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The 100 best TV shows of all time

Stacker Logo By Kristin Marguerite Doidge of Stacker | Slide 1 of 101: Sometimes a cozy night at home with your favorite TV show is better than a night on the town. Long before #NetflixandChill, there was just plain old primetime-television-watching bliss — and fan-favorites such as “The West Wing” and “The Sopranos” kept us glued to our sofas week after week, year after year, to find out what would happen next. Some shows were so good, we’d watch them again and again just to relive the drama or bask in the laughs. Now that we have a multitude of streaming services at our fingertips, and can watch TV anytime, anywhere, the content has become even richer and more diverse, pleasing both fans and critics alike, with original hits like “Game of Thrones” and revivals of shows like “Arrested Development.”As we settle in for summer binge-watching season, Stacker wanted to celebrate with a definitive list of the 100 best TV shows of all time, using data from IMDb. The shows with the highest IMDb score are ranked the highest, with #1 being the best TV show of all time, as rated by IMDb users. In the event of a tie, the show that received more IMDb votes was considered better, and only shows with more than 50,000 votes were considered for this exclusive list, which was vetted based on each show’s lasting cultural impact. Read on with caution - this list contains some spoilers.

The 100 best TV shows of all time

Sometimes a cozy night at home with your favorite TV show is better than a night on the town.

Long before #NetflixandChill, there was just plain old primetime-television-watching bliss — and fan-favorites such as “The West Wing” and “The Sopranos” kept us glued to our sofas week after week, year after year, to find out what would happen next. Some shows were so good, we’d watch them again and again just to relive the drama or bask in the laughs.

Now that we have a multitude of streaming services at our fingertips, and can watch TV anytime, anywhere, the content has become even richer and more diverse, pleasing both fans and critics alike, with original hits like “Game of Thrones” and revivals of shows like “Arrested Development.”

As we settle in for summer binge-watching season, Stacker wanted to celebrate with a definitive list of the 100 best TV shows of all time, using data from IMDb. The shows with the highest IMDb score are ranked the highest, with #1 being the best TV show of all time, as rated by IMDb users and with ties broken by the number of votes. For our list, we excluded kids shows while focusing on series with at least 5,000 votes (if released before 1980) or more than 50,000 votes (if released after 1980).

Read on with caution - this list contains some spoilers.

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