Best Classic TV Shows Now Available to Stream

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10. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970)
> Total No. of seasons: 7
> Starring: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod
> Genre: Comedy
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, Hulu, fuboTV, DIRECTV

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” tapped into the growing independence of American women during the 1970s with the character of television news producer Mary Richards. The sharply written and brilliantly cast series created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that ran for seven seasons took home 29 Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and spun off three series. “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” has a rating of 8.1 out of 10 among IMDb users.

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9. The West Wing (1999)
> Total No. of seasons: 7
> Starring: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play Movies, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

White House drama “The West Wing” won two Golden Globes and 26 Emmy Awards during its seven seasons on air. Elevated by a cast, including Allison Janney, Martin Sheen, and Rob Lowe, the show is often counted among the best TV shows of all time.

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8. Sanford and Son (1972)
> Total No. of seasons: 6
> Starring: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page
> Genre: Comedy
> Available on: Starz, Starz Play Amazon Channel, DIRECTV

Norman Lear created the African American version of “All in the Family” bigot Archie Bunker in the character of cranky junkyard dealer Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx), who seeks get-rich-quick schemes while trying to win the confidence and approval of his son. The series, based on the British show “Steptoe and Son,” was a consistent hit and ran for six seasons, earning a 100% audience approval score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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7. The Twilight Zone (1959)
> Total No. of seasons: 5
> Starring: Rod Serling
> Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, Netflix, Hulu, CBS

The five-season series of tales of the macabre and the unexplained, which debuted in 1959, is the gold standard for thought-provoking and inventive television and retains a loyal following to this day. The Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning series, hosted by master storyteller Rod Serling, has a Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics of 82%, and 96% of audiences enjoyed the series. IMDb users gave “the Zone” 9.0 out of 10.

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6. I Love Lucy (1951)
> Total No. of seasons: 6
> Starring: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, Vivian Vance
> Genre: Comedy, Family
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, Hulu, CBS, CBS All Access Amazon Channel

“I Love Lucy” is considered to be the first great comedy in television history. Lucille Ball played the title character of a bandleader’s wife whose attempts at getting into show business cause mayhem. The show was groundbreaking for showing a pregnant woman on television for the first time (though the word pregnant was not used) and for using the three-camera system before a live audience. The Emmy Award-winning show has an audience score of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDb users gave it 8.4 out of 10.