50 All Time Hollywood’s Favorite TV Shows From GOT To Friends

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The Game of Thrones (GOT) and Friends may still remain two of the most critically applauded TV shows of all time but there are hundreds of other acclaimed Hollywood’s favorite TV shows that have not lost taste years after they were last aired. Like millions of people out there, personalities in Hollywood industry also have that particular TV show they hold dear to their hearts. Interestingly, one of the two shows mentioned above received the highest vote from the industry’s insiders that include the writers, producers, actors, and directors. While some of these shows gracefully made it on the list of Hollywood’s top 50 favorite shows, some others may come as a surprise to you. Here we go on the list of the industry’s favorite television programs ever.

50 All Time Hollywood’s Favorite TV Shows

1. Friends

Original run: September 22, 1994 — May 6, 2004

Created by: David Crane and Marta Kauffman,

No. Of Seasons: 10 (236 Episodes)

Premise: Centers on the professional and private lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.

Starring: , , , , and David Schwimmer

Ratings: 8.9/10 (IMDb)

2. Breaking Bad 

Original run: January 20, 2008 — September 29, 2013

Created by: Vince Gilligan

No. Of Seasons: 5 (62 Episodes)

Premise: An average high school science teacher who turns to a ruthless drug dealer as a result of being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, , RJ Mitte, , , Jonathan Banks,, and

Ratings: 9.5/10 (IMDb)

3. The X-Files

Original run: September 10, 1993 — May 19, 2002

Created by: Chris Carter

No. Of Seasons: 11 (218 Episodes)

Premise: Follows the careers and personal lives of two FBI agents—a sceptic and a believer who investigate paranormal cases.

Starring: Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, , and Mitch Pileggi

Ratings: 8.6 (IMDb), 9/10 (TV.com)

4. Game of Thrones

Original run: April 17, 2011  — May 19, 2019,

Created by: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss

No. Of Seasons: 8 (73 Episodes)

Premise: Based on A Song of Ice and Fire, storylines and it follows an epic battle for seven kingdoms. The show opens with threats in the icy North and Essos in the east.

Starring: Emilia Clarke,, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey,, , , and

Ratings: 9.4/10 (IMDb) 9/10 (TV.com), 89% (Rotten Tomatoes)

5. Seinfeld

Original run: July 5, 1989 — May 14, 1998

Created by:  Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld

No. Of Seasons: 9 (180 Episodes)

Premise: Centers around comedian Jerry Seinfeld that provides jokes in a show. Some of the best episodes are about things like waiting for a table at a restaurant and looking for a car in a parking garage.

Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, and

Ratings: 88% (Rotten Tomatoes) 8.8/10 (IMDb)

6. The Sopranos

Original run: January 10, 1999 — June 10, 2007

Created by: David Chase

No. Of Seasons: 6 (86 Episodes)

Premise: Tony Soprano, the series’ protagonist and New Jersey mob Boss is trying to balance his home life and job. His home and career issues lead him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Starring: , Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Lorraine Bracco, , Dominic Chianese, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico and Robert Iler

Ratings: 9.2/10 (IMDb), 92% (Rotten Tomatoes)

7. Saturday Night Live

Original run: October 11, 1975 — Present

Created by:  Lorne Michaels

No. Of Seasons: 45 (871 Episodes)

Premise: Weekly hilarious sketch comedy of contemporary culture and politics performed by varying cast members.

Starring: Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, , , , Colin Jost,, Kyle Mooney, Cecily Strong, and Kenan Thompson.

Ratings: 8.1 (IMDb), 8.2 (TV.com)

8. I Love Lucy

Original run: October 15, 1951 — May 6, 1957

Created by: Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Davis, Bob Carroll Jr., Bob Schiller, and Bob Weiskopf. 

No. Of Seasons: 6 (180  Episodes)

Premise: Centers on Lucy Ricardo and Ricky Ricardo her singer/bandleader husband who struggles to become a star.

Starring: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, and .

Ratings: 8.4 (IMDb), 9/10 (TV.com)

9. Mad Men

Original run: July 19, 2007 — May 17, 2015

Created by: Matthew Weiner

No. Of Seasons: 7 (92 Episodes)

Premise: Follows the day-to-day business of the advertising agencies, as well as the personal lives of the characters.

Starring: , , , and January Jones.

Ratings: 8.6 (IMDb), 94% (Rotten tomatoes)

10. The Simpsons

Original run: December 17, 1989 — present

Created by: Matt Groening

No. Of Seasons:  30 (662 Episodes)

Premise: Follows a satiric adventure of working-class family members who finds themselves in the misfit city of Springfield.

Starring: , Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer

Ratings: 8.4 (IMDb), 9.1(tv.com)

11. The West Wing

Original run: September 22, 1999 — May 14, 2006

Created by: Aaron Sorkin

No. Of Seasons: 7 (156 Episodes)

Premise:  Follow the lives of West Wing staffers of the White House including the Oval Office and the role of the POTUS

Starring: , , Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer,, and Martin Sheen

Ratings: 8.8 (IMDb), 75% (Rotten Tomatoes), 8.9/10 (tv.com)

12. Sex and the City

Original run: June 6, 1998 — February 22, 2004

Created by: Darren Star

No. Of Seasons: 6 (156 Episodes)

Premise: Centers on four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives

Starring: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Minka Kelly, Jesse Plemmons, Michael B. Jordan.

Ratings: 7.1 (IMDb), 71% (Rotten Tomatoes)

13. M*A*S*H

Original run: 1972 — 1983

Created by: Larry Gelbart,

No. Of Seasons: 11 (256)

Premise: The title is an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital hence the storyline centers on the staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War who discovered that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Starring: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, , Jamie Farr

Ratings: 8.4 (IMDb), 8.8 (tv.com)

14. Modern Family

Original run: September 23, 2009 — present

Created by: Christopher Lloyd

No. Of Seasons: 10 (232 Episodes)

Premise:  Centers on three families facing trials in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Starring:  Ed O’Neill, , Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Ratings: 8.4 (IMDb), 8.1 (tv.com)

15. Lost 

Original run: September 22, 2004 — May 23, 2010

Created by: Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof

No. Of Seasons: 6  (121 Episodes)

Premise: Plane crash survivors are forced to work together in order to survive on a mysterious island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean.

Starring: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Ratings:  8.3 (IMDb), 90% (Rotten tomatoes), 9.1 (tv.com)

16. Arrested Development

Original run: November 2, 2003 — February 10, 2006, May 2013

Created by: Mitchell Hurwitz

No. Of Seasons: 5 (84 Seasons)

Premise: Michael Bluth, a level-headed son of the Bluth family, takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his family members are making his job unbearable through their extravagant lifestyles.

Starring: , , Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter

Ratings: 8.8 (IMDb), 75% (Rotten Tomatoes), 9/10 (tv.com)

17. The Twilight Zone

Original run: October 2, 1959 — June 19, 1964

Created by: Rod Serling

No. Of Seasons: 5 (156 Episodes)

Premise: Various ordinary people who try to go extra miles in figuring out how to solve their problems in a remarkable manner.

Starring: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Ratings: 9/10 (IMDb), 80% (Rotten Tomatoes)

18. 30 Rock 

Original run: October 11, 2006 — January 31, 2013

Created by: Tina Fey

No. Of Seasons: 7 (138 episodes)

Premise: The show is a comedy about what goes on behind the scenes of a sketch comedy show filmed at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Starring: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer

Ratings: 8.2 (IMDb), 81% (Rotten tomatoes)

19. The Mary Tyler Moore Show 

Original run: September 19, 1970 — March 19, 1977

Created by: James L. Brooks and Allan Burns

No. Of Seasons: 7 (168  Episodes)

Premise: This is also a comedy series that centers on the lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Starring: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Ratings: 8.4 (IMDb)

20. Twin Peaks

Original run: April 8, 1990 — June 10, 1991

Created by:  Mark Frost

No. Of Seasons: 3 (48 Episodes)

Premise: FBI Agent Dale Cooper, goes to the Pacific Northwest to investigate the murder of teen girl Laura Palmer.

Starring: , Joan Chen, David Lynch, Sherilyn Fenn, Lara Flynn Boyle

Ratings: 8.8(IMDb), 89%

21. House of Cards

Original run: February 1, 2013 – November 2, 2018

Created by: Beau Willimon

No. Of Seasons: 6 (73 Episodes)

Premise: The storyline is based on Andrew Davies’ novel of the same title centers on a Congressman who works with his conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin WrightKate Mara, Michel Gill, Mahershala Ali, Rachel Brosnahan.

Ratings: 8.8/10 (IMDb), 78% (Rotten Tomatoes), 8.3/10 (tv.com)

22. Will & Grace

Original run: September 21, 1998 — present

Created by: Max Mutchnick

No. Of Seasons: 8 (228 Episodes)

Premise: Will, a gay lawyer lives with Grace a straight interior designer who leaves her fiancé at the altar and together with their close pals Jack and Karen, they face the ups and downs of life.

Starring: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes, Shelley Morrison

Ratings: 7.2/10 (IMDb), 8.5/10 (tv.com)

23. Cheers

Original run: September 30, 1982 — May 20, 1993

Created by: Glen Charles, Les Charles, James Burrows

No. Of Seasons: 11 (275 Episodes)

Premise: Sam Malone, a former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, runs Cheers, a cosy bar in Boston where Diane Chambers works as a waitress after being jilted by her fiance.

Starring: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt

Ratings: 7.8/10 (IMDb), 8.5/10 (tv.com)

24. The Walking Dead

Original run: October 31, 2010 — present

Created by: Frank Darabont

No. Of Seasons: 10 (131+)

Premise: Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, the TV series centers on life after the zombie apocalypse as Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins.

Starring:  Andrew Lincoln, , Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira

Ratings: 7.8/10 (IMDb), 8.5/10 (tv.com)

25. The Big Bang Theory 

Original run: September 24, 2007 — May 16, 2019

Created by: Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady

No. Of Seasons: 12 (279 Episodes)

Premise: Leonard and Sheldon, physicists are Mensa-fied best friends working at the California Institute of Technology but unknown to them, they only knew a little about life outside of the laboratory.

Starring: , Jim Parsons, , Simon Helberg

Ratings: 8.1/10 (IMDb), 81% (Rotten Tomatoes)

26. Orange Is the New Black 

Original run: ‎July 11, 2013 — July 26, 2019

Created by: Jenji Kohan

No. Of Seasons: 7 (91 Episodes)

Premise: Public relations executive Piper Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars after making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people there.

Starring: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Ratings: 8.1 (IMDb), 90% (Rotten Tomatoes)

27. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

Original run: ‎March 10, 1997 — May 20, 2003

Created by: Joss Whedon

No. Of Seasons: 7 (144 Episodes)

Premise: Buffy Summers is destined to fish out and destroy vampires, demons and other infernal creatures. She is faced with her life-fighting evil but she is able to overcome the evil with the help of her friends.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Ratings: 8.2/10 (IMDb), 81% (Rotten Tomatoes)

28. ER

Original run:  ‎September 19, 1994  — April 2, 2009

Created by: Michael Crichton

No. Of Seasons: 15 (331 Episodes)

Premise: The storyline focuses on the professional and personal issues faced by the doctors in the emergency room at County General Hospital.

Starring: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle

Ratings:  7.7(IMDb), 8.9 (tv.com)

29. Six Feet Under

Original run: ‎June 3, 2001 — August 21, 2005

Created by: Alan Ball

No. Of Seasons: 6 (63 Episodes)

Premise: Centers on the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.

Starring: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall,  Lauren Ambrose

Ratings: 8.7/10 (IMDb)

30. The Wire 

Original run: June 2, 2002 — March 9, 2008

Created by: David Simon

No. Of Seasons: 5 (60 Episodes)

Premise: Focuses on the narcotics scene in Baltimore through the eyes of law enforcers as well as the drug dealers and users.

Starring: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Ratings: 9.3/10 (IMDb), 96% (Rotten Tomatoes)

31. The Office 

Original run: May 24, 2005 — May 16, 2013

Created by: Greg Daniels

No. Of Seasons: 9 (201 Episodes)

Premise: Follows a group of Dunder-Mifflin office workers, whose workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behaviour, and tedium.

Starring: Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, , Rainn Wilson,

Ratings: 8.8/10 (IMDB), 89% (Rotten Tomatoes)

32. Parks and Recreation

Original run: April 9, 2009 — February 24, 2015

Created by: Greg Daniels and Michael Schur

No. Of Seasons: 7 (125 Episodes)

Premise: A midlevel bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks hopes to beautify her town by helping nurse Ann Perkins to turn an abandoned construction site into a community park.

Starring: , Jim O’Heir,  

Ratings: 8.6/10 (IMDb), 92% (Rotten tomatoes), 7.2 (tv.com)

33. Sherlock 

Original run: 25 July 2010 — 15 January 2017

Created by: Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss

No. Of Seasons: 4 (13 Episodes)

Premise: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Starring: , , Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Ratings: 9.1/10 (IMDb), 8.9 (tv.com), 79% (Rotten Tomatoes)

34. South Park


Original run: August 13, 1997 — present

Created by: Trey Parker and Matt Stone

No. Of Seasons: 22 (297 Episodes)

Premise: Follows the foul-mouthed adventures of Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman at the town of South Park.

Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall

Ratings: 8.7/10 (IMDb), 84% (Rotten Tomatoes), 9/10 (tv.com)

35. Star Trek 

Original run: September 8, 1966 — June 3, 1969

Created by: Gene Roddenberry

No. Of Seasons: 3 ( 22 episodes)

Premise: Follows the USS Enterprise crew as they explore the galaxy in the 23rd century

Starring: , Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley

Ratings: 8.3/10 (IMDb), 80% (Rotten Tomatoes)

36. The Muppet Show 

Original run: 5 September 1976 — 15 March 1981

Created by: Jim Henson

No. Of Seasons: 5 (120 episodes)

Premise: Muppets invites a famous celebrity to a vaudeville show so he would help out for each of their theatre episodes

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Ratings: 8.3/10 (IMDb), 8.2 (tv.com)

37. Dexter  

Original run: October 1, 2006 — September 22, 2013

Created by: James Manos Jr.

No. Of Seasons: 8 (96 episodes)

Premise: Dexter is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who not only solves murder issues but also commits them too. He becomes a serial killer at night and his main target are other murderers

Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

Ratings: 8.7% (IMDb), 72% (Rotten tomatoes)

38. Friday Night Lights

Original run: October 3, 2006 — February 9, 2011

Created by: Peter Berg

No. Of Seasons: 5 (76 episodes)

Premise: Coach Eric Taylor, after being ousted as Dillon High’s football coach, tries to build a team from the ground up at East Dillon

Starring: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, , Jesse Plemmons,

Ratings: 8.7/10(IMDb), 96% (Rotten Tomatoes)

39. All in the Family

Original run: January 12, 1971 — April 8, 1979

Created by: Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin

No. Of Seasons: 9 (205 Episodes)

Premise: A working-class man, Archie Bunker, constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Starring: Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, , Sally Struthers

Ratings: 8.3/10 (IMDb), 8.9 (tv.com)


40. Frasier

Original run: September 16, 1993 — May 13, 2004

Created by: David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee

No. Of Seasons: 11 (264 episodes)

Premise: Following the end of his marriage, Psychiatrist Frasier Crane returns to his hometown of Seattle, where he lives with his father, and works as a radio psychiatrist.

Starring: Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Ratings: 8/10 (IMDb), 9/10 (tv.com)

41. Happy Days 

Original run: January 15, 1974, — September 24, 1984

Created by: Garry Marshall

No. Of Seasons: 11 (255 episodes)

Premise: The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.

Starring: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Tom Bosley

Ratings: 7.8/10 (IMDb), 8.5/10 (tv.com)

42. Castle

Original run: March 9, 2009 — May 16, 2016

Created by: Andrew W. Marlowe

No. Of Seasons: 8 (173 episodes)

Premise: Celebrated mystery novelist Rick Castle works with NYPD Detective Kate Beckett to solve the case of a copycat killer who re-creates murder scenes from Rick’s novels.

Starring: , , , Jon Huertas

Ratings: 8.1/10 (IMDb), 80% (Rotten Tomatoes)

43. The Carol Burnett Show

Original run: September 11, 1967 — March 29, 1978

No. Of Seasons: 11 (‎279 episodes)

Premise: The one-hour variety series is hosted by Comedian Carol Burnett

Starring: , Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, 

Ratings: 8.8/10 (IMDb), 8.8/10 (tv.com)

44. Downton Abbey

Original run: 26 September 2010 — 25 December 2015

Created by: Julian Fellowes

No. Of Seasons: 6, (52 episodes)

Premise: Chronicles the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Ratings: 8.7 (IMDb), 86% (Rotten Tomatoes)

45. Homeland 

Original run: October 2, 2011 — present

Created by: Howard Gordon

No. Of Seasons: 7 (84 episodes)

Premise: Carrie Mathison, a bipolar CIA agent is convinced that Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody, a prisoner of war turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Starring: Claire Danes, , Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend

Ratings: 8.3/10 (IMDb), 85% (Rotten Tomatoes), 8.7 (tv.com)

46. Veep

Original run: April 22, 2012 — May 12, 2019

Created by: Armando Iannucci

No. Of Seasons: 7 (65 episodes)

Premise: Former Senator Selina Meyer faces the realities of being a Vice President. She discovers its nothing related to what she hoped for and everything that everyone warned her about.

Starring: , Tony Hale, , Reid Scott

Ratings: 8.3/10 (IMDb), 93% Rotten Tomatoes)

47. The Dick Van Dyke Show 

Original run: October 3, 1961, — June 1, 1966

Created by: Carl Reiner

No. Of Seasons: 5 (‎158 episodes + 1 reunion special)

Premise: Centres on the unfortunate adventure of a TV writer both at work and at home.

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, , Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

Ratings: 8.3/10 (IMDb), 9/10 (tv.com)

48. The Golden Girls

Original run: September 14, 1985 — May 9, 1992

Created by: Susan Harris

No. Of Seasons: 7 (180 episodes)

Premise: Four mature and previously married women living together in Miami, share their various life experiences and enjoy themselves despite hard times.

Starring: , , , Estelle Getty

Ratings: 7.9/10 (IMDb), 8.7/10 (tv.com)

49. Orphan Black 

Original run: March 30, 2013 — August 12, 2017

Created by: Graeme Manson and John Fawcett

No. Of Seasons: 5 (50 episodes)

Premise: A streetwise hustler, Sarah is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her

Starring: , , Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard

Ratings: 8.3/10 (IMDb), 93% (Rotten Tomatoes), 9.1/10 (tv.com)

50. Freaks and Geeks 

Original run: September 25, 1999 — October 17, 2000

Created by: Paul Feig

No. Of Seasons: 1 (18 Episodes)

Premise: A young high school student and his pals are probably destined to become media millionaires but they are stuck as they are being bullied by their female co-students.

Starring: Linda Cardellini, ,, Samm Levine

Ratings: 8.8/10 (IMDb), 100% (Rotten Tomatoes), 9/10 (tv.com)

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