MY 26 FAVORITE TV SHOWS... EVER.

by Tsquared23 | created - 09 Apr 2011 | updated - 17 Dec 2011 | Public

Not a huge television watcher, but when I love something... I REALLY love it.

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1. Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy

The wild misadventures of Edina "Eddy" Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her best friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), who live in a nearly constant haze of drugged, drunken selfishness.

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield

Votes: 17,469

FUNNIEST SHOW I'VE EVER SEEN. PERFECT IN EVERY WAY.

2. Damages (2007–2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A law school graduate becomes the protégée of a successful high-stakes litigator.

Stars: Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Zachary Booth

Votes: 27,235

SMARTEST SHOW I'VE EVER SEEN. GLENN CLOSE AND ROSE BYRNE ARE AMAZING.

3. Acorn Antiques (1987 Video)

77 min | Comedy

We meet the regulars of Acorn Antiques going about their daily lives.

Directors: Marcus Mortimer, Geoff Posner | Stars: Victoria Wood, Celia Imrie, Julie Walters, Susie Blake

Votes: 195

LOVE THIS SHOW MORE THAN LIFE. JULIE WALTERS IS HYSTERICAL.

4. Strangers with Candy (1999–2000)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

A forty-six-year-old ex-drug addict returns to high school as a freshman.

Stars: Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert, Greg Hollimon

Votes: 5,188

SO WRONG IT'S BEYOND RIGHT. AMY SEDARIS IS A GOD.

5. French and Saunders (1987– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

This BBC comedy skit show is the brainchild of longtime comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Each episode featured satire on British life, television, and parodies on big ... See full summary »

Stars: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Simon Brint, Rowland Rivron

Votes: 2,887

CLEVER, SMART, AND FUNNY AS HELL.

6. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 29,838

THERE'S NEVER BEEN A MORE AWESOME CAST OF FOUR LADIES. AFTER ALL THESE YEARS IT'S STILL LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY.

7. Kath & Kim (2002–2007)

Not Rated | 26 min | Comedy

A mother, her daughter, and their respective "hunks of spunk" negotiate life in suburban Australia.

Stars: Jane Turner, Gina Riley, Glenn Robbins, Peter Rowsthorn

Votes: 3,018

AUSTRALIAN VERSION!!!!!

8. Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family's working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.

Stars: Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell

Votes: 13,391

ONE OF THE GREATEST COMEDIANS OF ALL TIME. AND THIS SHOW WAS ALL ABOUT HER.

9. Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1985–1987)

30 min | Comedy

Sketch-based show starring Victoria Wood, Dame Julie Walters, and many others. Included regular items such as "Acorn Antiques" with Julie as Mrs. Overall and a regular advice slot from ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston

Votes: 308

IT'S A CRIME SHE'S NOT KNOWN HERE IN AMERICA. SHE'S BRILLIANT!

10. Arrested Development (2003– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett

Votes: 267,884

SMART AS HELL. WHICH IS VERY RARE FOR AN AMERICAN TV SHOW.

11. The Catherine Tate Show (2004–2009)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Sketches by Catherine Tate and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Catherine Tate, Mathew Horne, Niky Wardley, Derren Litten

Votes: 3,333

FREAKY HOW AWESOME SHE IS AT PLAYING SO MANY DIFFERENT CHARACTERS.

12. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 21,395

HAS TO BE ON EVERY LIST, RIGHT? HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE LUCY!?

13. The Office (2005–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.

Stars: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson

Votes: 360,389

PROBABLY THE ONE TIME IN HISTORY WHERE THE REMAKE WAS SLIGHTLY BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL.

14. 30 Rock (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan", must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful television show without losing her mind.

Stars: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 108,503

ALWAYS SMART AND VERY FUNNY. ROCK SOLID CAST.

15. American Horror Story (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show circus, a haunted hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse, and a slasher summer camp.

Stars: Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson

Votes: 265,896

NOT THE MOST ORIGINAL SHOW, BUT DEFINITELY ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING. JESSICA LANGE IS BRILLIANT!

16. Tracey Takes On... (1996–1999)

30 min | Comedy

Tracey Ullman takes on a different topic in each episode, giving different characters opinions on such things as vanity, royalty, and law.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Alastair Duncan, Julie Kavner, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 469

CRAZY TALENTED. ALL OF HER CHARACTERS ARE AMAZING. RUBY ROMAINE ROCKS!

17. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 4,515

A TRUE CLASSIC.

18. Reno 911! (2003– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Crime

An irreverent look at what goes on behind-the-scenes in Reno, Nevada's Sheriff's Department.

Stars: Thomas Lennon, Niecy Nash, Cedric Yarbrough, Robert Ben Garant

Votes: 16,150

SUPER TALENTED CAST. AND FUNNY AS HELL.

19. Little Britain (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators of this character-comedy sketch show, delight in all that is mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain.

Stars: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker, Paul Putner

Votes: 21,091

LOTS OF FUN.

20. Summer Heights High (2007)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The life of a public school epitomized by disobedient student Jonah Takalua, self-absorbed private school exchange student Ja'mie King, and megalomaniac drama teacher Mr. G.

Stars: Chris Lilley, Asolima Tauati, Iro Utaifeau, Zach Fa'atoe

Votes: 13,849

FUNNY. SMART. AND A LITTLE CREEPY. MY KIND OF SHOW.

21. Unsolved Mysteries (1987–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Combines dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates, to tell stories of real mysteries, from human to the supernatural.

Stars: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Brosnan, Christopher Chacon

Votes: 4,116

ADDICTED TO THIS SHOW. INSANELY WATCHABLE.

22. Lost (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 476,621

NOT ALWAYS CONSISTENT, BUT WHEN IT WAS GREAT, IT WAS REALLY GREAT.

23. Parks and Recreation (2009–2020)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 197,311

LOVE THE CAST. BEST RECENT SHOW ON TV.

24. Archer (2009– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones.

Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell

Votes: 131,806

LOVE THE WRITING ON THIS SHOW. VOICES ARE GREAT.

25. The Office (2001–2003)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 93,805

REALLY GREAT SHOW. RICKY IS AWESOME.

26. American Dad! (2005– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The random escapades of Stan Smith, a conservative C.I.A. Agent dealing with family life, and keeping America safe, all in the most absurd way possible.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane

Votes: 112,965

BEYOND SILLY. ALWAYS MAKES ME LAUGH.



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