50 Greatest TV shows ever made

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

49. All in the Family

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Sitcom legend Normal Lear delivered arguably finest work with All in the Family, which dominated the airwaves for nine seasons and well over 200 episodes between 1971 and 1979.

Working class hero Archie Bunker may rub some modern audiences the wrong way, but the show was surprisingly progressive in its approach to things like gentrification and the clashes between boomers and proponents of counterculture, which still rings true today.

A cultural juggernaut at the time, All in the Family is still widely quoted and often parodied today, over 40 years after it left the airwaves, which is a testament to the sitcom’s enduring popularity.