Top Ten Most Influential TV Shows of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Married With Children Married With Children Married... with Children is an American television live-action sitcom that aired on Fox, created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. Originally broadcast from April 5, 1987 to June 9, 1997, it is the longest-lasting live-action sitcom on Fox, and the first to be broadcast in the network's primetime ...read more.

Without married with children there would be no Family Guy and there also wouldn't be no Simpsons. - egnomac

2 The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening that originally started on April 19, 1987 as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. It got its own series on December 17, 1989 and is still running as of 2018, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer ...read more.

It teaches you a lot, but some are so ignorant morons who say they are for adults

3 I Love Lucy
4 Survivor

I'ts reality. What influences most but realities, especially SURVIVOR format.

5 The Cosby Show The Cosby Show The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York.

Which one? Actually Bill Cosby has starred in several T.V. series, probably the most influential was "I Spy".

6 WWE Monday Night Raw

That teaches you this bull, well at least he has good fights

7 The Sopronos
8 All in the Family
9 The Honeymooners

Without the Honeymooners we wouldn't have had the Flintstones. - egnomac

10 Tom & Jerry

The Contenders

11 Adventure Time Adventure Time Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape ...read more.

Adventure Time influenced pretty much every animated show that came after it. Former writers on the show went on to create Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, and Clarence. Regular Show and Gumball were inspired by it. Even creators of adult cartoons like Rick and Morty cite Adventure Time as an influence.

12 Tiny Toon Adventures Tiny Toon Adventures Tiny Toon Adventures is an American animated comedy television series that was broadcast from September 14, 1990 through May 28, 1995 as the first collaborative effort of Warner Bros.
13 The Tonight Show

Jay Leno was also good, as were Steve Allan, Jack Paar, Jimmy Fallon, and I even liked Conan.
However, Carson is THE archetype of the late night host, and will be forever more.

14 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
15 American Idol American Idol

I think it's pretty awesome watching ordinary people with talent getting big and doing what they love. Most of the American Idol contestants are very successful and that inspires other people to go out there and chase their dreams.

16 The Flintstones The Flintstones The Flintstones is the first animated prime-time American television series. It was broadcast from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966 on ABC.
17 Beavis & Butt-Head
18 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 52 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. ...read more.
19 Family Guy Family Guy Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter (Idiotic Dad) and Lois (Nagging Wife), their children Meg (Socially Awkward Daughter) Chris (Idiotic Son), and Stewie ...read more.
20 Law and Order

The most popular is SVU, but whetehr you are talking about Criminal Intent, the short-lived Trial by Jury, or just the good old "original", this is the greatest T.V. series franchise of all time. If you add up the number of total years on the air of all versions, they eclipse everything else.

21 Gunsmoke

The granddaddy of all westerns

22 Nightline

Late-night show that started long-form coverage of the first Iranian hostage crisis created the template for today's 24-hour news cycle.
Host Ted Koppel was awesome.

23 Colonel Bleep

The very first cartoon ever created specifically for television.
Fairly primitive by modern standards, this is the one that started it all.

24 Your Show of Shows

Forerunner of "Laugh-In" and "Saturday Night Live", these may have been the best comedy writers of all time.

25 Ed Sullivan Show

Even if the only thing he ever did was say: "Ladies and Gentlemen... THE Beatles! ", he would go down in history.
However, there was a very good reason that The Beatles chose his show to appear on first.

26 The Rockford Files
27 M*A*S*H M*A*S*H
28 Seinfeld Seinfeld Four single friends -- comic Jerry Seinfeld, bungling George Costanza, frustrated working gal Elaine Benes and eccentric neighbor Cosmo Kramer -- deal with the absurdities of everyday life in New York City.
29 Animaniacs Animaniacs Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs is an American animated comedy television series produced by Amblin Television label in collaboration with Warner Bros.

It taught us geography, math, the senses, and the presidents of the United States all in songs.

30 Lost Lost Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 episodes.
31 Every Witch Way Every Witch Way Every Witch Way is an American telenovela-formatted teen sitcom that originally aired on Nickelodeon from January 1, 2014, to July 30, 2015. It is the American version of the Nickelodeon Latin American show Grachi.

This show has impacted my life so much that if it cancels or ends sonner than expected, I will give up television forever.

32 Ed, Edd, n Eddy
33 Futurama Futurama Futurama is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
34 The Twilight Zone
35 Star Trek
36 Teen Wolf Teen Wolf
37 Grimm
38 Lucifer
39 Supernatural Supernatural This haunting series follows the thrilling yet terrifying journeys of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who face an increasingly sinister landscape as they hunt monsters. After losing their mother to a supernatural force, the brothers were raised by their father as soldiers who track mysterious ...read more.
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