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
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)