Millennials & Gen Z’s 17 Favorite TV Shows of All Time

Nostalgia viewing isn’t going anywhere and young consumers are spending a good chunk of their TV viewing time watching reruns—so what are their top favorite TV shows of all time? We found out…

The Post-TV Gen is taking over, and their “disruptive” viewing behavior is becoming the norm. More than half of all viewers (not just young viewers) now say they watch their favorite show online, instead of tuning in live, according to eMarketer. Fifty percent of 16-74-year-olds who watch five or more hours of TV each week told Hub Research they watch via online sources like Netflix, signifying a “tipping point” for TV. Compare that to four years ago and it’s clear how much has changed: just 31% opted to watch online in 2014. Among the streaming giants, Netflix is winning out, and not just with Millennials: 29% watch their favorite show on Netflix, just 2% less than on live TV.

But those favorite shows might not be what you think. While Netflix and other streaming services are investing billions in originals, most viewers would reportedly rather watch reruns. Nielsen data shows that just 20% of time spent on SVODs (subscription services on demand) is used to watch originals. The other 80%? That’s dedicated to “catalog programming”: all the movies and TV picked up from outside studios. We know Gen Z and Millennials love nostalgia entertainment—and it looks like they’re just as likely (if not more) to be spending their viewing time watching classics and off-air content. And with streaming services at their fingertips, it seems the entire television archive is available for them to peruse. But what are their favorites?

In our latest survey on TV and entertainment we asked 1000 13-35-year-olds about their current favorite TV shows, but because we know that nostalgia viewing isn’t going anywhere,…


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