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The All-time Best TV Shows

by Ted Crawford (Last updated 9/29/18)

I don't claim to have watched all the TV shows ever made. If fact, I only included over-the-air network TV programs in this list because I have never watched cable television or any of the new Internet shows. I also left out non-fictitious programs such as documentaries and talk shows. Of the ones that were left, these were the best by the criteria of being well-written, thought-provoking, or entertaining. There are several obscure shows that lasted only a season or two, and deserve recognition even more so for that reason. Some of the longer-running shows listed started out top notch but declined in quality in their later seasons (ER, Friends, Buffy, and Smallville, among others). Disagree with my choices? Want to add something? Comment below.

  1. Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  2. Lost
  3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  4. Seinfeld
  5. ER
  6. Siberia
  7. Star Trek (original series)
  8. The Twilight Zone
  9. The X-files
  10. 666 Park Avenue
  11. Angel
  12. Fringe
  13. The Office
  14. Friends
  15. M*A*S*H
  16. Sabrina the Teenage Witch (90s sitcom)
  17. Supernatural
  18. The Fantastic Journey
  19. Heroes
  20. The River
  21. Arrested Development
  22. The Sixth Sense
  23. Smallville
  24. Will and Grace
  25. Newhart
  26. Red Dwarf
  27. Night Gallery
  28. The Pretender
  29. Murphy Brown
  30. Get Smart
  31. 24
  32. The Six Million Dollar Man
  33. Ellen (90s sitcom)
  34. Kung Fu
  35. Space: 1999
  36. Ghost Story / Circle of Fear
  37. Columbo
  38. The Carol Burnett Show
  39. Mission: Impossible
  40. Keeping Up Appearances
  41. The Mentalist
  42. The King of Queens
  43. Parks and Recreation
  44. Fantasy Island (70s version)
  45. The A-Team
  46. The Bionic Woman
  47. Laverne and Shirley
  48. The Good Place
  49. Designing Women
  50. The Muppet Show

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