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 a cartoon that started in 1989, and is still running as of 2017. It is about a man named Homer and his family going through a long series of misadventures.

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 Tiny Toon Adventures Tiny Toon Adventures
12 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.

13 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.

14 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.

15 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.
16 Beavis & Butt-Head
17 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon
18 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.
19 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.

20 Gunsmoke

The granddaddy of all westerns

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