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Top 20 American TV Shows of All Time

Top 20 American TV Shows of All Time

20 Best American TV Shows of All Time

A list like this is an invitation to get angry; obviously there are countless TV shows that could be included here, because this is all subjective. I Love Lucy, Game of Thrones, Columbo, Veep, Deadwood, Friday Night Lights, The West Wing, The Outer Limits, Star Trek: Next Generation, Happy Days, All in the Family - each of these shows deserve immense recognition and It has been important in amazing ways. 

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However, instead of lamenting what is not featured here, let us celebrate what is. Excluding news, news-related shows, and shows designed specifically for young children, these are some of the best American TV series of all time.

The 20 Best American TV Shows of All Time: The Twilight Zone, Seinfeld, M*A*S*H, Breaking Bad, The Leftovers, South Park, Roots, The Muppet Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Battlestar Galactica........

Top 20 American TV Shows of All Time
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  1. The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
  2. Seinfeld (1989-1998)
  3. M*A*S*H (1972-1983)
  4. Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
  5. The Leftovers (2014-2017)
  6. South Park (1997-)
  7. Jeopardy! (1964-)
  8. Saturday Night Live (1975-)
  9. Roots (1977)
  10. The Muppet Show (1976-1981)
  11. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)
  12. Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)
  13. Arrested Development (2003-2019)
  14. Married ... With Children (1987-1997)
  15. Cobra Kai (2018-)
  16. The Office (2005-2013)
  17. Hannibal (2013-2015)
  18. Mad Men (2007-2015)
  19. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)
  20. Gunsmoke (1955-1975)

Best American TV Shows of All Time: Updated September 14, 2022: If you love both classic and modern television, you'll be happy to know we've updated this list with additional content and entries.

The Best American TV Shows of All Time (With Image)

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