In this list of the best TV shows of all time, I have tried to include a wide range of different types. There are satirical comedies, sci-fi dramas, crime dramas, and even a sitcom or two for good measure.
- The Walking Dead, 2010
The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. The series aired on AMC in the United States from 2010 to 2018, consisting of eight seasons with a total of 121 episodes. The Walking Dead tells the story of a group of people led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel across the Eastern United States looking for safety.
- Outlander, 2014
Outlander is the best TV show of all time, and it has been an amazing journey to watch Claire and Jamie grow and change. Outlander is a British-American television drama that premiered on August 9, 2014. The show was created by Ronald D. Moore and stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world with her true husband, James Fraser (Sam Heughan). Together they attempt to make a life in this dangerous period of history.
- The Simpsons, 1989
The Simpsons is a satirical animated series that makes fun of American society and culture. It parodies television shows, politics, and the human condition. The show has been on the air since 1989 and has been on continuously ever since. It’s been dubbed as one of the best TV shows of all time.
- South Park, 1997
South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, developed by Brian Graden, and premiered on Comedy Central on August 13, 1997. The show revolves around four boys—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick—and their bizarre adventures in and around the titular Colorado town. The provocative series broke new ground in comedy with its signature style of animation that combines simple drawings with complex characters to produce a show that is both funny and intelligent.
- Stranger Things, 2016
Stranger Things is a TV show that first aired on Netflix in 2016. The show is set in the 1980s and follows a group of kids whose friend goes missing. In the 80s, the story was very different from what we know of today. In this decade, kids had more freedom, they didn’t have to be home at any particular time and could roam around freely. They would go to friends’ houses or even walk into a stranger’s house without thinking twice about it. The world was a whole lot scarier back then with phone calls being made from payphones and no accessibility to social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter where people could only be contacted through landlines and cell phones respectively which were not as common as now.
- Family Guy, 1999
Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It premiered on January 31, 1999. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dog Brian.
- American Horror Story, 2011
American Horror Story is a horror television series that first aired on FX on October 5th 2011. It has been renewed for one more season which will air in 2017. It was created by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy. The basic premise of the series is that every season, the story takes place in a different location and each season tells a self-contained story.
- NCIS, 2003
NCIS has been included in the list of best TV shows of all time. The show has been on air for 15 years and has entertained millions of viewers around the world. This show is a crime drama about a team of special agents from Naval Criminal Investigative Service who work to solve crimes involving members of United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.
- Better Call Saul, 2015
Better Call Saul is one of the best TV shows of all time. It has an excellent cast, great story telling and a unique perspective on both television and television audiences. In addition to being a delightful homage to Breaking Bad, it stands on its own as a gripping drama with excellent performances from all its actors
- The Flash, 2014
The Flash is an American television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds. It follows Allen’s adventures in his civilian identity as he uses his superhuman abilities to fight crime in Central City
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 2005
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is the best TV show ever! With its outrageous characters, hilarious dialogues and clever parody, it entertains viewers for more than 12 seasons. With a cast of five characters, each with different personalities and views on life, they constantly make decisions that lead to disaster.
- The Blacklist, 2013
The Blacklist is an American drama television series starring James Spader and Megan Boone. The show focuses on former government operative Raymond Reddington (Spader) who surrenders to the FBI after years of being one of the world’s most wanted criminals. He offers his assistance in exchange for immunity and “the list”.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 2013
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a comedy show about a New York police station. The TV show has been praised by critics for being one of the most diverse shows in the history of television. Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiered in 2013 and is still airing today, making it one of the longest running comedies on TV.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 1999
The series was created by Dick Wolf and introduced a new kind of cop show to the world. Dick Wolf was able to bring together a team that included some of the best actors in Hollywood for his new show. For Leonard Terwilliger, he cast Jerry Orbach from Law & Order as well as Benson from Law & Order: SVU as his co-star. For Detective Stabler, he cast Christopher Meloni from Law & Order: Criminal Intent as well as Elliot Stabler from Law & Order: SVU.
- Westworld, 2016
Westworld is a tv show about a futuristic theme park where people come to live out their fantasies. The futuristic world of Westworld is populated by robots who are programmed to fulfill the desires of the human visitors.
- Rick and Morty, 2013
Rick and Morty is a science fiction, adult-oriented animated TV series. The show was created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. It’s a story of a man, Rick Sanchez who exploits the weaknesses of other people for his own gain or just to have fun.
- Fargo, 2014
Fargo, an American black comedy-crime drama television series co-created by Noah Hawley, is one of the best TV shows of all time. It has a huge fan following and it’s mostly because of the show’s unpredictable plotline and its knack for keeping the audience hooked with its superb intensity. The show has a brilliant cast that gives life to these complex characters. It also portrays a deep sense of realism mixed with dark comedy which makes it stand out from other TV shows.
- Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, 2014
John Oliver is a British-born American comedian, writer, producer, and television host. After writing and producing his own Emmy-winning HBO show for four years, he collaborated with Jon Stewart to create The Daily Show. His show Last Week Tonight has been on air since 2014 and has won three Emmy Awards.
- This Is Us, 2016
This Is Us is a TV show that was originally aired on September 20, 2016. It follows the lives of a family over three different time periods, from 1976 to present day. The series is about the Pearson family, which consists of loving parents Jack and Rebecca, their 3 children Kevin, Kate and Randall as well as their grandchildren Tess and Toby. It follows their struggles with health, addiction and relationships amongst other things.
- Ozark, 2017
Ozark is one of the best TV shows released in 2017. It’s about an accountant, Marty, who after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong finds himself at the head of a major drug operation under the tutelage of an established kingpin.