In order to create this list, I researched the top 300 shows of the last five decades. Again, the only rule that applies is that the show must've debuted after I was born (at least in its current format). So, you won't see The Honeymooners on this list even though it's my all-time favorite TV show.
I learned something about myself while putting this list together. I don't watch a lot of television. That's a good thing, right?
But, I've also missed out on plenty of good programming. I have too much going on in my life to make the necessary commitment, I guess. At some point, I might try binge-watching. Right now, I'd rather not waste my time in front of the screen (at least not that one).
So, if you see shows missing from my list, I guarantee it's because I've never seen an episode (I feel most guilty about The Sopranos, by the way). Rarely, have I started a program and not watched it through until it's run its course (or at least until it's jumped the shark). Not my personality type. I finish what I start.
The programs are listed in order by favorite and grouped by genre.
All in the Family, 1971-1979
The Odd Couple, 1970-1975
Everybody Loves Raymond, 1996-2005
Curb Your Enthusiasm, 1999-2011
Happy Days, 1974-1984
The Big Bang Theory, 2007 - present
East Bound and Down, 2009-2013
Married with Children, 1987-1997
Science Fiction/Supernatural Dramas
The Six Million Dollar Man, 1974-1978
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997-2003
The Incredible Hulk, 1978-1982
The Walking Dead, 2010 - present
Magnum P.I., 1980-1988
Law & Order SVU, 1999 - present
The Young & the Restless, 1973 - present
Whose Line Is It Anyway?, 1998-2007
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 2014 - present
Saturday Night Live, 1975 - present
Jeopardy, 1984 - present
Wheel of Fortune, 1975 - present
The Price Is Right, 1972 - present
The Simpsons, 1989 - present
Bob's Burgers, 2011 - present
Monday Night Football, 1970 - present
SportsCenter, 1979 - present
CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, 1981-1993
AC360, 2003 - present