UNDATED PHOTO: Actors Courteney Cox Arquette (L), Jennifer Aniston (C) and Matthew Perry are shown in a scene from the NBC series "Friends". The series received 11 Emmy nominations, including outstanding comedy series, by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences July 18, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Warner Bros. Television/Getty Images)

Sadly, plenty of TV shows that you watch and forget. They become forever lost and never to be re-watched. However, every now and again a TV series is immortalized by fans and becomes a timeless gem of pop culture. It seems that people are always on the search for these iconic box sets with searches for “great tv series to binge” increasing by 1300% over the past year.

Greetings card marketplace, thortful.com, has compiled a list of the top 20 box sets that people go back to time after time. To create the list, thortful carried out desk research to find the most popular box sets. They then created a weighted index using the following metrics: date, IMDB rating, how many reviews the show gets per year, and google search trends. These are those shows that, no matter how many times they’re on repeat, they’re still just as good as the first watch.

Here is the list of the top 20 box sets that have stood the test of time.

1 Friends
2 Breaking Bad
3 The Sopranos
4 Dexter
5 The Walking Dead
6 The Office (US)
7 Grey’s Anatomy
8 Modern Family
9 The Wire
10 The Big Bang Theory
11 Criminal Minds
12 Lost
13 Supernatural
14 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
15 Doctor Who
16 How I Met Your Mother
17 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
19 Sons of Anarchy
20 The Vampire Diaries

Coming in first place is the 1990’s sitcom, Friends. The popularity of this program is proved by Netflix reportedly paying $100 million for the right to air it on their platform in 2019.

Interestingly, 19 of the top 20 TV shows were all created in the US with the only Doctor Who being created overseas in the UK. In terms of genre, there is a lot of variation within the top 20: only 6 of the shows on the list are comedy whereas the others are a mix of dramas, thrillers, and sci-fi. Pretty cool!

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