To attempt an objective ranking of the top television shows of all time, we gathered “Best Of” lists from as many sources, both from critics and viewers, as we could find and created a weighted scoring system to combine these lists into one authoritative ranking. The difficulty lies in merging sources which vary in length, time period, and genre – how we did it is explained in detail, along with the full list of sources at Best Show Ever Methodology.
Full List | Drama | Comedy
1. Arrested Development
First Aired: 2003-11-02 | Network: Netflix | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, David Cross
Description: Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.
First Aired: 1989-07-05 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Liz Sheridan
Description: Jerry Seinfeld is a very successful stand-up comedian, mainly because the people around him offer an endless supply of great material. His best friend is George Costanza, a bald, whiny loser who craves the kind of success Jerry has but is never willing to do what it takes to get it. Jerry's neighbor Kramer often barges into his apartment and imposes onto his life. In the second episode Jerry's former girlfriend Elaine Benes comes back into his life, and the four of them are able to form a friendship together. The episodes were rarely very plot-heavy, focusing more on mundane conversations and situations that could be found during everyday life in New York.
3. The Simpsons
First Aired: 1989-12-17 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 30
Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Marcia Wallace, Julie Kavner
Description: Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family; Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Since the beginning, the series has been a pop culture icon, attracting hundreds of celebrities to guest star. The show has also made name for itself in its fearless satirical take on politics, media and American life in general.
First Aired: 1994-09-22 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox
Description: Six young people, on their own and struggling to survive in the real world, find the companionship, comfort and support they get from each other to be the perfect antidote to the pressures of life.
5. All in the Family
First Aired: 1971-01-12 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers, Liz Torres
Description: All in the Family was first seen in January of 1971 and immediately changed the face of television. Not only was this the number one television series from 1971 through 1976, but it also signified an avalanche of other situation comedies that dealt with controversial subjects in realistic ways, including Chico and the Man, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times and Sanford and Son.
The series centered around the Bunker family who lived in a home located at 704 Houser Street in Queens, New York. Archie Bunker was the main character, and what a character he was. He was televisons most famous bigot, crass and down right rude. Yet he was loveable, with a soft side just beneath the surface. Edith Bunker was his somewhat dizzy wife whom he called "Dingbat". Edith put up with Archie and had qualities about her that made her one of television's most unforgetable characters. Also living in the Bunker household were Archie and Edith's daughter, Gloria, and her husband Mike, or "Meathead".
First Aired: 1982-09-30 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Ted Danson, George Wendt, Woody Harrelson, Rhea Perlman, Bebe Neuwirth
Description: Sam, a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, owns and runs Cheers, a cozy bar in Boston. Somewhat snobby, beautiful and intelligent Diane -- forced to become a waitress when her fiance jilts her -- constantly bickers with Sam. Eventually, they fall in love. Several wacky characters make the bar their home-away-from-home, including sarcastic waitress Carla, beer-loving Norm and Boston letter carrier Cliff.
7. 30 Rock
First Aired: 2006-10-11 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander
Description: Emmy Award Winner Tina Fey writes, executive produces and stars as Liz Lemon, the head writer of a live variety programme in New York City. Liz's life is turned upside down when brash new network executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin in his Golden Globe winning role) interferes with her show, bringing the wildly unpredictable Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) into the cast. Now its up to Liz to manage the mayhem and still try to have a life.
8. The Office (US)
First Aired: 2005-03-24 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Craig Robinson
Description: A fresh and funny mockumentary-style glimpse into the daily interactions of the eccentric workers at the Dunder Mifflin paper supply company. This fast-paced comedy parodies contemporary American water-cooler culture.
9. Curb Your Enthusiasm
First Aired: 2000-10-01 | Network: HBO | Runtime: 30
Starring: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Bob Einstein, Richard Lewis
Description: The unscripted Curb Your Enthusiasm brings the off-kilter comic vision of Larry David, who plays himself in a parallel universe in which he can't seem to do anything right, and, by his standards, neither can anyone else.
10. The Office (UK)
First Aired: 2001-07-01 | Network: BBC Two | Runtime: 30
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Lucy Davis, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Ralph Ineson
Description: A mockumentary about life in a mid-sized suboffice paper merchants in a bleak British industrial town, where manager David Brent thinks he's the coolest, funniest, and most popular boss ever. He isn't. That doesn't stop him from embarrassing himself in front of the cameras on a regular basis, whether from his political sermonizing, his stand-up 'comedy', or his incredibly unique dancing. Meanwhile, long-suffering Tim longs after Dawn the engaged receptionist and keeps himself sane by playing childish practical jokes on his insufferable, army-obsessed deskmate Gareth. Will the Slough office be closed? Will the BBC give David a game show? Will Tim and Dawn end up with each other? And more importantly, will Gareth realize what a hopeless prat he is?
First Aired: 1978-09-12 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Andy Kaufman, Carol Kane, Christopher Lloyd
Description: Taxi's success was due to its excellent writing, Burrows's award-winning directing using his innovative four-camera technique, and its largely unknown but talented cast. Danny DeVito's Louie DePalma soon became one of the most despised men on television--possibly the most unredeemable and worthless louse of a character ever to reside on the small screen. Andy Kaufman's foreign mechanic Latka Gravas provided over-the-top comedy within an ensemble emphasizing subtle character humor.
12. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
First Aired: 1996-09-01 | Network: Comedy Central | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Wyatt Cenac, Aasif Mandvi, Jason Jones
Description: Forget trying to keep pace with 24 hour news networks- the best fake news show in the world will provide you with all the news you can handle. The Daily Show is a comedic view of recent news headlines and political figures through a series of satirical monologues by Jon Stewart along with segments by correspondents and finally interviews with guest celebrities and political figures.
13. I Love Lucy
First Aired: 1951-10-15 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Keith Thibodeaux
Description: Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz, who also happen to be their best friends.
14. South Park
First Aired: 1997-08-01 | Network: Comedy Central | Runtime: 30
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, Isaac Hayes, April Stewart
Description: South Park is an animated series featuring four boys who live in the Colorado town of South Park, which is beset by frequent odd occurrences. The show grew out of short film that Trey Parker and Matt Stone created called The Spirit of Christmas, and has become an award-winning show that is a unique blend of humor and satire.
First Aired: 1993-09-16 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, John Mahoney, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves
Description: After many years spent at the "Cheers" bar, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) moves back home to Seattle after his policeman father Martin Crane (John Mahoney) gets shot in the hip on duty. After Martin struggles with living alone after the incident, he moves in with Frasier in his luxury apartment at the Elliot Bay Towers along with his dog Eddie (played by Moose and later Enzo). Hired by Frasier, Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves) also moves in as Martin's personal physiotherapist. Also living nearby is his younger brother Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce), who is also a Psychiatrist.
16. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
First Aired: 1970-09-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper, Betty White, Gavin MacLeod
Description: The Mary Tyler Moore Show was one of the most literate, realistic, and enduring situation comedies of the 1970s. Mary Richards was the idealized single career woman. She had come to Minneapolis after breaking up with a man she had been dating for four years. Ambitious, and looking for new friends, she moved into an older apartment building and went to work as an assistant producer of the local news show on television station WJM-TV. In her early 30s, Mary symbolized the independent woman of the 1970s.
17. The Cosby Show
First Aired: 1984-09-01 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tempestt Bledsoe
Description: Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable was an OBGYN (obstetrician/gynecologist), and his wife Clair was a successful attorney. They had five children: Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy. Sondra was rarely seen during the first season because she was away at Princeton. She became a regular character in the second season, and was usually seen with her on-again off-again beau, Elvin. They eventually married and had twins; but not before stunning their families by announcing the fact that Elvin was dropping out of medical school to open a camping store, and Sondra was dropping out of law school to help her husband in his endeavor. Denise was the "unique" child, the black sheep of the family. She had her own way of doing things, right down to the style of clothing she wore. After graduating high school, she left for Hillman College in 1986 (a year later, this would become the setting for the spin-off A Different World), but returned two years later with news that she was dropping ou
18. Saturday Night Live
First Aired: 1975-10-11 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 90
Starring: Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan, Taran Killam, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey
Description: A weekly late-night 90-minute American sketch comedy/variety show broadcast live from Studio 8H at the GE Building in New York's Rockefeller Center. The show is one of the longest-running network programs in American television history and has launched careers for many major American comedy stars of the last thirty years.
19. Modern Family
First Aired: 2009-09-23 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara
Description: This mockumentary explores the many different types of a modern family through the stories of a gay couple, comprised of Mitchell and Cameron, and their daughter Lily, a straight couple, comprised of Phil and Claire, and their three kids, Haley, Alex, and Luke, and a multi-ethnic couple, which is comprised of Jay and Gloria, and her son Manny.
20. Monty Python's Flying Circus
First Aired: 1969-10-01 | Network: BBC One | Runtime: 30
Starring: Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam
Description: And now for something completely different: Monty Python's Flying Circus was simply the most influential comedy program television has ever seen. Five Englishmen, all working under the constraints of conventional TV shows such as The Frost Report (for which the five Englishmen wrote), gathered together with an expatriate American in the spring of 1969 to break the rules. The result, first airing on BBC-1 on October 5, 1969, has influenced countless future men and women in the media and comedy since.
21. The Golden Girls
First Aired: 1985-09-14 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Betty White, Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty, Bill Dana
Description: Defying the TV-industry "rules" that A) no viewer is interested in watching a situation comedy with an all-female cast and B) no viewer wants to see anybody over the age of 34, The Golden Girls was one of the few sitcoms in which all of the regulars were women, and none was under the age of 50 -- and it turned out be NBC's biggest hit of the 1985-1986 season.
First Aired: 1972-09-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Mike Farrell, Gary Burghoff, Larry Linville
Description: The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable.
23. The Honeymooners
First Aired: 1952-11-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolph, Jean Kean
Description: The Honeymooners, one of the most influential situation comedy television series in American history, depicts the sincere attempts of two men attempting to better their lives, and the ensuing frustrations when their schemes to strike it rich inevitably backfire.
24. Parks and Recreation
First Aired: 2009-04-09 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones
Description: The series follows Leslie Knope, the deputy head of the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. Knope takes on a project with a nurse named Ann to turn a construction pit into a park, while trying to mentor a bored college-aged intern. However, Leslie must fight through the bureaucrats, problem neighbors, and developers in order to make her dream a reality, all while with a camera crew recording her every gaff and mishap.
25. The Larry Sanders Show
First Aired: 1992-08-01 | Network: HBO | Runtime: 30
Starring: Garry Shandling, Rip Torn, Jeffrey Tambor, Jon Stewart, Wallace Langham
Description: Comic Garry Shandling draws upon his own talk show experiences to create the character of Larry Sanders, a paranoid, insecure host of a late night talk show. Larry, along with his obsequious TV sidekick Hank Kingsley and his fiercely protective producer Artie, allows Garry Shandling and his talented writers to look behind the scenes and to show us a convincing slice of behind the camera life.
First Aired: 2001-10-02 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes, John C. McGinley
Description: Scrubs focuses on the lives of several people working at Sacred Heart, a teaching hospital. It features fast-paced dialogue, slapstick, and surreal vignettes presented mostly as the daydreams of the central character, Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian.
First Aired: 1999-03-28 | Network: Comedy Central | Runtime: 30
Starring: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom
Description: A late 20th-century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the 31st century.
28. The Dick Van Dyke Show
First Aired: 1961-10-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Jerry Paris, Larry Mathews
Description: Considered to be one of television's classics, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" centers on the personal and professional lives of Rob Petrie, a writer for the fictional "Alan Brady Show". The non-stop laughs revolved around Rob's relationships with with fellow writers Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, and producer Mel Cooley. At home, we also got to chuckle (and sometimes cry) over Rob's antics involving his wife, son, and neighbors.
29. The Carol Burnett Show
First Aired: 1967-09-11 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 60
Starring: Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Dick Van Dyke, Lyle Waggoner
Description: A variety / sketch comedy show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, 1967 to March 29, 1978 for 278 episodes, and originated from CBS Television City's Studio 33 (known today as the Bob Barker Studio). The series won 25 prime time Emmy Awards, and in 2007 was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All Time."
First Aired: 1988-10-18 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Natalie West, Lecy Goranson
Description: Roseanne is an American sitcom broadcast on ABC from 1988 to 1997 starring stand-up comedian Roseanne Barr. The show portrayed a working-class family struggling to get by on a limited income in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. Many critics considered the show notable as one of the first sitcoms to portray an American family in which economics necessitated two parents working jobs outside the home.
31. Fawlty Towers
First Aired: 1975-09-19 | Network: BBC Two | Runtime: 30
Starring: John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth, Prunella Scales, Ballard Berkeley
Description: Fawlty Towers is a British series featuring John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, a hotel owner whose incompetence, short fuse and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away. Although only twelve episodes were produced, the show left a lasting and powerful legacy and is considered by many to be the greatest of all TV comedies.
32. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
First Aired: 2005-08-04 | Network: FXX | Runtime: 30
Starring: Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton
Description: Four egocentric friends who run a neighborhood Irish pub in Philadelphia try to find their way through the adult world of work and relationships. Unfortunately, their warped views and precarious judgments often lead them to trouble, creating a myriad of uncomfortable situations that usually only get worse before they get better.
33. Your Show of Shows
First Aired: 1950-02-01 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 0
Starring: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Bill Hayes, Howard Morris
Description: Welcome to the Your Show of Shows guide at TV Tome. First Telecast:February 25, 1950
Last Telecast:June 5, 1954
153 Total Episodes (Black + White) Sid Caeser and Imogene Coca starred on this influental variety program. Nielsen Ratings:
(Top 25 or better)
# 4 in the 1950-1951 Season
# 8 in the 1951-1952 Season
# 19 in the 1952-1953 Season Broadcast History on NBC Feb. 1950-June 1954...Sat. 9-10:30 PM
34. The Andy Griffith Show
First Aired: 1960-10-03 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Aneta Corsaut, Betty Lynn, Denver Pyle
Description: Down-home humor and an endearing cast of characters helped make The Andy Griffith Show one of the most beloved comedies in the history of TV. The show centered around widower Andy Taylor, who divided his time between raising his young son Opie, and his job as sheriff of the sleepy North Carolina town, Mayberry. Andy and Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee, who serves as a surrogate mother to both father and son. Andy's nervous cousin, Barney Fife, is his deputy sheriff whose incompetence is tolerated because Mayberry is virtually crime-free.
35. Everybody Loves Raymond
First Aired: 1996-09-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Madylin Sweeten, Peter Boyle
Description: Everybody Loves Raymond revolves around Ray Barone, a successful sportswriter living on Long Island with his wife, Debra, 12-year-old daughter, Ally, and 8-year-old twin sons, Geoffrey and Michael. That's the good news. The bad news? Ray's meddling parents, Frank and Marie, live directly across the street and embrace the motto "Su casa es mi casa," infiltrating their son's home to an extent unparalleled in television history. Frank's favorite expression, "Holy Crap," is shouted at regular intervals, and Marie's "cooking advice" is less than appreciated by Debra. Brother Robert, a divorced policeman, is constantly moving in and out of his parents' house, and loves to drop over and resent Ray's successful career and happy family life. Ray and Debra just wish someone would knock once in a while. Finalizing it's 9th and final season, the cast and crew of "ELR" has had a very successful run, and it makes it even harder for them all to say good-bye. This show has a place in televi
First Aired: 2009-09-17 | Network: Yahoo! Screen | Runtime: 30
Starring: Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chevy Chase
Description: From Emmy Award-winner Dan Harmon comes "Community", a smart comedy series about higher education – and lower expectations. The student body at Greendale Community College is made up of high-school losers, newly divorced housewives, and old people who want to keep their minds active. Within these not-so-hallowed halls, Community focuses on a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin' lawyer whose degree has been revoked, who form a study group and end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work.
First Aired: 1999-09-24 | Network: Channel 4 | Runtime: 30
Starring: Nick Frost, Jessica Hynes , as Jessica Stevenson, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin
Description: Spaced is a sitcom like no other. The premise is simple enough: Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and Tim (Simon Pegg) are out of luck and love, so pretend to be a couple in order to rent a flat together. Downstairs neighbour and eccentric painter Brian suspects someone's fibbing, and almost blows their cover with their lecherous lush of a landlady, Marsha. Fortunately he soon falls for Daisy's health-freak friend Twist, while Daisy herself goes ga-ga for pet dog Colin. Tim remains happily platonic with lifemate Mike; a sweet-at-heart guns 'n' ammo obsessive. The series is chock-full of pop culture references. In fact, each episode is themed after at least one movie, with nods to The Shining and Close Encounters of the Third Kind proving especially hilarious. Hardly five minutes goes by without a Star Wars reference, and every second of screen time from Bill Bailey as owner of the comic shop where Tim works is comedic gold. The look of the series is its other outstanding element, with slam-zoo
38. Louie (2010)
First Aired: 2010-06-29 | Network: FX | Runtime: 25
Starring: Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker, ,
Description: Louis C.K. stars as a fictionalized version of himself; a comedian and newly divorced father raising his two daughters in New York City.
39. The Bob Newhart Show
First Aired: 1972-09-16 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Riley, Marcia Wallace, Peter Bonerz
Description: Bob Newhart is Dr. Robert Hartley, a Chicago psychologist living with his schoolteacher wife Emily. Complicating life for the serene, stammering doc was his neighbor, Howard, a flighty navigator; and Bob's coworkers, dentist Jerry and flippant receptionist Carol. The humor was gentle, sophisticated and, at times, wonderfully surreal.
40. Family Guy
First Aired: 1999-01-31 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 30
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Lacey Chabert, Mila Kunis
Description: Sick, twisted, politically incorrect and Freakin' Sweet animated series featuring the adventures of the dysfunctional Griffin family. Bumbling Peter and long-suffering Lois have three kids. Stewie (a brilliant but sadistic baby bent on killing his mother and taking over the world), Meg (the oldest, and is the most unpopular girl in town) and Chris (the middle kid, he's not very bright but has a passion for movies). The final member of the family is Brian - a talking dog and much more than a pet, he keeps Stewie in check whilst sipping Martinis and sorting through his own life issues.
41. Chappelle's Show
First Aired: 2003-01-01 | Network: Comedy Central | Runtime: 30
Starring: Dave Chappelle, Charlie Murphy, Christopher Franciosa, Donnell Rawlings, Jonathan Corbett
Description: "Chappelle's Show" takes comedian Dave Chappelle's own personal joke book and brings it to life, with episodes consisting of sketches, man-on-the-street pieces, and pop culture parodies introduced by Dave in a stand-up format in front of a studio audience. Chappelle's unique point-of-view on the world provides a hilarious, defiant and sometimes dangerous look at American culture, including music, movies, television, advertising, current events, and everyday life situations.
First Aired: 1983-06-15 | Network: BBC One | Runtime: 30
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Tim McInnerny, Brian Blessed
Description: Through four series and a few specials, Edmund Blackadder and his greasy sidekick Baldrick conjure up cunning plans as Edmund tries to take advantage of desperate times. These situation tragedies had obvious parallels from the Dark Ages to Elizabethan times, the rule of mad George III, and The Great War.
43. Gilmore Girls
First Aired: 2000-10-05 | Network: The WB | Runtime: 60
Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Matt Czuchry, Sean Gunn
Description: Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated with an eclectic mix of everyday folks and lovable lunatics, Gilmore Girls is a humorous multigenerational series about friendship, family and the ties that bind. Thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) has made her share of mistakes in life, but she has been doing her best to see that her college-bound daughter - and best friend in the world - Rory (Alexis Bledel), doesn't follow in her footsteps. That may be easier said than done, considering that the two share the same interests, the same intellect, the same coffee addiction and the same eyes. Rory is more serious than Lorelai, but there are tendencies, especially in the love department, that clearly indicate she is her mother's daughter. From the beginning, this unique mother-daughter team has been growing up together. Lorelai was just Rory's age when she became pregnant and made the tough decision to raise her baby alone.
Gilmore Girls was the first series to make it to air supported by the Family Friendly Forum's script development fund. An initiative between some of the nation's top advertisers and The WB, the program is intended to offer a greater array of compelling family programming on network television. The strong and loving mother-daughter relationship portrayed in Gilmore Girls reflects the growing reality of this new type of American family.
44. The Abbott and Costello Show
First Aired: 1952-12-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Sid Fields, Gordon Jones, Hillary Brooke
Description: The Abbott and Costello show is timeless humor as fresh today as it was 50 years ago. All of Abbott and Costellos classic routines such as 'Whos on first' can be found in this show. This program captures the two when they were at their peak of their comedic poweress. The cast include Mr.Field, Mike the Cop, Stinky, Bacciagalupe and Hillary. These shows stand today as perhaps the finest surviving representation of the art of burlesque comedy.
45. Barney Miller
First Aired: 1975-01-23 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Ron Carey, Jack Soo
Description: Barney Miller is the kind of cop we'd all like to run into. He is always sensible. He maintains order over a squad room of detectives who gamble for a hobby, get hit on by anything in skirts, go to renaissance philosophy conventions for fun, and would really prefer to be writing. Nearly all of the action takes place in the squad room where the citizens and criminals are brought in to complicate the mix.
46. Only Fools and Horses
First Aired: 1981-09-08 | Network: BBC One | Runtime: 30
Starring: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Buster Merryfield, Paul Barber, Roger Lloyd-Pack
Description: For over two decades, brothers Derek 'Del Boy' and Rodney Trotter of 'Trotters Independent Traders PLC' entertained us both with Del's extreme optimism and scams and, quite simply, Rodney's facial expressions upon hearing those scams. Moving from straight comedy into comedy-drama in its later years, taking head-on the challenges of life and death in its cast and characters - 'Only Fools' became one of Britain's most loved programmes, regularly topping critics and public popularity polls and spawning not only a spin-off comedy series ('The Green Green Grass'), but also a set of prequel dramas ('Rock & Chips').
47. Playhouse 90
First Aired: 1956-10-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 90
Starring: , , , ,
Description: The most ambitious and acclaimed of all the anthology series', Playhouse 90 was in a league of its own. "Requiem of a Heavyweight," written by Rod Serling, garnered numerous Emmys and remains one of the best live dramas. Each week the series aired a complete 90 minute live drama. The list of talents is amazing: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Hiller, John Brahm, Arthur Penn were a few of the directors. Every angle and every shot left an impact on the viewing public. It was a treasure of a show, that rare gem that lives on.
48. Flight of the Conchords
First Aired: 2007-06-17 | Network: HBO | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal
Description: New Zealand duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, AKA the folk/comedy-band Flight of the Conchords, star in this fictionalized look at their lives.
Bret and Jemaine are trying to make it big in New York City, despite their inept manager Murray, and their sole fan/stalker Mel. Their other friends include Dave, a pawn-shop owner, and Eugene, their building's super.
49. The Wonder Years
First Aired: 1988-01-31 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Dan Lauria, Jason Hervey
Description: The Wonder Years tells the story of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) facing the trials and tribulations of youth while growing up during the 1960s. Told through narration from an adult Kevin (Daniel Stern), Kevin faces the difficulties of mantaining relationships and friendships on his enthralling journey into adulthood.
50. The Colbert Report
First Aired: 2005-10-07 | Network: Comedy Central | Runtime: 30
Starring: Stephen Colbert, , , ,
Description: Tune in to The Colbert Report, as Stephen Colbert gives his own take on the issues of the day, and more importantly, to tell you why everyone else's take is just plain wrong. The series is a variety/news show revolving around Colbert's TV persona, a parody of opinionated cable news personalities like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Joe Scarborough.