Also, with the passage of time, the plot lines have gone through a huge change, with so many smartly written, well-acted scripts being played on the television. Welcome Home [family's name] family, welcome home.”

o Game of Thrones

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003)Seasons – 7 (144 Episodes)

Cast – Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, Anthony Stewart Head, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Marc Blucas, Seth Green, Emma Caulfield, James Marsters

Michelle Trachtenberg, Amber Benson

Memorable Episodes – “Hush”, “Once More, with Feeling” , “Chosen”, “The Body” and “The Gift”

o NYPD Blue

o Spider-Man

o The O.C.

o Alias

o Heroes

o Breaking Bad

o Happy Days

GAME SHOWS

o The Tick

o Person of Interest

o Bones

o The West Wing

o Mad Men

o Family Matters

Wheel of Fortune (1975 – present)Seasons – 30 (5000 Episodes)

Hosts – Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O’Donnell and Jim Thornton

Memorable Catchphrases – “I’d like to buy a vowel” and “No more spinning, just winning!”

Friends (1994 – 2004)Seasons – 10 (236 Episodes)

Cast – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer

Memorable Catchphrases – “How you doin’?”, “We were on a break!”, and “Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you?”

Studies reveal that an average individual spends 3-4 hours per day watching TV. Ross, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Jr. o Full House

Family Guy (1999 – 2002 & 2005 – present)Seasons – 11 (190 Episodes)

Cast – Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Mike Henry

Memorable Catchphrases – “Giggity giggity goo!”, “Let’s Do it! “, “I shall kill you!” and “Victory is mine!”

o Project Runway

o Castle

o Baywatch

o Six Feet Under

o Remington Steele

Charmed (1998 – 2006)Seasons – 8 (178 Episodes)

Cast – Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose Mcgowan, Brian Krause, Dorian Gregory, Julian McMahon, Drew Fuller, Kaley Cuoco, T.W. Wild

o Arrested Development

o Ghost Whisperer

o The Flintstones

o Scrubs

o Firefly

o Spartacus: Vengeance

o The Dick Van Dyke Show

o 30 Rock

o Mr. Will Hayward, Peggy Lipton, Norma Jennings, James Marshall, James Hurley, Everett McGill, Big Ed Hurley, Jack Nance, Pete Martell, Joan Chen

Memorable Episodes – “Fire Walk with Me”, “Beyond Life And Death” and “The Path To The Black Lodge”

o Duck Tales

o Veronica Mars

o Spaced

o Survivor

o Gilmore Girls

o True Blood

American Idol (2002 – present)Seasons – 11 (438 Episodes)

Judges – Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler

Memorable Catchphrases – “That was amazing!”, “I don’t know, man”, “Ok, so here’s the thing” and “Not feelin’ it”

o Frasier

o Home Improvement

DEXTER (2006 – present)Seasons – 7 (74 Episodes)

Cast – Desmond Harrington, Michael C. Bean

o Boardwalk Empire

o What’s My Line?

o Fringe

o The Road Runner Show

o Sons of Anarchy

o Eureka

o WWE Raw

o Modern Family

o Ally McBeal

o Deal or No Deal

o Sponge Bob

o I Dream of Jeannie

o The Black Adder

o Desperate Housewives

o Lost

o The X Factor

o Saturday Night Live

o Becker

o CSI

o The Big Bang Theory

If the story writing is great and the cast fit in well, then without any questions or doubts, viewers will tune in to watch these shows. Even so, let’s find out which of them have made it to the top.

The most popular television genres are classified as follows:

o That ’70s Show

o M.A.S.H

o Samurai Jack

o Sunday Night Football

Supernatural (2005 – present)Seasons – 8 (151 Episodes)

Cast – Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki

Memorable Episodes – “In My Time of Dying “, “What is and What Should Never Be”, “All Hell Breaks Loose” and “Changing Channels”

o Big Love

DRAMA

o The Cosby Show

o The Oprah Winfrey Show

The Twilight Zone (1959-64, 1985-89 and 2002-03)Seasons – 5 (156 Episodes)

Cast – Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Vaughn Taylor, James Turley, Jack Klugman, Burgess Meredith, Jay Overholts

Memorable Episodes – “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”, “Time Enough at Last”, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and “A Stop at Willoughby”

o The Bugs Bunny Show

o Stargate SG-1

I Love Lucy (1951 – 1957)Seasons – 6 (181 Episodes)

Cast – Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Keith Thibodeaux, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley

Memorable Catchphrases – “Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do!” and “Lucy, I’m home”

o The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Batman (1992 – 1995)Seasons – 5 (65 Episodes)

Cast – Rino Romano, Danielle Judovits, Evan Sabara, Alastair Duncan, Ming-Na, Steve Harris, Jesse Corti, Mitch Pileggi, Adam West

Memorable Catchphrases – “To the Batcave!”, “Good thinking, Robin”, “To the BATMOBILE!” and “No time for compliments, Robin”

o Scooby-Doo

ANIMATION SERIES

o Homicide: Life on the Street

Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – present)Seasons – 9 (178 Episodes)

Cast – Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Patrick Dempsey, Sara Ramirez, Eric Dane, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers

Memorable Episodes – “Sanctuary”, “Death and All His Friends”, “It’s the End of the World” and “Now or Never”

o In Living Color

SOAP OPERAS

o Bewitched

LOST (2004 – 2010)Seasons – 6 (121 Episodes)

Cast – Jorge Garcia, Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Memorable Episodes – “Walkabout”, “Through the Looking Glass”, “Man of Science, Man of Faith” and “One of Us”

o Monk

The Price Is Right (1972 – present)Seasons – 41 (7500 Episodes)

Hosts – Drew Carey and Bob Barker

Memorable Catchphrases – “Come on Down”, “The New Price is Right”, “Hold my hand” and “Here’s the first item up for bids”

o The Walking Dead

Seinfeld (1989 – 1998)Seasons – 9 (180 Episodes)

Cast – Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Memorable Catchphrases – “Yada, yada, yada”, “No soup for you”, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that” and “Hello, Newman”

o Sex and the City

o The Voice

o Pinky and the Brain

o Wipeout

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (1999 – present)Seasons – 14 (2151 Episodes)

Hosts – Regis Philbin and Meredith Vieira

Memorable Catchphrases – “Is that your final answer?”, “Confident” and “I’d like to phone a friend”

o Bold and the Beautiful

General Hospital (1963 – present) Seasons – 49 (12,673* Episodes)

Cast – Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Laura Wright, Kelly Monaco, Ingo Rademacher, Julie Marie Berman, Nancy Lee Grahn, Tyler Christopher, Jason Thompson, Rebecca Herbst

Memorable Episodes – “Bioballs”, “Carnival”, “The Spencer Family Looking at Laura’s Angel on the Christmas Tree” and “Karaoke”

* as of Oct 19, 2012

The Young and the Restless (1973 – present)Seasons – 40 (10,016* Episodes)

Cast – Doug Davidson, Kate Linder, Joshua Morrow, Peter Bergman, Sharon Case, Michelle Stafford, Melody Thomas Scott, Eric Braeden

Memorable Episodes – “Good Goodbye” and “Good Morning Heartache”

* as of Oct 19, 2012

All My Children (1970 – 2011)Seasons – 41 (10,712 Episodes)

Cast – Cameron Mathison, Michael E. 2.. Knight, Susan Lucci, Jacob Young, David Canary, Thorsten Kaye, Melissa Claire Egan, Eileen Herlie, Bobbie Eakes, Alicia Minshew

Memorable Episodes – “Nina and Cliff’s Storybook Wedding”, “Fusion Begins”, “Erica Models at the Met”, “Natalie Trapped in the Well” and “Bianca Comes Out”

o Psych

o The Newlywed Game

o My Wife and Kids

FANTASY SERIES

o Doogie Howser, M.D.

o Weeds

Battlestar Galactica (2004 – 2009)Seasons – 4 (75 Episodes)

Cast – Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Katee Sackhoff, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas, Jamie Bamber

Memorable Episodes – “Revelations”, “The Hub”, “The Hand of God”, “Pegasus” and “Blood on the Scales”

o ER

o Darkwing Duck

o How I Met Your Mother

o Swat Kats

o Rescue Me

REALITY SHOWS

o Two and a Half Men

o The Three Stooges

o The Muppet Show

o 60 Minutes

o The Daily Show

o The Adventures of Tintin

o Cheers

o Freaks and Geeks

o House M.D.

o Small Wonder

o NCIS

South Park (1997 – present)Seasons – 16 (231 Episodes)

Cast – Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, Isaac Hayes, April Stewart, Eliza Schneider, Mary Kay Bergman

Memorable Catchphrases – “Oh my God, they killed Kenny!”, “Hey!”, “Screw you guys, I’m going home”, and “Respect my authori-tah!”

Days of our Lives (1965 – present)Seasons – 47 (11,943* Episodes)

Cast – Kristian Alfonso, Blake Berris, Bryan Dattilo, Eileen Davidson, Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Lauren Koslow, Joseph Mascolo, Peggy McCay, Peter Reckell, James Reynolds, Lisa Rinna, Suzanne Rogers, Josh Taylor, Melissa Reeves

Memorable Catchphrases – “What are you doing here?”, “Sorry Bo, she’s taken”, “Don’t jump into conclusions”, “That’s a fact” and “What is going on?”

* as of Oct 19, 2012

SCIENCE FICTION

o Futurama

Star Trek (1966 – 1969)Seasons – 3 (79 Episodes)

Cast – William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Memorable Episodes – “Balance Of Terror”, “Space Seed”, “The Devil In The Dark”, and “The City On The Edge Of Forever”

o Married with Children

o Death Note

o Criminal Minds

Amazing Race (2001 – present)Seasons – 21 (239 Episodes)

Host – Phil Keoghan

Memorable Catchphrases – “I’m sorry to tell you, you’ve both been eliminated from the race”, “Roadblock”, “Detour” and “Pit Stop”

o Boston Legal

o The Office

The Apprentice (2004 – present)Seasons – 12 (165 Episodes)

Judges – Donald Trump, Carolyn Kepcher, George H. Hall, Lauren Vélez, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, C.S. King, Greg Vaughan

Memorable Episodes – “Forever Charmed”, “Something Wicca This Way Comes”, “Morality Bites” and “Long Live the Queen”

o The 4400

SITCOMS

o Slings and Arrows

Doctor Who (2005 – present)Seasons – 7 (789 Episodes)

Cast – David Tennant, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Billie Piper, Paul Kasey, Arthur Darvill, Ruari Mears

Memorable Catchphrases – “The Daleks’ Master Plan”,”Mission to the Unknown”, “Journey’s End” and “The Eleventh Hour”

o Malcolm in the Middle

o Band of Brothers

o Will & Grace

o Diff’rent Strokes

o Friday Night Lights

o Recess

o Sherlock

o Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

o Man vs. and Eric Trump

Memorable Catchphrases – “You’re fired!” and “Money, money, money, money, money”

o Undeclared

o The Sopranos

To err is human, so if you think I have missed out on any, please leave a comment and I will get that particular show added to this list.

o So You Think You Can Dance

The Andy Griffith Show (1960 – 1968)Seasons – 8 (249 Episodes)

Cast – Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Memorable Catchphrases – “Nip it in the bud”, “Aw c’mon”, and “Do it! Just *do* it!”

o Jeopardy!

o Gossip Girl

o Justice League

o Glee

o The Mentalist

o Everybody Loves Raymond

24 (2001 – 2010)Seasons – 8 (215 Episodes)

Cast – Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Elisha Cuthbert, Dennis Haysbert, James Morrison

Memorable Episodes – “Day 2: 7:00 A.M. Ever wondered why we are so attached to the idiot box? I don’t know about others, but I feel mesmerized watching certain shows, especially detective shows and game shows. 1..”

o Ugly Betty

o The Honeymooners

o Dexter’s Laboratory

o Law & Order

o The Shield

o Courage the Cowardly Dog

Babylon 5 (1994 – 1998)Seasons – 5 (110 Episodes)

Cast – Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Stephen Furst, Andreas Katsulas, Peter Jurasik, Bill Mumy, Bruce Boxleitner, Richard Biggs

Memorable Episodes – “Babylon Squared”, “In the Shadow of Z’ha’dum”, “Movements of Fire and Shadow” and “The Deconstruction of Falling Stars”

o Entourage

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Twin Peaks (1990 – 1991)Seasons – 2 (30 Episodes)

Cast – Kyle MacLachlan, Sheriff Harry S. Compiled below are a collection of TV shows, that have or had the highest TV ratings.

o Angel

America’s Funniest Home Videos (1989 – present)Seasons – 23 (480 Episodes)

Host – Tom Bergeron

Memorable Catchphrases – “If you can get it on tape, you can get it in cash”, “Keep those cameras safely rolling”, and “That’s All, Folks!”

Dancing with the Stars (2005 – present)Seasons – 15 (280* Episodes)

Judges – Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba

Memorable Catchphrases – “You were so on fire”, “Sharp as a razor!”, “What’s going on tonight?” and “It wasn’t clean.”

* as of Oct 23, 2012

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003 – 2012)Seasons – 9 (200 Episodes)

Crew Members – Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Alle Ghadban, Paige Hemmis, Tracy Hutson, Daniel Kucan, Tanya McQueen and Michael Moloney

Memorable Catchphrases – “Good Morning [family's name] family!”, “Bus driver, move that bus!!” and “There’s only one thing left to say. This has resulted in TV viewership only seeing an upsurge today. Lee, Julie Benz, Erik King, James Remar

Memorable Episodes – “Sunshine and Frosty Swirl”, “The Getaway”, “Rita’s Death”, “The British Invasion” and “Hungry Man”

The Simpsons (1989 – present)Seasons – 24 (510 Episodes)

Cast – Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Hank Azaria, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer

Memorable Catchphrases – “Eat my shorts”, “Release the Hounds!”, “D’oh” and “Woo Hoo!” . Recording some of the best TV shows of all time sounds like a tedious and never-ending task. Truman, Shelly Johnson, Bobby Briggs, Benjamin Horne, Lara Flynn Boyle, Donna Hayward, Sherilyn Fenn, Audrey Horne, Warren Frost, Dr. – 8:00 A.M.” and “Season 5 episode 2″

o Deadwood

o Late Show with David Letterman

o Firefly

o Soap

o Prison Break

o ThunderCats

o The Wire

Tom and Jerry (1941-2005)Seasons – 26 (163 Episodes)

Cast – Tom and Jerry, Spike and his son Tyke, Butch (the feral cat), Toodles Galore (the attractive female cat ), Quacker (the duckling), Clint Clobber (Tom’s owner), Nibbles (Jerry’s cousin), Jeannie (babysitter)

Memorable Episodes – “Part Time Pal”, “Of Feline Bondage”, “The Midnight Snack”, “Beach Bully” and “Professor Tom”

Naked City (1958 – 1963)Seasons – 4 (138 Episodes)

Cast – John McIntire, Harry Bellaver, Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, James Franciscus

Memorable Episodes – “Sweet Prince of Delancey Street”, “Idylls of a Running Back”, “Golden Lads and Girls”, and “Barefoot on a Bed of Coals”

MIXED BAG

The X-Files (1993 – 2002)Seasons – 9 (202 Episodes)

Cast – David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Mitch Pileggi

Memorable Episodes – “The Post-Modern Prometheus”, “Ice”, “Pusher” and “Paper Clip”

o The Colbert Report

o Just Shoot Me!

Smallville (2001 – 2011)

Seasons – 10 (218 Episodes)

Cast – Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, John Glover, Erica Durance, Annette O’Toole, John Schneider, Allison Mack

Memorable Episodes – “Pilot”, “Tempest”, “Red” and “Commencement”

o Shin Chan

All in the Family (1968-1979)Seasons – 9 (208 Episodes)

Cast – Jean Stapleton, Carroll O’Connor, Sally Struthers, Rob Reiner, Danielle Brisebois

Memorable Catchphrases – “Get out of my chair, Meathead!”, “Stifle yourself”, “I’m home, I’m home”, and “Aw come on”

o Dragon Ball Z

Minute to Win It (2010 – 2011)Seasons – 2 (69 Episodes)

Host – Guy Fieri

Memorable Catchphrases – “You’ve got a minute to win it, good luck”, “Blueprint Bonus”, and “The game begins in 3.