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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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1
4,257 1,259
American Idol is listed (or ranked) 1 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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2
4,556 1,459
Glee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Glee Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison - Season 1 Metascore: 78

3
3,383 1,442
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
3,924 1,712
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

5
3,150 1,402
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

6
2,273 769
Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
JoeyHenson added Big Brother Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

7
2,788 1,117
America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
zxray added America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks - Season 1 Metascore: 65

8
2,896 1,481
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
2,347 1,015
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
2,233 1,110
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

11
2,622 1,091
Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
kaylive added Duck Dynasty Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson - Season 1 Metascore: 56

12
1,254 319
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

13
1,002 277
The Real Housewives of New Jer... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Real Housewives of New Jersey Joe Giudice, Chris Laurita, Dina Manzo

14
1,146 304
The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Bachelorette Ben Sandford

15
1,017 280
The Real Housewives of Beverly... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Yolanda Hadid, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer

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16
1,623 762
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
1,144 454
Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

18
936 247
The Real Housewives of New Yor... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Real Housewives of New York City Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan

19
874 248
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Real Housewives of Atlanta Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

20
868 245
The Real Housewives of D.C. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Real Housewives of D.C. Mary Schmidt Amons, Rich Amons, Ebong Eka

21
3,193 3,016
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
935 382
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross - Season 1 Metascore: 57

23
1,448 640
So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

24
829 240
The Real Housewives of Orange ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Real Housewives of Orange County Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi

25
2,223 1,184
2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
2 Broke Girls Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris - Season 1 Metascore: 66

26
2,010 2,096
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green - Season 1 Metascore: 53

27
1,766 1,102
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Entourage Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon - Season 1 Metascore: 69

28
1,821 1,356
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
2,078 2,013
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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30
594 334
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
933 520
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added Survivor Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham - Season 1 Metascore: 71

32
606 236
Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added Dr. Phil Jay McGraw

33
1,752 1,442
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield - Season 1 Metascore: 66

34
1,368 931
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski - Season 1 Metascore: 73

35
1,683 1,068
Cougar Town is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Cougar Town Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps - Season 1 Metascore: 51

36
1,356 1,102
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett - Season 1 Metascore: 74

37
1,479 1,705
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
1,033 458
The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
1,285 1,126
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia - Season 1 Metascore: 67

40
1,668 1,665
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
1,032 590
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale - Season 1 Metascore: 52

42
448 186
The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The 700 Club Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb

43
774 517
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Bleach Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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44
739 425
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Cleveland Show Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson - Season 1 Metascore: 55

45
1,031 665
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Amazing Race Season 1 Metascore: 72

46
1,349 1,056
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
538 317
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
anahernandezbanana added The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

48
1,814 2,257
Friends is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow - Season 1 Metascore: 59

49
961 521
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

50
1,022 712
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 50 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