Movieman's 100 Favorite TV Shows

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1. Bonanza (1959–1973)

TV-PG | 49 min | Western

The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 6,656

2. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 297,613

3. The Fall Guy (1981–1986)

60 min | Action, Adventure

The adventures of a film stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter when movie work is slow.

Stars: Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, Heather Thomas, Markie Post

Votes: 5,125

4. Star Trek (1966–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 63,430

5. Three's Company (1976–1984)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of two women and one man living in one apartment and their neighbors.

Stars: John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers, Richard Kline

Votes: 10,136

6. Batman (1966–1968)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Caped Crusader and his young ward battle evildoers in Gotham City.

Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 15,924

7. Testament: The Bible in Animation (1996– )

Animation, Drama

Stories from the Bible are interpreted in different styles of animation.

Stars: Tony Leader, Patrick Brennan, Joss Ackland, Simon Harris

Votes: 82

8. Justified (2010–2015)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal mining towns in eastern Kentucky.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 74,377

9. It Takes a Thief (2005–2007)

46 min | Reality-TV

Two guys teach families how to secure their homes, by first breaking into them.

Stars: Jon Douglas Rainey, Matthew T. Johnston, Michael Pepple, Clive Young

Votes: 444

10. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.

Stars: Steve McQueen, Wright King, Olan Soule, Mort Mills

Votes: 1,538

11. NCIS (2003– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington, D.C. Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Stars: Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray

Votes: 102,228

12. Cops (1989– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Action, Crime, Reality-TV

Follows real-life law enforcement officers from various regions and departments of the US armed with nothing but with cameras to capture their actions.

Stars: Andrew Fincher, Heather Ashley Chase, David Wehlermann, Tony 'Scott' Villarreal-Dowlearn

Votes: 4,760

13. Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino, with the help of police snitch, Huggy Bear.

Stars: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton

Votes: 6,033

14. Charlie's Angels (1976–1981)

Not Rated | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Television series about a wealthy mystery man who runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in... See full summary »

Stars: Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, David Doyle

Votes: 8,332

15. Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Votes: 11,915

16. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)

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

An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas.

Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Eric Szmanda

Votes: 71,897

17. The Crocodile Hunter (1996– )

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

Steve and wife Terri educate and entertain on the subject of Australia's all too often dangerous wildlife.

Stars: Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Michele Santopietro, Sui the Dog

Votes: 2,303

18. Over There (2005)

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, War

A dramatized take on war in Iraq.

Stars: Josh Henderson, Luke Macfarlane, Erik Palladino, Keith Robinson

Votes: 4,078

19. Planet of the Apes (1974)

47 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Two astronauts and a sympathetic chimp friend are fugitives in a future Earth dominated by a civilization of humanoid apes.

Stars: Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton, Mark Lenard

Votes: 3,408

20. Something So Right (1996–1998)

30 min | Comedy

Oh, this marriage thing. There's no fooling around, this time. Jack and Carly have both done this, before. He's done it once; she's been through it twice. This time is different, though. ... See full summary »

Stars: Mel Harris, Jere Burns, Marnette Patterson, Billy L. Sullivan

Votes: 95

21. Mr. Bean (1990–1995)

TV-G | 350 min | Comedy, Family

Life is a difficult challenge for Mr Bean, who despite being a grown adult, has trouble completing even the simplest of tasks. Thankfully, his perseverance is usually rewarded, and he finds an ingenious way around the problem.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler, Matthew Ashforde

Votes: 83,024

22. Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–2001)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Walker and his partner Trivette are Texas Rangers. They make it their business to battle crime in Dallas and all around the Great State of Texas.

Stars: Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson, Noble Willingham

Votes: 13,368

23. Challenge of the Superfriends (1978– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Family

The Justice League of America battles the plots of the supervillian team, the Legion of Doom.

Stars: Jack Angel, Marlene Aragon, Lewis Bailey, Michael Bell

Votes: 1,197

24. The Ropers (1979–1980)

30 min | Comedy

Stanley and Helen Roper have sold their apartment complex and moved into a new one. Their trademark quirks are intact as they deal with new neighbors and frequent visits from Helen's sister.

Stars: Norman Fell, Audra Lindley, Jeffrey Tambor, Patty McCormack

Votes: 678

25. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detectives from NYPD's 15th squad investigate homicides within their precinct.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Votes: 10,192

26. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 235,741

27. Logan's Run (1977–1978)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a futuristic society where reaching the age of 30 is a death sentence, a rebellious law enforcement agent goes on the run in search of Sanctuary.

Stars: Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat, Randy Powell

Votes: 1,580

28. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.

Stars: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla, Mel Blanc

Votes: 6,162

29. The Green Hornet (1966–1967)

TV-PG | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

A newspaper publisher and his Asian valet/martial arts expert battle crime as the feared Green Hornet and Kato.

Stars: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough

Votes: 2,140

30. Police Squad! (1982)

TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy, Crime

Sight gags and non-sequiturs dominate this spoof of police dramas. The six episodes formed the basis for the very successful "Naked Gun" film franchise.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton, Ed Williams

Votes: 13,057

31. Spider-Man (1967–1970)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Adventure, Family

Original cartoon series based on the web-slinging Marvel comic book character, Peter Parker, who, after being bit by a radioactive spider, assumes extraordinary powers.

Stars: Paul Soles, Peg Dixon, Paul Kligman, Bernard Cowan

Votes: 2,622

32. Black Sheep Squadron (1976–1978)

60 min | Action, War, Adventure

The dramatized World War II adventures of U.S. Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington and his U.S. Marine Attack Squadron 214, (The Black Sheep Squadron).

Stars: Robert Conrad, Simon Oakland, Dana Elcar, Dirk Blocker

Votes: 1,861

33. The Jeff Corwin Experience (2001– )

60 min | Adventure, Documentary

A documentary series about the adventures of Jeff Corwin, who entertains and educates people on all types of wildlife around the world.

Star: Jeff Corwin

Votes: 326

34. Adam-12 (1968–1975)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Two regular police officers patrol Los Angeles.

Stars: Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge, William Boyett

Votes: 2,515

35. 240-Robert (1979–1981)

60 min | Adventure

The missions of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Emergency Services Detail.

Stars: John Bennett Perry, Mark Harmon, Joanna Cassidy, Brian Frishman

Votes: 131

36. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

After a severely injured test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear powered limbs and implants, he serves as an intelligence agent.

Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lindsay Wagner

Votes: 7,286

37. Star Trek (1973–1975)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The further adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, as they explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei

Votes: 4,930

38. The Rookies (1972–1976)

60 min | Crime, Drama

The trials and adventures of three young police officers.

Stars: Georg Stanford Brown, Sam Melville, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Kate Jackson

Votes: 711

39. The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress.

Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Charles Napier

Votes: 10,164

40. CHiPs (1977–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.

Stars: Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, Paul Linke

Votes: 6,261

41. Wonder Woman (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.

Stars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil, Richard Eastham

Votes: 5,563

42. S.W.A.T. (1975–1976)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The missions of a major city's police department's Special Weapons and Tactics unit.

Stars: Steve Forrest, Robert Urich, Rod Perry, Mark Shera

Votes: 1,299

43. Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.

Stars: Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow

Votes: 5,531

44. The Rifleman (1958–1963)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Western

The adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle and his son.

Stars: Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix, Joe Benson

Votes: 2,607

45. Rawhide (1959–1965)

TV-PG | 50 min | Western

Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive. He is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines, Eric Fleming

Votes: 2,649

46. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 56,496

47. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Two Secret Service Agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Dick Cangey, Whitey Hughes

Votes: 3,512

48. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

Votes: 6,607

49. Happy Days (1974–1984)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.

Stars: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Tom Bosley

Votes: 13,630

50. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.

Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Luis Delgado

Votes: 5,751

51. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

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

8.4