But with 30+ years of improvements in science and film making. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
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.)
“ Overall one of the best TV shows in history. This show was never out of the Top 10 in the ratings. It went out at #1 even though it never recovered from the departure of Don Knotts 3 years earlier. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
10.
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.)
“ Most comedy shows make me chuckle. This one and Big Bang get full body laughs. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
11.
Hollywood Treasure (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Hollywood Treasure is a weekly reality series that delves into the intricate world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia collecting... (30 mins.)
“ Ever wonder what happened to Dorothy's ruby shoes or Harryhousen's props? Their up for auction to the highest bidder! ” - laplacesdemon666
 
12.
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.)
“ Sheldon and Leonard say STNG trumps STTOS. But Kirk over Picard. Who am I to argue with that? ” - laplacesdemon666
 
13.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Dexter Morgan is a Forensics Expert, a loyal brother, boyfriend, and friend. That's what he seems to be, but that's not what he really is. Dexter Morgan is a Serial Killer that hunts the bad. (53 mins.)
“ Everybody needs a hobby. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
14.
The Green Hornet (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A newspaper publisher and his Asian valet/martial arts expert battle crime as the feared Green Hornet and Kato. (99 mins.)
“ Or as they call it in China, "The Kato Show". Bruce Lee was the real star of this program though GH was pretty cool too. Only got one season because of a network dispute. The producer (William Dozier same as Batman) wanted to go to an hour to develop more storyline but the network said no. The matter was not resolved in time for the next season. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
15.
Leave It to Beaver (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends. (30 mins.)
“ The childhood I wish I'd had. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
16.
Smallville (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville. (60 mins.)
“ I don't know if this series ever lived up to its true potential. Sometimes it was good. Sometimes GREAT! But I would still like to see the young Batman program they passed up to do this one. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
17.
Sons of Anarchy (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club. (45 mins.)
“ Katy Sagal is the big surprise in this show. Who could have guessed that she could really act? Her performance is a major departure from her roll on MWC. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
18.
Saturday Night Live (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show. (90 mins.)
“ They never topped the original cast. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
19.
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.)
“ Known for its exceptional degree of honesty. This show should have been around for years and years. Perhaps the biggest screw up in network history that it wasn't. No surprise that most of the cast went on to do great things. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
20.
That '70s Show (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin. (22 mins.)
“ This one didn't hit as close to home with me as Freaks and Geeks. But it was still awesome. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
21.
The Daily Show (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
America's top fake news show. (22 mins.)
 
22.
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A nouveau riche hillbilly family moves to Beverly Hills and shakes up the privileged society with their hayseed ways. (30 mins.)
“ My Dad hated this show for some reason. So I never really got a chance to watch it till many years later. Its still holds up and is some of the best writing in television history. Particularly the first season. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day. (30 mins.)
“ Not just a great show but an IMPORTANT show. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
25.
Justice League (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Seven of the most formidable heroes form arguably the most powerful team ever. (22 mins.)
 
26.
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.)
“ One of the shows from my childhood. This one always makes me misty. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
27.
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.)
“ One of my earliest memories is watching this show with my Mom while she ironed the wash. Sometimes Mom would pretend to cry like Lucy. Wahhh. My sister missed out because she was at school. I hadn't started yet. Then my foreign born Dad would come home and yell at everyone just like Ricky. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
28.
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.)
“ This show started about the same time my parents divorced. Mom was starting out on her own like Mary. Watching it again brings back memories. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
29.
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
“ Did ja ever notice that this show just wasn't the same after Andy Rooney departed? ” - laplacesdemon666
 
30.
The Midnight Special (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Late night rock and pop music performances are featured. (90 mins.)
“ Guests included AC/DC, Aerosmith, David Bowie, George Carlin, Redd Foxx, Peter Frampton, Heart, Elton John, Richard Pryor, George Thorogood, Tom Petty, Tina Turner, and Wolfman Jack. Would rate higher but they had a lot of crap too. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
31.
Rock Concert (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Weekly late-night progressive rock bands, many very well known, with some soft-pop (later) and occasional comic routines. (90 mins.)
“ Guests included The Allman Brothers Band, Bad Company, Badfinger, Alice Cooper, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Rory Gallagher, George Harrison, and The Rolling Stones. Would rate higher but they had a lot of crap too. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
32.
Dark Shadows (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The rich Collins family of Collinsport, Maine is tormented by strange occurrences. (30 mins.)
“ Because of the tight 5 day a week schedule there was no time to reshoot scenes. Barnabas/Frid was in so many scenes he would need prompting from the other actors to remember his lines. Sometimes they'd knock down walls on the set by accident and it would just have to go out like that. DS ranges from extremly exciting to tedious because of the slow pacing. But it was always enjoyable. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
33.
Batman: The Movie (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Dynamic Duo faces four super-villains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people. (105 mins.)
“ My favorite TV show in grade school. And still the best ever Batmobile. Around 1987 I got to shake the hand that built it. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
34.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl. (23 mins.)
“ Two words: Police blimp. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
35.
Lost in Space (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A space colony family struggles to survive when a spy/accidental stowaway throws their ship hopelessly off course. (60 mins.)
“ Started off to be a truly GREAT program but went downhill quickly. Should have gone for straight sci-fi but they camped it up instead. And should have never gone to color. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
36.
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.)
“ The show for which the term "Jump the Shark" was coined. At one time this was arguably the best current show on the air. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
37.
My Name Is Earl (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A ne'er do well wins $100,000 in the lottery and decides to right all the wrongs from his past with his newfound realization. (22 mins.)
“ Earl taught us about cleaning up after our karma. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
38.
Aerial America (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Helicopter flights above the USA give breathtaking views of the nation's historic landmarks and natural wonders all presented in stunning HD aerial cinematography while narration provides background information and historical context. (44 mins.)
Stars: Jim Conrad
 
39.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions. (45 mins.)
“ I've only ever watched the one season of this show though it has been around almost as long as I have. I'm looking forward to seeing more. Sadly this doctor only did one season. I'm hoping the others will be as good. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
40.
The Invaders (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
David Vincent, an architect returning home after a hard, hard, day parks his car in an old ghost town... (51 mins.)
“ The special effects were ridiculously primitive. And the aliens never managed to put any kind of plan together. But it was always interesting, had great special guest stars, and the lead actor did an excellent job. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
41.
Barney Miller (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The captain of a city police station and his staff handle the various local troubles and characters that come to the building. (30 mins.)
 
42.
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.)
“ As good a cast as any show in TV history. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
43.
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.)
 
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.
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.)
“ My friend Dave turned me on to this show. I liked it so much I moved to the great Northwest to become a lumber jack. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
46.
The IT Crowd (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The comedic adventures of a rag-tag group of technical support workers at a large corporation. (25 mins.)
 
47.
The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two scientists with a secret time travel project find themselves trapped in the time stream and appearing in notable periods of history. (60 mins.)
 
48.
Adventures of Superman (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet. (30 mins.)
“ My first ever favorite TV show. I used to run home from kindergarden to watch it. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
49.
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.)
“ I should have taken a cue from this show and gone into advertising. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
50.
I Dream of Jeannie (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A United States astronaut finds his life vastly complicated when he stumbles on to a bottle containing a female genie. (30 mins.)
“ This is where we found Larry Hagman long before Dallas. Wikipedia says that he was introduced to marijuana by Jack Nicholson and dropped acid with David Crosby from CSNY. Who would have guessed from the straight laced astronaut role he played on this show. Barbara Eden was amazing too. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
51.
The Untouchables (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago. (50 mins.)
 
52.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually related crimes. (60 mins.)
“ Tammy and I used to watch this one together. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
53.
MADtv (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A sketch comedy show based on the seminal Mad Magazine. (60 mins.)
 
54.
King of the Hill (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A straight laced propane salesman in Arlen, Texas tries to deal with the wacky antics of his family and friends, while also trying to keep his son in line. (30 mins.)
 
55.
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.)
 
56.
Get Smart (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Bumbling Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the evil forces of KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99. (25 mins.)
“ Would you believe this is my favorite show of all time? Would you believe its in the top 10? Sorry about that Chief. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
57.
The Munsters (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely. (30 mins.)
“ The leg bone's connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone,
and that's how Herman was born. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
58.
Mannix (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Mannix worked originally for Wickersham at Intertect and then struck out on his own, assisted by Peggy Fair (whose cop-husband had been killed) and police department contact Tobias. (60 mins.)
“ This guy got in more fights than anyone else on TV. And remember if anyone is ever holding a gun on you while you're driving just drive 85 mph swerving all over the road until they throw the gun out the window. And always get a sexy black secretary. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
59.
Hawaii Five-O (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The investigations of Hawaii Five-0, an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police answerable only to the governor and headed by stalwart Steve McGarrett. (60 mins.)
 
60.
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.)
“ This is one I used to watch on Saturday nights when my parents were out of the house. Probably I was supposed to be in bed by then. ” - laplacesdemon666
 
61.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH. (50 mins.)
“ I used to have a play set from this show. They remade Mission Impossible and HI 50. I wonder if they could remake this one. Would people have any interest in a Russian side kick in this era? ” - laplacesdemon666
 
62.
The Odd Couple (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two men, a neat freak and a slob separated from their wives, have to live together despite their differences. (30 mins.)