Top 40 Greatest TV Shows Of All-Time [Pic]

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 3 years ago Entertainment


40 Frasier



39 Gilligan"s Island



38 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson



37 Law & Order



36 Taxi



35 Scooby-Doo



34 How I Met Your Mother



33 Scrubs



32 The Carol Burnett Show



31 Tom and Jerry



30 The Andy Griffith Show



29 Family Guy



28 Happy Days



27 Buffy the Vampire Slayer



26 The Flintstones



25 Doctor Who



24 Married... with Children



23 Firefly



22 All in the Family



21 House



20 Saturday Night Live



19 I Love Lucy



18 Dexter



17 South Park



16 Lost



15 The Walking Dead



14 Cheers



13 Star Trek: The Next Generation



12 Looney Tunes



11 Friends



10 The Big Bang Theory



9 The Sopranos



8 The Twilight Zone



7 M*A*S*H



6 Breaking Bad



5 The X-Files



4 Game of Thrones



3 Seinfeld



2 The Simpsons



1 Star Trek: The Original Series


What is the best TV show ever in your opinion? Is your favorite on the list? Count down the best TV has to offer!
There are 85 comments:
Female 6,381
I would have stuck St. Elsewhere or ER somewhere in that list. They were the first believable and entertaining ensemble casts in a medical setting.
And no westerns? Bonanza (24 years) or Gunsmoke (20)?
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Male 243
No The Wire? This is an outrage!
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Female 283
all good except for, "Buffy" I cant believe that made the list
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Male 625
Flawed list, here are my favorites:

[quote]Europe[/quote]
Spaced (UK)
Monty Python (UK)
Fawlty Towers (UK)
Borgen (Denmark)
House of Cards (Both UK and remake USA)
The Thick of It (UK)
Unsere Muetter, Unsere Vaetter (Germany)

[quote]USA[/quote]
The Wire <<why isn`t it in this top 40??
Arrested Development
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Breaking Bad
Futurama
Game of Thrones
John Adams
The Daily Show
Band of Brothers
Six Feet Under
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Male 2,143
Red Green is the greatest thing from Canada,ever!
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Male 246
Make that top 12...I forgot Green Acres and the original SNL...also add Second City TV to my other top list (Canadian).
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Female 543
Why do I even bother, lists like this always piss me off .... Breaking Bad is #1 in my book <3
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Male 246
Top UK and other list would be;
1.Masterpiece Theater
2.Monty Python
3.Doctor Who
4.Allo,Allo!
5.The Black Adder
6.Fawlty Towers
7.Mr. Bean
8.Dave Allen at Large
9.The Red Green Show
10.Paul Hogan
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Male 246
My honorable mentions (which I also never tire of)would be;
1.Star Trek (Original series)
2.The Odd Couple
3.The Twilight Zone
4.Alfred Hitchcock Presents
5.Get Smart
6.Leave it to Beaver
7.The Addams Family
8.The Outer Limits
9.Superman (w/George Reeves)
10.One Step Beyond
11.Kolchak the Night Stalker
12.The Munsters
13.Rocky Jones Space Ranger
14.Commando Cody
15.Rocky and Bullwinkle
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Male 246
My top 10 (I never tire of)domestic list would be
1.Mr. Roger`s Neighborhood.
2.The Honeymooners (classic 39 episodes)
3.Your Show of Shows
4.The Ed Sullivan Show
5.Playhouse 90
6.The Dick Van Dyke Show
7.Milton Berle Texaco Hour
8.Batman
9.Sanford and Son
10.Lost in Space
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Male 2,362
Completely forgot "Law & Order."
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Female 3,696
Lol pbs
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Female 1,743
Nova and Frontline
Nature..

Anything on PBS, actually....
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Male 13,624
Looking at the comments we need a thousand list n more, missed TISWAS, last of the summer wine, green wing, porridge, open all hours, only fools and horses, olly oxtails, saved by the bell, Morse, Touch of frost, etc...etc...
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Male 13,624
Actually as its a US poll I agree on a fair few
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Male 261
Kitteh9: so it`s more like a focus group to determine what the "best" shows are?

That explains how Scrubs made it onto this list.
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Female 8,044
For people who want to know the method behind the list:

It is from a polling site that has tens of thousands of people who vote on the available polls. This particular poll had 526 TV shows named to vote on and the ranking is the popular vote of those polled. I only listed the top 40 because 1) Slightly lazy and 2) TIME.These things take me a long time to put together.

So it is not one persons opinion but the opinion of thousands that came up with this list. I am sure that the programs that others have mentioned on this thread are on this list just further down than the 40 I put up. I couldn`t list them all.
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Female 65
Scooby Doo is probably one of the oldest running series on there. They`ve tweaked a few things and the animations throughout the years.. but still. I think it should be on the list. It`s as deserving as the Flintstones if not more.
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Female 1,743
Meh. I disagree.
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Male 92
Looks like one person`s opinion...seriously The Simpsons at #2????? And where are the old shows like Gunsmoke?
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Female 2,415
@OldOllie, Serenity wasn`t the pilot, it was made after the series ended to finish up the story.
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Male 219
Pretty dang good list!!
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Female 2,415
About half of those shows should NOT be on this list! Like Scooby Doo, for example: it was a fun show for kids but by no means was it a good show!! Yikes, serious editing for this list is needed or to redefine the list as `influential shows`.
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Female 2,549
Oh no British TV should have its own top 40 list, some outrageously good TV there.
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Female 359
The Wire
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Female 2,549
Arrested development!!!
Six feet under?
Breaking bad?

Lost???really?
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Male 139
Fawlty Towers. Yes, Minister.
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Male 7,909
Gerry1of1

"The Flying Nun"

Holy s.hit. The flying nun was actually about a nun that flies?

I always thought "flying" was some sort of metaphor.

Jesus, you old people were f.ucking crazy back then.
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Male 653
What a crock of excrement. No Batwatch Nights?
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Male 7,031
Good Times, The Jeffersons, Lost in Space, Bonanza, The Odd Couple, Speed Racer, The Addams Family, Thunderbirds, Adam-12, Max Headroom, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Family Guy, South Park, Xena/Hercules, One Step Beyond, The Time Tunnel, Have Gun Will Travel, Fireball XL-5, Honey West, Smallville ...

This could go on forever.


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Male 535
"THE HONEYMOONERS!!!!
ffs! How could this show NOT be in ANY top 10 list????"

5 Cats is absolutely right! No "Honeymooners"? No "Odd Couple"? Not even "I Love Lucy"? Yet you list crap like "How I Met Your Mother"?

Please...
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Male 987
The Price is Right
Mr. Rogers` Neighborhood
Sesame Street
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Not to mention many great programs made in other countries.
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Male 37,888

The Flying Nun



You guys know I`m joking, right?
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Male 2,362
Babylon 5
Top Gear UK
Red Dwarf
BSG (Ron Moore`s)
Downton Abbey
NCIS
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Male 246
Superman (with George Reeves), Batman and Lost in Space would also be on my list.
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Male 246
It would be tough to pick just 40, but Your Show of Shows (genius comedy), Milton Berle Texaco Hour, The Ed Sullivan Show, Gunsmoke, One Step Beyond, Leave it to Beaver, The Addams Family, the Munsters and Captain Kangaroo are some classics that should be on the list (Check some of this stuff out on YouTube). I agree that the list overlooks a lot of great non-USA shows and Monty Python, The Black Adder and Mr.Bean would be on my list. My all-time favorite show is Mr. Roger`s Neighborhood. Fred was true master of children`s programming. He raised us well. Fred also gave us Joe Negri etc. to open our ears to music by master players.
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Male 3,407
1990`s Batman the Animated Series.
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Male 7,123
Some good shows, but no UK comedy? Not even Python?

Lost should be disqualified for cheating. as for Walking Dead, the first series was pretty good but then ...
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Male 1,197
Tried watching House a couple years ago. Once I realized that pretty much every episode was the same I stopped watching.
Patient has an illness that they can`t diagnose.
They think they cure them.
They don`t.
Patient is close to death.
They think they cure them.
They don`t.
Patient is at death`s door.
They cure them and everything is ok.
or
They don`t cure them quickly enough and the patient dies.
Screw that. I`d rather watch Firefly over and over again.
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Male 670
@emmettyville - I 100% agree. This list should be titled `An American`s 40 greatest...` Black Books, Flight of the Conchords, Blackadder, Father Ted, Fawlty Towers, I`m Alan Partridge. So many great shows should replace half of this list.
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Male 7,775
`space western`? that sounds like the gunk in the bottom of the garbage can along with zombies and vampires.

Introduced to Dexter last year, easily number one followed by Spartacus (all series).
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Male 1,101
I agree with ST as #1....what a magical time that was But you left off outer limits and The Prisoner
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Male 2,850
All shows of a certain type, ignoring masses of television viewers.

For example, soaps: Coronation Street in the UK, or Neighbours in Australia, and no doubt countless others in other languages.

Notably, there are no non-English shows in that list.

Television isn`t just what the Reddit crowd like to watch. This list is mistitled at best.
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Male 187
I know any list is a matter of opinion but it seems ridiculous to include the steaming turd that is the Big Bang Theory (a show I find spectacularly unfunny) and leave out the masterpiece that is The Wire.
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Female 4,349
god, i love little house on the prarie. I fear it has not dated well however, and will not be making my kids suffer through it...
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Female 4,349
yes walking dead, yes game of thrones. were the f uck are all the english programmes on this list??? add black books to that list, and misfits, and father ted, and about a million others......
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Male 36,400
THE HONEYMOONERS!!!!

ffs! How could this show NOT be in ANY top 10 list????

At least 5 of the listed shows are DIRECT children of Jackie Gleason`s masterpiece!!
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Male 36,400
[quote]The Outer Limits, The Fugitive, Columbo, Farscape, Second City TV[/quote]

@Jake_Justice: YUP! Especially Second City!

@Magickrat: Oh yes! "Odd Couple" should make the top 40!!

@ZeGrr60: Burns & Allen? Hells yes! Top 20!

@BostonKaiser: Twin Peaks shows us how a FANTASTIC show can be UTTERLY RUINED by "the suits". It was ever so good! Then? It ever so sucked :-(

[quote]Leave It To Beaver, Peter Gunn[/quote]
You have excellent taste Mr.@Jake!

Tracy Ulman Show
Kids In The Hall
Are You Being Served?

MONTY PYTHON??????
*gasp*
????????
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Male 527
You can`t compare some of these shows with each other.
Lucy, happy days, All in the family are totally different shows than Firefly, Star Trek and Walking Dead.

Even the comparison of two series is totally different.
Although i was a fan of ST: TOS i can`t bear to see it anymore. When asked, I wouldn`t vote for it.
So i wouldn`t understand that, if this list was compiled recently, a lot of people would have chosen the Caroll Burnet show for instance.
If this list was compiled over time (highest rating received in the period the show ran) one could argue that in a time where there where almost no shows the rating for some of them would be higher then in a time where there are many shows.
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Female 3,696
I was happy with most of the choices, not sure about the order personally.

I`m just gonna...shove Supernatural in at the end there for my own selfish reasons
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Female 25
There is no way in hell this is in the right order.
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Male 7,909
I thought The Wire was considered one of the best shows ever made?

I`ve never seen it, but it usually is at the top of any critic`s list.
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Male 1,204
No Twin Peaks?
Outrageous!
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Male 7,909
OldOllie

"see if you can find the movie "Serenity." That`s the pilot for the series. If you like that, you`ll probably like the rest of it. "

Huh? The movie Serenity takes place AFTER Firefly.
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Male 15,832
I tried to watch the Big Bang Theory, but as a physics major, I was offended. The whole time I was in school, I never met anyone that geeky in the entire college of science and mathematics. Most of the geeks were in the English and Art departments.
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Male 837
Frasier belongs at a better rating than Cheers. I enjoyed Cheers, but Frasier is far better.

DS9 was Babylon 5, after Paramount shot Michael Straczynski down and stole his idea.

If cartoons are going to be on the list, Avatar: The Last Airbender should be in the top 40.

Still, a good list.
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Male 671
The Big Bang Theory is in, but Futurama isnt....Well...ok...fudge U.
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Male 37,888

I have 5 words for you....Little House On The Prairie.







kidding
Seriously, I mean The WALTONS! Good night John Boy.
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Male 15,832
This list was pretty much crap. There are some great shows listed, but the order is way off, and there`s a lot of dreck.

@lauriloo Firefly is pretty decent SiFi in the space western sub-genre. It`s free on HULU, but unfortunately you missed the start of the season by a few weeks.

It should start a new cycle in mid-to-late November. In the meantime, see if you can find the movie "Serenity." That`s the pilot for the series. If you like that, you`ll probably like the rest of it.
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Male 37,888

@ ledzeppeloyd - yes I do think The Big Bang Theory is funny. No I don`t think it belongs on this list. It`s not THAT funny.
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Male 37,888

Any list like this that doesn`t have Lucy in the top 10 is just a bad list. Desi Arnez invented the 3-camera system that is still in use today for filming sitcoms. The pace & timing. That stuff is still funny today.

Yeah, gotta agree with Star Trek being number 1 but Dr Who should be in the top 10, not the X Files and Firefy shouldn`t be on the list at all.

too many contemporary shows. House is not revolutionary and shouldn`t be on the list. I like Hugh Laurie but, no, that show isn`t that good.
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Male 36
The Big Bang Theory? Really? I think that snuck in from the worst 40.
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Male 2,384
does anybody really think the big bang theory is funny? to me its really just horse poo
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Male 2,143
Scrubs? Bat-poo crazy folks. Where`s Burns and Allen? Where`s "Your show of shows"? Ed Sullivan. Your list is garbage...except Scooby-do
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Male 183
"The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." was one of MY favorites.
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Female 3,180
oooh lauriloo... Firefly was only one season and one movie, but watch and you`ll see why it should be near the top of every fav list :)
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Male 1,252
According to whom? How about `The News` or `The Nature of Things` or `Nova`? They`ve been running what...40 years? `National Geog*aphic?`, The Olympics? This is just plain poo (no offense to those that enjoy them). Firefly was pretty bad ass though ^.-
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Male 49
Why are talk shows and Skit shows on here that technically isn`t Television Shows, Also Cartoons aren`t truthfully TV Shows you never hear anyone going oh wow that tv show was awesome after watching scooby doo or family guy. They go that Cartoon was great. So redo the list without those and we will talk.
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Male 535
"Frasier"? "Scrubs"? "How I Met Your Mother"?
But no "Odd Couple?
Fanboy Bullpoo...
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Male 327
I stopped scrolling at Scooby Doo. That was where the list turned to poo.
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Female 1,803
never heard of "firefly". Golden Girls and Sex and the City affected pop culture quite a bit.
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Male 2,688
Seinfeld being on this list AT ALL somewhat disturbs me... I can see how people might find the show entertaining, but I wouldn`t put it on this list if it were a top 50... And where are all the fantastic educational shows like `Through the Worm Hole`, `Nova`, or `Planet Earth`?
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Male 7,909
Do people actually like the big bang theory?

I`ve tried to watch it a few times and it seems like cheeseball laugh-track s.hit.

#10 greatest show of all time? That kinda jumped out at me.

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Male 1,745
This list has pretty much every show I ever heard of.
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Male 7,031
I would put these in the Top-40:

The Outer Limits, The Fugitive, Columbo, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Route 66, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, My Name is Earl, Farscape, Second City TV, Leave It To Beaver, Peter Gunn and The Untouchables.

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Male 36,400
So I`ve seen 30 out of these 40...
Some I`ve seen a few episodes, others I`ve watched from start to finish!

Any "List" is going to get criticized, but this one is "ok" by me!

@freddyferret: MASH suffered from "3 seasons too long" syndrome. It got really TERRIBLE towards the end!
Voyager was indeed better! But not as "ground breaking" and sadly not as popular. I loved it! DS9 used far too many "easy scripts" to pad their seasons...

@kitteh9: Should the title be Best AMERICAN TV Shows? I think they`re all from the USA, yes? Except 1? Some were filmed in Canada... lolz!
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Male 5,608
First seasons of Heroes. Down hill from there.
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Female 8,044
skypirate Arrested Development came in at 70, The Office at 86, Rosanne and Always Sunny weren`t on the list of 526 rated shows. Sorry. I stopped at 40 because... I`m lazy.


Avatar john Star Trek: Deep Space Nine came in at 94
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Male 11,740
I knew they`d f*ck it up by putting Seinfeld in the top 5. I agree with most of them being on list, but in a different order. MASH should be 1 or 2, and some near the bottom should be higher. They need to be rated on quality and longevity.

Voyager was better than TNG, but I would debate it being better than TOS. TOS dealt with a some taboo topics at the time and eventually opened the door for the whole franchise. IMO, DS9 was the best of them all.
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Male 809
Most of my favorites are listed and I 100% agree with #1! THE BEST SHOW OF ALL TIME: STAR TREK!
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Male 2,543
in all seriousness. no roseanne, arrested development, the office and possibly always sunny?
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Male 2,543
<<<<<< not impressed
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Male 302
Fine, we get it. These "Top __ Greatest _____..." lists have no rhyme or reason. Geeze.
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Male 1,059
I`m sorry, but ST:Voyager was MUCH better than TOS. Even the last three-four seasons of DS9 were pretty darn good.
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Female 8,044
Link: Top 40 Greatest TV Shows Of All-Time [Pic] [Rate Link] - What is the best TV show ever in your opinion? Is your favorite on the list? Count down the best TV has to offer!
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