While there is no general agreement upon the greatest television shows, many publications and organizations have tried to determine the shows considered the best. The shows mentioned in this article have all been mentioned in notable critics’ or public surveys. Here is nine of the town’s insiders pulled the trigger and name theirs in THR’s first entertainment-industry ranked TV list, as the stars and creators reveal their never-told stories.
#1. Friends (1994-2004) NBC
On May 6, 2004, more than 52 million people tuned in to the final episode of Friends, making it the fourth-most-watched finale in U.S. history when it aired. But it’s the show’s lingering hold on the zeitgeist that creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman find so gratifying — and a little baffling. “It’s completely surreal,” says Crane, 58. “From the way the show got on the air, to the fact that we had 10 amazing years, and that kids today are embracing it. You’d think they’d be like, ‘This is tired, old TV.’ “