Today’s television landscape is crowded with all kinds of shows finding their place on different networks and streaming services. There is a fierce competition in the industry to see who can put out the next great series, and ABC happens to be one of the strongest contenders in this race. Over the years, the network has blessed us with several incredible shows that have been widely acclaimed by critics and viewers alike. We have put together a list of the 10 most popular shows on ABC that are absolutely worth watching.
Most Popular Show on ABC and When They Are on TV
1. GREY’S ANATOMY
Not only is Grey’s Anatomy one of the most popular shows on ABC; it is one of the greatest of all time. Created by Shonda Rhimes, this riveting medical drama follows a group of young medical practitioners at a Seattle teaching hospital as they hone their skills on and off the job. Over the years, the doctors form friendships, build relationships, and deal with all kinds of personal and work-related tragedies. They have lived through the best of times, moments that have tried to crush them and sometimes succeeded, but through it all, they are still standing. Some of them, at least.
While most long-running shows usually end up making a mess of its legacy, Grey’s Anatomy has continued to break new grounds, learn from its previous mistakes, and enthrall audiences with emotionally impactful and character-driven storytelling. The 16th season of the show premiered on September 26th, 2019. You can catch new episodes every Thursday at 8 pm Eastern Time.
2. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
Fear, guilt, lies, and murders are just some of the things that bind the indomitable lawyer and law professor Annalise Keating to her students and associates. With Viola Davis as the show’s audacious, badass, and captivating lead, How to Get Away With Murder has managed to keep audiences fully intrigued and entertained for six seasons so far, and the show just keeps on getting better. If you’re a lover of mystery and suspense, then this series is exactly what the doctor recommends. As Annalise, her students and associates deal with real-life criminal defense cases, they must also fight to keep the dark, ugly truths about their lives from coming out.
This award-winning show is brought to you by Shonda Rhimes and Pete Nowalk, the same brilliant minds behind shows like Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. The show airs on ABC every Thursday at 10 pm Eastern Time.
3. MODERN FAMILY
This mockumentary-style sitcom offers an honest, hilarious, warm, and occasionally twisted look of modern family life as exemplified by the Pritchett clan. The patriarch, Jay is married to his second wife Gloria, who could easily pass for his daughter and together, they’re raising their youngest sons: Joe, who is still a child, and Gloria’s son Manny, who is heading off to college. Jay’s grown daughter, Claire, and her husband are learning to navigate life as parents with adult children. Their oldest child Hayley is pursuing love and a career while still living with them, their second daughter Alex is struggling to balance college with a social life, while their baby of the house Luke is done with high school and ready to move on to the next thing. Then there’s Jay’s grown son, Mitchell, and his husband, Cameron, who are trying to raise their brilliant daughter, Lily. Together or apart, these families will bring a lot of laughter and warmth your way. Modern Family airs at 9 pm, every Wednesday.
4. THE GOOD DOCTOR
Although its first episode premiered in 2017, The Good Doctor is already one of the most popular shows on ABC. The series follows Shaun Murphy, a young doctor with autism and savant syndrome who leaves his quiet small-town life to move to the big city and work in the surgical unit at a prestigious hospital. Despite his inability to form personal connections with the people around him, he uses his extraordinary surgical abilities to save lives. However, the way he goes about it often ruffles feathers and annoys his colleagues to no end. The lovable show just returned for its third season, so make 10 pm on Mondays a date with your television.
5. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D
Six seasons in and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D continues to expand its fan base, winning the admiration of comic book lovers and non-fanboys alike. The series is based on comic books by Marvel and introduces a global law enforcement organization called S.H.I.E.L.D (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division). Led by Agent Phil Coulson, this elite team travel around the world and across the universe investigating strange incidents, protecting the citizens of the world from inconceivable threats and extraordinary enemies, including the dangerous organization known as Hydra.
The show is a perfect blend of humor, thrills, superhero action, and intergalactic storytelling. Join this group of highly skilled agents as they go on epic adventures on Fridays at 6 pm on ABC every week.
6. THE GOLDBERGS
Created by Adam Goldberg and based on his childhood, The Goldbergs is a comedy sitcom chronicling the lives of kids growing up in a dysfunctional family in the 1980s. The father, Murray is a hot-tempered man whose idea of parenting is screaming at the top of his voice. The mother, Wendi is incredibly meddlesome and has no respect for boundaries. The remaining members of the clan are Erica, the oldest child who dreams of becoming a pop star; Barry, the classic middle child with a gift for rap and smooth-talking; Adam, the geeky baby of the house who loves to document the skyward antics of his family; and Al “Pops” Solomon, the womanizing grandfather.
Chaos and drama reign supreme in the Goldberg household and makes for many hilarious minutes of television. The Goldbergs is one of the most popular shows on ABC right now and you can watch it every Wednesday at 8 pm.
This ABC’s award-winning comedy series is created by Kenya Barris, and it explores the lives of an upper-middle-class, black-ish family as they try to find their sense of cultural identity in the racial melting pot that is America. The show is headlined by Andre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), who want to give their children everything they need to make it in the world, but soon discover that growing up today is a whole different ball game. Yara Shahidi stars as Zoey, Marcus Scribner as Andre Jr., Marsai Martin as Diane, and Miles Brown as Jack. They are joined by grandparents Pops and Ruby, played by Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Lewis. In their respective lives and as a family, they must form an idea of personhood and find a suitable lens through which they can view the world and also be seen. Black-ish airs every Tuesday at 9:30 pm.
8. FRESH OFF THE BOAT
One of the most popular shows on ABC today is this humorous sitcom about a Taiwanese family who moves from Chinatown to Orlando in the 90s and discovers that life there is very different from what they’re used to. Fresh Off the Boat offers a humorous look into the lives of immigrants in America as they try to acclimate to their new surroundings, where they often feel like a fish out of water.
Now in its sixth season, the show continues to create enthralling storylines that charm their way into the viewers’ hearts. The series is honest and full of heart in all the right places, which is why it is beloved by audiences from all over the world. You can catch episodes of Fresh Off the Boat by tuning in on Fridays at 8:30 pm Eastern Time.
9. THE CONNERS
The first episode of this Roseanne spinoff aired in October 2018, and it is already one of the most popular shows on ABC. The show revolves around the Conner family, who are forced to grapple with the realities of working-class life in Lanford. The iconic family consists of Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky, and D.J. They come face to face with the struggles of dating, parenthood, growing old, financial troubles, relatives, and an unexpected pregnancy, but they find a way to push forward. The beauty of this show and the strength of its familial ties shine through the anger, fights, heartbreaks, breakdowns, love, perseverance, and humor. The Conners warm their way into your hearts and stay there. The show just kicked off its second season, so you can get a taste of the action every week at 8 pm, on Tuesdays.
10. STATION 19
Station 19 is a spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy. It focuses on firefighters working in Seattle. These professionals are also trained as EMTs, and they’re always working tirelessly to put out fires and save lives. The amount of time they spend together soon forces them to confide in one another and build relationships that won’t burn easily.
The show is full of heart, drama, and non-stop action that will keep you invested in the characters every step of the way. The series concluded its second season in May 2019 and has been renewed for a third season.