Some of the most classic TV shows of all time include "I Love Lucy," "The Honeymooners" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Other classic TV shows include "Seinfeld," "The Sopranos" and "The Simpsons."
Many of the TV shows considered classics were produced in the 1950s, when television sets became commonplace in American households. Some of these shows were sitcoms, such as "I Love Lucy" and "The Honeymooners," starring Lucille Ball and Jackie Gleason, respectively. Other classic sitcoms of the 1950s and '60s include "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Get Smart." Variety shows were also popular during this era, including "The Tonight Show," which still airs new episodes as of 2015.
Other shows considered classics are more recent, airing in the 1980s and 90s. Two of these shows were "Seinfeld" and "The Simpsons," which both began in 1989. The former, a sitcom about four narcissistic friends in New York City, concluded in 1998, and the latter, an animated series based on sketches from "The Tracy Ullman Show," still airs new episodes. "The Sopranos," which debuted on HBO in 1999, is considered a modern classic, as it paved the way for mature, gritty dramas on television. Other modern classics include "The Wire" and "Six Feet Under."