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Survey Names the Best U.S. Television Show of All Time UPI, ABC News

A survey conducted as part of “Best in TV,” a special installment of ABC’s “20/20” that aired Tuesday night, picked a winner that probably won't come as a surprise to most industry insiders. The survey named “I Love Lucy” as the best TV show of all time, UPI reports.

The five finalists were all comedies. Here’s the Top 5:

1. “I Love Lucy”
2. “M*A*S*H”
3. “Seinfeld”
4. “All in the Family”
5. “Cheers”

Said Barbara Walters, who hosted the show: "We were not surprised Americans chose comedies as their favorites of all time. We all like to laugh and these shows still make us laugh today."

The survey, conducted by ABC News and People magazine, also named the best drama series of all time, which went to “ER.” Here are the Top 5 dramas:

1. “ER”
2. “The Twilight Zone”
3. “The Sopranos”
4. “The West Wing”
5. “Mad Men”

An online component to the survey, found here, presents -- via video clips -- the results in a number of other categories, including best talk show host, best reality show, best TV theme song and best animated show. (Short-attention-span warning: It may take more time than you’re willing to spend to get through these videos. At least, that’s what happened to us when we went there.)

We did make it through best animated series and can share this: “The Flintstones” beat out “The Simpsons” for the top spot in that category.