100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

From time-capsule sitcoms to cutting-edge Peak-TV dramas — the definitive ranking of the game-changing small-screen classics

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26. 'Friends'

1994-2004
A group of twenty-somethings in New York sit around complaining about their day jobs, their sex lives, their screwed-up families. It's a formula countless sitcoms tried to get right over the years (nice try, Herman's Head), but it took the Central Perk crew to get the right mix of personalities, from Lisa Kudrow's flaky folk singer to the schlub-fox romance of David Schwimmer's Ross and Jennifer Aniston's Rachel. Even at the time, it was ridiculous how huge and luxurious Monica's West Village apartment was, and the story line where she's banging Tom Selleck just gets more stomach-turning the longer Blue Bloods stays on the air.

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