Hollywood's 100 Favorite TV Shows: 15 CBS Shows That Made the List

10:12 AM 4/7/2016

by THR staff

'I Love Lucy,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and 13 other shows from the Tiffany network loved by industry insiders.

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Everyone has a favorite TV show. It might be the one you loved most as a kid or the one you watched with friends in a dorm room or the the one you shared with a significant other. The Hollywood Reporter asked more than 2800 Hollywood insiders people — including 779 actors, 365 producers and 268 directors, among others — to tell us their favorites and then ranked the top 100 from Desperate Housewives (No. 100) to …..

Beyond the No.1 showTHR looked at how each network fared in the voting for the 100 favorite shows: ABC, NBC, FOX, HBO, and NetflixTHR also looked at the best shows by decade: 50s60s70s80s90s2000s.

Here are the 15 shows from CBS that made the list of Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows. 


  • Everybody Loves Raymond (No. 96)

    Ray Romano hated the title and called CBS' Leslie Moonves to complain. "Les told Ray, 'Tell you what, when you become a top 10 show, call it whatever you want,' " recalls creator Phil Rosenthal, 55. "Next year, we were a top 10 show and Ray called Les. Les said, 'Can't change it now, it's a top 10 show!'"

    Read more THR's 'Everybody Loves Raymond' First Episode Review in 1996

  • The Bob Newhart Show (No. 92)

    "I'm a reactor, not an actor," says Bob Newhart, 86. "So [show creators] David Davis and Lorenzo Music decided to make me a psychologist because they thought a lot of what I did best was in the way I reacted to people. That show was all about me having to treat crazy situations like they were perfectly normal. One [episode] I had a patient who was a ventriloquist — his puppet was Wally — and the ventriloquist said, 'Wally wants to go out on his own.' I had to keep a perfectly serious face."

  • Get Smart (No. 83)

    "It was a peak in my career," says co-creator Mel Brooks, 89, of teaming with Buck Henry to write and produce this goofy Cold War satire. "I once got a call from the CIA wanting to know how Buck Henry and I knew so much about the Cone of Silence."

    Read more THR's 'Get Smart' First Episode Review in 1965

  • Gilligan’s Island (No. 82)

    Remember the episode where the castaways almost got off the island? But Gilligan messed it up? Or how about the episode where they almost got off the island, but Gilligan messed it up? The classic sitcom about six stock characters marooned off the coast of Hawaii only ran three seasons but became a TV staple in syndication. Tina Louise, 81, still thinks of Ginger as the role of her career. She says, "It was as if she was just waiting for me."

    Read more THR's 'Gilligan’s Island' First Episode Review in 1964

  • Murphy Brown (No. 60)

    Creator Diane English is certain her newsroom comedy would never make it on network TV today. "That was a time when people still respected journalists and journalism," she says. "It's hard to make heroes out of those people today."

    Read more THR's 'Murphy Brown' First Episode Review in 1988

  • How I Met Your Mother (No. 58)

    The surprisingly poignant finale of this sitcom framed around a man explaining to his kids how he met their mother had been in the works since the very first episode (spoiler alert: Mom's dead). Showrunners and creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays "had this vision for years," says Cristin Milioti, 30, who played Mom.

    Read more 'How I Met Your Mother' Turns 200: Showrunners Talk Time Travel, Penning the Series Finale

  • The Good Wife (No. 57)

    This edgy legal drama starring Julianna Margulies is so smart, and politically charged, it's often mistaken for a cable show instead of a broadcast series. "I've heard that," says co-creator Michelle King, "but a compliment is a compliment. I'm delighted to take it."

  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (No. 47)

    "I get great pleasure from kids coming up to me and saying they became comedy writers because of The Dick Van Dyke Show," says Carl Reiner, 93, who based his Kennedy-era classic sitcom on his own experiences as a TV scribe. "Conan O'Brien told me the show made him want to be a writer, and I thought that was pretty great."

    Read more THR's 'Dick Van Dyke Show' First Episode Review in 1961

  • The Carol Burnett Show (No. 43)

    "The network tried to talk me out of doing a variety show, claiming it was a man's game," recalls Carol Burnett, 82. "But because of a special clause in my contract giving me the choice between an hour variety show or a sitcom, they had to give us 30 weeks, pay or play!"

    Read more Carol Burnett Recalls Winning Her First Emmy

  • All in the Family (No. 39)

    "In those days, everybody knew an Archie Bunker," creator Norman Lear, 93, told THR last year about his struggle to get a "lovable bigot" on TV. "The network was worried about everything — the tone of the show, the lead character and what he might say. It took three years to get on the air because we made no real concessions."

    Read more THR's 'All in the Family' First Episode Review in 1971

  • The Big Bang Theory (No. 25)

    "There's a childlike quality to our phys­icists," says co-creator Chuck Lorre, 62, theorizing on what makes his sitcom about nerdy scientists such a huge hit. "These characters are in need of protection."

    Photos Behind the Scenes of 'The Big Bang Theory'

  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (No. 19)

    Initially, Mary Richards was supposed to be a divorcee. "But networks at the time didn't want divorcees, Jews or men with mustaches," half-jokes creator James L. Brooks, 75. Brooks didn't win all his battles with network censors, but he won more than most. The newsroom sitcom was the first to make references to casual sex and birth control and to have gay characters.

    Read more THR's 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' First Episode Review in 1970

  • The Twilight Zone (No. 17)

    "An honest, intense, ambitious fellow" is how actor Noah Keen, 94, remembers creator and host Rod Serling. Keen starred in two episodes of the trippy anthology series (1961's "The Arrival" and 1962's "The Trade-Ins"), but the experience continues to haunt him today. "After all these years, people still tell me, 'I saw you on TV last night.'"

    Read more THR's 'The Twilight Zone' First Episode Review in 1959

  • M*A*S*H (No. 13)

    Robert Altman famously dissed the TV adaptation of his 1970 film set in a Korean War mobile Army hospital. But "Altman was making only one movie — we were making a whole show," says Jamie Farr, 81, who played cross-dressing corporal Klinger. "We were groundbreaking. We were the first series to show blood on the screen. We were always pushing to see how far we could go." Its finale is still the highest-rated TV episode, with 125 million viewers.

    Read more THR's 'M*A*S*H' First Episode Review in 1972

  • I Love Lucy (No. 8)

    Its influence continues to be felt today (without Lucille Ball, there'd be no Amy Poehler, Tina Fey or Amy Schumer), with Lucy popping up where least expected. "I have it on in the background [of my trailer] constantly," says Guillermo Diaz, who plays the former Black Ops assassin on ABC's Scandal. "It keeps me from going to the dark side."

    Read more THR's 'I Love Lucy' First Episode Review in 1955