Top-50 TV-shows since 1959

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1. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 311,752

2. Friends (1994–2004)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 592,167

3. The Black Adder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy

In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 30,353

4. Cheers (1982–1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

Stars: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt

Votes: 39,733

5. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 141,717

6. Crime Story (1986–1988)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The saga of a Chicago police detective's efforts to stop a young hood's ruthless rise in the ranks of organized crime.

Stars: Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich, Steve Ryan, Billy Campbell

Votes: 2,034

7. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 204,961

8. Vi på Saltkråkan (1964)

27 min | Adventure, Family

The Melkersson family decides to leave the city for the summer to rent a house in the Stockholm archipelago. They come to enjoy the simple life there and all adventures that come their way together with resident family, the Grankvists.

Stars: Torsten Lilliecrona, Louise Edlind, Björn Söderbäck, Urban Strand

Votes: 1,030

9. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 43,881

10. Brideshead Revisited (1981)

659 min | Drama, Romance

Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner, Phoebe Nicholls

Votes: 5,409

11. The High Chaparral (1967–1971)

PG | 60 min | Western

The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s. Big John wants to establish his cattle empire despite Indian hostility. He's aided by brother Buck and son... See full summary »

Stars: Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow, Linda Cristal

Votes: 1,278

12. The Fugitive (1963–1967)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

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.

Stars: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse, Paul Birch

Votes: 2,639

13. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 11,770

14. Sex and the City (1998–2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the '90s.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 90,227

15. Skippy (1967– )

25 min | Adventure, Family

Sonny and his kangaroo Skippy live in Waratah National Park in New South Wales. Matt Hammond, Sonny's father is the park ranger. Skippy saves the day in many adventures.

Stars: Ed Devereaux, Tony Bonner, Ken James, Garry Pankhurst

Votes: 768

16. Kullamannen (1967–1968)

29 min | Family

Dr. Miller, Uncle Louis, Mrs. Werner and writer Harry - four classic characters. Who is evil and who is good - it is not entirely clear. But it requires the youngsters Kaj, Peter, Marianne ... See full summary »

Stars: Olle Myrberg, Håkan Waldebrandt, Maria Lindberg, Staffan Hallerstam

Votes: 164

17. Futurama (1999–2013)

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

Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999.

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

Votes: 181,293

18. Get Smart (1965–1970)

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

Bumbling Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the evil forces of KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99.

Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Robert Karvelas

Votes: 9,106

19. Yes Minister (1980–1984)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms - or so he thinks.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 9,464

20. The Persuaders! (1971–1972)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two worlds collide when the titled Englishman, Lord Brett Sinclair, and the Bronx-raised, self-made American Danny Wilde, reluctantly join forces to right wrongs, and to protect the innocent.

Stars: Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, Laurence Naismith, Juliet Harmer

Votes: 3,835

21. Cracker (1993–1996)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Dr Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald is a criminal psychologist. He is rather anti-social and obnoxious but he has a gift for solving crimes. Thus he is employed as a consultant by the Manchester Police.

Stars: Robbie Coltrane, Geraldine Somerville, Kieran O'Brien, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 4,668

22. Married with Children (1986–1997)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 85,531

23. Sledge Hammer! (1986–1988)

30 min | Action, Comedy

The adventures of a deranged and dumb police detective who always looks for the most violent solution to any problem.

Stars: David Rasche, Anne-Marie Martin, Harrison Page, Leslie Morris

Votes: 5,094

24. Beck (1997– )

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Commissioner Martin Beck and his eccentric partner Gunvald Larsson investigate murders in the flawed social structure of Stockholm, Sweden.

Stars: Peter Haber, Ingvar Hirdwall, Mikael Persbrandt, Rebecka Hemse

Votes: 3,079

25. 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: 6,448

26. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 13,083

27. The Onedin Line (1971–1980)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

James Onedin marries Anne Webster in order to get his hands on a ship. However the marriage turns out to be one of true love. James is ruthless in his attempt to get a shipping line started... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Gilmore, Jessica Benton, Howard Lang, Mary Webster

Votes: 682

28. The Singing Detective (1986)

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall

Votes: 3,745

29. Pennies from Heaven (1981)

R | 108 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jessica Harper, Vernel Bagneris

Votes: 4,599 | Gross: $9.18M

30. Tipping the Velvet (2002)

177 min | Drama, Romance

Set in the 1890's, tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May

Votes: 6,658

31. Holocaust (1978– )

475 min | Drama, History, Romance

The saga of a Jewish family's struggle to survive the horror of Nazi Germany's systematic marginalization and extermination of their community.

Stars: Joseph Bottoms, Tovah Feldshuh, Rosemary Harris, Tony Haygarth

Votes: 3,817

32. King of the Hill (1997–2010)

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

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.

Stars: Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon, Johnny Hardwick

Votes: 39,508

33. Chicago Hope (1994–2000)

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

The lives and trials of the staff of a major hospital in Chicago.

Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Adam Arkin, Hector Elizondo, Peter Berg

Votes: 3,122

34. Picket Fences (1992–1996)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Family

An aging Sheriff tries to keep the peace in Rome, Wisconson, a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes.

Stars: Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly, Costas Mandylor

Votes: 3,350

35. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993–1997)

TV-PG | 46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

In addition to fighting evil, Superman has a burning romance with Lois Lane in both his identities.

Stars: Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith, K Callan

Votes: 17,654

36. The Office (2001–2003)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 80,167

37. 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: 62,473

38. Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s presented by the legendary Crypt Keeper, a sinister ghoul obsessed with gallows humor and horrific puns.

Stars: John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer, Cam Clarke

Votes: 17,745

39. The Addams Family (1964–1966)

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

The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family.

Stars: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy

Votes: 10,680

40. Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A wacky alien comes to Earth to study its residents, and the life of the human woman he boards with is never the same.

Stars: Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James, Conrad Janis

Votes: 7,754

41. Wodehouse Playhouse (1974–1978)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

A series of dramatisations of some of P.G. Wodehouse's comic short stories - in which P.G. Wodehouse, himself, introduced some of the early episodes.

Stars: John Alderton, Pauline Collins, P.G. Wodehouse, Paul McDowell

Votes: 91

42. Doc Martin (2004– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The trials and tribulations of Dr. Martin Ellingham, a socially challenged doctor who moves from London to the picturesque village of Port Wenn in Cornwall.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom

Votes: 9,031

43. Flipper (1963)

G | 87 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

Sandy is distraught when, having saved Flipper by pulling out a spear, his father insists the dolphin be released. A grateful Flipper, however, returns the favor when Sandy is threatened by Sharks.

Director: James B. Clark | Stars: Chuck Connors, Luke Halpin, Connie Scott, Jane Rose

Votes: 1,410

44. A Family at War (1970–1972)

60 min | Drama, War

The lower middle class Ashton family of the city of Liverpool deal with life on the home front during the Second World War.

Stars: Colin Douglas, Barbara Flynn, Lesley Nunnerley, Coral Atkins

Votes: 222

45. The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

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

Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Votes: 18,861

46. The X-Files (1993– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 173,920

47. Lille lørdag (1995–1996)

30 min | Comedy

"Lille Lørdag" is a TV-series consisting of many different parts, mainly parodying older NRK (and general TV) productions and stars (Erik Bye), and previous prime ministers (Einar ... See full summary »

Stars: Harald Eia, Bård Tufte Johansen, Kathleen McIntyre, Øistein Monsen

Votes: 220

48. 'Allo 'Allo! (1982–1992)

45 min | Comedy, History, War

In France during World War II, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another's true identity or presence, exasperating Rene.

Stars: Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle, Richard Marner

Votes: 20,878

49. 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: 9,927

50. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 7,831