Full List: Rolling Stone’s “The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” (2022 Ranking)

Rolling Stone is on a roll. Following the popularity of their recent ranking of the top 500 songs of all-time and their list of the 200 best hip hop albums in history, the music and culture magazine decided to try their hand at television shows.

Their The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list was compiled with feedback from a “panel of actors, showrunners, and critics” features all the modern classics including The Game of Thrones, Atlanta, Succession, and Veep to the older sitcoms that made their marks on televisions such as Seinfeld, I Love Lucy, and The Odd Couple all with Rolling Stone writer Allen Sepinwall providing commentary on every one of the shows that made the list.



The list covers the generations, multiple eras, a variety of genres including children’s shows, soap operas, family sitcoms, quirky comedies and dead-serious HBO dramas, from 1951 to the present. The magazine has attempted to capture the best television shows in a list several times. Prior to the current ranking, Rolling Stone last announced the top 100 TV shows of all-time back in 2016.

Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

With all the great possibilities available, which show hit #1? Was it M*A*S*H, The Office, Mad Men or maybe cult favorite Freaks and Geeks? Thinking about the amount of amazing shows that have hit the small screen, that show would have hit the perfect combination of high-quality, cultural impact, longevity, creativity, and more.

Scroll down to see the full list of the best TV shows in the history of the game according to Rolling Stone.

Rolling Stone's 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time
Rank Show Channel Years
1 ‘The Sopranos’ HBO 1999-2007
2 ‘The Simpsons’ FOX 1989-PRESENT
3 ‘Breaking Bad’ AMC 2008-13
4 ‘The Wire’ HBO 2002-08
5 ‘Fleabag’ BBC/AMAZON 2016-19
6 ‘Seinfeld’ NBC 1989-98
7 ‘Mad Men’ AMC 2007-15
8 ‘Cheers’ NBC 1982-93
9 ‘Atlanta’ FX 2016-PRESENT
10 ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ CBS 1970-77
11 ‘Succession’ HBO 2018-PRESENT
12 ‘The Twilight Zone’ CBS 1959-64
13 ‘Veep’ HBO 2012-19
14 ‘The Americans’ FX 2013-18
15 ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ HBO 1992-98
16 ‘Twin Peaks’ ABC 1990-91
17 ‘The Leftovers’ HBO 2014-17
18 ‘Saturday Night Live’ NBC 1975-PRESENT
19 ‘I May Destroy You’ BBC/HBO 2020
20 ’30 Rock’ NBC 2006-13
21 ‘All in the Family CBS 1971-79
22 ‘Star Trek’ NBC 1966-69
23 ‘Watchmen’ HBO 2019
24 ‘Freaks and Geeks’ NBC 1999-2000
25 ‘M*A*S*H’ CBS 1972-83
26 ‘Sesame Street’ PBS 1969-PRESENT
27 ‘Deadwood’ HBO 2004-06
28 ‘Friday Night Lights’ NBC 2006-08
29 ‘Roots’ ABC 1977
30 ‘Parks and Recreation’ NBC 2009-15
31 ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO 2011-19
32 ‘Better Call Saul’ AMC 2015-22
33 ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ BBC 1969-74
34 ‘The Office’ (U.S.) NBC 2005-13
35 ‘Lost’ ABC 2004-10
36 ‘I Love Lucy’ CBS 1951-57
37 ‘Arrested Development’ FOX 2003-06
38 ‘Hill Street Blues’ NBC 1981-87
39 ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ HBO 2000-PRESENT
40 ‘The Good Place’ NBC 2016-20
41 ‘BoJack Horseman’ NETFLIX 2014-20
42 ‘Battlestar Galactica’ SCI-FI 2003-09
43 ‘Insecure’ HBO 2016-21
44 ‘Late Night With David Letterman’ NBC 1982-93
45 ‘Columbo’ NBC 1971-78; ABC
46 ‘The West Wing’ NBC 1999-2006
47 ‘My So-Called Life’ ABC 1995-96
48 ‘The Shield’ FX 2002-08
49 ‘Friends’ NBC 1994-2004
50 ‘Jeopardy!’ SYNDICATION 1984-PRESENT
51 ‘The X-Files’ FOX 1993-2002
52 ‘Barry’ HBO 2018-PRESENT
53 ‘The Office’ (U.K.) BBC 2001-03
54 ‘ER’ NBC 1994-2009
55 ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ AMC 2014-17
56 ‘Community’ NBC 2009-14
57 ‘Russian Doll’ NETFLIX 2019-PRESENT
58 ‘Six Feet Under’ HBO 2001-05
59 ‘Key & Peele’ COMEDY CENTRAL 2012-15
60 ‘Taxi’ ABC 1978-82
61 ‘The Underground Railroad’  AMAZON PRIME 2021
62 ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ CBS 1961-66
63 ‘South Park’  COMEDY CENTRAL 1997-PRESENT
64 ‘The Golden Girls’ NBC 1985-92
65 ‘Girls’ HBO 2012-17
66 ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart’ COMEDY CENTRAL 1999-2015
67 ‘NYPD Blue’ ABC 1993-2005
68 ‘Fawlty Towers’ BBC 1975-79
69 ‘Chappelle’s Show’   COMEDY CENTRAL 2003-06
70 ‘SCTV’   GLOBAL 1976-79
71 ‘Better Things’  FX 2016-2022
72 ‘Good Times’   CBS 1974-79
73 ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’  WB/UPN 1997-2001/2001-03
74 ‘The Honeymooners’ CBS 1955-56
75 ‘Frasier’ NBC 1993-2004
76 ‘Justified’  FX 2010-15
77 ‘The Jeffersons’  CBS 1975-85
78 ‘Sex and the City’ HBO 1998-2004
79 ‘Mr. Show with Bob and David’ HBO 1995-98
80 ‘Band of Brothers’  HBO 2001
81 ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’   FX 2005-PRESENT
82 ‘Party Down’  STARZ 2009-10
83 ‘I’m Alan Partridge’  BBC 1997-2002
84 ‘Fargo’   FX 2014-PRESENT
85 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ NETFLIX 2013-19
86 ‘The Bob Newhart Show’  CBS 1972-78
87 ‘The Kids in the Hall’   CBC 1988-95
88 ‘The Crown’  NETFLIX 2016-PRESENT
89 ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ CBS 1967-78
90 ‘The Wonder Years’  ABC 1988-93
91 ‘The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson’   NBC 1962-92
92 ‘The Muppet Show’   SYNDICATED 1976-81
93 ‘The Rockford Files’  NBC 1974-80
94 ‘NewsRadio’  NBC 1995-99
95 ‘Squid Game’ NETFLIX 2021-PRESENT
96 ‘Rick and Morty’  ADULT SWIM 2013-PRESENT
97 ‘The Odd Couple’ ABC 1970-75
98 ‘The Good Fight’ CBS ALL ACCESS 2017-20
99 ‘Oz’ HBO 1997-2003
100 ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ FX 2019-PRESENT

You rarely get to see the full list when these companies decide to cover and rank the best whatever because they have to spend a couple paragraphs explaining the significance and why the whatever landed where it landed on their list. With our full list, you might not get all the context, but often time you don’t need it. Readers want to know how the hell NYPD Blue (#67) is below The Good Place (#40) even though they’ve only seen the first episode and “hated it”.