16 most popular TV shows of all time


Nowadays, there are too many phenomenal TV shows from all genres on television, but every one of us has a favorite TV show. Today, we decided to make a list of TV shows that have a huge following and they are definitely worth watching. Comedies are one of the most popular TV shows ever, however no matter what kind of sitcoms you love to watch, we hope that you’ll like our list. There are plenty of great TV shows that didn’t make it on the list, so feel free to comment down bellow which are your favorite TV shows of all time!

Star Trek (1966-1969)

Star Trek (1966-1969)

Star Trek is an American science fiction television series that aired from 1966 to 1969 and follows the adventures of the star-ship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew. The Enterprise battles with aliens, time paradoxes, megalomaniac computers and remains one of the most popular TV shows to date.

Taxi (1978-1983)

Taxi (1978-1983)

Taxi is a popular American sitcom with Danny DeVito, Judd Hirsch, Tony Danza and Christopher Lloyd in the lead roles. This TV show aired from 1978 to 1983, and has won 18 Emmy awards. Taxi was a comic TV show that focused on the life of a few taxi drivers from New York and their abusive dispatcher Louie De Palma.

The Cosby Show (1984-1992)

The Cosby Show (1984-1992)

The Cosby Show is an American TV comedy with popular comedian Bill Cosby. He plays Dr. Cliff Huxtable and the show focuses on him and his family, which is one of the most affluent African-American families in New York. This TV show aired from 1984 to 1992 and was one of the biggest hits in the 1980s.

Roseanne (1988-1997)

Roseanne (1988-1997)

Roseanne is an American TV show that aired from 1988 to 1997, and was one of the most popular sitcoms in 1990s. The story revolves around the overweight and loyal couple the Conners (played by Roseanne Barr and John Goodman), their family and their daily problems.

The Simpsons (1989-present)

The Simpsons (1989-present)

The Simpsons is an animated TV show, which is a satirical parody and follows the life of Homer and his middle class American family: Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield. The Simpsons is one of the best and most watched TV shows since its premiere on 17th December, 1989.

Friends (1994-2004)

Friends (1994-2004)

Friends is one of the most popular and most watched TV shows in history with Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer in the lead roles. The story in Friends revolves around the life of a group of friends in Manhattan, and the show aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004. The final episode was watched by 51.1 million American viewers, which makes this the most watched episode in television history.

Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)

Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)

Everybody loves Raymond is an American TV show with Ray Romano, Brad Garret, Patricia Roberts and Brad Garret in the lead roles that ran on CBS from 1996 to 2005. Ray Barone is a successful sportswriter that lives on Long Island with gorgeous wife and his children, but his jealous brother and his parents live across the street and are always getting in their way. The show was very successful and one of the most popular.

Sex and the City (1998–2004)

Sex and the City (1998–2004)

Sex and the City is television comedy-drama series that ran from 1998 to 2004, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis in the lead roles. This is a comic TV show that follows the life of four young, beautiful women from New York. Sex and the City won many awards and spawned two movies Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010), and a spin-off series The Carrie Diaries.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a phenomenal TV show that aired from 1997 to 2003. Sarah Michelle Gellar played Buffy Summers, who was the vampire slayer – young girl who has to battle with vampires, demons and other evil forces.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-present)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-present)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is one of the most popular drama television series that premiered on CBS on 6-th October, 2000. The show revolves around Las Vegas criminalists, working for the Las Vegas Police Department and they solve murders. The series has two spin-offs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY.

Lost (2004-2010)

Lost (2004-2010)

Lost is an American television drama series that aired on ABC from 2004 to 2010. The TV show follows the life of the survivors of a plane crash, on a mysterious tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean.

The Big Bang Theory (2007-present)

The Big Bang Theory (2007-present)

The Big Bang Theory is one of the funniest TV shows, which premiered on CBS on 24th September, 2007. The show follows the life of the roommates Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), their neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco), and their friends Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) and Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg). This awkward but fun group is one of the best TV shows nowadays, definitely worth watching.

Prison Break (2005-2009)

Prison Break (2005-2009)

Prison Break is television drama that ran on Fox, from 2005 to 2009. Prison Break was very popular TV show that revolves around two brothers. One has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and the other one wants to help his brother to escape from prison. The show starring Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Robin Tunney and Peter Stormare, was very successful and popular.

Modern Family (2009-present)

Modern Family (2009-present)

Modern Family is an American comedy which premiered on ABC, on 2323rd September, 2009. The story revolves around the life of Jay Pritchett, his second wife, stepson, and his two children and their families. The show is very successful and has won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV series, and many Emmy Awards.

The Walking Dead (2010-present)

The Walking Dead (2010-present)

The Walking Dead is a horror-drama TV series, based on the comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on 31st October, 2010 and revolves around the sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) who awakens from a coma and finds out that the world is dominated by zombies. He must find a way to save the life of his family and a few survivors.

Game of Thrones (2011-present)

Game of Thrones (2011-present)

Game of Thrones is an epic fantasy TV series, which is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, series of fantasy novels. The show premiered on HBO, on 17th April, 2011 and is set in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos. Game of Thrones explores issues of religion, civil war, social hierarchy, sexuality and crime.

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