The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time

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List Criteria: Shows on this list have received some critical acclaim (at least a Metascore of 50 out of 100 on Metacritic for their first season), but you think these shows are terrible.

List of the most overrated TV shows of all time, ranked by fans, critics, and people like you. Ever since the dawn of the TV era, there have been shows that get far too much acclaim for their own good. These days, accessibility and the Internet have caused the fandom of shows has sky rocketed, ensuring that they win more awards, run for more seasons, and recycle the same tired plotlines, jokes, and characters year after year. So what do you think are the most overrated series ever?

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Vote for those overly hyped shows to move them up the list, and vote down the ones you think don't deserve to be on here - either because they're pretty good or because no one seems to think they're good. You can also click rerank below to personalize a list of your own.

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    Glee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Glee Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison Season 1 Metascore: 78

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    American Idol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest Season 1 Metascore: 55

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    Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis Season 1 Metascore: 52

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    Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Two and a Half Men Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones Season 1 Metascore: 67

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    Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross Season 1 Metascore: 80

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    Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson Season 1 Metascore: 62

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    America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time

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    America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks Season 1 Metascore: 65

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    Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time

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    Big Brother Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

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    Girls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Girls Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke Season 1 Metascore: 87

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    The Voice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    The Voice Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly Season 1 Metascore: 58

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    The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    The Big Bang Theory Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan Season 1 Metascore: 57

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    The Real World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    The Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck Season 1 Metascore: 66

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    Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time

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    Duck Dynasty Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson Season 1 Metascore: 56

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    How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders Season 1 Metascore: 69

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    So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    So You Think You Can Dance Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

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    True Blood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell Season 1 Metascore: 64

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    Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green Season 1 Metascore: 53

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    Entourage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Entourage Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon Season 1 Metascore: 69

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    2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    2 Broke Girls Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris Season 1 Metascore: 66

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    Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

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    Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett Season 1 Metascore: 74

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    Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski Season 1 Metascore: 73

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    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

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    New Girl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield Season 1 Metascore: 66

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    Cougar Town is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Cougar Town Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps Season 1 Metascore: 51

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    The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time

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    The Bachelorette Ben Sandford

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    Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

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    Survivor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time

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    Survivor Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham Season 1 Metascore: 71

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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies Season 1 Metascore: 82

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    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads Season 1 Metascore: 58

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    Friends is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow Season 1 Metascore: 59

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    The Real Housewives of Beverly... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time

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    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Yolanda Hadid, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer

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    Joe Giudice, Chris Laurita, Dina Manzo

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    Bleach is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Bleach Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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    Heroes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia Season 1 Metascore: 67

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    The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    The Amazing Race Season 1 Metascore: 72

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    The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time

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    The Real Housewives of Atlanta Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

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    Lost is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia Season 1 Metascore: 87

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    Mary Schmidt Amons, Rich Amons, Ebong Eka

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    Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale Season 1 Metascore: 52

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    The Office is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer Season 1 Metascore: 62

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    ER is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    ER Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies Season 1 Metascore: 79

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    Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Adventure Time Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny

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    30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time

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    30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan Season 1 Metascore: 67

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    Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Prison Break Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco Season 1 Metascore: 65

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    The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    The Secret Life of the American Teenager Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley Season 1 Metascore: 47

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    The Real Housewives of Orange ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time

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    The Real Housewives of Orange County Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi

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    Mike & Molly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Mike & Molly Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson Season 1 Metascore: 63

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    Weeds is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time


    Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould Season 1 Metascore: 70

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