The 20 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

September 22, 2016

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“Rolling Stone” recently surveyed hundreds of actors, writers, producers, critics, and show-runners to come up with a list of ‘The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. ‘Any show from any era was eligible . . . but the end result proved once again that we’re in the middle of a pretty amazing time for TV, because even with 70 YEARS of programming, 26 of the 100 shows are still airing new episodes. By the way, Garry Marshall was one of the voters.  They say he sent in his ballot shortly before he passed away.

Here’s the Top 20:


1.  “The Sopranos”, 1999-2007


2.  “The Wire”, 2002-2008


3.  “Breaking Bad”, 2008-2013


4.  “Mad Men”, 2007-2015


5.  “Seinfeld”, 1989-1998


6.  “The Simpsons”, 1989-present


7.  “The Twilight Zone”, 1959-1964


8.  “Saturday Night Live”, 1975-present


9.  “All in the Family”, 1971-1979


10.  “The Daily Show”, 1996-present


11.  “Freaks and Geeks”, 1999-2000


12.  “Game of Thrones”, 2011-present


13.  “Late Night with David Letterman”, 1982-2015


14.  “The Larry Sanders Show”, 1992-1998


15.  “The West Wing”, 1999-2006


16.  “M*A*S*H”, 1972-1983


17.  “Twin Peaks”, 1990-1991


18.  “Star Trek: The Original Series”, 1966-1969


19.  “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, 2000-present


20.  “Cheers”, 1982-1993



“Friends” is #26, beating out “Arrested Development” at #27.  “South Park” made it, but not until #33.  Meanwhile, “Lost” came in at #39, “The People V. O.J. Simpson” is #75, and “The Walking Dead” is #77.

“Orange Is the New Black” is the highest-ranking non-TV, streaming show, at #37.  The other streaming shows on the list are “Transparent” at #73, and “House of Cards” at #83.

( has the whole list.  Here’s the direct link to the Top 20.)