IMDb.com, PasteMagazine.com and FiftiesWeb.com provide lists of classic U.S. television shows. IMDb.com lists the top classic television shows of all time, and PasteMagazine.com highlights the best programs of the 1990s. FiftiesWeb.com features an alphabetical directory of television shows from the period between the 1950s and the 1980s.
Classic television shows appeared in the United States after the Second World War, when home television sets became popular in the country. American consumers had mostly relied on newspapers and radio before that time. In 1947, the Radio Corporation of America bulk produced a seven-inch television set, and one million had sold by 1949. By the year 1950, there were 10 million television sets in U.S. homes.