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Top 20 TV Shows of All Time

Does anyone know what’s the best show of all time? You can have many TV shows on your list of favourites, but it is a sure thing that you have that one that you have chosen as the best for you and you can watch it many times.

The Hollywood Reporter made a poll with professionals from the TV industry which is rigidly about favourite shows, the shows people in Hollywood like to watch in their spare time, to remind them of better times and to restrain their minds from a hard day at the studio.

The list of the top TV shows is similar to the last year’s list of movies which was also made on a polling of Hollywood experts. This poll covered 2800 people from the TV industry – including 779 actors, 365 producers and 268 directors among others.

See the list of top 20 TV shows of all time built on the opinion of Hollywood pros. Does their point of view match with yours?

20. Twin Peaks (1990-1991) ABC

twin peaks

This is a show about investigation into the murder of a homecoming queen. Even though it lasted only two season, “Twin Peaks” has achieved great success with its mysterious and mystical themes and a gallery of bizarre characters.

19. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977) CBS

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

This show was the first to make remarks to a birth control and casual sex and to include gay characters.

18. 30 Rock (2006-2013) NBC

30 rock

A female TV writer tries to control the behind-the-scenes antics of a live, prime-time show and deals with problems from a network bigwig.

17. The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) CBS

the twilight zone

“The Twilight Zone” is a classic sci-fi anthology filled with invention and irony. The stories are tightly constructed with often advisory themes which have a terrific twist at the end.

16. Arrested Development (2003-Present) Fox, Netflix

Arrested Development

This is an arrestingly sophisticated and sarcastic show, with stony narration and stylish flashbacks, about self-absorbed characters.

15. Lost (2004-2010) ABC


An addictively enigmatic hit about plane-crashed survivors that are confused by flashbacks to their pasts and hostile island inhabitants they come to call the Others.

14. Modern Family (2009-Present) ABC

Modern Family

The premiere of “Modern Family” was watched by 2.6 million people and every episode earns 2 million dollars. This show has achieved such a success that at the first year of its broadcasting it was nominated for Emmy award.

13. M*A*S*H (1972-1983) CBS


“M*A*S*H” is a multi-Emmy-winning series about Army surgeons. The show consisted of dedicated,stressed doctors who try to save lives while sticking to their own sanity.

12. Sex and The City (1998-2004) HBO

SEX AND THE CITY: Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall.

“Sex and The City” is an amusing show about four sassy New-York based women who are in search of love, romance and long lasting relationships.

11. The West Wing (1999-2006) NBC

The West Wing

This show is a drama which is following a U.S. president and his stuff as they set public policy and face various problems. “The West Wing” has four Emmy awards in its first four seasons and it is also a Peabody winner.

10. The Simpsons (1989-Present) Fox

The Simpsons

“The Simpsons” has the title of the longest streamed animated TV show with 25 seasons and 573 episodes. Two things that you will never see no matter how long is the show on the air: “Marge and Homer will never break up and Bart and Lisa will never age” promised show-runner Al Jean.

9. Mad Men (2007-2015) AMC

Mad Men

“Mad Men” shows the life of businessmen in their 60s and 70s in the 20th century in America. This TV show is a winner of 19 awards and has the status of one of the most successful shows ever.

8. I Love Lucy (1951-1957) CBS

In this undated image, comedian-actress Lucille Ball and her husband, musician-actor Desi Arnaz from the comedy series, "I Love Lucy," are shown. Ball, who died on April 26, 1989, would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/file)

7. Saturday Night Live (1975-Present) NBC

Saturday Night Live

“Saturday Night Live” started broadcasting 1975 and it is one of the longest and the most popular TV shows ever. This show has 40 seasons and more than 784 episodes. It has earned 184 Emmy nominations and it has set records in this industry which no one has broken them yet.

6. The Sopranos (1999-2007) HBO

The Sopranos

This show about a mafia family was streamed from 1999 to 2007. For eight years of broadcasting, “The Sopranos” has won the hearts of the viewers, made an incredible group of fans and earned many awards.

5. Seinfeld (1989-1998) NBC


“Seinfeld” is a show that earned 10 Emmys on its nine-year run. The show is consisted of ordinary events of daily life and its finale was the third-highest rated series-ender ever.

4. Game of Thrones (2011-Present) HBO

Game of Thrones

“Game of Thrones” is definitely the most popular show that is streamed nowadays. Even though the show is relatively new, people are addicted to it. “Game of Thrones” has broken all the records on HBO TV. The show keeps the fans hooked with the bloodiest, most shocking cliffhangers.

3. The X-Files (1993-2002) Fox

The X-Files

“The X-Files” is a show consisted of creepy title music and endless conspiracy theories. This paranormal thriller was one of Fox’s first home runs. Filled with spooky tales and intriguing characters, “X-Files” has achieved great success.

2. Breaking Bad (2008-2013) AMC

Breaking Bad

This TV show points in detail the story of narcotics and the people who are making them. “Breaking Bad” is the first show which in a comprehensive manner dealt with this taboo theme and in that way attracted many fans. Even though the show was streamed from 2008 to 2013, not as long as other TV series, it has managed to achieve incredible success.

1. Friends (1994-2004) NBC


“Friends” is definitely a TV Show about which everyone has heard and everyone has watched, even a little bit. The show is streamed from 1994 to 2004 and it is a winner of 60 different awards. More than 52 million people turned in to the final episode, making it the 4th most watched finale in the US.

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