The UK

The Arts

Top of the Pops (1964-2006)
Film…(1972- )
The South Bank Show (1978-2009)
Later…with Jools Holland (1992- )
Late Review (1994-2014)

Children’s

Muffin the Mule (1946-57)
The Sooty Show (1955-92)
Watch with Mother (1953-75)
Blue Peter (1958- )
Noggin the Nog (1959-65)
Thunderbirds (1964-66)
The Magic Roundabout (1964-71)
Play School (1964-88)
Jackanory (1965-96)
Trumpton (1967)
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-68, 2005)
Clangers (1969-72)
Words and Pictures (1970-2001, 2006-07)
Mr Benn (1971-72)
Rainbow (1972-92)
Newsround (1972- )
The Wombles (1973-75, 1997-98, 2016- )
Bagpuss (1974)
Roobarb (1974)
Tiswas (1974-82)
Jamie and the Magic Torch (1976-79)
Grange Hill (1978-2008)
Pigeon Street (1981)
Postman Pat (1981-2006)
Dangermouse (1981-92, 2015- )
Roland Rat (1983-85)
Hartbeat (1984-93)
Thomas and Friends (1984, 1986, 1991-98, 2002- )
Pingu (1986-2000)
Going Live (1987-93)
Knightmare (1987-94)
Count Duckula (1988-93)
Fun House (1989-99)
Byker Grove (1989-2006)
Rosie and Jim (1990-2000)
Art Attack (1990-2007, 2011- )
Live and Kicking (1993-2001)
Teletubbies (1997-2001, 2015- )
SMTV Live (1998-2003)
Peppa Pig (2004- )
Horrible Histories (2009- )

Comedy

Steptoe and Son (1962-65, 1970-74)
The Likely Lads (1964-66, 1973-74)
Dad’s Army (1968-77)
The Morecambe and Wise Show (1968-83)
Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969-74)
The Two Ronnies (1971-87)
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1973-78)
Last of the Summer Wine (1973-2010)
Porridge (1974-77)
Fawlty Towers (1975-79)
Not the Nine O’clock News (1979-82)
Yes, Minister (1980-84)
Only Fools and Horses (1981-2003)
The Young Ones (1982-84)
‘Allo ‘Allo (1982-92)
Blackadder (1983-89)
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983-86, 2002-04)
Yes, Prime Minister (1986-88)
Red Dwarf (1988-93, 1997-99, 2009, 2012- )
Mr. Bean (1990-95)
One Foot in the Grave (1990-2000)
Have I Got News for You? (1990- )
Absolutely Fabulous (1992-96, 2001-04)
The Day Today (1994)
The Fast Show (1994-97)
Father Ted (1995-98)
Brass Eye (1997, 2001)
I’m Alan Partridge (1997-2002)
Spaced (1999-2001)
Da Ali G Show (2000, 2003)
The Office (2001-03)
Little Britain (2003-06)
Peep Show (2003-15)
QI (2003- )
The Thick of It (2005-12)

Current Affairs

Panorama (1953- )

Documentaries

Life on Earth (1984)
The Living Planet (1989)
The Trials of Life (1990)
Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends (1998-2000)
Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)
A History of Britain (2000-02)
When Louis Met…(2000-02)
The Blue Planet (2001)
World War I in Colour (2003)
Coast (2005- )
Planet Earth (2006)

Drama

Minder (1979-94, 2009)
House of Cards (1990) / To Play the King (1993) / The Final Cut (1995)
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Our Friends in the North (1996)
Shameless (2004-13)
Downton Abbey (2010-15)
Black Mirror (2011- )

Family Dramas

Casualty (1986- )

Famously Bad Shows

Mind Your Language (1977-86)
Heil Honey, I’m Home (1990)
The Word (1990-95)
The Girlie Show (1996-97)
Naked Jungle (2000)
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001-11)
I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here (2002- )
Love Island (2005-06)
The Only Way is Essex (2010- )

Fantasy

Doctor Who (1963-89, 2005- )

Game Shows

University Challenge (1962-87, 1994- )
Mastermind (1972- )
Celebrity Squares (1975-79, 1993-97, 2014-2015)
Family Fortunes (1980-2002)
Countdown (1982- )
Blockbusters (1983-95, 1997, 2000-01, 2012)
Fifteen to One (1988-2003)
Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush (1994-95)
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (1998-2007)
The Weakest Link (2000-2012)

Lifestyle

The Sky At Night (1957- )
Tomorrow’s World (1965-2003)
Open University (1971-2006)
Family Fare (1973-75)
Top Gear (1977- (re-designed 2002))
Delia Smith’s Cookery Course (1979-81)
The Antiques Roadshow (1979- )
Countryfile (1988- )
MasterChef (1990- )
The Big Breakfast (1992-2002)
Changing Rooms (1996-2004)
The Naked Chef (1999-2001)
Nigella Bites (1999)
A Place in the Sun (2000- )
Richard and Judy (2001-08)
Location, Location, Location (2001- )
Springwatch (2005- )
The Great British Bake Off (2010- )

Police/Detective/Crime

Dickson of Dock Green (1955-76)
The Sweeney (1975-78)
Bergerac (1981-91)
Sherlock Holmes (1984-94)
The Bill (1984-2010)
Inspector Morse (1987-2000)
Prime Suspect (1991-2006)
A Touch of Frost (1992-2010)
Heartbeat (1992-2010)
Cracker (1993-96, 2006)
Midsomer Murders (1997)
Jonathan Creek (1997-2004, 2010, 2013, 2014)
Sherlock (2010- )

Reality

Big Brother (2000- )
The Apprentice (2005- )
Dragon’s Den (2005- )

Soap Operas

Coronation Street (1960- )
Emmerdale (1972- )
Brookside (1982-2003)
Eastenders (1985- )

Sports

Grandstand (1958-2007)
Match of the Day (1964- )

Talent Shows

Come Dancing (1949-98)
Popstars (2000)
Pop Idol (2001-02)
The X-factor (2004- )
Strictly Come Dancing (2004- )
Britain’s Got Talent (2007- )

Talk Shows

Parkinson (1971-82, 1987-88, 1998-2007)

Travel

Whicker’s World (1958-94)
Great Railway Journeys (1980-99)
Around the World in 80 Days (1989)
Pole to Pole (1992)
Full Circle (1997)

Variety Shows

TFI Friday (1996-2000, 2015)

The US

The Arts

American Bandstand (1952-89)
Soul Train (1971-2006)
Street Magic (1997)

Children’s

Looney Tunes (1930-69)
Tom and Jerry (1940-67)
The Gumby Show (1955-68, 1987-88)
Felix the Cat (1958-62)
The Banana Splits (1968-70, 2008)
Scooby-Doo (1969- )
Sesame Street (1969- )
Land of the Lost (1974-76, 1991-92)
Vegetable Soup (1975-78)
The Hot Fudge Show (1976-80)
The Muppet Show (1976-81, 2015-2016)
Battle of the Planets (1978-85)
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983-85, 2002-04)
Fraggle Rock (1983-87)
M.A.S.K. (1985-86)
Care Bears (1985-88)
Thundercats (1985-89)
My Little Pony (1985-87, 1992, 2010- )
Double Dare (1986-93, 2000)
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (1986-90)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-96)
DuckTales (1987-90)
The Adventures of Pete and Pete (1989-96)
Rugrats (1991-2004)
Barney and Friends (1992-2009)
Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993-98)
The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-2010)
Arthur (1994- )
Dexter’s Laboratory (1996-2003)
The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005, 2016- )
Spongebob Squarepants (1999- )
Dora the Explorer (2000-14)
Ben 10 (2005- )
Hannah Montana (2006-11)
iCarly (2007-2012)
Yo Gabba Gabba! (2007- )

Comedy

I Love Lucy (1951-60)
The Honeymooners (1955-56)
The Phil Silvers Show (aka “Sergeant Bilko”) (1955-59)
Mr. Ed (1958-66)
The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68)
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66)
The Munsters (1964-66)
The Addams Family (1964-66, 1998-99)
Gilligan’s Island (1964-67)
Bewitched (1964-72)
I Dream of Jeannie (1965-70)
The Brady Bunch (1969-74)
The Partridge Family (1970-74)
The Odd Couple (1970-75)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77)
All in the Family (1971-79)
M*A*S*H (1972-83)
Happy Days (1974-84)
The Jeffersons (1975-85)
Saturday Night Live (1975- )
Mork and Mindy (1978-82)
Taxi (1978-83)
Different Strokes (1978-85)
Cheers (1982-93)
The Cosby Show (1984-92)
The Golden Girls (1985-92)
Married…with Children (1987-97)
Roseanne (1988-97)
The Simpsons (1989- )
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-96)
Seinfeld (1990-98)
Frasier (1993-2004)
Friends (1994-2004)
South Park (1997- )
The Daily Show (1999- )
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-11)
The Office (2005-13)
How I Met Your Mother (2005-14)
30 Rock (2006-13)
The Big Bang Theory (2007- )
Modern Family (2009- )

Current Affairs

60 minutes (1968- )
The Nixon Interviews (1977)

Documentaries

30 for 30 (2009- )

Drama

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-65)
Gunsmoke (1955-75)
Bonanza (1959-73)
Mission: Impossible (1966-73)
Roots (1977)
Baywatch (1989-2001)
Twin Peaks (1990-91)
Northern Exposure (1990-95)
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-99)
The X-files (1993-2002, 2016)
E.R. (1994-2009)
The West Wing (1996-2006)
Oz (1997-2003)
Sex and the City (1998-2004)
The Sopranos (1999-2007)
Band of Brothers (2001)
The Wire (2002-08)
Deadwood (2004-2006)
House (2004-12)
Grey’s Anatomy (2005- )
Mad Men (2007-15)
Breaking Bad (2008-13)
Game of Thrones (2011- )
House of Cards (2013- )

Family Dramas

The Lone Ranger (1949-57)
The Roy Rogers Shows (1951-57)
Lassie (1954-73, 1989-92)
Flipper (1964-67, 1995-2000)
The Waltons (1972-81)
Wonder Woman (1974-79)
Little House on the Prairie (1974-83)
The Love Boat (1977-86)
CHiPs (1978-83)
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-86)

Famously Bad Shows

Tool Academy (2009-10)

Fantasy

The Twilight Zone (1959-64, 1985-89, 2002-03)
Star Trek (1966-69)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94)
Quantum Leap (1989-93)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-99)
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
Firefly (2002)
Battlestar Galactica (2003-09)

Game Shows

Hollywood Squares (1966-89, 1998-2004)
Family Feud (1976-85, 1988-93, 1999- )
Wheel of Fortune (1975- )
Jeopardy (1964-75, 1978-79, 1984- )
The Price is Right (1956- )
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999- )

Lifestyle

Martha Stewart Living (1993-2005)
The Antiques Roadshow (1997- )
Mythbusters (2003-2016)

Police/Detective/Crime

Columbo (1968-78, 1989-2003)
Hawaii Five-O (1968-80)
Charlie’s Angels (1976-81, 2011)
Magnum, P.I. (1980-88)
Hill Street Blues (1981-87)
MacGyver (1985-92)
Law and Order (1990-2010)
NYPD Blue (1993-2005)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-15)
24 (2001-15)

Reality

The Real World (1992- )
Survivor (2000- )
The Amazing Race (2001- )
The Osbournes (2002-05)
The Apprentice (2004- )
Deadliest Catch (2005- )
Shark Tank (2009- )

Soap Operas

All My Children (1970-2011)
Dallas (1978-91, 2012-14)
Knot’s Landing (1979-93)
Dynasty (1981-89)
The Bold and the Beautiful (1987- )

Sports

Monday Night Football (1970- )
SportsCenter (1979- )
Baseball Tonight (1990- )

Talent Shows

The Gong Show (1978-80, 1988-89)
American Idol (2002-2016)
Project Runway (2004- )
America’s Got Talent (2006- )

Talk Shows

The Tonight Show (1954- )
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986-2011)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993-2015)
Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1993-2009)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003- )
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003- )
Conan (2010)

Teen Drama

The Wonder Years (1988-93)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000)
My So-Called Life (1994-95)
Party of Five (1994-2000)
Dawson’s Creek (1998-2003)
The O.C. (2003-07)
Friday Night Lights (2006-11)
Gossip Girl (2007-12)

Travel

Variety Shows

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-71)
The Jackie Gleason Show (1952-70)

Popular shows from other countries

Children’s Shows

The Moomins (Sweden, Japan and various countries) (1969- )
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (Spanish/Japanese) (1981-82)
The Smurfs (1981-90)
Around the World with Willy Fog (Spanish/Japanese) (1983)
The Transformers (Japanese) (1984-87)