Favorite TV Shows By Decade

by martha917 | created - 21 Sep 2013 | updated - 21 Sep 2013 | Public

I've previously done a list of my favorite shows "all-time". This is about which shows I liked when (even though some are from before I was born!)

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1. Maverick (1957–1962)

60 min | Comedy, Western

Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (five-card draw) is ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore, Lane Chandler

Votes: 2,001

This is my favorite show from the 50s.

2. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 4,001

2nd favorite show from the 50s.

3. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 982

3rd favorite show from the 50s

4. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, and his son Opie, live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney Fife.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Votes: 9,855

Favorite show from the 60s. (And #1 favorite show all-time!)

5. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

Votes: 7,266

2nd favorite show from the 60s, and 2nd favorite show all time. (Yes, it's scary that I've actually thought this out)

6. 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: 62,087

3rd favorite show from the 60s.

7. 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: 5,587

Favorite show from the 70s and 4th favorite show all-time! (Maverick is #3)

8. 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: 11,648

2nd favorite 70s show. Couldn't get into the remake

9. Alias Smith and Jones (1971–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, are popular "with everyone except the railroads and the banks", since "in all the trains and banks ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Pete Duel, Dennis Fimple

Votes: 1,323

3rd favorite show from the 70s (mainly because I had a hard time thinking of shows from the 70s I still like)

10. Remington Steele (1982–1987)

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

The cases of a female private detective partnered with a former thief who assumes the role of a fictitious detective in the business.

Stars: Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts, James Read

Votes: 5,884

Favorite show from the 80s!

11. Matlock (1986–1995)

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

Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney, who charges one hundred thousand dollars to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny, as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday, Nancy Stafford

Votes: 5,134

2nd favorite show from the 80s. Could also be listed as my 2nd favorite show from the 90s.

12. ALF (1986–1990)

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

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.

Stars: Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright, Anne Schedeen

Votes: 26,845

3rd favorite show from the 80s, narrowly edging out "Sledge Hammer" and "Magnum P.I."

13. Home Improvement (1991–1999)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Family

The daily trials and tribulations of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, a television show host raising three mischievous boys with help from his loyal co-host, loving wife, and eccentric neighbor.

Stars: Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman, Taran Noah Smith

Votes: 34,552

Favorite show from the 90s and probably 5th on my all-time list (after Rockford, the list gets muddled)

14. 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: 17,753

Almost a tie for favorite show of the 90s, but just barely edged out by "Home Improvement"

15. 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: 206,240

I'm going to list this show as my second favorite show of the 90s because of the tie between "Lois & Clark" and "Home Improvement"

16. Chuck (2007–2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Vik Sahay

Votes: 116,570

Favorite show of the first decade of the 21st century! Hope they do a return movie.

17. JAG (1995–2005)

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

The cases of Harmon Rabb, former Navy fighter pilot, and his fellow lawyers of the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's office.

Stars: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux, John M. Jackson

Votes: 14,438

This show started in the 90s and would have been ranked 4th there, but I rank it 2nd in the early 2000s

18. Smallville (2001–2011)

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

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, Kansas.

Stars: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 105,132

Came to this show late (season 7), but eventually went back and got all the early seasons on DVD. Rank it 3rd in the 2000s

19. Blue Bloods (2010– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama

Revolves around a family of New York cops.

Stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou

Votes: 26,243

Favorite show from this decade! (At least, of shows that started in this decade. Probably doesn't surpass "Chuck")

20. Hawaii Five-0 (2010– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father's killer. The Governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0).

Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Taylor Wily, Daniel Dae Kim

Votes: 57,486

I was dubious about the validity of a remake, but quickly got hooked! 2nd favorite of this decade

21. The Middle (2009–2018)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the town of Orson, Indiana.

Stars: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher

Votes: 39,040

A great show that has gotten better with every season. 3rd favorite of this decade