Top 100 Television Shows

by lyvewired | created - 16 Sep 2012 | updated - 17 Sep 2012 | Public

Love it or hate it, these are my top favourite 100 shows of all time.

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1. Ringer (2011–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Bridget is six months sober and starting to get her life back on track when she becomes the sole witness to a professional hit. She flees to New York, telling no one. In New York, Bridget ... See full summary »

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell

Votes: 19,676

2. As the World Turns (1956–2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The focus in on the upper class Hughes and Stewart families plus their tribulations in Midwest Oakdale. The Stewarts fade away eventually to be replaced by the rural Snyders and wealthy Lucinda Walsh with her many intrigues.

Stars: Colleen Zenk, Kelly Menighan, Don Hastings, Jon Hensley

Votes: 1,753

3. Days of Our Lives (1965– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of Salem.

Stars: Frances Reid, John Clarke, Macdonald Carey, Josh Taylor

Votes: 5,846

4. Passions (1999–2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

In the world of power and money, the wealthy and powerful Crane family rule the town of Harmony from their mansion on Raven Hill. But behind the money are many lies and secrets. Most of ... See full summary »

Stars: Lindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore, Galen Gering, Juliet Mills

Votes: 2,361

5. Port Charles (1997–2003)

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama, Romance

Spin-off of "General Hospital" focusing on the professional and personal lives of the first year interns at Port Charles' General Hospital. Now residents at the hospital, the doctors and ... See full summary »

Stars: Julie Pinson, Jon Lindstrom, Lynn Herring, Jay Pickett

Votes: 381

6. Sunset Beach (1997–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Having discovered her fiancé Tim Truman kissing another woman, Meg Cummings leaves her home in Kansas on their wedding day to start a new life in Sunset Beach, California. Her goal is to ... See full summary »

Stars: Lesley-Anne Down, Sam Behrens, Susan Ward, Clive Robertson

Votes: 2,159

7. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

A group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California make their way through life from their school days into adulthood.

Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth

Votes: 29,752

8. California Dreams (1992–1997)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Living in California, a bunch of cool teenagers decide to form a rock band, the Dreams. Between gigs, they have to deal with real-life issues.

Stars: Kelly Packard, Michael Cade, Jay Anthony Franke, William James Jones

Votes: 1,357

9. Being Erica (2009–2011)

TV-14 | 45 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

"Therapist" Dr. Tom - who is constantly spouting famous and not so famous historical quotes - is Erica Strange's savior and worst enemy.

Stars: Erin Karpluk, Reagan Pasternak, Michael Riley, Kathleen Laskey

Votes: 8,724

10. Ghostwriter (1992–1995)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family, Fantasy, Mystery

A group of kids solves local crimes, capers, and mysteries in their neighborhood, with the help of a ghost who can only communicate through writing and words.

Stars: David López, Blaze Berdahl, Todd Alexander, Marcella Lowery

Votes: 2,162

11. Veronica Mars (2004– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After her best friend is murdered, and her father is removed as county Sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III

Votes: 65,172

12. Due South (1994–1999)

TV-PG | 46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

The adventures of an impossibly upright Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable and his American colleagues in the city of Chicago.

Stars: Paul Gross, Beau Starr, Tony Craig, David Marciano

Votes: 5,783

13. Dawson's Creek (1998–2003)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Four friends in a small coastal town help each other cope with adolescence.

Stars: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson

Votes: 32,722

14. F/X: The Series (1996–1998)

45 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Rollie Tyler, a special effects expert, helps his detective friend solve crimes by making criminals see what they want to see. But what is real and what is illusion?

Stars: Cameron Daddo, Christina Cox, Richard Waugh, Jason Blicker

Votes: 638

15. Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995)

TV-G | 21 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The wacky adventures of the new young hip generation of Warner Brothers Looney Tunes characters, most of them descendants of the original classic toon cast.

Stars: Charlie Adler, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille, Joe Alaskey

Votes: 11,028

16. Avonlea (1990–1996)

PG | 60 min | Drama, Adventure, Family

A young rich girl is sent to live with relatives on Prince Edward Island in the early 1900s.

Stars: Zachary Bennett, Lally Cadeau, Mag Ruffman, Cedric Smith

Votes: 3,689

17. Wind at My Back (1996–2001)

60 min | Drama, Family

A recently widowed mother loses her children to a cold mother-in-law in Ontario during the Great Depression.

Stars: Shirley Douglas, Kathryn Greenwood, Dylan Provencher, Tyrone Savage

Votes: 368

18. My Family (2000–2011)

50 min | Comedy

Ben Harper (Robert Lindsay), a misanthropic dentist, has little time for most people, including his wife Susan (Zoë Wanamaker), and their children Nick (Kris Marshall), Janey (Daniela Denby-Ashe), and Michael (Gabriel Thomson).

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Zoë Wanamaker, Gabriel Thomson, Daniela Denby-Ashe

Votes: 8,217

19. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner

Votes: 345,409

20. Family Guy (1999– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 291,665

21. Hang Time (1995–2000)

30 min | Comedy, Sport

Seven teenagers (three girls and four boys) try to make it through life as members of the Deering High School basketball team.

Stars: Daniella Deutscher, Megan Parlen, Adam Frost, Amber Barretto

Votes: 687

22. Saved by the Bell (1989–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A close knit group of six friends try to make it through their teens while attending Bayside High School in Palisades, California.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies

Votes: 29,617

23. City Guys (1997–2001)

30 min | Comedy

Manhattan High School students Jamal Grant and Chris Anderson try to make it through life while avoiding the ire of their principal Karen Noble.

Stars: Wesley Jonathan, Scott Whyte, Caitlin Mowrey, Dionysio Basco

Votes: 559

24. Two of a Kind (1998–1999)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

A show about a single father who has his hands full raising twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley.

Stars: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Christopher Sieber, Sally Wheeler

Votes: 1,700

25. Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A high strung and cynical man's life is never the same when his naive but good-natured cousin comes to America to live with him.

Stars: Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson, Rebeca Arthur

Votes: 7,996

26. Step by Step (1991–1998)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Two families become one, step by step.

Stars: Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call, Staci Keanan

Votes: 11,712

27. Family Matters (1989–1998)

TV-G | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Winslow family deal with various misadventures, many of them caused by their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel.

Stars: Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Darius McCrary

Votes: 23,013

28. ALF (1986–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.

Stars: Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright, Anne Schedeen

Votes: 29,641

29. Ready or Not (1993–1997)

23 min | Drama, Family

Two teenage friends come of age while going through life's struggles together.

Stars: Laura Bertram, Lani Billard, Gerry Mendicino, Gail Kerbel

Votes: 2,295

30. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–2003)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

When a sixteen-year-old high school student finds out she's a witch, her two aunts offer guidance on how to control her newly-discovered magical powers.

Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay

Votes: 32,061

31. Boy Meets World (1993–2000)

TV-G | 23 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

An adolescent with two siblings tests his various theories about life as he endures the trials of growing alongside a good friend.

Stars: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels, Betsy Randle

Votes: 37,029

32. Teen Angel (1997–1998)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

After eating a six-month-old hamburger, Marty DePolo (Mike Damus) dies and God's Cousin Rod (Ron Glass) appoints him as his best friend's guardian angel.

Stars: Mike Damus, Jordan Brower, Conchata Ferrell, Corbin Allred

Votes: 686

33. Making the Band (2000–2002)

Music, Reality-TV

People compete to be the next big thing.

Stars: Cindy Long, Matt Yoakum, Leigh Collins, Tony Boldi

Votes: 129

34. Just Deal (2000–2002)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Dylan is a fun-loving skateboarding teen. His older brother is the star quarterback of the football team. Jermaine is a biracial, highly academic teen who wants to go to Harvard. Ash is new... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Skala, Erika Thormahlen, Shedrack Anderson III, Alison Matthews

Votes: 164

35. One World (1998–2001)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy

The show is about 6 kids from different backgrounds who all live together under the same roof, with their foster parents.

Stars: Bryan Kirkwood, Arroyn Lloyd, Harvey Silver, Alisa Reyes

Votes: 123

36. Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993–2000)

30 min | Comedy, Family

A new group of students are now making their way through the halls of Bayside High School. Mr. Belding is still the principal, and Screech is now his assistant.

Stars: Dennis Haskins, Dustin Diamond, Samantha Esteban, Sarah Lancaster

Votes: 1,742

37. Student Bodies (1997–1999)

30 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

"Student Bodies" is the weekly newspaper at fictional Thomas A. Edison High School, where this teenage sitcom takes place. It mixes real-life characters with cartoon segments in between ... See full summary »

Stars: Nicole Lyn, Ross Hull, Kate McIninch, Miklos Perlus

Votes: 748

38. Breaker High (1997–1998)

30 min | Comedy

A group of students attend high school on a cruise ship.

Stars: Rachel Wilson, Terri Conn, Kyle Alisharan, Wendi Kenya

Votes: 1,078

39. Hope Island (1999– )

Drama

Reverend Daniel Cooper has come to Hope Island to reopen the Community Church, hoping the assignment will help him through the grief of a terrible loss. Distrusted by the local inhabitants ... See full summary »

Stars: Cameron Daddo, Suki Kaiser, Duncan Fraser, Haig Sutherland

Votes: 90

40. American High (2000– )

30 min | Reality-TV

This documentary series tracked the experiences of 14 students at Illinois' Highland Park High School throughout the 1999-2000 school year. Participants also chronicled their home lives through video diary entries.

Stars: Erasmo Arturo, Shanna Davis, Gustavo Ducoing, Suzy Lurie

Votes: 70

41. Degrassi High (1987–1991)

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The lives and trials of students of a city high school.

Stars: Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Maureen Deiseach, Angela Deiseach

Votes: 2,516

42. Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001–2015)

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Romance

The lives of the kids at Degrassi Community School dealing with the serious and sometimes taboo issues that plague teenagers.

Stars: Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar, A.J. Saudin

Votes: 10,423

43. Rugrats (1990–2006)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The cartoon misadventures of four babies and their snotty older cousin as they face the things in life they don't understand.

Stars: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie

Votes: 30,030

44. Today's Special (1981–1987)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family, Fantasy

The night staff of a major department store explore topics for young viewers.

Stars: Jeff Hyslop, Nerene Virgin, Bob Dermer, Nina Keogh

Votes: 626

45. Zardip's Search for Healthy Wellness (1988– )

Family

Zardip Pacific (a robot alien) is sent to Earth by his to learn about health and self-care, since they are all breaking down on his home planet. He transforms himself into a human boy and ... See full summary »

Stars: Keram Malicki-Sánchez, Shani Kernerman, Valerie Politis, Billy Van

Votes: 17

46. Doug (1991–1994)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy