50 Greatest TV shows ever made

Spanning seven decades and every genre under the sun, this is TV’s best of the best.

38. Cheers

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Incredibly, Cheers was almost canceled during its first season after an alarming drop in ratings, but went on to run for eleven seasons and 275 episodes, becoming a sitcom touchstone in the process.

The setup is hardly a complex one, following the trials and tribulations of the patrons of a local bar, and one note from the iconic theme song is all it takes to have fans singing the rest.

Not only is Cheers one of the finest TV shows ever made, it also spawned a spinoff that was even more acclaimed and arguably much better, extending its reach and influence in the annals of sitcom history.