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Favorite all-time TV shows among Millennials in the U.S. 2018

A survey held in April 2018 showed that 1990s sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ was U.S. Millennials’ favorite TV show of all time. A total of 73 percent of respondents born between 1982 and 1999 had a positive opinion of the show, making ‘Fresh Prince’ more popular among adults in this age group than other hits such as ‘Friends’, ‘Family Guy’, and ‘House’.

Other much-loved shows included ‘Saturday Night Live’, and ‘The Simpsons’, the latter of which was second in the ranking.

What are the most popular TV shows in the U.S.?

In the 2018-2019 season, the most viewed TV show in the United States was NFL Sunday Night Football. The final seasons of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ also drew in over 15 million viewers. Watching television has long been a popular pastime for Americans, and in more recent years, viewers have also begun to stream their favorite content as well as watching it on a traditional TV.

Streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video have created popular digital original series which viewers can enjoy online, ranging from Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘Titans’ from the DC Universe. Digital original TV shows have become just as popular and in demand as beloved sitcoms like ‘Friends’ and animated series ‘The Simpsons’, and attract attention not only among TV fans but also social media users keen to discuss new releases and plot twists.

Favorite TV shows of all time among Millennials in the United States as of April 2018

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Release date

April 2018


United States

Survey time period

November 2017 to April 2018

Supplementary notes

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Millennials: respondents born 1982-1999

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