Top Rated TV Shows - 250 Best TV Shows List of All Time
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Top 250 Best TV Shows List - Top Rated TV Shows of All Time

Long before the broadcast took audiences to watch entire series in a single weekend, there was simply the bliss of watching primetime television, and fan favorites like "The West Wing" and "The Sopranos" kept it going. fans glued to their couches the week. week after week, year after year, to find out what would happen next. Some shows were so good that fans bought VHS or DVD set-top boxes to watch over and over again to relive the drama or enjoy the laughs.

Now that we have a multitude of streaming services at our fingertips (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney +) and can watch TV anytime, anywhere, the content has become even richer and more diverse, pleasing the fans so much. as well as the critics, with original hits. like "The Mandalorian" and "Game of Thrones" and reruns of shows like "Arrested Development."

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To celebrate the history of great television, Stacker compiled this definitive list of the 250 greatest Tv shows of all time, using data from IMDb. The shows were ranked based on IMDb user ratings, with ties broken for the number of votes. For this list, a series had to have at least 50,000 votes.

Some shows on this list may seem obvious to TV lovers: "The Simpsons," "Seinfeld," "Friends," or "Dragon Ball Z," as some examples. But you'll find plenty of other surprises that made the top 250, either because they saw a limited run, tried extremely niche genres, or were released very recently but generated enough praise to appear here alongside historical staples.

Read on to see the 250 shake off, refresh your pop culture memory, recall an epic binge, or add to your watch list. But do it with caution, this list contains some spoilers.

Top Rated Best TV Shows of All Time - 250 Best TV Shows List
Top Rated 250 Best TV Shows

Top Rated Best TV Shows of All Time - 250 Best TV Shows List

  • 1. Planet Earth II (2016) IMDB Rating: 9.5
  • 2. Planet Earth (2006) IMDB Rating: 9.4
  • 3. Band of Brothers (2001) IMDB Rating: 9.4
  • 4. Breaking Bad (2008) IMDB Rating: 9.4
  • 5. Chernobyl (2019) IMDB Rating: 9.4
  • 6. Blue Planet II (2017) IMDB Rating: 9.3
  • 7. The Wire (2002) IMDB Rating: 9.3
  • 8. Our Planet (2019) IMDB Rating: 9.3
  • 9. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014) IMDB Rating: 9.2
  • 10. Cosmos (1980) IMDB Rating: 9.2
  • 11. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) IMDB Rating:9.2
  • 12. Game of Thrones (2011) IMDB Rating: 9.2
  • 13. Rick and Morty (2013) IMDB Rating: 9.2
  • 14. The Sopranos (1999) IMDB Rating: 9.2
  • 15. The World at War (1973) IMDB Rating: 9.1
  • 16. The Last Dance (2020) IMDB Rating: 9.1
  • 17. Life (2009) IMDB Rating: 9.1
  • 18. Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story (2020) IMDB Rating: 9.1
  • 19. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009) IMDB Rating: 9.1
  • 20. The Vietnam War (2017) IMDB Rating: 9.1
  • 21. Sherlock (2010) IMDB Rating: 9.0
  • 22. The Twilight Zone (1959) IMDB Rating: 9.0
  • 23. The Blue Planet (2001) IMDB Rating: 9.0
  • 24. Human Planet (2011) IMDB Rating: 9.0
  • 25. Persona (2018) IMDB Rating: 9.0
  • 26. Batman: The Animated Series (1992) IMDB Rating: 9.0
  • 27. The Beatles Anthology (1995) IMDB Rating: 9.0
  • 28. Frozen Planet (2011) IMDB Rating: 9.0
  • 29. Firefly (2002) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 30. Dekalog (1989) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 31. True Detective (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 32. Death Note (2006) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 33. Apocalypse: The Second World War (2009) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 34. The Civil War (1990) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 35. Cowboy Bebop (1998) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 36. Taskmaster (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 37. Africa (2013) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 38. Fargo (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 40. Hunter x Hunter (2011) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 41. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 42. Only Fools and Horses (1981) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 43. The Office (2005) IMDB Rating: 8.9
  • 44. TVF Pitchers (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 45. Attack on Titan (2013) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 46. Nathan for You (2013) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 47. Gravity Falls (2012) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 48. Seinfeld (1989) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 49. Das Boot (1985) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 50. Friends (1994) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 51. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 52. Pride and Prejudice (1995) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 53. Black Mirror (2011) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 54. How the Universe Works (2010) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 55. Twin Peaks (1990) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 56. Over the Garden Wall (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.8
  • 57. Kota Factory (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 58. Narcos (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 59. Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 60. The Century of the Self (2002) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 61. One Punch Man (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 62. Chappelle's Show (2003) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 63. Freaks and Geeks (1999) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 64. Fawlty Towers (1975) IMDB Rating:8.7
  • 65. Peaky Blinders (2013) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 66. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 67. Ramayan (1987) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 68. The Mandalorian (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 69. It's a Sin (2021) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 70. Dark (2017) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 71. Dragon Ball Z (1989) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 72. Steins;Gate (2011) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 73. The West Wing (1999) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 74. Better Call Saul (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 75. Leyla and Mecnun (2011) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 76. Vratice se rode (2007) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 77. Dragon Ball Z (1996) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 78. Rome (2005) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 79. Senke nad Balkanom (2017) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 80. Oz (1997) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 81. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 82. BoJack Horseman (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 83. Vinland Saga (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 84. Arrested Development (2003) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 85. Stranger Things (2016) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 86. I, Claudius (1976) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 87. Gullak (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 88. Fleabag (2016) IMDB Rating:8.7
  • 89. Mahabharat (1988) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 90. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 91. Justice League Unlimited (2004) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 92. Still Game (2002) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 93. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 94. House of Cards (2013) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 95. The Boys (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 96. Sarabhai V/S Sarabhai (2004) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 97. One Strange Rock (2018) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 98. The Thick of It (2005) IMDB Rating: 8.7
  • 99. Six Feet Under (2001) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 100. South Park (1997) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 101. Critical Role (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 102. One Piece (1999) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 103. Ted Lasso (2020) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 104. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 105. Yeh Meri Family (2018) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 106. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 107. House (2004) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 108. The Simpsons (1989) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 109. Battlestar Galactica (2004) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 110. The Universe (2007) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 111. Hajime no ippo (2000) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 112. The Crown (2016) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 113. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 114. The Grand Tour (2016) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 115. The Shield (2002) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 116. Haikyuu!! (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 117. Berserk (1997) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 118. Top Gear (2002) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 119. Line of Duty (2012) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 120. Greatest Events of WWII in Colour (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 121. Primal (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 122. Downton Abbey (2010) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 123. Lonesome Dove (1989) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 124. World War II in Colour (2009) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 125. Westworld (2016) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 126. Atlanta (2016) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 127. Deadwood (2004) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 128. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 129. Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 130. Bron/Broen (2011) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 131. Succession (2018) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 132. This Is Us (2016) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 133. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 134. Parks and Recreation (2009) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 135. Blackadder II (1986) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 136. Code Geass (2006) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 137. The Eric Andre Show (2012) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 138. Crash Landing on You (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 139. Jujutsu Kaisen (2020) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 140. The X-Files (1993) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 141. Mad Men (2007) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 142. Aranyélet (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 143. Friday Night Lights (2006) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 144. The Haunting of Hill House (2018) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 145. The Bureau (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 146. Battlestar Galactica (2003) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 147. Peep Show (2003) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 148. Gomorrah (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 149. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 150. Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal (1999) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 151. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1981) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 152. Father Ted (1995) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 153. Anne with an E (2017) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 154. Archer (2009) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 155. The Queen's Gambit (2020) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 156. Blackadder the Third (1987) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 157. Young Justice (2010) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 158. The Promised Neverland (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 159. Mindhunter (2017) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 160. Behzat Ç.: Bir Ankara Polisiyesi (2010) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 161. Dexter (2006) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 162. The Bugs Bunny Show (1960) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 163. Monster (2004) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 164. Cobra Kai (2018) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 165. Through the Wormhole (2010) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 166. Umbre (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 167. QI (2003) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 168. Daredevil (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 169. Long Way Round (2004) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 170. Mind Your Language (1977) IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • 171. Yes Minister (1980) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 172. North & South (2004) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 173. The Newsroom (2012) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 174. Pose (2018) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 175. It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 176. Panchayat (2020) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 177. Making a Murderer (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 178. Poirot (1989) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 179. El Chavo del Ocho (1972) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 180. Spaced (1999) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 181. Content Cop (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 182. Yes, Prime Minister (1986) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 183. Dragon Ball (1986) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 184. Justice League (2001) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 185. Skam (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 186. Brass Eye (1997) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 187. Justified (2010) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 188. Ethos (2020) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 189. Letterkenny (2016) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 190. Dragon Ball (1995) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 191. Twin Peaks (2017) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 192. Samurai Champloo (2004) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 193. Adventure Time with Finn & Jake (2010) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 194. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 195. Boardwalk Empire (2010) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 196. From the Earth to the Moon (1998) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 197. Mr. Bean (1990) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 198. Flight of the Conchords (2007) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 199. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 200. Pew News (2018) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 201. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 202. Second Spring (1998) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 203. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour (1968) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 204. Hunter x Hunter (1999) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 205. Detectorists (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 206. Chef's Table (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 207. Impractical Jokers (2011) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 208. Naruto: Shippûden (2007) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 209. The Untold History of the United States (2012) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 210. Coupling (2000) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 211. Mr. Robot (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 212. The IT Crowd (2006) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 213. The Great British Baking Show (2010) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 214. Endeavour (2012) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 215. Doctor Who (2005) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 216. Love, Death & Robots (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 217. Shameless (2011) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 218. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 219. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 220. Mob Psycho 100 (2016) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 221. Generation Kill (2008) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 222. The Defiant Ones (2017) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 223. Louie (2010) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 224. GTO (1999) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 225. Silicon Valley (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 226. I'm Alan Partridge (1997) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 227. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 228. My Brilliant Friend (2018) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 229. The Night Of (2016) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 230. Big Little Lies (2017) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 231. Hannibal (2013) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 232. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 233. Yellowstone (2018) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 234. What We Do in the Shadows (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 235. Shigatsu wa kimi no uso (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 236. Ezel (2009) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 237. Horace and Pete (2016) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 238. The Office (2001) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 239. Erased (2016) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 240. Sons of Anarchy (2008) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 241. Harley Quinn (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 242. The New Batman Adventures (1997) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 243. Black Books (2000) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 244. Sacred Games (2018) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 245. The Expanse (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 246. Delhi Crime (2019) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 247. Wentworth (2013) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 248. Clannad: After Story (2008) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 249. Samurai Jack (2001) IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • 250. Hilda (2018) IMDB Rating: 8.5

The Top Rated TV Shows list only includes TV series and TV Mini Series.

The list is ranked using a formula that includes the number of ratings that each program received from users and the value of the ratings received from regular users.

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To be included in the list, a series or miniseries must receive ratings from at least 5,000 users, and a television series must also have aired at least 5 episodes.