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The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All-Time


Regular readers of this blog will know my predilection for making lists. Often about movies, this time it's about television shows. This is prompted by, originally, a recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine wherein they presented what was, to their minds, the top 100 tv shows ever. My online friend Terence Towles Canote sought to provide a better list on his blog. He succeeded, however, as many of you know, the only way to see the complete truth is to have Matty-Matt present it to you.

Without further adieu, here then is a definitive list (not ranked, however, but in alphabetical order) of the 100 greatest television programs of all-time....

1. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989 - 2013)
2. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955 - 1962)
3. All in the Family (1971 - 1979)
4. 'Allo! 'Allo! (1982 - 1992)
5. The Andy Griffith Show (1960 - 1968)
6. Are You Being Served? (1972 - 1985)
7. As Time Goes By (1992 - 2005)
8. The Avengers (1961 - 1969)
9. Barney Miller (1975 - 1982)
10. Batman (1966 - 1968)
11. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962 - 1971)
12. The Big Bang Theory (2007 - present)
13. Blackadder (1983 - 1989)
14. Blakes 7 (1978 - 1981)
15. The Bob Newhart Show (1972 - 1978)
16. Bewitched (1964 - 1972)
17. Bonanza (1959 - 1973)
18. Call the Midwife (2012 - present)
19. The Carol Burnett Show (1969 - 1978)
20. Chappelle's Show (2003 - 2004)
21. Cheers (1982 - 1993)
22. Columbo (1971 - 1978)
23. Cosmos (1980)
24. The Cosby Show - (1984 - 1992)
25. Dallas (1978 - 1991)
26. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 - 1966)
27. Doctor Who (1963 - 1989)
28. Downton Abbey (2010 - 2015)
29. Dragnet (1951 - 1959, 1967 - 1970)
30. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948 - 1971)
31. Ellery Queen (1975 - 1976)
32. Ever Decreasing Circles (1984 - 1989)
33. Family Guy (1999 - present)
34. Fawlty Towers (1975 - 1979)
35. Frasier (1993 - 2004)
36. The Fugitive (1963 - 1967)
37. The Golden Girls (1985 - 1992)
38. Good Neighbors (The Good Life) (1975 - 1978)
39 .Good Times (1974 - 1979)
40. Gunsmoke (1955 - 1975)
41. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993 - 1999)
42. The Honeymooners (1955 - 1956)
43. I Love Lucy (1951- 1957)
44. In Living Color (1990 - 1994)
45. Inspector Morse (1987 - 2000)
46. The Jeffersons (1975 - 1985)
47. Keeping Up Appearances (1990 - 1995)
48. Key and Peele (2012 - 2015)
49. The Kids in the Hall (1988 - 1994)
50. The Larry Sanders Show (1992 - 1998)
51. Laugh-In (1967 - 1973)
52. Law & Order (1990 - 2010)
53. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999 - present)
54. Lost (2004 - 2010)
55. Maigret (1992 - 1993)
56. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964 - 1968)
57. The Mary Tyler Moore Show - (1970 - 1977)
58. M*A*S*H (1972 - 1983)
59. Midsomer Murders (1997 - present)
60. Mission: Impossible (1966 - 1973)
61. The Monkees (1966 - 1968)
62. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969 - 1974)
63. Mr. Bean (1990 - 1995)
64. The Muppet Show (1976 - 1981)
65. Murder, She Wrote - (1984 - 1996)
66. My Three Sons (1960 - 1972)
67. New Tricks (2003 - 2015)
68. Newhart (1982 - 1990)
69. Only Fools and Horses (1981 - 2003)
70. Perry Mason (1957 - 1966)
71. The Prisoner (1967)
72. Red Dwarf (1988 - present)
73. Rising Damp (1974 - 1978)
74. The Rockford Files (1974 - 1980)
75. Roots (1977)
76. Roseanne (1988 - 1997)
77. Route 66 (1960 - 1964)
78. St. Elsewhere (1982 - 1988)
79. Sanford and Son (1972 - 1977)
80. Seinfeld (1989 - 1998)
81. Sesame Street (1969 - present)
82. Sherlock Holmes (1984 - 1994)
83. The Simpsons (1989 - present)
84. Soap (1977 - 1981)
85. South Park (1997 - present)
86. Square Pegs (1982 - 1983)
87. Star Trek (1966 - 1969)
88. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 - 1994)
89. To the Manor Born (1979 - 1981)
90. The Twilight Zone (1959 - 1964)
91. Twin Peaks (1990 - 1991)
92. The Untouchables (1959 - 1963)
93. Vera (2011 - present)
94. Wagon Train (1957 - 1965)
95. The Walking Dead (2010 - present)
96. The West Wing (1999 - 2006)
97. The Wild Wild West (1965 - 1969)
98. The X-Files (1993 - 2002, 2016)
99. Yes, Minister/Prime Minister (1980 - 1988)
100. You Can't Do That on Television (1979 - 1990)


And, there you have it!


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