The 25 Most Highly Rated TV Shows of the Last 100 Years

There are so many TV shows out there now that the choice of what to watch next can get complicated. Sometimes it’s helpful to see what’s been rated highly in order to find something you might not have noticed before.

To find out the most highly rated TV shows of the last 100 years, we went to Metacritic and found which shows produced in the last 100 years had the highest Metascore.

Do you agree that these shows should have the highest ratings?

Bo Burnham: Inside

Bo Burnham: Inside. Bo Burnham in Bo Burnham: Inside.
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This one-man show is a musical comedy that was show by Burnham himself. It took him a year to create this masterpiece of comedy with no crew there to assist him and no audience watching.

The Office (UK)

Ricky Gervais in The Office (2001).
Image Credit: BBC.

A masterclass in cringe humor, this series follows the workday of a small company in slough, UK. The awkward boss and embarrassing situations make this one of the top comedy series ever.

Planet Earth: Blue Planet II

Sir David Attenborough pictured in Chernobyl, Ukraine, while filming David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.
Image Credit: Netflix.


This series is an amazing adventure across various parts of the world. With David Attenborough narrating, it’s the perfect way to learn more about nature and the possibilities that exist on Earth.

America to Me

America to Me.
Image Credit: Starz.

This series looks at the inner workings of a high school in suburban Chicago and all that the students and staff have to deal with. As one of the most diverse suburban schools, issues of race are often at the forefront.

The U.S. and the Holocaust

Nazi Party political rally. Sign in the back reads, "Don't buy from Jews."
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A Ken Burns series, this is a look at how the U.S. responded to the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazis. It uses a lot of first-person footage and interviews to drive the messages home.

O.J.: Made in America

O.J.: Made in America.
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This series follows the life of O.J. Simpson from his humble beginnings through his career and later life. It covers his trial for murder and the outcome of the trial that created a media circus.

Planet Earth II

Life in Colour with David Attenborough - Production Still Image.
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This is another in the Planet Earth series that creates amazing views of nature. The series focuses on a wide range of animals around the planet and their habitats.

Homicide: Life on the Streets

Homicide: Life on the Streets.
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This is a policy procedural that shows what happens after a murder has been committed. The whole series used handheld cameras to give it a feeling of reality.

The Larry Sanders Show

The Larry Sanders Show.
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From its iconic opening theme to its many jokes about Larry’s hair, this series was an unforgettable comedy. Gary Shandling starred in this series that frequently broke the fourth wall.

The Staircase

Toni ColletteMAX
The Staircase.
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When a writer’s wife was found deceased at the bottom of a set of stairs, many wondered what exactly happened. This series follows the case closely and presents the trial that had many captivated.

The Sopranos

The Sopranos.
Image Credit: Courtesy of HBO.

The Sopranos was a celebrated drama series that focused on a mafia mob boss and his troubles both within the mob and within his family. A family drama as well as a crime drama, there’s a lot going on in the Soprano family.

City So Real

City So Real.
Image Credit: National Geographic.

The city of Chicago has plenty going on, and that’s especially true at election time. With 21 people trying for the mayor’s seat, this series shows life in the city and the race for mayor.

Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack.
Image Credit: Cartoon Network.

This animated series follows a warrior, Jack, who was sent to the future by Aku, an evil wizard. In this time, Aku is the ruler, and the world is a bleak place where Jack tries to find a way back home.

Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce

Rome Italy, 8 July 2018 , Live concert of Beyonce and Jay-Z OTRII at the Olimpico Stadium : the singer Beyonce during the concert.
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Beyonce performed at the 2018 Coachella festival, and this series documents that performance. It also has interviews as well as footage taken behind the scenes.

Bleak House

Bleak House.
Image Credit: BBC.


This series is a new take on the Dickens classic story. It’s a beautifully shot series that focuses on orphans and the rich guardian who takes them in.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet.
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The timeless Shakespeare story gets a new version performed at London’s National Theatre. The performance portrays young lovers who are doomed from the start.

My So-Called Life

My So-Called Life.
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The Bedford Falls Company.

This 90s series followed high schooler Angela Chase as she navigated both her school and home life. Finding both friends and love, she faces some tough choices and unexpected situations.


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This British comedy series is based on a play written by the series’ star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It centers on a 20-something woman who is often angry and self-loathing.


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This highly acclaimed series follows a man who comes back to Atlanta, his hometown. He finds that his cousin is becoming a popular rapper and wants to help him get wider popularity.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad.
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This adaptation of a novel traces the steps of two runaway enslaved people who discover the Underground Railroad. As they flee the plantation, a bounty hunter is on their heels.

This Is Going to Hurt

NRT moans to ADAM about St Agnes. He looks at Kathleen. - This is Going to Hurt _ Season 1, Episode 6.
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This series is an adapted memoir written by a man working in an OB-GYN ward of a hospital. He faces challenges every day on the job in this British series set in an NHS hospital.

It’s a Sin

Olly Alexander as Ritchie Tozer in It’s a Sin.
Image Credit: Ben Blackall/HBO Max.

This drama series follows a group of friends in the early 1980s. As the group moves to London, they find their lives affected by the scourge of HIV/AIDS.

Frozen Planet

Mother polar bear and two cubs on pack ice, Svalbard_Frozen Planet_Season 1, Episode 3.
Photo Credit: Jason Roberts/BBC America.

In the Arctic and Antarctic areas of the world, the planet is frozen but has its own beauty. This series chronicles these areas and the life that lives in these bleak places.

The Last Movie Stars

The Last Movie Stars Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward.
Image Credit: Courtesy of HBO.

In this six-part series, the lives of movie stars Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are chronicled through archival footage. The series also features interviews with other stars including Sally Field and Martin Scorsese.

The Bear

The Bear,
Image Credit: Courtesy of FX.


A chef is at the center of this series about a man running a sandwich shop. As he returns to his home and takes control of the family’s restaurant, he has both family and business problems.

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Van Helsing (2004).
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