Top 10 Best TV Shows of All TimeTelevision has come a long way since the days of black-and-white screens and just a handful of channels. Nowadays, there's practically an endless buffet of shows to choose from. From mind-bending sci-fi series to gut-wrenching dramas, from quirky comedies to deeply nuanced character studies - TV has something for every mood, every curiosity, and every late-night binge-watching session.
Every character has yellow skin! How weird? A family full of different traits:
Homer - oh, don't get me started. I could talk about him forever. How he always eats, sleeps, drinks, it is his circle of life, I guess. Stupid guy, in a way that makes you laugh.
Marge - she does everything for Homer. She was actually kind of the smart one, but sometimes she can be a bit dumb. Cooks, cleans, washes, drives. Marge Simpson, the hardworking mother that normally does everything.
Lisa - the smart one, figures out stuff, but sometimes, like Marge, she can be STUPID! She loves her pet Snowball and wears an orange dress with a necklace around her neck.
Bart - stupid, lame, an idiot all the time, he is like his father. Well, except the part where Homer eats a lot and sleeps. He is a troublesome boy. Farts, and makes pranks. He is always in trouble with the head of the school.
Maggie - the baby, she actually is the perfect one in the family, well, except the part where she can't talk. She can show instead of speak, and sometimes figures out stuff.
The Simpsons have two pets, Santa's Little Helper, a dog, who is quite stupid and lame. And a cat who dies several times.
While I have to agree that the later episodes are pretty awful, they are still fun to watch, even if they don't come close to the amazing first three seasons. Even seasons 4 and 5 are pretty good. Also, the movies are surprisingly good, which is something you don't expect from media franchises as big as SpongeBob. The TV show also spawned comics, video games (which are also pretty good), mugs, the aforementioned movies, chia pets, toothpaste, and every other thing you can stick SpongeBob's face on, with an actual official SpongeBob car, which wasn't that popular, but it is still cool! I can respect The Simpsons for beating it out, but SpongeBob will always be number one in my heart. I'm ready!
SpongeBob SquarePants is the greatest TV show of all time. It is COMEDY GOLD. Sure, we saw a decrease in quality between the sixth and seventh seasons, but it went up immediately after that. People saying that Seasons 6-8 are garbage are 1. WRONG and 2. Just being rude to the creators of the show as they put 10 months into making one eleven-minute episode. Anyway, the entire show is amazing. Seasons 1-4 were incredible, Season 5 was great, Seasons 6-7 were good, Seasons 8-9 were great, and the show is amazing right now, and it's on its 12TH SEASON. You're obviously not going to agree with me, but that's my opinion.
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 Porter's 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!
For number 5, this is still too low. The way this show is laid out and told is so wonderfully done. No show in the entire world has a group of writers better than Vince Gilligan and his team. They were able to perfectly have a beginning, middle, and an incredible ending to a series that will definitely have a spot in television history. And it's not just the storyline, it's the incredible cast they have... There is no weak link that drags them all down, they are all wonderful, especially Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul... Before this, I wasn't a huge fan of drama television, but this show was so perfectly done that I can't help but fall in love with it.
I love the show. I was watching it since I was 9, and it's very addicting. I'm on s24, and so far, every episode knows how to cheer me up! Every season gets worse and worse! I learned my lesson that not every cartoon is for kids! I can't think of anything that sucked in the show! But they do cross the line a lot!
LOVE THIS SHOW! I hated when 200 and 201 got banned, but we all know why it happened, and hated when Chef died since he was a good character. I thought Cartman was funny, yet aggressive most of the time, and Kenny, a lovable boy who keeps on getting killed. I thought Cthulhu being in the show was a great choice. A lot of funny scenes made me laugh, like in the movie when Bill Gates told the general about the new software and got shot (don't ask). Sometimes I think some of the jokes kinda cross the line, like that puzzle Randy did, and said the word BLEEP out loud, and Chef's death! This show should go on for the years to come.
"Game of Thrones" is what happens when you choose a book that regular people would say "This isn't doable with TV." Reasons? Cruelty, sex, morality + wit, fantasy, and drama?
And boy did HBO's gamble pay off. "Game of Thrones" is the most clever, atmospheric, and epic show out there. The cruelty, sex, and bad morals of some characters that you may find yourself rooting for actually work because of how quality everything is on the show! The acting is too real, I mean too real. I don't remember questioning one thing. The world of "GoT," for lack of non-repetition, is too real as well for its fantasy elements. Ice zombies, dragons, real. Damn.
And since when did fantasy become for non-fantasy fans if its name isn't "Lord of the Rings"? Good work to every working person on the show who contributed.
Game of Thrones is BY FAR the greatest show of our time. It is simply the ultimate fantasy masterpiece, and it's only getting better.
My #2 choice would be South Park. The brilliant comedy is probably often overlooked as a raunchy gag fest, but it does an amazing job incorporating complex themes and social commentary, all while not taking itself too seriously.
Honorable mentions go to Seinfeld, It's Always Sunny, and the better seasons of Spongebob, Family Guy, and The Big Bang Theory.
I cringed a little at seeing The Walking Dead placed above Game of Thrones. It's a decent show but so frustrating to be a fan of. It created a world of possibilities, but in stark contrast to GoT, it fails miserably to explore them, sticking to dull, repetitive plotlines. TWD is full of unlikable characters, too bloody even for those who usually don't mind, and not above pissing off its fanbase with story arcs that skip 3 episodes on a cliffhanger.
I haven't seen enough of Breaking Bad to judge it, whereas with The Simpsons I've seen too much, but I can safely say that Game of Thrones belongs above them all.
Family Guy is the best show ever. Although it has faced a lot of criticism for its content and humor, it can never be ignored as the best TV show of all time. It blends satirical and sitcom comedies, which makes a great combination. It also has Stewie Griffin, the best character ever in television history. It is the only animated show to be nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, along with live-action real comedies. It is popular among everybody, hilarious to watch, and recognized as the best TV show of all time. It is about the Griffins, a dysfunctional family, consisting of: lovable idiot Peter, hot wife Lois, hated daughter Meg, fat stupid son Chris, diabolical genius baby Stewie, and sophisticated alcoholic talking dog Brian. They have many misadventures together or individually. Please vote for this show. It is a superb satirical sitcom. If you have not seen it, watch and you will instantly fall in love. This is the best and perfect TV show of all time!
What got me into the show? The characters are just real people fighting for survival in all the ways you've seen before, and yet NONE of them are completely safe. One minute, they can be smiling over finding a can of food. The next, they get bit, or they get kidnapped, or they get into a shootout with bandits or anything else that could go wrong. Add awesome zombies, great acting, great effects, great writing, one of the best scores in all of history, likable actors portraying lovable characters you find yourself learning from, favoring, and even identifying with, and you have the greatest TV show ever made, based off a comic book or not.
The Walking Dead is not about something zombie-cliché where you need to find out who made that apocalypse up. You have to face seeing your characters get attacked by such men. You can see in the future that Carl or Rick might fall in danger or Maggie dying of birth or Glenn getting hurt and fracturing his skull. You can also see sad scenes like you might think that Maggie and Beth's father getting beheaded or Beth dying in a hospital.
The Walking Dead is a masterpiece. You will not regret watching this because there are more episodes to come, and you will regret not watching this also. From 2011-20__, the show running in the front eyes of the fans and people is true. No going back.
The story is primarily about 6 individuals (Ross [David Schwimmer], and his sister, Monica [Courtney Cox], Joey and Chandler [Matt LeBlanc and Matt Perry], who are best friends, Jennifer... read more
Whenever I feel low, this is the only serial I watch, and it really lifts my spirits.
I grew up watching these friends, almost like my next-door neighbors.
I feel I am part of them, and they are a part of my life, whenever they come into my living room.
I can't stop smiling even now after watching all the episodes 'n' number of times.
They are like a ray of sunshine in my dark, cloudy days.
Thank you, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Ross, Joey, Chandler, not necessarily in that order, for being my best friends through the years.
I have laughed and cried along with you.
That is why my choice of the best serial goes to Friends.
This show is magical. It's been a while since it ended, but it kind of melts your heart every single time you watch it. It's got the best cast. More importantly, you learn a lot from this show. It's absolutely not inappropriate if taken in the right sense. It's easily the greatest show ever. Ross and Rachel totally spice it up. To sum it up, this show has the capability to change the way you go about life in a very unconventional, emotional, and of course, in a funny, entertaining way.
Now, I may not exactly be an expert TV/film critic, but The Office is most definitely one of the best comedies out there, likely the best. It's also one of the best shows ever made. I have to give props to the original The Office in the UK, but the US adaptation is better (considering it had more seasons). This show is genuinely funny and smart. The documentary-like style they went for absolutely works. Everyone kills their roles, and it all feels very real. This level of realism in a show is nearly unmatched. Did I also mention this show is absolutely hilarious? Jim's pranks on Dwight, Kevin doing Kevin things. Just the comedic timing is impeccable. Although this show is mostly a comedy, this show can blend in with many other genres as well, like drama. Most of all, it is so rewatchable, and I have no idea why anyone would not like this show or at least appreciate the work put into it.
Honestly, it's the best cartoon. Very well made, well executed, and comes to a satisfying and heartbreaking close. It's not my personal favorite, but it's of the best quality and most consistent. I love how creative Alex Hirsch is (hope I spelled that right), and Bill Cipher might be my favorite villain. I don't have much more to say about this show. It's pretty great, no wonder it's so high on the list.
I love Friends, but all in all, Gravity Falls is undeniably my favorite show. I love it for so many reasons, so I'll just touch on a few. First of all, it has balance. It has mystery & the supernatural like the X-Files or Twin Peaks, but it also has humor like The Simpsons or Friends. It has outstanding character development, and every character has more than one side. The series-long love story (as all TV shows have) is actually interesting. (Blendin's Game!) Dipper and Mabel have an awesome sibling relationship. They care about each other a lot but also fight sometimes. The main cast has great chemistry with each other. There are countless outside references, making it a show for kids and adults. The humor is clever and mature, not random, gross, dorky, or childish. The graphics are unique but cool. Every episode works both on its own and as part of the series. The plots are well developed and cleverly resolved, not solved deus ex machina. The episodes are thirty minutes, which is one of the reasons everything else can happen. The show has a perfect mix of humor, mystery, emotion, development, and everything in between. Every time I think, "This episode wasn't that great," and I rewatch it, it is always way better than I remembered. Somehow, the episodes get better each time you watch them. I could go on, but I think I've made my point.
I've watched this show more than six times. Trust me, it's good. The character writing is realistic and brilliant, and Zuko's character arc, in particular, is one of my favorites in fiction. Seriously, go watch this now. It doesn't matter your age. There's a reason it's the seventh-highest-rated show of all time on IMDb.
It's hard to explain it all in one comment, but the show is well balanced in everything. Great animation, epic music, awesome actions, well-developed characters, amazing actors and actresses, et cetera. Though what's nice is the fact that the show can balance out serious moments and funny moments, and it's not at all inappropriate or so kid-friendly that it's corny. Also, the show touches on concepts that most kids' shows wouldn't even think about, and yet they explain it in a way that kids won't be completely bored by it. Either way, everything about the show is perfect and has obvious effort and pure optimism put into it. Both adults and children can find something to enjoy in this beautiful masterpiece of a show. Avatar: The Last Airbender is a one-of-a-kind show and honestly, I don't know if anything else will ever be like it. So for me, it is my favorite show of all time. For others, maybe not, but my experience with the show has been completely positive. Rating: Infinity points/10.
Changed my opinion of "All sitcoms are s***." It opened my mind to many other shows. Man, every character, Jerry, Kramer, George, and Elaine, they're all so unique in their own way, and the fact that the show is about the trivial and miscellaneous. It's so aah, can only explain with the laughter watching this show! I fell off the couch laughing about Jerry and George's story about "Art Vandelay."
I am 17, and Seinfeld is my favorite TV show. My favorite character is Kramer. I could watch this show all day and all night. Every time I watch, I get a great laugh. This is a show that I enjoy, and my parents enjoy as well. It's so much better than Cheers, The Wonder Years, Frasier, Friends, or Modern Family.
Should be in the top 3! How is it possible that a stupid show like "Friends" is ranked higher than this show? The best jokes and funny situations were on this show and certainly not in "Friends." At least they didn't rank it lower than "The Big Bang Theory." That would be really ridiculous.
Hilarious. I remember watching it the first time and nearly splitting a rib! I couldn't believe it because before, no other comedy had actually made me laugh. The entertainment wasn't ever that funny! But this show did it for me. Then I binged the show over and over and over again, and now I've seen every episode like, five times. Haha, I don't know if that's healthy or not =P
The Big Bang Theory must have some sort of force field around it that alters the laws of social hierarchy. While nerds are ridiculed in other situations by the general populace, they are found entertaining in the case of this show. Being a nerd myself, I find it great that there is a show which requires a certain degree of scientific savviness to understand.
I am a critic. My name is Ronald Acura. I am a 37-year-old man. I love TBBT. I have been a big fan of The Big Bang Theory since it first aired on CBS in 2007. When I still lived with my parents, my dad and mom were done watching How I Met Your Mother. The Big Bang Theory came on, and they loved it. Everyone in my family loves The Big Bang Theory.
This is one of the only TV shows that I couldn't just get enough of. I finished the entire season 1 in about a week, and now I am just patiently waiting for season 2. The horror vibe, characters, and storyline were simply amazing. There were actual plot twists, and I felt sympathy for the characters. Even for Steve, for some odd reason. The characters were made perfectly and still have mysteries tied to them. What is Eleven's backstory? What's going to happen to Will now? How about Hopper? Hopefully, these questions will be answered in the next season. There were plenty of funny moments, like when Eleven was about to change in front of the boys or when Lucas spat into Dustin's hand to demonstrate a spit shake, and Dustin just looked at his hand confused and possibly disgusted. Definitely one of my favorite shows, and I hope season 2 will be just as wonderful as the first.
The best binge-watching show ever, but that's not all this series has. It is more interesting, has better characters, a better plot, and cooler everything than 6 of the top ten TV shows, some of which are just terrible. South Park is like an enormous camel turd someone put into your trash, and even Family Guy looks like a creative and thoughtful show compared to SpongeBob.
I completely respect your opinion if you don't like this show. I'll listen to your opinion and try to understand, even if I don't agree. However, I am in love with this show, so of course, my opinion will be biased. I could write a whole essay (and I actually did) on why this is my favorite show, so I'll just shorten it a bit.
Many people who've never seen the show (which is perfectly fine) say it's either too weird, confusing, or immature. And I admit, that description pretty much sums up the earlier seasons when the main focus was about a boy and his best friend going on wacky adventures with lots of childish humor. But it evolved into so much more than that, as the characters grew up and matured along with us.
I can't begin to describe how much I love this show. Hopefully, others understand. The characters, the dialogue, the relationships, the drama, the happiness, the emotion, the bad, the good – the whole show is a rollercoaster. It has had very high highs and very low lows, all presented in such a simple way, but with so many layers.
I don't know, maybe it's not as good as I think. It certainly has some very questionable episodes and moments I can barely watch without being disgusted or offended. I mean, I'm not really sure why this is a kids' show. There are themes of cannibalism, LOTS of kidnapping, LOTS of killing, depression, and numerous relationship issues. In a few episodes, they get a little too suggestive with innuendos and such. Also, it's worth mentioning that without Adventure Time, several other shows probably wouldn't exist. I've laughed incredibly hard watching this, and I've cried more times than I can count. It has made me question so much in life and is one of the primary things keeping me going, one of the only things I have to look forward to lately.
This is getting very long, so if you haven't watched it, maybe check it out. Or not. You definitely don't have to agree with me or anyone who likes this show. But... more
My favorite show of all time. Other than seasons 3 and 5, which season 3 had some of the absolute worst episodes in the show and had good episodes that weren't even that good for this show's standards, and season 5 was very forgettable for the most part, the entire show was always top quality up until the very last episode. The plots were always at least somewhat original to the show, even in the episodes with similar plots. There was nothing regular about this show. In fact, it's probably the most unique show that I have ever watched, and I also love it for that reason. Other than Margaret and C.J., I adored all of the characters and the way each one acted. There were some other very small problems in the show, such as seasons 1 and 2, as well as the first episode of season 3, having very choppy animation, but overall I can't forgive this show enough for even existing. It's just that good.
The best, most detailed show in the history of television. It has so many qualities other shows have failed to meet. It has amazing actors and actresses. The show breaks boundaries by including so many different people. The show shows that being gay is okay. It embraces variety and tells you it's okay to be who you are. No one will judge. Doctor Who embraces everything. That's why I and so many other people just adore it. With new and old faces, lesbian lizard women, evil yelling salt shakers, fat, and Captain Jack Harkness's pickup lines, there's nothing to hate about this show. Sci-Fi, Horror, Action, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Drama, Romance, Doctor Who has it all. Consider watching Doctor Who, the best show in all the universes.
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...
After thinking about the question for a while, I have to conclude that LOST is the best television series to ever air. It's just incredibly well-written and thought-out. It can get confusing, especially in season 5, but that's one of the great things about it. It's intelligent because that's how the story happened to turn out, not because it had to be or wanted to be. I will forever regret not watching it until five years after it finished.
Now, how the hell is it that the likes of Family Guy, South Park, even the Simpsons are higher than this? I know that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not even that is an appropriate excuse for something as grotesque as this.
I absolutely 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 viewing 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 too!
I like Futurama, but it's not better than The Simpsons.
It was not going to last as long as The Simpsons.
This was a parody of sci-fi shows and in the year 3000.
If the year 3000 ever happens, then do you think it would be like Futurama even though we wouldn't know unless there would be a time machine invented to see the future?
Do you want to drink some Slurm?
Anyway, I'd prefer Busted with the underwater.
This show had so much potential and needs to be brought back. The comedy was perfect. There were so many interesting characters that could have had whole episodes about them.
I could see it being #1 if there were only the five seasons (and maybe the movies), but the last seasons ruined it. It should still be in the top 10 nonetheless.
Pokémon. I watch it with my little sister all the time! We criticize trainers' battle strategies, call out what they should do, and make fun of certain characters. But watching this show with my little sister has made some of the best memories in my childhood. I remember giving my sister a Jigglypuff stuffed animal. It was awesome. All of the games, shows, Pokémon characters, all have a special place in my heart. Anyone saying this is a bad show just hasn't watched the whole thing. The first episode with Pikachu and Ash is so emotional! Anyways... Pokémon all the way!
I started watching Pokémon when I was 10 years old. I stopped watching for a while. Now at 33, I have a toddler in love with the series on Netflix. I've been watching it with her and fell back in love with it. Some of the new episodes are quite involved. The writing is shockingly really good!
Never forget why I love this show, which is why I'm part of the fandom. I am a huge Pokémon fangirl. Some of the episodes are so emotional, and it brings back my childhood memories when I first watched it when I was a kid. The battles throughout the anime are awesome. The XYZ and Sun and Moon series are personally my favorite seasons so far.
And not only that, the best Pokémon character ever to be seen in episodes is Sawyer, who is cute, adorable, and handsome!
I've been watching the show since the beginning. It will always mean a lot to me. The lore cannot be beaten. It's one of the most bingeable shows you will ever come across (helps that it was on air for 15 years). Seasons 9 and 10 are my favorite because of what Dean goes through. It's deep and speaks to me more than any character ever has. Seasons 1-3 are hard to get through sometimes during rewatches just because it's very different compared to later seasons.
You'll fall in love with everyone in this show, including villains like Lucifer and Crowley. And why is it the best show ever? Because Sam and Dean have a chemistry better than any other couple that ever lived. I promise. Sam and Dean. They are the reason this show is sooo good. The actors are amazing people in real life too, and that reflects in the show too. The directors are geniuses! The music in the show is bound to make your taste in music better. You'll fall in love with every single thing about the show: The Impala, Sam's puppy eyes, Dean's pie, his burger, our cute robo Cas. And you'll be so emotionally attached to them, you won't be able to leave them, because they are your family. That's why SPN is a family.
Okay, I agree all the other shows are excellent, but trust me, How I Met Your Mother is the best amongst all, and it's because it has everything: comedy, romance, friendship, love lessons, life lessons, philosophy, etc.
It teaches you how to live your life and how to deal with your life!
It has taught me a lot in these 9 seasons of How I Met Your Mother.
I've watched the whole series more than 5 times, but still, if you ask me whether I feel bored watching the same thing again, my answer will be NO!
Watch it, and you'll understand the greatness of this sitcom!
Hands down, the best TV show ever. From its comedic casting to its awesome portrayal of characters and flashbacks, they really put a great deal of effort to make you feel like part of the gang. I really like the balance between making you laugh and having sympathy for the characters. The only hitch is the ending, though they were hinting at it since the very start.
I LOVE THIS SHOW! My dad introduced me to it, and it always makes me laugh. Rick is hilarious, Morty is basically me, and Jerry is just... Jerry. A 10/10 for me.
This show is probably the best show I have ever watched. Honestly, Rick is straight up hilarious, and Summer is a literal diva, and Morty reminds me of my friend who gets tired of my annoying antics. 10/10 recommend!
Rick and Morty is just a blast of adult animated comedy sci-fi thrown in our faces. And it's awesome. The characters are just funny, Rick is an amazing grandfather and scientist. Morty is just a funny, enjoyable character to watch. Definitely recommend this show.
Like any adult animated comedy, it can be a real pick-and-mix bag. If you decide to marathon a show like this, expect to notice significant shifts in both quality and themes between seasons. Of all the adult animated family sitcoms though, this is the one I have least often found boring, disgusting, or abhorrent. Let's not dance around the issue. Those kinds of moments come with the genre. American Dad is the one I've seen get the most visible effort put into it, to the point it does have real changes in the status quo that span seasons sometimes, and (while silly) plotlines that can span over multiple episodes. It creates a bit of intrigue when they pop up, but you know it's pretty much all a massive joke anyways.
Last time I watched this show was about a year ago, and it still felt like it had people who cared about the show and characters working on it. When a show manages to get over 10 seasons and has that sort of dedication, it's worth a look.
What! After the first two seasons being super hits, it's at 94? It certainly deserves to be in the top 20. The storyline is great. The Flash is great. Vote for it, guys!
I love The Flash! I've watched all the seasons. Seasons 1, 2, and 3 were really good! Seasons 4, 5, and 6 (so far) aren't that good. It's getting worse every season. But 1, 2, and 3 were awesome!
BEST SHOW EVER! I don't know why this isn't number 1. I mean, there is so much action, humor, and surprises! If you don't like it, I have one word to say to you: WOW.