Mad Men, Glee and Modern Family are among the American Film Institute's Top 10 television programmes of 2010.
The Big C, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead also make the grade, as do The Pacific, Temple Grandin and 30 Rock.
Unlike other bodies, the AFI does not rank shows in order of preference.
The AFI also named its Top 10 movies of the year, a list that includes The Social Network, Inception, Toy Story 3, True Grit and The Kids are All Right.
Because the organisation recognises films with US backing, The King's Speech - a British production - was rendered ineligible.
Yet the judges gave the Colin Firth period drama a special award, along with education documentary Waiting for Superman.
The other films in the AFI's Top 10 were Black Swan, The Town, The Fighter, 127 Hours and Winter's Bone.
The lists were chosen by two 13-member panels, with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt and producer Steven Bochco among the adjudicators.
It is the first time the institute's annual list of official selections has included special awards.
AFI president Bob Gazzale said they allowed the juries to acknowledge "outstanding work outside the traditional AFI criteria".