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1. Columbo (1971–2003)

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

Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 23,715

2. 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: 7,757

3. Monk (2002–2009)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adrian Monk is a brilliant San Francisco detective, whose obsessive compulsive disorder just happens to get in the way.

Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard

Votes: 59,002

4. Stranger Things (2016– )

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour

Votes: 587,246

5. 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: 10,629

6. Leverage (2008–2012)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A crew of high-tech crooks attempt to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen.

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf

Votes: 39,063

7. The Cosby Show (1984–1992)

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

The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Votes: 29,000

8. Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

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

Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in the past, "leaping" into the bodies of different people on a regular basis.

Stars: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt, Dennis Wolfberg

Votes: 23,725

9. 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: 223,764

10. The Mentalist (2008–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A famous "psychic" outs himself as a fake, and starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he can find "Red John", the madman who killed his wife and daughter.

Stars: Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman

Votes: 151,834

11. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 702,026

12. Barnaby Jones (1973–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The exploits of milk-swilling, geriatric private eye Barnaby Jones.

Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Lee Meriwether, Mark Shera, John Carter

Votes: 1,810

13. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 15,890

14. John Adams (2008)

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 24,899

15. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Crime

Jake Peralta, an immature, but talented N.Y.P.D. detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt.

Stars: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero

Votes: 147,731

16. Life (I) (2007–2009)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A former police officer returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin, Brent Sexton

Votes: 31,457

17. Simon & Simon (1981–1989)

60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Two brothers of disparate tastes and manners run a private detective agency.

Stars: Jameson Parker, Gerald McRaney, Mary Carver, Tim Reid

Votes: 3,839

18. Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, War

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.

Stars: Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Richard Dawson

Votes: 7,492

19. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2014)

43 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A group of postal detectives work to solve the mysteries behind undeliverable letters and packages from the past, delivering them when they are needed most.

Stars: Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe, Geoff Gustafson

Votes: 1,558

20. Daredevil (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 54 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night. Matt Murdock fights the crime of New York as Daredevil.

Stars: Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Votes: 327,716

21. Yes, Dear (2000–2006)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Yes, Dear is a comedy about two young couples and their outrageously contrasting views on parenting.

Stars: Anthony Clark, Liza Snyder, Jean Louisa Kelly, Mike O'Malley

Votes: 5,935

22. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 27,506

23. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011)

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

This third Law and Order series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view.

Stars: Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 20,867

24. 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: 61,063

25. 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: 12,977

26. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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

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

Votes: 4,409

27. Stingray (1964–1965)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The missions of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol, particularly the crew of its most advanced combat submarine, the Stingray.

Stars: Ray Barrett, Robert Easton, David Graham, Don Mason

Votes: 895

28. Person of Interest (2011–2016)

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

An ex-assassin and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes--including the civilians' roles--are left a mystery.

Stars: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson

Votes: 152,547

29. Prison Break (2005–2017)

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

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper

Votes: 429,166

30. DuckTales (1987–1990)

TV-G | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The globe-trotting treasure-hunting money-making adventures of billionaire Scrooge McDuck and his nephews.

Stars: Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern, Chuck McCann

Votes: 26,375

31. The Equalizer (1985–1989)

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A retired Intelligence Agent turned private detective helps various threatened clients to equalize the odds.

Stars: Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing, Mark Margolis

Votes: 3,868

32. I've Got a Secret (1952–1967)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Morgan, Bill Cullen, Garry Moore, Betsy Palmer

Votes: 366

33. Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970)

TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A group of teenage friends and their Great Dane (Scooby-Doo) travel in a bright green van solving strange and hilarious mysteries, while returning from or going to a regular teenage function.

Stars: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe, Vic Perrin

Votes: 26,426

34. Cobra Kai (2018– )

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

Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again.

Stars: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña

Votes: 32,029

35. House (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer

Votes: 374,182

36. MythBusters (2003– )

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Mystery, Reality-TV

A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them.

Stars: Robert Lee, Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron

Votes: 48,691

37. Wheel of Fortune (1983– )

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

Hosted by Pat Sajak, this game show features 3 contestants who try to solve a puzzle by spinning the wheel and guessing letters in a word or phrase.

Stars: Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O'Donnell, Jim Thornton

Votes: 2,253

38. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003–2012)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A family that has faced hardship has their dilapidated house completely rebuilt while they are away on vacation for a week.

Stars: Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Tracy Hutson

Votes: 4,300

39. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 10,643

40. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)

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

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of copper beeches, a Greek interpreter, the Norwood builder, a resident patient, the red-headed league, and one final problem.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams, Eric Porter

Votes: 17,666

41. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991–1993)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the mysteries of the Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, Thor Bridge, Shoscombe Old Place, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Illustrious Client and The Creeping Man.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Rosalie Williams, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 4,156

42. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Holmes, his friend Watson (or his brother Mycroft) work to solve the mysteries of The Three Gables, The Dying Detective, The Golden Pince-Nez, The Red Circle, The Mazarin Stone, and The ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Rosalie Williams, Edward Hardwicke, Charles Gray

Votes: 5,910

43. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988)

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

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of the devil's foot, Silver Blaze, Wisteria Lodge and the Bruce-Partington Plans.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Rosalie Williams, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 8,910

44. The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977–1979)

60 min | Family, Mystery

The cases of a pair of teen detective brothers and a teen girl amateur sleuth.

Stars: Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson, Pamela Sue Martin, Ed Gilbert

Votes: 1,138

45. David the Gnome (1985)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

The fantastic adventures of David and his wife Lisa traveling around the world to save the animals and defeating the trolls.

Stars: Matilde Conesa, Jane Woods, Teófilo Martínez, José María Cordero

Votes: 1,956

46. American Pickers (2010– )

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

Mike and Frank are pickers that travel the country and literally would go anywhere just for the prospects of finding antique gold. With the assistance of Danielle they often find themselves in a comedic pickle.

Stars: Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby-Cushman, Robbie Wolfe

Votes: 6,125

47. 30 for 30 (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Ice Cube, Dick Vitale, Brent Musburger, Mike Tyson

Votes: 3,741

48. Top Shot (2010– )

Reality-TV, Sport

Sharp shooters compete in situations based on historical events.

Stars: Colby Donaldson, Joe Serafini, Brian Zins, Gabby Franco

Votes: 1,312

49. Full House (1987–1995)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A widowed broadcaster raises his three children with the assistance of his rock 'n' roll brother-in-law and his madcap best friend.

Stars: Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure

Votes: 48,690