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List Rules 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. Television buffs can also vote for the worst TV series finales and the worst TV theme songs. 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?

Examples of the most overrated TV shows on this list include Glee, American Idol, The Big Bang Theory, and more. 

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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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2
+ - 4,136 1,223
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

3
+ - 3,270 1,413
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

4
+ - 3,060 1,366
Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross - Season 1 Metascore: 80

5
+ - 3,806 1,671
Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
+ - 2,701 1,096
America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks - Season 1 Metascore: 65

7
+ - 2,169 747
Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Big Brother Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

8
+ - 2,804 1,441
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson - Season 1 Metascore: 62

9
+ - 2,271 985
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

10
+ - 1,155 310
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

11
+ - 2,158 1,089
The Voice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Voice Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly - Season 1 Metascore: 58

12
+ - 2,531 1,063
Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Duck Dynasty Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson - Season 1 Metascore: 56

13
+ - 1,057 297
The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Bachelorette Ben Sandford

14
+ - 926 268
The Real Housewives of New Jer... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Real Housewives of New Jersey Joe Giudice, Chris Laurita, Dina Manzo

15
+ - 943 271
The Real Housewives of Beverly... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Yolanda Hadid, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer

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16
+ - 1,580 745
The Real World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck - Season 1 Metascore: 66

17
+ - 865 239
The Real Housewives of New Yor... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Real Housewives of New York City Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan

18
+ - 806 239
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Real Housewives of Atlanta Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

19
+ - 1,080 438
Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

20
+ - 3,083 2,928
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco - Season 1 Metascore: 57

21
+ - 800 237
The Real Housewives of D.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Real Housewives of D.C. Mary Schmidt Amons, Rich Amons, Ebong Eka

22
+ - 1,395 619
So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

23
+ - 769 233
The Real Housewives of Orange ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Real Housewives of Orange County Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi

24
+ - 1,954 2,034
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green - Season 1 Metascore: 53

25
+ - 1,735 1,078
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Entourage Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon - Season 1 Metascore: 69

26
+ - 873 369
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross - Season 1 Metascore: 57

27
+ - 2,166 1,151
2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
2 Broke Girls Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris - Season 1 Metascore: 66

28
+ - 1,791 1,323
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell - Season 1 Metascore: 64

29
+ - 2,016 1,961
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 29 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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+ - 555 320
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

31
+ - 1,725 1,416
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield - Season 1 Metascore: 66

32
+ - 890 500
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Survivor Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham - Season 1 Metascore: 71

33
+ - 1,340 912
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski - Season 1 Metascore: 73

34
+ - 1,659 1,049
Cougar Town is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Cougar Town Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps - Season 1 Metascore: 51

35
+ - 1,327 1,070
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett - Season 1 Metascore: 74

36
+ - 1,436 1,646
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
+ - 1,013 445
The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
+ - 1,260 1,106
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia - Season 1 Metascore: 67

39
+ - 998 565
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale - Season 1 Metascore: 52

40
+ - 1,632 1,630
Lost is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia - Season 1 Metascore: 87

41
+ - 716 401
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Cleveland Show Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson - Season 1 Metascore: 55

42
+ - 752 498
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Bleach Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

43
+ - 1,007 647
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Amazing Race Season 1 Metascore: 72

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44
+ - 563 227
Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Dr. Phil Jay McGraw

45
+ - 1,326 1,038
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
+ - 508 297
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

47
+ - 1,755 2,209
Friends is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow - Season 1 Metascore: 59

48
+ - 993 693
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla - Season 1 Metascore: 66

49
+ - 723 452
Medium is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Medium Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber - Season 1 Metascore: 58

50
+ - 415 178
The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The 700 Club Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb