Original run: October 15, 1951 — May 6, 1957
Starring: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, and Richard Keith
Plot: We all know this one. Ricky Ricardo is the band leader at the Copacabana. His wife Lucy is an aspiring and usually overzealous wannabe entertainer. Cue mishaps. Cue Lucy crying. Cue laughter.
Original run: October 2, 1959 – June 19, 1964
Plot: Anthology series are enjoying a major comeback today, but nothing (nothing!) beats The Twilight Zone.
Original run: September 8, 1966 — June 3, 1969
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley
Plot: The show follows the crew of the USS Enterprise as they explore the galaxy and “boldly go where no man has gone before.”
Original run: October 11, 1975 – present
Starring: So many talented comedians over the years, but currently: Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Cecily Strong, and Kenan Thompson
Plot: Hilarious live sketch comedy, delivered weekly.
Original run: September 30, 1982 — May 20, 1993
Starring: Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Nicholas Colasanto, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson, Bebe Neuwirth, and Kirstie Alley
Plot: The regulars at Cheers (a bar in Boston) meet up to drink, socialize, and hang where everyone knows their names.
Original run: September 14, 1985 — May 9, 1992
Starring: Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty
Plot: Four older women live together as roommates in Miami and share adventures, memories, and lots (and lots) of cheesecake.
Original run: July 5, 1989 – May 14, 1998
Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, and Jason Alexander
Plot: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld plays comedian Jerry Seinfeld in a show that is literally about nothing. Seriously. Some of the best episodes are about things like waiting for a table at a restaurant and looking for a car in a parking garage.
Original run: December 17, 1989 – present
Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer
Plot: The longest-running animated series on television, The Simpsons follows a dysfunctional family and ruthlessly parodies American culture in the process.
Original run: September 10, 1993 — May 19, 2002 (and then again from January 24, 2016 – present)
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, and Mitch Pileggi
Plot: Two FBI agents—a skeptic and a believer—investigate paranormal cases. Also aliens. Lots of aliens.
Original run: September 22, 1994 — May 6, 2004
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer
Plot: Six best friends hang out in New York, drink coffee, and live way beyond their apparent means. Could this show be any funnier?