Best TV Shows of All Time

'Rolling Stone' is out with its new ranking
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2022 9:00 AM CDT
10 Best TV Shows of All Time
Phoebe Waller-Bridge in a scene from "Fleabag," which clocked in at an impressive No. 5.   (Luke Varley/Amazon via AP)

Rolling Stone acknowledges it's a near-impossible task—ranking the 100 best TV shows of all time, with no regard to genre or era. It did so by enlisting critics, creators, and stars, and the full list of voters is here. Why The Sopranos at No. 1? Among other things, David Chase’s "unapologetically dark examination of turn-of-the-century America took a torch to every written and unwritten rule that TV storytelling had been governed by since the days of Gunsmoke." Below are the top 10, with impressively high finishes for two relative newcomers (Fleabag and Atlanta).

  1. The Sopranos
  2. The Simpsons
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. The Wire
  5. Fleabag
  6. Seinfeld
  7. Mad Men
  8. Cheers
  9. Atlanta
  10. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Check out the full 100, with explanations of why each particular show made the cut. (Read more television stories.)

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