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Top Rated TV Shows of All Time

Batul Nafisa Baxamusa
We present the list of top rated TV shows of all time, that you should watch at least once. These great shows have managed to get the highest viewership ratings. Begin reading, and you may will find your favorite ones mentioned in the following list.
Since the time television made an entry into our households, there has been a steady rise in the number of TV shows produced. Some have earned the status of television classics that changed the way we see TV. They have been the forerunners in setting trends and catching the highest TV ratings.

Best TV Shows of All Time

True Blood

The hit series by HBO, True Blood is a show based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series novels. The story speaks about a waitress in love with a vampire. It has seen a lot of success in all the seasons. It aired 7 seasons until 2014.

Grey's Anatomy

If you love the high tension drama of a hospital, then Grey's Anatomy is the show for you. The show is about the lives of interns, residents and doctors of the Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital.
Since its premiere in 2005, the show has earned immense success and even went on to earn Emmys and Golden Globe awards. The 16th season was aired in 2019-20, thus making it the longest running American primetime medical drama series.

The Simpsons

The Fox Network's first television series to enter the top 30 highest rated shows. Since over 2 decades this show has entertained the American audience as well as viewers from around the world. The show has managed to get Emmys, Peaboy Award as well as Annie Awards. It is today known as the longest running American sitcom, longest running American animated program and longest running American primetime entertainment series.


Lost, a television series that was aired by ABC in 2004 and continued till 2010. This was an intriguing story of individuals who were survivors of a plane crash. They are stranded on a mysterious island with no way to get back home. It got an average of 15.69 million US viewers for each of their episodes aired. The show too earned Emmys, Golden Globes and many other industry acclaimed awards.


This was a light-hearted sitcom aired by NBC in 1989. It was aired for nine seasons up to 1998. It was called the greatest TV show of all time by TV Guide in 2002. It garnered top ratings and was one of the top 2 shows aired by NBC for the year 1994 to 1998.

Desperate Housewives

The ABC studios came up with a show about neighborhood women and their struggles in life. They had to manage their families, their lives and keep their secrets as secrets.
After its Premiere in 2004, it has earned a number of awards like the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globes and the Emmys. This show had gained an audience of 120 million from not just America, but around the world. Its run ended in May 2012.


Dexter Morgan, a name that has become synonymous with justice and murder. It was about the adopted son of a police officer who is a serial killer with a difference. He kills only those who deserve to die like murderers and other evil men of society. He follows 'the code of Harry' that helps him evade detection by law.
Aired on Showtime, the show has acquired worldwide popularity. In fact, season 4's season finale got itself a record-breaking audience of over 2.6 million viewers. The show ended its run in September 2013.

Prison Break

Prison Break was broadcast on Fox from 2005 till it ended in 2009. It was about two brothers of whom one was sentenced to death. But, he had not committed this crime and the other brother devises plans to help him escape. The show gained immense popularity and was even turned into a video game.


This was one of the best TV shows that appeared on NBC from 2006 to 2010. It was about ordinary people who discover hidden superhuman abilities in themselves. The first season managed to earn an average of 14.3 million viewers. It was ranked in the list of top 20 programs gaining the highest viewership for the year 2007 to 2008.


24 is a drama series about Federal agent Jack Bauer. The show ran for 9 seasons and featured the 24 hours in the life of Bauer.
The show begins with him, and his attempts to overcome terrorists attacks, bomb plots, save the President, etc. The show earned plenty of awards and became the longest running television show with espionage and political thriller as its theme.
There are many more shows that deserve to be here in this list. But, in my opinion, these are some of the most talked about and eye-catching shows on TV. You may agree or disagree with the list, but these shows have actually gathered the highest viewership of American households.