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1. The A-Team (1983–1987)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military.

Stars: George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict

Votes: 31,751

2. Knight Rider (1982–1986)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of a virtually indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart, Patricia McPherson

Votes: 27,512

3. Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in the past, "leaping" into the bodies of different people on a regular basis.

Stars: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt, Dennis Wolfberg

Votes: 24,380

4. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Chief Inspector Morse (John Thaw) has an ear for music, a taste for beer, and a nose for crime. He sets out with Detective Sergeant Lewis (Kevin Whately) to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 9,002

5. Dinnerladies (1998–2000)

34 min | Comedy

Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.

Stars: Victoria Wood, Thelma Barlow, Andrew Dunn, Shobna Gulati

Votes: 1,563

6. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

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

Votes: 148,756

7. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas.

Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Eric Szmanda

Votes: 74,184

8. CSI: Miami (2002–2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of the Miami-Dade, Florida police department's Crime Scene Investigations unit.

Stars: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Rex Linn

Votes: 50,562

9. CSI: NY (2004–2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

CSI head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes in New York City.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper, Eddie Cahill

Votes: 41,928

10. Only When I Laugh (1979–1982)

30 min | Comedy

A rather naive, middle-class man is admitted to a hospital ward and finds that he is sharing it with a working-class layabout and an upper-class hypochondriac. All three of them cause headaches for the hospital staff.

Stars: James Bolam, Peter Bowles, Christopher Strauli, Richard Wilson

Votes: 717

11. After Henry (1988–1992)

30 min | Comedy

Sarah France is the 42-year-old widow of a GP, Henry. She lives in an often volatile family situation with her mother, Eleanor Prescott, and her daughter, eighteen-year-old Clare France, ... See full summary »

Stars: Prunella Scales, Janine Wood, Jonathan Newth, Joan Sanderson

Votes: 113

12. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A century before Captain Kirk's five-year mission, Jonathan Archer captains the United Earth ship Enterprise during the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the Earth-Romulan War and the formation of the Federation.

Stars: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

Votes: 41,315

13. The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996)

41 min | Comedy, Crime

Various mishaps at a police station in an English town. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mina Anwar, James Dreyfus, Serena Evans

Votes: 5,587

14. Sex and the City (1998–2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the 1990s.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 98,428

15. Open All Hours (1976–1985)

30 min | Comedy

Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low, even if this means harassing his nephew Granville. Arkwright's ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 4,293

16. Porridge (1974–1977)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime

The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 4,930

17. Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.

Stars: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti

Votes: 20,185

18. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 16,540

19. My Family (2000–2011)

50 min | Comedy

Ben Harper, a misanthropic dentist, has little time for most people, including his wife Susan and their children Nick, Janey and Michael.

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Zoë Wanamaker, Gabriel Thomson, Daniela Denby-Ashe

Votes: 8,150

20. Red Dwarf (1988– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Stars: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn

Votes: 31,204

21. Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999–2001)

34 min | Comedy

A sitcom about two dreamy London roommate: gay unemployed actor Tom Farrell, whose career is going nowhere; and Linda La Hughes, who is about as attractive as a centenary nun, yet has ... See full summary »

Stars: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Beth Goddard, Rosalind Knight

Votes: 1,977

22. Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle

Votes: 200,426

23. Car Share (2015–2018)

30 min | Comedy

When a supermarket issues a new car share scheme. Assistant manager John Redmond and promotions rep Kayleigh Kitson are forced to commute together every day. But will they get along?

Stars: Peter Kay, Sian Gibson, Danny Swarsbrick, Guy Garvey

Votes: 3,408

24. Phoenix Nights (2001–2002)

25 min | Comedy

The misadventures of club owner Brian Potter who is determined to make The Phoenix Club the best working men's club in Greater Manchester.

Stars: Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, Justin Moorhouse, Paddy McGuinness

Votes: 4,962

25. Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere (2004– )

25 min | Comedy

Hopeless doormen Max and Paddy leave clubland and embark on a series of wild and exciting adventures in their prized motorhome, "Easy Rider" style.

Stars: Peter Kay, Paddy McGuinness, Lisa Hammond, Tony Mooney

Votes: 2,403

26. Mrs. Brown's Boys (2011– )

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

A comedy centered on a loud-mouthed Irish matriarch whose favorite pastime is meddling in the lives of her six children.

Stars: Brendan O'Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Eilish O'Carroll, Dermot O'Neill

Votes: 6,950

27. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.

Stars: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front

Votes: 9,444

28. Endeavour (2012– )

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw, Anton Lesser

Votes: 15,338

29. Hi-de-Hi! (1980–1988)

60 min | Comedy

Comic goings on in this series set in an English holiday camp called Maplins. The title comes from the camp's greeting, which the staff are meant to say with enthusiasm but all too often ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Jeffrey Holland, Felix Bowness

Votes: 1,127

30. Soldier Soldier (1991–1997)

50 min | Drama

Drama following the life of the officers and men of the King's Own Fusiliers regiment, during their home lives, training exercises and battles.

Stars: Ben Nealon, Robson Green, Jerome Flynn, Rosie Rowell

Votes: 627

31. Battlestar Galactica (1978)

PG | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Directors: Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi | Stars: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Votes: 7,965

32. Charlie's Angels (1976–1981)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A wealthy mystery man named Charlie runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations.

Stars: Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, David Doyle

Votes: 9,420

33. Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family's working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.

Stars: Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell

Votes: 12,783

34. Home to Roost (1985–1990)

50 min | Comedy

John Thaw is Henry Willows, a middle-aged man in middle-management who has been divorced from his wife for seven years and is perfectly happy with the arrangement. Apart from his prudish ... See full summary »

Stars: John Thaw, Reece Dinsdale, Elizabeth Bennett, Joan Blackham

Votes: 196

35. The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)

TV-PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

The life of the Larkin family, farmers in Kent.

Stars: David Jason, Pam Ferris, Stephanie Ralph, Philip Franks

Votes: 1,399

36. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

Seven British construction workers escape Britain's ever growing dole queues and travel to Germany to work on a site in Düsseldorf. We follow their trials and tribulations of working away from home and away from the women they left behind.

Stars: Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately

Votes: 2,619

37. Up the Elephant and Round the Castle (1983–1985)

30 min | Comedy

James 'Jim' London becomes a man of property when a relative dies, leaving him the run-down Victorian abode of 17 Railway Terrace, in Elephant and Castle (south London). He's troubled by ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Davidson, John Bardon, Brian Hall, Sue Nicholls

Votes: 65

38. Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, History

Documentary-style series about the era of the dinosaurs, mixing real locations and CGI.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier

Votes: 4,889

39. Oh Doctor Beeching! (1995–1997)

29 min | Comedy

The trials and tribulations of the staff at Hatley railway station, who are all wondering if Dr Beeching will close them down.

Stars: Paul Shane, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland, Barbara New

Votes: 385

40. Black Books (2000–2004)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

Bernard Black runs a book shop, though his customer service skills leave something to be desired. He hires Manny as an employee. Fran runs the shop next door. Between the three of them many adventures ensue.

Stars: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Paul Beech

Votes: 50,629

41. The IT Crowd (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

The comedic misadventures of Roy, Moss and their grifting supervisor Jen, a rag-tag team of IT support workers at a large corporation headed by a hotheaded yuppie.

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry

Votes: 121,922

42. Bugs (1995–1999)

50 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Ed, Ros, Alex and Beckett form the high-tech crime fighting team who work for the mysterious, secretive Bureau 2 chief, Jan, and are only assigned the most difficult and dangerous cases.

Stars: Jaye Griffiths, Jesse Birdsall, Craig McLachlan, Jan Harvey

Votes: 450

43. 'Allo 'Allo (1982–1992)

45 min | Comedy, History, War

In France during World War II, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another's true identity or presence, exasperating Rene.

Stars: Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle, Richard Marner

Votes: 22,379

44. Blackadder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy

In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 33,260

45. The Brittas Empire (1991–1997)

30 min | Comedy

Gordon Brittas is the manager of the Whitbury-Newtown Leisure Centre. Despite his ambition and good intentions, everything seems to go wrong when he's around, despite the best efforts of ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Barrie, Harriet Thorpe, Michael Burns, Tim Marriott

Votes: 2,419

46. Drop the Dead Donkey (1990–1998)

Comedy

Political satire about television news company Globe Link and it's team of workers such as anchors Henry and Sally reporter damien editor Dave execs George and Helen assistant joy and manager gus hedges

Stars: Neil Pearson, Jeff Rawle, David Swift, Stephen Tompkinson

Votes: 1,169

47. Talking Heads (1987– )

Drama

Six monologues tell the stories of six different repressed souls: a man dominated by his mother, a vicar's wife, an inveterate letter writer, a hopeful actress, a recently widowed woman, ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Bennett, Stephanie Cole, Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge

Votes: 274

48. Dynasties (2018– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Follow the true stories of five of the world's most celebrated, yet endangered animals; penguins, chimpanzees, lions, painted wolves and tigers. Each in a heroic struggle against rivals and... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,818

49. The Detectives (1993–1997)

50 min | Comedy, Crime

In the never ending, high tech war against crime, Detective Constables Bob Louis and David Briggs are the Scud missiles of the police arsenal of intuition, hunches and inspired guesses... ... See full summary »

Stars: Jasper Carrott, Robert Powell, George Sewell, Frank Windsor

Votes: 1,206

50. Vic Reeves Big Night Out (1990–1991)

25 min | Comedy

7.5