Television shows have become one of the core sources of entertainment. This is why the audience have been endowed with a wide variety of shows in past few decades. If we take a look at the history of television, we will find that there are hundreds of successful series that still entertain viewers irrespective of their concept and timing. These specific shows were widely popular during their actual release and are still popular amongst the audience. All these shows have high IMDB ratings. Some of these shows are still on air with their latest seasons. In this post, I am listing out the top 10 most popular tv shows of all time:
- Friends (1994 – 2004)
So, no one told you that you are going to love a comedy television series this much! I might sound partial here! But, I think that this show deserves the first place in the list of most popular TV shows of all time. Being one of the most successful American television sitcoms, Friends is widely watched in different countries of the world. At first, the show seems to be quite ordinary as it just showcases 6 friends sipping coffee and discussing their routine life issues. Then, you will not realize when you will be obsessed with the show.
You can also read: 8 Reasons Why F.R.I.E.N.D.S Is the Best TV Series Ever
Usually, we get to like either one or two characters from a television show. But, this series will make you fall in love with all main 6 characters and you won’t be able to decide your favorite character from the show. If you are immensely frustrated and want to forget about all bad things, then you must watch this show. It will help you enjoy the ironies of life in a very interesting manner. Most channels still run this show on prime time. That’s why it is one of the most popular tv shows of all time.
- Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013)
Do you like to watch suspense shows? If so, then you might have heard about this top notch television series that was started in 2008 and went off air in 2013. Based on contemporary western background, Breaking Bad is a crime thriller drama. The show has grabbed the Emmy award for an outstanding television series in crime genre. It is the story of Walter White who is fighting with cancer and involves in criminal activities to secure the future of his family. Indeed, it is one of the finest and most popular tv shows of all time!
- Game of Thrones (2011 – Present)
Premiered in 2011, Game of Thrones is the most popular periodic drama series with millions of viewers around the globe. This gigantic American television series tells the story of royal families fighting over an iron throne so they can gain the control over Westeros. Other than magnificent cinematography and unpredictable events; romance, fantasy and adventure are the main factors that make this series special. These are some of the specialties of the show that make it one of the most popular TV shows of all time.
- The Simpsons (1989 – Present)
Animation movies and shows have their own class and even after that, it is nearly impossible for an animated television show to survive on the idiot box for more than two decades. Yes, we are talking about The Simpsons, a show premiered in 1989 and has a total score of 28 series so far. With such an enormous record, viewers remember it as the longest running animated television show in America. This is certainly the only animated series making it to the list of the most popular tv shows of all time.
- Blackadder (1983 – 1989)
American sitcoms are known for their variety of plots and concepts. Besides, British sitcoms also have some of the greatest picks of all times and Blackadder is one of them. This periodic drama stars the very talented Rowan Atkinson. He plays Edmund Blackadder who struggles to improvise his identity lead by plenty of misfortunes and events.
- Seinfeld (1990 – 1998)
To be honest, Seinfeld was the reason why I started taking interest in more shows like that. This is the story of a stand-up comedian living in New York City with his three friends. The show also tells the story of a person who with his friends learn to deal with everyday problems.
- Sex and the City (1998 – 2004)
New York has always been a city of dreams and many people want to live in this dream. Sex and the City is the story of four women living in this dream city. These women often gossip about their physical relationships. The show is not just about a group of women gossiping about sex. In fact, it also describes the struggle of being a woman in a big city full of cunning people.
- House of Cards (2013 – Present)
If you like drama genre, then you would never want to miss House of Cards. It is a political drama series by Beau Willimon and Michael Dobbs. The show stars Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood. He plays a democrat who is seeking revenge along with his wife against the people who betrayed him. Not to mention, betrayal and revenge plots have always something chilling and this show is the perfect example. There is a reason why this show made it into the list of the most popular tv shows of all time.
- The Twilight Zone (1959 – 1964)
These days, the entertainment industry offers a wide range of blockbuster tv shows. So technically, it is pretty much hard for a 50-60 year old television show to set a place for itself among the best ones. This widely popular show from the 1950s has all the essential elements of entertainment including horror, comedy, drama, and superstitions. Being a golden pick, the show deserves a place in top 10 most popular shows of all time.
- Mr. Bean (1990 – 1995)
Some of the most popular tv shows of all time come from the British entertainment industry. A popular British series starring Rowan Atkinson took him at the peak of international fame. If you’ve had a bad day, then you must watch this marvelous show. It will make you forget about all the stupid things you have confronted all day. You just can’t stop loving Rowan as the guy who messes things up by his own methods of routine chores. It is really interesting to see how a single actor can move the entire show on his shoulders for 6 years.
You can also read: 6 Popular TV Shows and Their Indian Adaptations
Apart from these top 10 most popular tv shows of all time, there are many other shows from different genres that I missed here. Some of those shows have successfully left a mark on viewers’ minds. Most of the shows mentioned in this list are my favorites as well. I would really like to know through the comments if I have missed something here.