50 favorite TV shows

by MyMovieTVRomance | created - 10 Apr 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Here are some shows that I either like to watch, love to re-watch, or had loved once watching.

NOTE: There are many others I could have included here that I probably like just as much. But, I had to make a cut-off point, which is practically impossible, and which is why I'm so bad at these lists. But, this is at least a good sampling of my favorites. And, there's plenty more where these come from!

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1. Angel from Hell (2016)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Allison isn't quite sure if her new friend, Amy, is her guardian angel or a crazy person.

Stars: Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson, Kyle Bornheimer, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 2,438

The best of the supernatural sitcoms (like BEWITCHED and I DREAM OF JEANIE)- and my #1 favorite show of all time! I want to have this Angel in my life- I would marry her! And I want to marry the person playing her; Jane Lynch is so beautiful and funny! This one needs to come back!!

2. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 20,843

My first ever favorite TV show! I'll always have a place in my heart for this, my first love :-)

3. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957–1960)

60 min | Comedy, Family

Lucy and her husband, Ricky Ricardo, are living in the country with their best friends and old landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Lucy is still getting into trouble with her sidekick Ethel, ... See full summary »

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 899

I used to stay up late every Saturday to watch this on Nick at Nite way back when---good times!!

4. The Lucy Show (1962–1968)

30 min | Comedy

The wacky misadventures of a forever scheming woman, her reluctant best friend, and her cantankerous boss.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Vivian Vance, Jimmy Garrett

Votes: 2,051

5. Here's Lucy (1968–1974)

30 min | Comedy

Lucy Carter, a widow with two teen children, takes a job as a secretary for her stuffy brother-in-law.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr.

Votes: 1,113

6. Life with Lucy (1986)

30 min | Comedy

Lucy Barker is a grandmother living with her daughter's family while constantly getting into comedic predicaments.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Ann Dusenberry, Larry Anderson

Votes: 244

Only 13 episodes of this show were made, and it is mostly forgotten today, but not by me! And the theme song to it is one of the best ever!

7. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 28,287

Best sitcom of the 1980s!

8. Maude (1972–1978)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

"All In The Family" spin-off centered around Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay, a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, NY.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain, Rue McClanahan

Votes: 3,033

9. Ellen (1994–1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Ellen Morgan is a neurotic bookstore owner who deals with life through comedy and extensive rambling.

Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, David Anthony Higgins, Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis

Votes: 4,791

10. Roseanne (1988–2018)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Drama

A revival of the popular 1990s sitcom 'Roseanne,' which centered on the everyday life of an American working-class family.

Stars: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman

Votes: 37,724

This show feels like home.

I would love to be in this family. They feel like family, and I can feel the love. Plus, Roseanne and Dan are one of the best couples I've ever seen! I would be Roseanne myself in a hot minute, if I could have that relationship!

11. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

A small-town housewife struggles to cope with the increasingly bizarre and violent events unfolding around her.

Stars: Louise Lasser, Greg Mullavey, Mary Kay Place, Graham Jarvis

Votes: 972

So different! Quality comedy-soap!

12. Hi Honey, I'm Home (1991–1992)

30 min | Comedy

A 1950s American Sitcom family participates in the Sitcom Relocation Program, and are transported to 1990s Suburbia.

Stars: Charlotte Booker, Stephen C. Bradbury, Peter Benson, Julie Benz

Votes: 129

This show was a short-lived masterpiece!

13. Love Connection (1983–1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Reality-TV, Romance

This game show introduced a bachelor or bachelorette to three prospective dates, each of whom gave a self-introduction. The audience would select the partner they thought was the most ... See full summary »

Stars: Chuck Woolery, John Cervenka, Rod Roddy, Gene Wood

Votes: 180

i LOVE this show. So fun!!

14. Hollywood Game Night (2013– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Game-Show

Features two contestants, each with a team of celebrity guests, competing in pop culture party games for a chance to win $25,000.

Stars: Jane Lynch, Ric Markmann, Teisha Wheaton, Tim Neff

Votes: 1,503

Usually, I think new game shows pale in comparison to those from the 1970s and 80s. But, this one actually raises the bar! For the first time, I think a new game show is better than the old ones!

And might I say- I have a huge crush on Jane Lynch! Great comedian and fun host, ideally suited to this colorful, fun, and fabulous show!

16. Martha Stewart's Cooking School (2012– )

30 min | Reality-TV

Inspired by the eponymous best-selling book, Martha Stewarts Cooking School will give home cooks a culinary master class with Martha herself. Each week, she will demonstrate classic cooking... See full summary »

Star: Martha Stewart

Votes: 24

17. Ruby Wax Meets... (1996– )

Documentary, Comedy

7 BBC television celebrity profiles/portraits featuring Ruby with Imelda Marcos (50 minutes), Goldie Hawn (30'), Burt Reynolds (30'), Heidi Fleiss (30'), Roseanne Barr (30'), Pamela ... See full summary »

Stars: Ruby Wax, Pamela Anderson, Roseanne Barr, Sarah Ferguson

Votes: 52

18. The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956–1963)

60 min | Music

Dinah hosted this hour-long weekly for seven years. It featured Dinah and guest stars in a variety of songs, skits, production numbers. Also featured: her "See the USA in your Chevrolet" song and her warm kiss to all in conclusion.

Stars: Dinah Shore, Joel Aldred, Janet Blair, John Raitt

Votes: 122

19. Life with Elizabeth (1952–2016)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The day to day events in the lives of a newly married couple. Each episode consists of three short, unrelated sketches in which characters often break the imaginary fourth wall.

Stars: Del Moore, Betty White, Jack Narz, Loie Bridge

Votes: 171

20. I Married Joan (1952–1955)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The adventures of the scatterbrained wife of a respected city judge.

Stars: Joan Davis, Jim Backus, Geraldine Carr, Beverly Wills

Votes: 272

Someday, I too will be able to say I married Joan! ;-)

21. The Bob Cummings Show (1955–1959)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The romantic misadventures of Bob Collins, a suave, sophisticated bachelor and photographer operating in Hollywood, California. The show is centered around his womanizing ways with his models, and his sister's attempts to make him settle down.

Stars: Robert Cummings, Ann B. Davis, Rosemary DeCamp, Dwayne Hickman

Votes: 308

OMG, do I ever adore this show! Move over Dick Van Dyke Show, THIS takes the cake for me (though I do still like TDVDS)!

22. Hot in Cleveland (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Three 40-something best friends from Los Angeles are flying to Paris when their plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland. Realizing that all the norms from Los Angeles don't apply anymore, they decide to celebrate a city that values real women and stay where they're still considered hot.

Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Betty White

Votes: 11,431

23. Grace and Frankie (2015– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Finding out that their husbands are not just work partners, but have also been romantically involved for the last twenty years, two women with an already strained relationship try to cope with the circumstances together.

Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen

Votes: 30,455

THE BEST, most picturesque sitcom of its time!

24. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015–2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Musical

A young woman abandons a choice job at a law firm and her life in New York in an attempt to find happiness in the unlikely locale of West Covina, California.

Stars: Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vincent Rodriguez III, Pete Gardner

Votes: 14,320

This show is surprisingly addictive and shockingly moving! I cried so much during some episodes, and genuinely feel life in these characters!

25. The L Word (I) (2004–2009)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Romance

Follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of gay women living in Los Angeles as well as the friends and family members that either support or loathe them.

Stars: Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner

Votes: 22,513

I swear, it seems like Shane was modeled after Joan Jett, and if so, YOWZA!! She even takes it up a few notches. Best character on the show- my main reason for loving this series! I'd totally be her girl! <3

26. Big Little Lies (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 123,487

27. Damages (2007–2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A law school graduate becomes the protégée of a successful high-stakes litigator.

Stars: Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Zachary Booth

Votes: 26,647

This is the show that got me into modern TV.

28. Killing Eve (2018– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Thriller

After a series of events, the lives of a security operative and an assassin become inextricably linked.

Stars: Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia

Votes: 52,627

29. Bates Motel (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A contemporary prequel to Psycho, giving a portrayal of how Norman Bates' psyche unravels through his teenage years, and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.

Stars: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz

Votes: 88,669

Another brilliant, lovely-to-look-at show! I definitely think the update to a coastal town is an improvement over the desertous setting of the PSYCHO movie.

30. Resurrection (2014–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy

The lives of the people of Arcadia, Missouri, are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.

Stars: Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Matt Craven, Devin Kelley

Votes: 14,518

Season 1 of this show made me so happy! Maybe the best first season of any drama I've ever seen! So much potential! And then the writers ruined their own creation with season 2. But, I'll always love this show for the way it made me feel at the start, and for that, it's listed here.

31. Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle

Votes: 199,631

32. Dinnerladies (1998–2000)

34 min | Comedy

Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.

Stars: Victoria Wood, Thelma Barlow, Andrew Dunn, Shobna Gulati

Votes: 1,540

33. Waiting for God (1990–1994)

30 min | Comedy

When Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage, he meets Diana Trent, a feisty old woman who complains about everything and wants nothing more than just to die. Much to the dislike of ... See full summary »

Stars: Graham Crowden, Stephanie Cole, Daniel Hill, Janine Duvitski

Votes: 1,423

So funny and great character development.

34. Roger & Val Have Just Got In (2010– )

29 min | Comedy

Comedy drama about the day to day lives of husband and wife, Roger and Val. After they've just got in from work.

Stars: Dawn French, Alfred Molina, Theo Efrimidis

Votes: 338

35. Girls on Top (1985–1986)

30 min | Comedy

Four women who are nothing alike end up living together in a flat in England.

Stars: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 238

36. Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy

The wild misadventures of Edina Monsoon and her best friend Patsy Stone, who live in a near-constant haze of drugged, drunken selfishness.

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield

Votes: 16,842

So much a product of it's time--and that's a GREAT thing!

37. Nanny and the Professor (1970–1971)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Ever-cheerful Nanny helps the Everett family with her subtly magical abilities, such as seemingly reading minds, seeing the future or making fortunate coincidences happen.

Stars: Juliet Mills, Richard Long, David Doremus, Trent Lehman

Votes: 562

I adore Juliet Mills as the nanny!

38. Melissa & Joey (2010–2015)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

After a family scandal leaves Mel, a local politician, alone with her niece and nephew, she hires a man named Joe to become the family's male nanny, or "manny".

Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, Taylor Spreitler, Nick Robinson

Votes: 16,873

39. The Mothers-In-Law (1967–1969)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Roger and Kaye live next door to Eve and Herb. Eve and Herb's daughter Suzie marries Roger and Kaye's son Jerry. This forces the families to be a bit closer than they would prefer, ... See full summary »

Stars: Eve Arden, Kaye Ballard, Herbert Rudley, Jerry Fogel

Votes: 452

Such a fun show!

40. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A continuation of the dramatic anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) hosted by the Master of Suspense and Mystery.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Hinton Pope, Jimmy Joyce, Lew Brown

Votes: 3,476

41. E! Mysteries & Scandals (1998– )

30 min | Documentary

Hollywood's most notorious scandals exposed through interviews and re-enactments.

Stars: A.J. Benza, A.C. Lyles, Marc Wanamaker, Bob Thomas

Votes: 194

42. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner

Votes: 338,795

43. Tattletales (1974–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Three celebrity couples were panelists. First, either the wives or husbands would go offstage and wear headphones; their spouses would remain on stage. Via closed circuit TV, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Convy, Gene Wood, Jack Clark, Bobby Van

Votes: 172

The episodes with Betty White and her hubby are gold!

44. Russian Doll (2019– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A cynical young woman in New York City keeps dying and returning to the party that's being thrown in her honor on that same evening. She tries to find a way out of this strange time loop.

Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley

Votes: 45,745

WOW! I'm in-love with the lead character- her look and her style in all aspects is so cute! And I am in-love with the mystery of this story! Highly, highly recommended!

45. You (2018– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A clever bookstore manager relies on his savvy Internet know-how to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him.

Stars: Penn Badgley, Ambyr Childers, Elizabeth Lail, Luca Padovan

Votes: 69,292

Like another Bates Motel, but with romance issues, rather than mother-son issues.

46. Soap (1977–1981)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates.

Stars: Katherine Helmond, Rod Roddy, Richard Mulligan, Cathryn Damon

Votes: 5,440

47. Dinah! (1974– )

90 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

Dinah's show premiered 9 September 1974 and continued through to 4 September 1981. She started out the 70's with Dinah's Place which usually featured one guest and was more of a home ... See full summary »

Stars: Dinah Shore, Charles Nelson Reilly, Betty White, Norm Crosby

Votes: 147

48. Gentleman Jack (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A dramatization of the life of LGBTQ+ trailblazer, voracious learner and cryptic diarist Anne Lister, who returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Rosie Cavaliero, Albane Courtois

Votes: 5,988

49. Age Gap Love (2014– )

Documentary, Romance

A look at couples who have significant age differences with each other.

Star: Jerry Fielden

Votes: 70

50. Extreme Love (2018– )

Reality-TV

5.9