From ‘I Love Lucy’ to ‘M*A*S*H’: Which Classic TV Show Has the Highest ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ Score?

by Katie Maloney
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Of all the Classic TV shows, which one is the best? I Love Lucy? Cheers? Gilligan’s Island? We’re comparing their Rotten Tomatoes scores.

‘Rotten Tomatoes’ Ranks Classic TV Shows

Between reality tv shows, regular tv shows, original series, and more, there are so many available, it’s difficult to even track what’s out there. But when it comes to classic television shows, there are several who have stood the test of time.

Today, we’re ranking each show according to its Rotten Tomatoes score. Read on to discover which show ranks supreme.

Gilligan’s Island

Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%

Although the show was not initially received well, Gilligan’s Island quickly became a pop-culture sensation. People couldn’t get enough of the misadventures of seven stranded castaways. You know it’s a classic tv show when the show inspires spin-offs. Gilligan’s Island was followed by three spin-off tv movies, and two Saturday morning cartoons.

The cast of Gilligan’s Island (Photo by Bettmann / Contributor via Getty Images).

All In The Family

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

The show that changed television. All In The Family didn’t hold back when it came to depicting the bigoted Archie Bunker. Some say the show ended television’s innocence. Regardless, All In The Family quickly became a classic tv show. It was nominated for 55 Emmys and won 22. It also inspired the spin-offs Maude, The Jeffersons, and Good Times.

Photo of All In The Family (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

M*A*S*H

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

This medical comedy sitcom changed the way war was portrayed onscreen. It brought lightheartedness to a topic that had weighed so heavily on people’s minds. M*A*S*H took place at a mobile army surgical hospital during the Korean War. It followed Army surgeons as they tried to save lives while maintaining their own sanity.

A Scene from M*A*S*H circa 1975. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

The Golden Girls

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

It doesn’t get better than watching the antics of four mature single women sharing a house in Miami. The witty banter between the women quickly solidified The Golden Girls spot in classic tv show history. The show was nominated for 68 Emmys and won 11. Most importantly, the show gifted fans with Hollywood icon, Betty White.

The Golden Girls. ( Photo by: Herb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank)

I Love Lucy

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

And the number one rated classic television show is… I Love Lucy. The show premiered in 1951 and America quickly fell in love. The show followed Lucy Ricardo as she tried (and almost always failed) to help her Cuban bandleader husband, Ricky Ricardo. Her beloved shenanigans always guaranteed a laugh from fans.

I Love Lucy (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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