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?

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.

Vote: TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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

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

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

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

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