What Are the All-Time Top TV Programs in Terms of Audience Popularity?


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Some of the most popular TV shows of all time include "I Love Lucy," "The Honeymooners" and "All in the Family." Other popular TV shows among audiences include "Seinfeld," "The Sopranos" and "The Simpsons."

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Some of the most popular shows among audiences were those produced in the 1950s and 1960s, when there were few shows available to choose from. These shows were often sitcoms, such as "I Love Lucy" starring Lucille Ball, and "The Honeymooners" starring Jackie Gleason. Sitcoms remained popular into the 1970s, which saw hits such as "All in the Family" starring Carol O'Connor, and "Happy Days" starring Ron Howard and Henry Winkler.

Sitcoms remained popular into the 1990s, which saw the success of "Seinfeld" and "The Simpsons." The former show starred Jerry Seinfeld as the title character, and was praised for its ironic sense of humor; the latter show, an animated series, was praised for its simultaneous portrayal of a realistic family whilst also having broad, humorous storylines. In the 2000s and 2010s, some of the most popular shows have been serialized dramas on cable channels such as HBO and AMC. These shows include crime shows such as "The Sopranos" and "The Wire," as well as fantasy shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead."

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