Top 10 Best TV Shows


The Top TenXW

1The Simpsons

In my generation, this was the Beatles of television.

The old simpsons were the best ever. Don't judge it by the new episodes. Watch all of seasons 5-10 and you will agree.

Even those without accounts are right, The Simpsons wasn't really appropriate for families, it's a teenage show only for teenagers and adults, it's humor is dirty, but South Park takes the cake as the most inappropriate show of all time, People need to stop focusing on inappropriate shows, they probably just do it for the money. - nelsonerico

I absolutly love it but I have to agree the older ones were better. I especially like the treehouse horror halloween specials that they do

I love this show! Totally agree!

V156 Comments
2Breaking Bad

No.13. Are you kidding me. It deserves the top spot and way ahead of all these other shows (except Friends). It is the best show on television apart from The Wire. Please vote for this to get to the top.

Wow, that piece of garbage by the name of "Family Guy" is higher than this?

This show really knows how to write characters and a twisty plot. This show... Geez if I described in detail why it's so great, I'd write a bloody novel! Oh PLEASE do yourself a favor and watch this. Family Guy was never good to begin with. Seth MacFarlane just references stuff and expects you to laugh because somehow, if you reference something, it's automatically funny. Har har har. Gilligan on the other hand is an intelligent individual who incorporates moral themes and realistic character traits into his show. Also, Breaking Bad is UNPREDICTABLE. If you like The Walking Dead, The X-Files, or ANY crime drama, this show is for you. Even if you don't - this show might make crime dramas your obsession. PLEASE do yourself a favor and give it a watch. And if you still like the racist, sexist, unoriginal Simpsons rip-off that is Family Guy better, please get cultured.

Breaking Bad has everything you could possibly want in a show plus more. Every second of this masterpiece is absolutely brilliant. There's not a single bad performance by anyone. Breaking Bad has the greatest assemblage of characters I've ever seen, everyone is incredibly fascinating. Walter White is one of the finest and most complex characters ever created. The soundtrack must be mentioned as well, as Dave Porters score is mesmerizing and the great songs throughout the series are perfectly placed. I'm definitely going to watch it all over again. Breaking Bad is my religion! - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

It was actually awesome, it won't disturb you, and it had the best acting as a matter of fact for a non sitcom show, it was the best show ever made and now the best show around is Doctor Who. - nelsonerica

This is the bet show in the word I love it go watch 10/10

V243 Comments
3Family Guy

Family guy is funny if mostly because of the random humor. I think the reason many people don't appreciate it is for this reason, and some people prefer more structured humor and storylines (e.G. south park) but family guy just kicks.

Its the funniest, most hilarious comedy show I have ever watched I love Family Guy. My favourite character is Stewie The show has been getting better each season and deserves to be number 1 on this list

I easily agree except that in my opinion South Park is a little better - OneWayStreet

Family Guy is my favourite T.V. show. I started watching just a little while ago but now I watch it every day after school. I used to watch The Simpsons but now I understand the true meaning of comedy. Some people don't like Family Guy because the humor has nothing to do with the plot but that's the exact reason I like it.

South park is better

V84 Comments
4The Walking Dead

What makes "The Walking Dead, " so unique is the fact that it isn't some cliche show where you can guess exactly what happens. You'll watch your favorite characters die, and weaker characters fail repeatedly. Of course there are zombies walking around looking for flesh, but that's simply a chore each of the characters must face now. "The Walking Dead, " exposes humanities imperfections in such a way that makes you feel for the characters so much more.

AMC created a master piece. The episodes totally hook you and once you watch it there is no going back. Second Season Oct.11 can't wait for it to come. - PePsMeX

It's not always hooking, it's scary and disturbing, it isn't as bad as Supernatural, but it can still disturb you and possibly scar you for life, but it deserves to be here since it's so iconic.

The walking dead is an amazing show, it has great characters with lot of depth and does well at keeping you watching the show with suspense, thrills, and anticipation of what happens next. Truly a great show

The game has a huge storyline and it will make you cry at the end

V125 Comments

Friends totally rocks! It's been years since it ended, but it's magic is still captures your heart!

Friends is like the best T.V. show ever no one can compete with friends...
Have seen each and every episode of friends like 5 times...

The greatest sitcom of all time, has surpassed Seinfeld in everything. Possibly the greatest T.V. Show of all time. Its impact on culture is immense, it really broke the mold in what sitcoms were.

The person who replied most of those comments is 15 and I'm 20 and I know about what shows are appropriate to watch and their content, some of the stuff on this show was inappropriate, they mentioned things like sex and pregnancy, which is immature even at my age, Friends wasn't a family show, it was a teen & adult show, but it was still the best, as based on the reviews. - nelsonerico

There are so many wonderful moments through out the show! Friends does such a good job mixing heartfelt moments with humour. The brilliant plots and witty jokes never get old!

V232 Comments
6SpongeBob SquarePants

Wait, this should be in the top 5. What is Queer as Folk? This should possibly be the top T.V. show. He is a fun yellow sponge with a pink starfish best friend. - thowil

SpongeBob is the stupidest show I've ever seen. I fall asleep each time I watch for over 3 minutes

Haha how could you now love him? His is a fun yellow sponge with a stupid pink starfish friend! I love him! And he should be in the top ten or twenty

My number 1 cartoon show. I've seen every episode from season 1-8

The new episodes are nowhere near as good as the old ones since the movie, Nickelodeon is running out of ideas.

How could anyone hate this show? It is hilarious in every way!

V134 Comments
7Game of Thrones

GOT is the best show ever... How come it is placed so low on the list :(
My top 5 T.V. shows would be:
1. Game of Thrones
2. How I met Your Mother
3. Breaking Bad
4. Friends
5. The Wire - abhisheksrivastava

A magnificent and spellbinding show that is always intriguing. The atmosphere and tension it manages to create throughout each episode is superb. Fascinating characters, epic music, gorgeous cinematography, stunning action. great story and character developments... yeah, basically everything about Game of Thrones is excellent. Once all seasons are out I'm gonna watch it all over again, 'cause its that amazing and I love this show so much. Along with Breaking Bad, this is at the top of the best shows to come out in a long time. Masterpiece!

I was looking for something to watch and seen Game of thrones was ranked 59th. Not sure if this site is even worth looking at anymore...

Never heard of it

V109 Comments

No other show can hold a candle to Seinfeld - haineroid

Jerry seinfeld is the best comedian ever and made the best show ever. - metfan001

Everyone knows George and Kramer are the best characters in T.V. History! And how did Friends get more votes than this?

Never heard of it

V55 Comments
9South Park

It's all about the scripts. Just like The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. The animation is sub par and who cares? These guys can stay on top of current events and paste one of these episodes together in 2 weeks if they need to do so. The one theme that seems to resonate with this team of writers is the cult of personality. Those writers love to be mean to celebs. They stay fresh because their ideas come from current events. - mgenet

It's not about the kids, it's about the audience overall. Who cares if it's inappropriate for kids, why do you care so much? It's supposed to be for mature audiences only. - MontyPython

There is no way that friends and family guy top this south park is a masterpiece! - Chris-1

Friends could but it doesn't but Family Guy, no way! And to that person who keeps complaining about how this show is inappropriate, who cares! It's good. And it teaches you life lessons - lelennyface

One of the few shows that remains relevant through the years

This is the only show on comedy channel that doesn't get worst from old to new, it actually gets better. The old episodes were bad and it got better as it kept going, I have heart attacks laughing at the humorous jokes, and Cartman so funny nobody hates this show

V78 Comments
10The Big Bang Theory

This show is hilarious. Enough said. The only reason that more people don't like the show is because they aren't smart enough to understand the jokes.

really funny especially sheldon and raj - blind_bikerz

What's the big bang theory doing at number 13? I don't understand how people have such poor judgement. This show deserves top marks. Maybe, after another ice-age, an intelligent species will evolve which will have enough brains to get the jokes in the show...

Its okay I guess

V86 Comments

The Newcomers

?Being Human (UK)
?Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race
BAdd New Item

The Contenders

11The X-Files

X-Files rocked! The only reason I would come home to watch TV was this show. The biggest let down when it ended. Loved the movie and still waiting for another one. - wally24

The BEST SHOW EVER AND ALWAYS WILL BE. No other show will have the actors that X-Files did, the writers (I mean come on what other show has taken risks and written such out there/off-the-wall stuff that Chris Carter has/did), the story lines, etc... You could go on and on about this show. It's the greatest of all time. And will forever be my love and favorite (when it comes to T.V. shows).

It is the best show I have ever seen you just can't miss it I hope my comment will help you realize how great this show is I have no words to explain it is so good

Never heard of it

V46 Comments
12How I Met Your Mother

That's one of the best T.V. show I had ever seen. Barney Stinson is my favourite character

The best T.V. show ever! Never seen such a good show that can make you laugh out loud!

The best group dynamic ever and hilarious beats friends hands down

I don't watch it

V93 Comments
13The Office (US)

It's just the best show ever. Best characters, best jokes, best lines, best plots. It's simply just that everything about it is awesome and fantastic. It's clearly the best and I don't know how it only has 1% of the votes here. Watch it people! It's amazing! Most people underestimate it because you have to be a true fan to really fully enjoy it, because you have to know the backstories, but if one were to pick it up late on the bandwagon, then watch every episode from season 1 to 9, they'd love it. Unless you don't like the humor entirely, it's just the best T.V. show ever.

The Office is the only show I've watched all nine seasons twice. I've laughed, I've cried, and I miss it. Each character is so unique and perfected. The actors couldn't have been picked better. I even loved the show after Steve left. If you haven't watched it beginning to end, get a Netflix account right now, start the show, and don't stop until you've reached the end.

This is all I need to say: AWESOME! Just kidding I'm gonna say a lot more than that. First of all who doesn't love a boss who's an idiot, coworkers that are clueless and love to make fun of each other, who wouldn't love a show that makes you feel good about ourself and makes you laugh all the time!

I don't watch it

V32 Comments

I absolutley LOVE LOST! It's so exciting and it always keeps you at the edge of your seat! This should be like at least number 5 on the list. It's a classic and all genres are on the show, they have it all, action, drama, adventure, romance, comedy, humor, mystery, and sometimes a bit of horror but not the real haunting horror, just mild. It's perfect for family veiwing or with your friends or even just alone. My favorites are Jack and Kate. I hate Sawyer, stupid hobo- monkey! Watch it, it's honestly mind squeezing, it makes you think hard to find a theory. It's also truly for smart people too! All lost fans are smart, that's why they understand it and love it! You will to!


Lost was absolutely the best! It should be number one. It just kept you guessing at every turn and you really had to think about what you were watching at times or you would get LOST

I don't watch it

V96 Comments

Best show EVER! Great Story lines, amazing acting, superb character chemistry. The show had me hooked from the first episode.

No, no supernatural is the best show ever.
Comedy, botherly love good, evil come on.

The Awesomest Show Ever!
The Story Line is Epic and it got me wrapped like hell

Never heard of it

V270 Comments
16Doctor Who

Doctor Who is so big, you couldn't fit the universe inside! This ensures that Doctor Who remains one of the greatest television shows of all time and it still grows to this day! Who of most British Actors hasn't been in Doctor Who over its wonderful 50 years! Every episode is a new adventure, and yet everything somehow links together in the end! If you don't believe me, watch all 800 episodes, read all 2,000 novels, listen to all 1,500 audio stories, examine all 10,000 comic stories and most of all, be a part of the biggest television fan base on the planet! You may change your mind...

Season 3,4,5,6 are the best out of all. I Recomend Fathers Day, The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances, Tooth and Claw, Army of Ghosts, Doomsday, The Shakespere Code, The Lazurs Experiment, Human Nature, Family of Blood, BLINK is best!, Utopia, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Silence in the Library, Forest of the Dead, Midnight, Turn Left, Stolen Earth, Journeys End, Eleventh Hour, Time of the Angels, Flesh and Stone, Vincent the Day, THe PAndorica Opens, The Big Bang, Imposible Astronut, Day of the Moon, Doctors Wife, Night Terrors, Closing time, The Girl Who Waited, and The God Complex.

The longest running science fiction show of all time, a show that constantly reinvents itself, a show where the main character has been played fantastically by 11 brilliant actors, a show with some of the best sci fi plots ever written, a show that still feels new and fresh today even though it's been around for almost half a century! Why on earth is this not in the top 10?! - chrisgreen

I don't watch it

V79 Comments

It will surely teach you between the good and the bad. Awesome T.V. series. Changed the way I thought about life. It should be on number 1.

32? This should be number 1 and no way is american idol better than dexter. That is really stupid

Hey this one should be on top because the way they mix action drama horror every thing its just great I love this show Michael c. Hall did great justice with his role

Never heard of it

V48 Comments
18Sherlock (U.K.)

Sherlock is the best ever! No other show even comes close, save Doctor Who way in the distance. It can and will take over your life - all in under ten episodes. That takes serious skill. I love the action, the subtle humour, the plot, and the actors. Sherlock is such a fascinating, complex character who is hilarious and terrifying at the same time. Watson is not to be overlooked though he's so normal and human compared to "our favourite psychopath" that the two make a hilarious duo.

The only downside? There are three seasons, three episodes per season, and about two years for the production of each series. I suppose that's what we have to go through to get good television. Oh, and the Reichenbach Fall will break your heart. It did mine.

Anyone who says South Park, Family Guy, or the Simpsons tops Sherlock has clearly never seen true entertainment.

This is a true modern epic. Terrific storyline, superb performances and repackaging of the quintessential detective that easily outclasses the big budget Hollywood franchise. Deserves to be much much higher

This serie is so GOOD! It's absolutely amazing - the humor, action, plot and the actor WHO play's Sherlock is brilliant! 10/10

Never heard of it

V46 Comments
19That '70s Show

My All time favorite sitcom. This is one of the most underestimated tv shows around. Seasons 1-4 were the best. The cast made this series more than the decade did. I really loved this show. It was endearing, cutting edge, heartbreaking, crude and FUNNY all at the same time. Well rounded, ensemble cast, but in my opinion Topher Grace was the backbone of the seies. - danalana

You can tell a lot of heart and effort was put into the production of this show. It's a show you can watch at anytime, in any state of mind. I remember it being a popular show back in the mid 00's but not many people tend to recognize its greatness today.
The show definitely declined after Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace left, but to me this doesn't detract from the overall quality of the 8-season run.

The Best of the top 10 TV shows is in 10th place at the moment. 70's show is great, I have all the season sets. But it would actually tie rank 2 with Law and Order on my list behind the best show "House". And what flippin' idiots log into this site? X-files as number 1 gag gag barf barf, its best tv shows of all time, not biggest flops of all time - PDP

I don't watch it

V26 Comments

The most well written show and character that I have ever seen on television! It also peeked my interest on a constant basis. The fact he is a genius among doctors means this guy is super smart. Of course the show touts him as the best diagnostician in the world, figuring out medical issues that even the best specialist can not remedy. His quips and sarcastic persona are extremely entertaining. Someone mentioned "House" was the best character ever on television. He is one of my favorites but that distinction belongs to "Archie Bunker"!

He's a terrible influence, but he's awesome. I didn't even know Laurie was British until I saw an interview on the news! Great acting by all the peeps. I feel kind of bad for Wilson, because he has to basically be House's dad or brother and monitor his actions.

Sherlock Holmes (House) reworked and expanded wonderfully. A bit of irony getting a Brit to play an American. Gotta love it. The American accent is perfect. - mgenet

Never heard of it

V39 Comments
BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Best Disney Channel Shows Best Nickelodeon Shows of All Time Worst Disney Channel Shows Best Cartoon Network Shows Top Ten TV Shows For Teenagers

List StatsUpdated 8 Oct 2015

30,000 votes
951 listings
9 years, 10 days old

Top Remixes (398)

1. Full House
2. Zoey 101
3. SpongeBob SquarePants
1. Vampire Diaries
2. Grey's Anatomy
3. Supernatural
1. Gravity Falls
2. Friends
3. The Big Bang Theory

View All 398


Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.