Top 50 Tv-Shows Of All Time

By Lyra Radford | August 11, 2017

Since the days of radio, families have looked forward to gathering around a storytelling device together. So once televisions became common in homes and sitcoms began to air, that fondness grew into an obsession. Over the years we’ve seen the evolution of in-home entertainment, not just visual effects or picture quality, but the content itself. Much of what’s on today would have been unacceptable 50-years ago and who knows what we’ll be watching 50-years from now... 

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SNL Original cast, 1975. Source: Pinterest

There are always a handful of shows each decade that just outshine the rest. Some have become iconic by testing boundaries, revolutionizing their genre, providing insight into issues of their time, or by simply being the first of their kind. From old-school favorites to the must-sees of today, these are the top 50 television shows of all time.

Roseanne 1988-1997 

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

Roseanne ran for nine seasons and centered on the daily lives of the Conner family. Mother Roseanne, father Dan, and daughters Becky and Darlene, and son D.J. Roseanne’s blue-collar realism broke all the stereotypes sitcom families were cast in before its time. There was no doting matriarch and father certainly did not always know best. The children were far from perfect and Roseanne’s hard-luck sister, Jackie seemed to have an endless cycle of men in her life. Audiences weren’t asked to accept plot holes or outlandish situations. It’s the realism that makes Roseanne one of the greatest sitcoms in television history.