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The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time

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?

Vote: TV Shows that Should Be Canceled

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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    Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, Dianna Agron Season 1 Metascore: 78

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    Season 1 Metascore: 55

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    Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher, Jane Lynch Season 1 Metascore: 67

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Bridget Moynahan Season 1 Metascore: 52

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    Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Lyndsy Fonseca Season 1 Metascore: 80

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    Katherine Heigl, Sandra Oh, Sara Ramirez Season 1 Metascore: 62

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    Tyra Banks, Jay Manuel, Sara Racey-Tabrizi Season 1 Metascore: 65

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    Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet Season 1 Metascore: 87

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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch Season 1 Metascore: 57

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    Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris Season 1 Metascore: 69

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    Season 1 Metascore: 58

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    Anna Paquin, Evan Rachel Wood, Deborah Ann Woll Season 1 Metascore: 64

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane Season 1 Metascore: 53

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

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    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Piven Season 1 Metascore: 69

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    Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Jennifer Coolidge Season 1 Metascore: 66

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    Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Max Greenfield Season 1 Metascore: 66

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

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

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    Hayden Panettiere, Robert Downey Jr., Lucy Liu Season 1 Metascore: 73

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry Season 1 Metascore: 59

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    Amy Lee, Michael Flatley

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    Elisabeth Shue, Marg Helgenberger, Ted Danson Season 1 Metascore: 58

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    Lauren Cohan, Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden Season 1 Metascore: 82

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    Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez Season 1 Metascore: 87

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    Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Ali Larter Season 1 Metascore: 67

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    Heather Graham, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke Season 1 Metascore: 79

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    Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, James Spader Season 1 Metascore: 62

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    George Clooney, Jared Padalecki, Julianna Margulies Season 1 Metascore: 79

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    Emma Stone, Tina Fey, Elizabeth Banks Season 1 Metascore: 67

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    Shailene Woodley, Danica McKellar, Molly Ringwald Season 1 Metascore: 47

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    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon Season 1 Metascore: 51

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    Robin Tunney, Wentworth Miller, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe Season 1 Metascore: 65

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    Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Janeane Garofalo Season 1 Metascore: 88

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    Zooey Deschanel, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon Season 1 Metascore: 70

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    Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes Season 1 Metascore: 75

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    Melissa McCarthy, Katy Mixon, Swoosie Kurtz Season 1 Metascore: 63

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    Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson Season 1 Metascore: 65

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    Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Mary McDonnell Season 1 Metascore: 65

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    LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Chris O'Donnell Season 1 Metascore: 59

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