The 10 Best TV Shows of All Time

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- TV shows. We love to watch them, praise them, complain about them, and quote them. The best TV shows can take you away to a place of pure imagination, where dragons run wild, zombies want your brains, or your favorite fairy tale characters come to life in the modern world.

Like a good book, a good TV show takes you to a place where you can escape. A place where you can forget about the things driving you crazy during the day, and just sit down for an hour and watch somebody else's problems unfold.

Whether you consider the best TV shows to be comedies, dramas, or reality shows, you've probably gone into work one morning to discover the only thing your coworkers were discussing was, what happened on last night's episode of [Insert Name Here].

There is so much variety on TV now, it would be hard to create a list of shows and say these are without a doubt the best TV shows ever. Everyone has their favorites, some like to binge watch episodes of today's hottest shows, while others enjoy classic episodes of TV shows past.

The following is a list of 10 of the best TV shows ever put on TV.

10. "Sons of Anarchy"

The finale season of "Sons of Anarchy" will premier this fall on FX, and fans are eager to learn if Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) will ever discover the truth surrounding Tara's (Maggie Siff) death.

The show premiered in 2008 and focuses on the life of anti-hero Jax Teller as he struggles to balance being a father, with living the violent life of an outlaw biker.

Famous Quote: Jax: "I'm tired of being crushed by the weight of men that believe in nothing. I have to change that."



9. "Dexter"

The finale episode of "Dexter" aired in 2013 and was the most watched series finale in the Showtime network's history, with 2.8 million viewers tuning in to find out what happens to America's favorite psychopath.

Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) is a blood spatter expert with the Miami police department, and he also happens to be a violent serial killer that targets criminals the justice system wasn't able to deal with.

Famous Quote: Dexter Morgan: "Blood. Sometimes it sets my teeth on edge, other times it helps me control the chaos."

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8. "Friends"

During the 10 seasons "Friends" ran on NBC, viewers watched the evolution of some seriously silly characters.

There was the know-it-all, the spoiled one, the jokester, the pretty, but dumb one, the eccentric one, and the obsessive compulsive one.

Famous Quote: Joey: "It's a moo point. It's like a cow's opinion, it doesn't matter. It's moo."

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7. "The Cosby Show"

Bill Cosby had his hands full as the patriarch of the upper middle class Huxtable family, with five kids, two grandchildren, and a step-grandchild to care for during its eight seasons "The Cosby Show" ran on NBC.

Famous Quote: Vanessa: "Dad, Denise pushed us out of the bathroom, so the soap's in Rudy's eyes and she wouldn't let me rinse out the shampoo like mom said and now Rudy might be blinded for life! If she is can we get a dog?"

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6. "Cheers"

From 1982 to 1993 viewers headed to the place "where everybody knows your name," and had a drink with the "Cheers" crew as they complained about love, life, and work while listening to the age old wisdom of Norm Peterson (George Wendt) and Cliff Calvin (John Ratzenberger).

Famous Quote: Coach: "How's life treating you Norm?" Norm: "Like I ran over its dog."

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5. "I Love Lucy"

From 1951 to 1960 Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) and best friend Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance) caused a lot of trouble with their plans and schemes, mostly centered on Lucy's dream to be a part of her husband Ricky's (Desi Arnaz) musical act at the Tropicana.

The two characters took their antics all over New York City, then on to Hollywood, and even overseas.

Famous Quote: Ricky: "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!"

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4. "The Simpsons"

In this Fox cartoon, which first aired in 1989, simple minded Homer Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) struggles to take care of his loving wife Marge (voiced by Julie Kavner) and their two children, the smart and independent Lisa (voiced by Yeardley Smith), and the rebellious troublemaker Bart (voiced by Nancy Cartwright).

The series has a band of loyal fans, and it grew so popular creators released a feature-length animated movie into theaters in 2007.

Famous Quote: Homer: "Oh, I'm in no condition to drive. Wait a minute. I don't have to listen to myself. I'm drunk."

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3. "The Honeymooners"

"The Honeymooners" only ran for one season, and was based on a sketch comedy of the same name. "The Honeymooners" stared Jackie Gleason as the hot tempered bus driver Ralph Kramden.

Ralph was married to Alice, played by Audrey Meadows and their two best friends Ed Norton (Art Carney) and Trixie (Joyce Randolph) lived in the apartment below the Kramdens.

Ralph and Norton were the Lucy and Ethel of "The Honeymooners," always getting themselves into trouble, or jumping to the wrong conclusions and ending up in hilarious situations.

Famous Quote: Norton: "Hello ball!"

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2. "The Sopranos"

The series finale of HBO's mafia hit "The Sopranos" left a lot of people angry, confused, and calling their cable company to find out why their TV went black during the final moments of the show.

"The Sopranos" starred late actor James Gandolfini as the ruthless, yet emotionally troubled mob boss Tony Soprano.

The series focused on Tony's attempt to run two families, the one he kept at home with housewife Carmela (Edie Falco), and the one that worked from the back of a butcher shop, that would use violent means to deal with their enemies while trying to run a criminal empire in northern New Jersey.

Famous Quote: Tony: What f***ing kind of a human being am I, if my own mother wants me dead?

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1. MASH

The Korean War lasted three years, "MASH" ran for 11. This part comedy, part dramatic series focused on the antics of Dr. Hawkeye Pierce, a surgeon drafted to work at a mobile army surgical hospital, treating wounded soldiers during the Korean War.

Following bouts of intense drama, during which Hawkeye and his best friend Trapper John (Wayne Rogers), and later B.J Hunnicut (Mike Farrell), would be faced with the life threatening realities of war, the doctors would have to find some way to pass the time.

Most often periods of extreme boredom would be interrupted with practical jokes aimed at the annoyingly patriotic Major Frank Burns (Larry Linville), and later the stuffy Major Charles Winchester (David Ogen-Stiers).

Famous Quote: Hawkeye: "I will not carry a gun. I'll carry your books, I'll carry a torch. I'll carry a tune. I'll carry on, carry over, carry forward, Cary Grant, cash and carry, carry me back to old Virginia, I'll even hari-kari if you show me how, but I will not carry a gun."

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