Over the years, we have been blessed with some great television programming. With the rise of streaming sites, there seems to be even more great programming to choose from. Every year fans and rating systems show us which shows are the most-watched, and these hit shows are so popular they are remembered and adored for years to come. Here is a historical snapshot of some of the most popular hit TV shows fans refuse to forget over the years. Whether you are looking for something to binge-watch or looking back at the TV greats, these are some of the highest-rated TV shows in history.
While this show is still pretty popular today, when it was released in 1989, Seinfeld was easily the most-watched and highest-rated show in the US. When Jerry Seinfeld was allowed to excel in his comedy career by creating his own show, he jumped at the opportunity and went all in.
With his friend Larry David, Seinfeld produced an American sitcom that ran for nine seasons and quickly caught the attention of the American public, establishing itself easily in the market.
Game of Thrones
Despite the disappointing 8th and final season, Game of Thrones had an incredible fan following. Not only were the books extremely popular, but the show brought in millions of viewers each week. The show was so popular that it has become an important part of popular culture, inspiring memes other shows and even other books.
The show followed the lives of 9 noble families as they waged war and fought for control of the kingdoms. From Hodor’s heroic death to the time Arya shocked everyone and killed the Night King, the shows shocking twists were some of the most talked-about events.
Breaking Bad is just one of those shows you have to see. It’s perfect for binge-watching, and the fantastic storyline will keep you glued to your screen for hours on end. The show follows the adventures of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns drug kingpin to pay for his cancer treatment.
As straight-laced Walter wonders perilously into the world of drugs, gangs, and illegality, he is accompanied by a former student who gave up his future for a life of crime. Together, Walter and his sidekick battle the law and some of the largest cartels to sell their product. The show had a dramatic ending, and since its conclusion has led to the creation of multiple spin-off shows.
When producers were thinking up a name for their new hit show, they just couldn’t agree. After weeks of arguing, Producers finally decided to take the name of the bar where the show took place and name the show after it. And so, Cheers was born.
The famous catchphrase “where everyone knows your name” originated from the show, epitomizing the brilliant combination of great humor, mood, and the fun atmosphere that the show entailed. During the 10 years that it ran for, the show was nominated for roughly 117 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning 28 of them.
Stranger Things transported viewers back into the 80s, and the shows paranormal mystery captivated audiences around the globe. The show is so popular it has prompted many 80s inspired product ranges, including the relaunch of New Coke.
The series follows the story of the people of a small town as they quickly come to terms with the fact that their village has been disturbed by the supernatural experiments conducted at a nearby government facility. When a young boy is kidnapped by a creature from another dimension, his young friends team up with a psychokinetic girl who escaped the facility to help. With an all-star cast, the show is set to make history.
Debuting in the 90s, Friends has become one of the most iconic TV shows in the world. The show is just as popular today as it was when it was first on-air, and today it is one of Netflix’s most popular shows.
Before it officially became “Friends,” the show’s creators, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, pitched it to NBC while considering different names such as “Friends Like Us” and “Six To One.” When it was finally aired, the show took no time in gaining the public’s ratings as one of the best shows in American television.