Here's a List of the Best TV Shows Ever for You to Binge On

Best TV Shows Ever
Without a doubt, TV is the greatest invention of all time; more so, if you are a self-proclaimed TV junkie. Here's a very-subjective list of best TV shows that will totally keep you glued to the television.
Index
...Comedy
...Crime/Suspense/Thriller
...Reality TV/Talk Shows
...Drama

The telly's been around for a while now and it is a herculean task to try to compile a list of the greatest TV shows ever made. Also, it's next to impossible to watch everything that has been aired on the television; and you can't just announce some shows as "the best ever" if you haven't seen even half of the shows out there.

As it happens, there are several good shows, and I did my best to fit them into a specific genre and include them in a single list. These are the shows that made watching the television even more pleasurable, and given a chance, I'd gladly watch their reruns too! This list does not follow any particular order.

Comedy

Friends

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer
Created By: David Crane, Marta Kauffman

Seinfeld

"Divorce is always hard. Especially on the kids. 'Course I am the result of my parents having stayed together so ya never know."

Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander
Created By: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld

The Simpsons

"Operator! Give me the number for 911!"
Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
Created By: Matt Groening

I Love Lucy

"Ever since we said "I do", there have been so many things that we don't."

Cast: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Keith Thibodeaux

The Office

"We can tell him his mother is dying. That usually works on him."

Cast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, Ed Helms, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith, Zach Woods, Amy Ryan, James Spader, Catherine Tate, Clark Duke, Jake Lacy
Created By: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

Californication

Cast: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Pamela Adlon, Madeleine Martin, Evan Handler, Madeline Zima
Created By: Tom Kapinos

Arrested Development

"I don't criticize you! And if you're worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense."

Cast: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter
Created By: Mitchell Hurwitz

Bewitched

"I'm going to be killed by a fictional character!"

Cast: Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead, David White, Dick York, Dick Sargent
Created By: Sol Saks

M*A*S*H

"Attention all personnel. Due to a lack of casualties, today's midnight movie will be shown at 9:00 in the morning... And midnight has been canceled."

Cast: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, Gary Burghoff, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Jamie Farr, William Christopher, David Ogden Stiers

Cheers

"To me, our relationship makes perfect sense. You want me to propose to you, I propose to you. You say no, I say fine, I never wanna see you again. You drive me nuts telling me you want me to propose again, I do, you turn me down. Next thing I know I'm in a court of law where I've got to propose to you or go to jail. It's the classic American love story."

Cast: Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Nicholas Colasanto, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer, Kirstie Alley, Bebe Neuwirth
Created By: James Burrows, Glen Charles, Les Charles

Some critically acclaimed TV shows from the comedy genre are given below:
How I Met Your Mother
Taxi
Sex and the City
Will and Grace
Hot in Cleveland
Malcolm in the Middle
Dharma & Greg
The Thin Blue Line
Home Improvement
Community
That '70s Show
Everybody Loves Raymond
Perfect Strangers
Full House
Family Guy
Cougar Town
Get Smart
The Golden Girls
30 Rock
3rd Rock from the Sun
Just Shoot Me!
Mad About You
Frasier
Roseanne
Murphy Brown
The Wonder Years
Living Single
The Nanny
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
The League
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Scrubs
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Everybody Hates Chris
The Honeymooners
All in the Family
Raising Hope
Two and a Half Men
The Big Bang Theory

Crime/Suspense/Thriller

The Wire

Cast: Dominic West, John Doman, Idris Elba, Frankie Faison, Larry Gilliard, Jr., Wood Harris, Deirdre Lovejoy, Wendell Pierce, Lance Reddick, Andre Royo, Sonja Sohn, Chris Bauer, Paul Ben-Victor, Clarke Peters, Amy Ryan, Aidan Gillen, Jim True-Frost, Robert Wisdom, Seth Gilliam, Domenick Lombardozzi, J. D. Williams, Michael K. Williams, Corey Parker Robinson, Reg E. Cathey, Chad L. Coleman, Jamie Hector, Glynn Turman, Clark Johnson, Tom McCarthy, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Neal Huff, Jermaine Crawford, Tristan Wilds, Michael Kostroff, Michelle Paress, Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
Created By: David Simon

Breaking Bad

"You clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No! I am the one who knocks!"

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks
Created By: Vince Gilligan

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"From the point of view of the criminal expert, London has become a singularly uninteresting city."

Cast: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Edward Hardwicke, Colin Jeavons, Eric Porter, Rosalie Williams
Created By: Michael Cox

Dexter

"Blood. Sometimes it sets my teeth on edge, other times it helps me control the chaos."

Cast: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas, James Remar, Julie Benz, Erik King

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

"Amazing how the sight of blood can clear a room."

Cast: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Jorja Fox, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Paul Guilfoyle, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Louise Lombard, Wallace Langham, Lauren Lee Smith, Laurence Fishburne, Liz Vassey, David Berman, Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue
Created By: Anthony E. Zuiker

The Sopranos

Cast: James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Lorraine Bracco, Steven Van Zandt
Created By: David Chase

Murder, She Wrote

"There are three things you can never have enough of in life, Lieutenant: chocolate, friends and the theatre."

Cast: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Tom Bosley
Created by: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson, William Link

Sherlock

"Sorry, gotta dash, I think I left my riding crop in the mortuary."

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Rupert Graves, Andrew Scott, Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey
Created By: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss

Criminal Minds

"The irrationality of a thing is not an argument of its existence, rather, a condition of it."

Cast: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A. J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Paget Brewster, Joe Mantegna
Created By: Jeff Davis

Midsomer Murders

"Natural causes, Tom. Makes a change for Midsomer, but there you go. Can't have everything."

Cast: Neil Dudgeon, Jason Hughes, Fiona Dolman, Tamzin Malleson
Created By: Caroline Graham

Some critically acclaimed TV shows from the crime or thriller genre are given below:
Under Cover
Oz
Homeland
The Shield
The Killing
Luther
Prison Break
Agatha Christie's Poirot
Prime Suspect
Life on Mars
Crime Story
Cold Case
NYPD Blue
The Mentalist
Supernatural
Castle
Pretty Little Liars
Veronica Mars
The Closer
Law & Order
Damages
Alias
X-Files
Numb3rs
24
New York Undercover
Southland
NCIS
Spooks
21 Jump Street
Without a Trace
Sons of Anarchy
Justified
Wiseguy
Bones
The Fugitive
Nikita
Miami Vice
Revenge
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Reality TV/Talk Show

Larry King Live

Host/Presented By: Larry King
Created By: Larry King

Hollywood Squares

"Peter Marshall: Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily."

Host/Presented By: Peter Marshall (1966-1981), Jon Bauman (1983-1984), John Davidson (1986-1989), Tom Bergeron (1998-2004), Peter Rosenberg (2012-present)
Created By: Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley

The Price Is Right

"The one of you who bids nearest to the actual retail price of your own showcase without going over will win it. But if you're the winner and are $250 or less away from the price of your showcase, we'll have the pleasure of giving you *both* showcases!"

Host/Presented By: Bob Barker (1972-2007), Drew Carey (2007-present)
Created By: Bob Stewart, Mark Goodson, Bill Todman

The Oprah Winfrey Show

"Your future's so bright it burns my eyes."

Host/Presented By: Oprah Winfrey
Created By: Oprah Winfrey

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

"He's the kind of guy you don't know is drunk until you see him sober."

Host/Presented By: Jay Leno

Criss Angel Mindfreak

Host/Presented By: Criss Angel
Created By: Criss Angel

Survivor

"I've played this game four times. Do these guys not realize that? I can pretty much predict what these guys are going to do and say before they do it."

Host/Presented By: Jeff Probst
Created By: Charlie Parsons

The Amazing Race

"No one said winning a million dollars would be easy."

Host/Presented By: Phil Keoghan
Created By: Elise Doganieri, Bertram van Munster

American Idol

"I never want to hear that song again. I cannot stand it. I'm allergic to it."

Judges: Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen Degeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler
Created By: Simon Fuller

America's Next Top Model

"You don't look at her and think 'top model' off the bat, but by the second glance you see, wow, she's got it."

Judges: Tyra Banks, Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans, Janice Dickinson, Kimora Lee Simmons, Nigel Barker, Nolé Marin, J. Alexander, Paulina Porizkova, André Leon Talley
Created By: Tyra Banks

Some critically acclaimed TV shows from the reality TV and game or talk show genre are given below:
The Buzz
The Tyra Banks Show
The Bachelor
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
The Real World
19 Kids and Counting
Big Brother
The Bachelorette
The Biggest Loser
The Apprentice
Jon & Kate Plus 8
The Surreal Life
Dancing with the Stars
Intervention
American Chopper
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Conan
The Late Late Show
Real Time with Bill Maher
Chelsea Lately
MasterChef
MasterChef Australia
16 and Pregnant
Bad Girls Club
Deadliest Catch
Jersey Shore
Wife Swap
Man vs. Wild
Face Off
30 Days
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
Man v. Food
Jackass
Punk'd
Destination Truth

Drama

The West Wing

Cast: Rob Lowe, Alan Alda, Stockard Channing, Moira Kelly, Kristin Chenoweth, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina, Mary McCormack, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, Jimmy Smits, Martin Sheen
Created By: Aaron Sorkin

Game of Thrones

"Winter is coming."

Cast: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Kit Harington, Sean Bean
Developed By: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss

Chicago Hope

"Well here's an extremely radical thought...shouldn't the issue be what the patient has to gain?"

Cast: Mandy Patinkin, Héctor Elizondo, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Barbara Hershey, Christine Lahti, Peter Berg, Mark Harmon, Thomas Gibson, Rocky Carroll, Adam Arkin, Lauren Holly, Jayne Brook, E. G. Marshall
Created By: David E. Kelley

Six Feet Under

"You're in my will, I'm in yours. We basically are married, even if the law refuses to recognize it. But then again, I refuse to recognize most of the Bush Administration. I guess it all evens out."

Cast: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew St. Patrick, Rachel Griffiths, Jeremy Sisto, James Cromwell, Justina Machado
Created By: Alan Ball

Deadwood

"Separate rooms, I'll arrange that by tomorrow, but today I can't fix it, unless you kill a guest."

Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, John Hawkes, Jim Beaver, Brad Dourif, Paula Malcomson, William Sanderson, Kim Dickens, Robin Weigert, Dayton Callie, W. Earl Brown, Powers Boothe, Keith Carradine
Created By:David Milch

Mad Men

Cast: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, Bryan Batt, Michael Gladis, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Maggie Siff, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Paré, Christopher Stanley, Jay R. Ferguson, Robert Morse, John Slattery
Created By: Matthew Weiner

The Good Wife

"People aren't mean. They're just polite liars."

Cast: Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega, Alan Cumming, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski
Created By: Robert King, Michelle King

Friday Night Lights

"Gentlemen, the hopes and dreams of an entire town are riding on your shoulders. You may never matter again in your life as much as you do right now."

Cast: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Gaius Charles, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki, Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemons, Scott Porter, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan, Matt Lauria, Jurnee Smollett, Madison Burge, Grey Damon
Created By: Peter Berg

Boardwalk Empire

"We've been on the road for 18 hours. I need a bath, some chow and then you and me sit down and we talk about who dies."

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Michael Kenneth Williams, Anthony Laciura, Paul Sparks, Jack Huston, Bobby Cannavale, Gretchen Mol
Created By: Terence Winter

ER

"I'm a doctor and nothing gets in the way of that. Nothing."

Cast: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Eriq La Salle, Julianna Margulies, Gloria Reuben, Laura Innes, Maria Bello, Alex Kingston, Kellie Martin, Paul McCrane, Goran Visnjic, Michael Michele, Erik Palladino, Ming-Na, Maura Tierney, Sharif Atkins, Mekhi Phifer, Parminder Nagra, Linda Cardellini, Shane West, Scott Grimes, John Stamos, David Lyons, Angela Bassett
Created by: Michael Crichton

Some critically acclaimed TV shows from the drama genre are given below:
Lassie
Medic
Fireside Theater
The United States Steel Hour
Ben Casey
Mr. Novak
Slattery's People
NET Playhouse
Run for Your Life
Judd, for the Defense
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Family
Lou Grant
China Beach
Thirtysomething
The Westerner
I'll Fly Away
Gunsmoke
The Practice
Homefront
Lost
Northern Exposure
Grey's Anatomy
House, M.D.
Big Love
Downton Abbey
The Newsroom
One Tree Hill
Rome
Smash
Band of Brothers
Gilmore Girls
Of course this list is bound to spark off a lot of debates with stuff like why I didn't include this show and how 'X' show is way better than any one which I have mentioned in here. But hey, then again we all have our favorites, don't we? You can let us know which are the best TV shows according to you, in the comments section below.
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