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Most Popular TV Shows of All Time

Wondering which are the most popular TV shows of all time? Then read the following article to find the list...
I believe that almost everyone in this world has that one TV show that he/she loves the most. No matter who the cast is, famous or ensemble, they are glued to the tube for the entire time. We all have our favorite genres in TV shows that we love to watch. However, there are few shows which have taken popularity to a whole new level. It doesn't matter which part of the world you live in, what language you speak, and what your likes and dislikes are, these shows have proven, time and again, that nothing and nobody can beat them. They have become popular because of the dedication and hard work put in by many people, along with the cast members. And today, we would like to make a compilation of the most popular TV shows. So are you ready to see which are some of the best TV series ever? Then keep reading.

TV Shows that We Still Love to Watch

There are so many genres when it comes to TV shows. There's drama (legal, medical), sketch and situation comedy, reality TV, talk shows, news programs, documentaries, science-fiction, soap operas, and so much more. Out of all these genres, picking out just top 10 TV shows is kind of a stretch. So when you read the following list, I would like you to keep this in mind and not be too harsh on the selection here.

Seinfeld

Cast Members
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, and Jason Alexander

What's it About?
There are 4 main characters, who are friends, in the show basically about nothing in particular. The show has unlimited humor, moments where you get completely sucked into the strange situations these characters often get themselves into. You would find them getting involved into other people's lives and how they get tangled into it, and how these characters evolve and get back to their routine lives. Total seasons - 9

M*A*S*H

Cast Members
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Mike Farrell, McLean Stevenson, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, David Ogden Stiers, Gary Burghoff, Jamie Farr, and William Christopher

What's it About?
This series follow a team of military doctors in Uijeongbu, South Korea; an adaptation from the 1970 movie, MASH. The series is set during the time of Korean War circling around dark drama and high-class wordplay. With serious drama mixed with slapstick comedy, M*A*S*H definitely had a successful run. Total seasons - 11

Cheers

Cast Members
Ted Danson and Shelley Long (season 1-5), Kristie Alley (season 6-11), Nicholas Colasanto (season 1-3), Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George, Wendth, Bebe Neuwirth, and Woody Harrelson (season 4-11), Kelsey Grammer (season 3-11)

What's it About?
In a Boston bar named, Cheers, the lives and experiences of the regulars is shared. The characters are either working at the bar or come over to have drinks and spend time with one another. This is the bar where "everybody knows your name". Total seasons - 11

Saturday Night Live

Cast Members
Huge list of live cast members...

What's it About?
This is a late night live comedy sketch and variety show where every week a guest star hosts and performs in the show. The show also has a different musical guests who performs as well. Total seasons - 36 and still going strong

The Simpsons

Cast Members
Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta), Marge Simpson (voice of Julie Kavner), Bart Simpson (voice of Nancy Cartwright), Lisa Simpson (voice of Yeardley Smith), and Maggie Simpson (various voice actors)

What's it About?
It is an animation-comedy series which shows a working-class American family. They live in a fictional town named Springfield and mostly has a satirical tone to it. There are 5 main characters in the show with many offbeat characters. The Simpsons is the longest running American sitcom, primetime entertainment, and animated series. Total seasons - 22 and still going strong

The West Wing

Cast Members
Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Alan Alda, Stockard Channing, Moira Kelly, Kristin Chenoweth, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina, Mary McCormack, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer,Bradley Whitford, and Jimmy Smits

What's it About?
Set in the West Wing of the White House, the show circles around the lives of the presidential staff. Martin Sheen plays a fictional democratic President and the concept of political drama has been portrayed. Total seasons - 7

I Love Lucy

Cast Members
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley

What's it About?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) plays a homemaker whereas her husband, Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnez) is a singer and bandleader. Their friends/landlords live right across the hall. Since Lucy stays home, the episodes are surrounded around her getting in some kind of funny situations and how her husband and friends, along with herself come out of it. Total seasons - 9

The Sopranos

Cast Members
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Dominic Chainese, Tony Sirico, Steve Van Zandt, Robert Iier, Aida Turturro, Edie Falco, and many more...

What's it About?
A New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, who is a protagonist of the show. You will find that the series shows Tony bringing a balance between his personal and professional responsibilities and issues. Total seasons - 6

F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Cast Members
Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc

What's it About?
The show concentrates on 6 single friends living in Manhattan, New York. This comedy sitcom revolves around these characters' love lives and everyday dealings. Total seasons - 10

The Late Show with David Letterman

Cast Members
David Letterman

What's it About?
An hour long late night talk-show where David Letterman invites guest celebrities on. Total seasons - 18 and still going strong

Honorable Mentions

Even though they have not been included in the top 10 list, that doesn't mean they are not popular. As far as you are concerned, the above mentioned list may not be the most accurate one; and I can understand that. We all have unique tastes when it comes to watching TV shows and this can be the basis for your choice of most popular TV series of all time. Here's the list in no particular order.
24
ER
Lost
House
Frasier
Jersey Shore
Gossip Girl
Prison Break
Criminal Minds
American Idol
The Big Bang Theory
Top Chef
Mad Men
Heroes
Dexter
Star Trek
South Park
True Blood
The Office
Happy Days
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Grey's Anatomy
60 Minute
Full House
The Apprentice
Sex and the City
I Dream of Jennie
Brothers & Sisters
Desperate Housewives
The Bold and the Beautiful
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Two and a Half Men
How I Met Your Mother


The list of most popular TV series of all time has been presented to you in the article. Now what I would like you to do is go through the poll given below. Let's see what your opinions are on the greatest TV shows, shall we?
Which, according to you, is the most popular TV show ever?
Seinfeld
M*A*S*H
Cheers
Saturday Night Live
The Simpsons
The West Wing
I Love Lucy
The Sopranos
F.R.I.E.N.D.S
The Late Show with David Letterman
By Sheetal Mandora
Last Updated: 9/28/2011
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