Game of Thrones series finale s8ep6 (Courtesy of HBO)
(Photo by HBO)

FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: 20 TV Shows That Defined the 2010s

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

We’re looking at TV series that were so iconic in their era that they essentially defined the decade in which they aired the majority of their seasons. (If a show aired half its seasons in one decade and the other half in another, we tended to count it toward the earlier decade.) So we asked our survey respondents which shows best represented each of the five most recent decades.

Game of Thrones stole the 2010-2019 category, garnering 74% of the vote, compared to No. 2 Stranger Things’ 56%, and The Big Bang Theory’s 45% for third place.

We also asked which TV star ruled in the decade — no surprise here: The entire cast of Game of Thrones won with 45% of the vote; followed by Benedict Cumberbatch, who snagged 9% of the vote (Sherlock showed up at No. 24 in the list of TV titles that “defined the decade”); and, in third place, Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus with 8%.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Veep (2012)

Synopsis: Ex-senator and now the Vice President of the United States, Selina Meyer juggles her public and private life. However, it... [More]

Synopsis: The privileged lives of L.A.'s blended Kardashian-Jenner family are chronicled.... [More]

Doctor Who (2006)

Synopsis: Following the adventures of a time-traveling alien called "The Doctor" and companions as they deal with crises set on Earth... [More]

True Blood (2008)

Synopsis: HBO's hit drama series created by Alan Ball ('Six Feet Under') and based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by... [More]

Better Call Saul (2015)

Synopsis: The evolution of "Breaking Bad" lawyer Saul Goodman is the focus of this prequel to the hit series.... [More]

Synopsis: A variety show packed with some Emmy-winning satire for laughs.... [More]

Glee (2009)

Synopsis: Musical comedy-drama about the misfits who make up a high-school singing club and teacher Will Schuester, the one-time glee-club star... [More]

Grey's Anatomy (2005)

Synopsis: Doctors at a Seattle teaching hospital hone their bedside manners on and off the job in this medical drama.... [More]

Black Mirror (2011)

Synopsis: Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode... [More]

The Handmaid's Tale (2017)

Synopsis: Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of... [More]

Synopsis: A mockumentary following the inner workings of the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Ind. From the creators of... [More]

Modern Family (2009)

Synopsis: A mockumentary-style sitcom chronicling the unusual kinship of the extended Pritchett clan, a brood that includes patriarch Jay; his younger... [More]

This Is Us (2016)

Synopsis: The Pearson family's generational story unfolds in this emotional drama. In moments of joy and heartbreak, revelations emerge from parents... [More]

Synopsis: A horror anthology series from Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy.... [More]

Downton Abbey (2011)

Synopsis: This period drama, set in the English countryside which is centered on the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and... [More]

Synopsis: A New York woman struggles to adjust to life in a federal prison.... [More]

The Walking Dead (2010)

Synopsis: The story of the years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, following a group of survivors led by a former... [More]

The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Synopsis: A new comedy about a pair of brilliant physicists who understand how the universe works but have no clue about... [More]

Stranger Things (2016)

Synopsis: A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a... [More]

Game of Thrones (2011)

Synopsis: An adaptation of author George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" medieval fantasies about power struggles among the... [More]

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

children's TV zero dark thirty 2017 crime thriller crime Marvel Television cults Masterpiece VH1 FXX PBS superhero stoner black supernatural slashers Rocketman 007 The Witch Watching Series cops Star Wars Britbox TCA Winter 2020 Ovation satire Creative Arts Emmys Lifetime Christmas movies docudrama Quiz obituary DC Comics dark Vudu cancelled DirecTV Apple TV Plus HBO Go Photos theme song Paramount Network Holiday CMT TNT strong female leads serial killer medical drama Nickelodeon sequels Syfy Amazon Studios Nominations worst Musical Epix Netflix 72 Emmy Awards Amazon Box Office rotten Best and Worst period drama Shudder die hard Tumblr movie First Reviews ratings FOX universal monsters USA italian Hulu APB romance Rom-Com Discovery Channel all-time HBO Max Endgame spanish Country TV renewals diversity Starz TLC New York Comic Con documentary indiana jones cars The Walking Dead japanese Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Musicals Cosplay 45 Warner Bros. GIFs Awards a nightmare on elm street nfl talk show toronto 24 frames OWN TruTV book spinoff Columbia Pictures Amazon Prime Video Pride Month CW Seed Set visit Amazon Prime zombie AMC psycho ID free movies festival political drama Television Academy doctor who Reality Competition movies discovery Pop TV NBC Emmy Nominations See It Skip It Marathons TCM spanish language concert Emmys American Society of Cinematographers Paramount Mystery Christmas BBC animated video Extras cancelled TV shows Bravo Podcast television National Geographic 21st Century Fox directors boxing Netflix Christmas movies 2015 comic books TV Stephen King Election PaleyFest unscripted social media australia Music Toys Chernobyl documentaries E! name the review A24 Comic Book BBC One christmas movies RT21 Sundance Now Comedy classics sports WGN scorecard adaptation sag awards Mary Poppins Returns breaking bad SDCC transformers french Elton John what to watch streaming History mission: impossible festivals rotten movies we love fast and furious child's play blaxploitation DGA revenge parents Grammys Mudbound Tarantino Interview dceu Disney+ Disney Plus NYCC toy story MTV series TCA 2017 WarnerMedia Travel Channel news Premiere Dates scary movies Marvel Studios spider-man Disney Channel Adult Swim Black History Month true crime Mary Tyler Moore GLAAD blockbuster Disney Trophy Talk Tomatazos Alien golden globes comedies independent video on demand Sundance Shondaland Tubi 2018 stand-up comedy Brie Larson Spring TV jamie lee curtis mutant RT History Pirates ITV Hallmark Christmas movies BAFTA teaser Rock worst movies TV Land Peacock CBS All Access dc hist Television Critics Association Film comics Valentine's Day Universal Ellie Kemper Turner Classic Movies Crunchyroll witnail cancelled television Mindy Kaling BET robots Lionsgate Walt Disney Pictures psychological thriller Character Guide 4/20 Video Games Lifetime Turner films Nat Geo YouTube ESPN kids Song of Ice and Fire DC streaming service Biopics Dark Horse Comics Sci-Fi criterion Sony Pictures Opinion Heroines Academy Awards Classic Film Cartoon Network CBS YouTube Premium game show 2016 Teen Holidays Superheroe elevated horror ABC VICE werewolf Acorn TV renewed TV shows E3 Disney streaming service Certified Fresh venice Rocky cartoon screen actors guild halloween tv Avengers Trailer Reality 2020 laika cinemax dogs franchise hollywood archives Super Bowl anthology reboot technology cancelled TV series Freeform 99% boxoffice science fiction Action dramedy YA disaster Fantasy tv talk TCA ghosts sequel finale Arrowverse USA Network Comedy Central police drama game of thrones dragons canceled TV shows justice league Food Network mockumentary Horror Calendar 20th Century Fox green book Anna Paquin MSNBC comiccon Animation IFC The Academy foreign Cannes Captain marvel Thanksgiving X-Men Comics on TV award winner latino Year in Review Pixar CNN Western Winter TV A&E deadpool Spike Writers Guild of America war Summer asian-american travel binge indie Baby Yoda Pet Sematary IFC Films hispanic emmy awards miniseries The Purge Funimation crime drama batman spain nature fresh President zombies richard e. Grant versus Awards Tour Martial Arts HBO TIFF Crackle LGBTQ cooking south america Trivia PlayStation Fox Searchlight Ghostbusters rt archives joker GoT twilight romantic comedy Superheroes Fox News james bond thriller BBC America sitcom Spectrum Originals The Arrangement 71st Emmy Awards cats Hallmark Red Carpet Countdown VOD canceled comic chucky SXSW aliens Apple politics Women's History Month crossover harry potter Family Kids & Family Infographic football based on movie halloween screenings composers Lucasfilm Hear Us Out Logo SundanceTV TCA Awards Disney Plus casting singing competition Drama stop motion quibi Schedule reviews facebook spy thriller DC Universe Film Festival Apple TV+ space Marvel adventure BET Awards Mary poppins Fall TV MCU LGBT Binge Guide ABC Family 2019 Black Mirror FX Star Trek Polls and Games Sneak Peek The CW San Diego Comic-Con Winners Showtime Oscars Esquire critics anime remakes best biography Pop YouTube Red FX on Hulu natural history TBS historical drama OneApp vampires First Look Chilling Adventures of Sabrina nbcuniversal Sundance TV El Rey