Television Classics

by dotcomboy | created - 12 Feb 2011 | updated - 09 Jun 2019 | Public

In my opinion this is TV you've got to see. If you want to see a movie you know will be good check out the titles on my "Cinema Classics" (http://www.imdb.com/list/tctWRWAcEds) list. VoteForRodneyLewis.com

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2. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A group of aliens are sent to Earth, disguised as a human family, to experience and report life on the third planet from the sun.

Stars: John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart

Votes: 45,984

3. 60 Minutes (1968– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, News

The classic long-running prime time TV investigative news magazine.

Stars: Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft, Morley Safer

Votes: 3,013

4. Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy

The wild misadventures of Edina "Eddy" Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her best friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), who live in a nearly constant haze of drugged, drunken selfishness.

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield

Votes: 17,769

5. Airplane Repo (2010– )

Reality-TV

Airplane Repo men chase luxury planes for big dollars, but are the rewards worth the risk? Watch Airplane Repo videos, only on Discovery.

Stars: Ken Cage, Danny Thompson, Kevin Lacey, Mike Kennedy

Votes: 370

6. All in the Family (1971–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A working class man constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 13,650

7. Almost Live! (1984–1999)

Comedy

A mixture of skit comedy and stand-up from a Seattle-based group of performers. Skits tended to focus on social issues, such as "The Worst Girlfriend in the World". One regular feature was ... See full summary »

Stars: Tracey Conway, Pat Cashman, Nancy Guppy, Steve Wilson

Votes: 230

8. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Reality-TV

Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, traveler, visits places all around the world sampling various foods.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Tom Vitale, Zamir Gotta, Todd Liebler

Votes: 6,190

9. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000–2015)

TV-14 | 15 min | Animation, Comedy

The misadventures of a milkshake, an order of fries, a meatball, and their retired next door neighbor in the suburbs of New Jersey.

Stars: Dave Willis, Carey Means, Dana Snyder, Matt Maiellaro

Votes: 22,433

10. Arrested Development (2003– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

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.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett

Votes: 271,624

"Ten cents gets you nuts." -Michael Cera as George Michael Bluth

11. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

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

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.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 149,924

12. Betty White's Off Their Rockers (2012– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

A hidden camera show where senior citizens play pranks on unsuspecting youngsters.

Stars: Reatha Grey, Ann Benson, Betty White, Michael Yama

Votes: 1,161

13. The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

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.

Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

Votes: 702,229

"Shut your ass!!" -Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Koothrappali

14. The Boondocks (2005–2014)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Adventures of two boys, Riley and Huey Freeman, who undergo a culture clash when they move from Chicago to the suburbs to live with their grandfather.

Stars: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough

Votes: 26,058

15. Brain Games (2011– )

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

An examination of the nature of human perception and how it can be fooled.

Stars: Jason Silva, Bert Thomas Morris, Apollo Robbins, Eric Leclerc

Votes: 2,925

16. The Brak Show (2000–2007)

TV-PG | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Former 'Space Ghost' villains Brak and Zorak live their lives in sitcom form.

Stars: Andy Merrill, C. Martin Croker, George Lowe, Carey Means

Votes: 3,446

17. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,396,738

18. Breakthrough (2015– )

60 min | Documentary

An anthology of leading scientists and how their cutting-edge innovations and advancements will change our lives in the immediate future and beyond. The series intends to bring to life the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Colter, Sheila Vand, Steven Austad, Nir Barzilai

Votes: 252

19. Chappelle's Show (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Music

Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture.

Stars: Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Rudy Rush, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 52,035

20. City Confidential (1998–2006)

50 min | Crime, Documentary

City Confidential features real life stories in a wide variety of American cities. While many of these stories deal with murder, some also deal with attempted murder, and public officials caught in compromising situations, among other things. The cities featured vary widely in size, from the smallest village to the largest urban areas.

Stars: Paul Winfield, Keith David, David Madison, Marc Wanamaker

Votes: 432

21. The Colbert Report (2005–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

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.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart, Paul Dinello

Votes: 37,642

22. The Daily Show (1996– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

A comedy news show featuring humorous takes on top stories.

Stars: Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

Votes: 44,359

23. Dexter (2006–2013)

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

Votes: 630,696

24. Dream On (1990–1996)

30 min | Comedy

Martin Tupper's life is full of colourful characters. He is divorced and living with his growing teenage son, still friends with his ex-wife and constantly looking for dates but without a ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Benben, Denny Dillon, Wendie Malick, Chris Demetral

Votes: 2,909

25. Family Guy (1999– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

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.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 299,223

26. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 83,077

27. Frasier (1993–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

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: 71,955

28. Frontline (1983– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

Investigative journalist documentaries.

Stars: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress, Arun Rath, Priyanka Boghani

Votes: 1,574

29. Futurama (1999–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out on New Year's Eve 2999.

Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 209,541

30. Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust (2003– )

Adventure, Comedy

A travel show parody, "Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust" follows the misadventures of a bumbling German backpacker as he travels the globe in search of reasonably priced culturally enriching experiences.

Stars: Josh Gardner, Matt McLain

Votes: 291

31. Green Acres (1965–1971)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A New York City attorney and his wife attempt to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville.

Stars: Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester, Pat Buttram

Votes: 5,595

32. Home Movies (1999–2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Brendon Small, an ambitious eight-year-old filmmaker, shoots movies in his basement with his two best friends, while coming to terms with adolescence, life, and relationships.

Stars: Brendon Small, H. Jon Benjamin, Melissa Bardin Galsky, Ron Lynch

Votes: 9,168

33. Important Things with Demetri Martin (2009–2010)

Comedy

Comedian Demetri Martin's television show, which alternates between stand-up comedy and taped skits.

Stars: Demetri Martin, H. Jon Benjamin, Barry Carl, George Katt

Votes: 3,340

34. In Living Color (1990–2006)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 9,406

35. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The wife of a band leader constantly tries to become a star - in spite of her having no talent, and gets herself (along with her best friend) into the funniest predicaments.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 21,677

36. Insomniac with Dave Attell (2001–2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Join "tour-guide" Dave Attell as he takes a look at nightlife in different cities around the country until sunrise.

Stars: Dave Attell, Jerry Lawler, James McClenahan, Ronald Primas

Votes: 1,072

37. In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases and adventures of the police forces in and around Sparta, Mississippi.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Alan Autry, David Hart, Hugh O'Connor

Votes: 3,447

38. Key and Peele (2012–2015)

TV-14 | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Project sees Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in front of a live studio audience bantering about a topic weaved between filmed shorts and sketches.

Stars: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Metta World Peace, Matt Wheeler

Votes: 16,509

39. The Kids in the Hall (1988–2021)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits.

Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney

Votes: 8,407

"I ain't gonna spread for no roses." -Bruce McCulloch as Tammy

40. Look Around You (2002–2005)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A parody of educational programs. Just don't believe anything in the show is true.

Stars: Peter Serafinowicz, Nigel Lambert, Robert Popper, James Serafinowicz

Votes: 2,437

41. Lore (2017–2018)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Horror

Our collective nightmare mythologies are rooted in real-life horror stories.

Stars: Aaron Mahnke, Steven Berkoff, Josh Bowman, Paula Malcomson

Votes: 4,457

42. MADtv (1995–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Reality-TV, Talk-Show

A sketch comedy show based on the seminal Mad Magazine.

Stars: Michael McDonald, Debra Wilson, Aries Spears, Bobby Lee

Votes: 9,622

43. Modern Family (2009–2020)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 341,084

44. Modern Marvels (1993– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, History

Fast-paced, fun and informative, Modern Marvels is The History Channel's signature series focusing on historical technology.

Stars: Lloyd Sherr, Harlan Saperstein, William Atwater, Alexander B. Rubinow

Votes: 1,687

45. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 65,826