The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time TV Programs
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The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

List Criteria: Includes TV shows that have a significant fan presence that can be seen on forums, websites, clubs or fan-fiction

List of the best cult TV shows ever, ranked by their loyal fans. TV series that develop cult followings are known for their magnetic characters, pithy dialogue, and complex plots that interweave of the course of several episodes or seasons. The best cult TV fan bases are passionate and may feel deeply attached to the cult characters, their lives, and their relationships. Many devoted fan communities take to online message boards, writing fan-fiction, and attending conventions dressed as their favorite characters.

Long-running mainstream series such as "The Twilight Zone," "Lost," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" easily attracted loyal fanbases, but even more impressive are those beloved shows that only lasted a season or two, like "Freaks and Geeks" and "Firefly." Even after their favorite shows go off the air, fans of cult TV shows continue to collect memorabilia, replica props, and do cosplay at fan events. This subcultural phenomenon spans genres from sci-fi cult shows to fantasy, drama, and even comedy cult series.

What are the best cult TV series? To vote on more of the best TV series, check out these lists of the best sci-fi shows of all time and the best shows cancelled too soon.
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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    the people's #1 & most listed William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    Morgan Freeman, Rod Serling, John McGiver

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    often listed John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Joel Hodgson

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez

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    added by MarkusMarquisBiechl Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    added by MichaelGuerrieri Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Lucy Lawless

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    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

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    added by davec007 Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

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    added by davec007 Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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    added by davec007 Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

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    added by MichaelGuerrieri Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula, Deborah Pratt

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    Kristen Bell, Amanda Seyfried, Alyson Hannigan

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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    Lucy Lawless, Karl Urban, Hudson Leick

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    Jeff Conaway, Tracy Scoggins, Bruce Boxleitner

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    Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Raelee Hill

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Laurence Fishburne, Paul Reubens, Phil Hartman

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    Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Scott Thompson

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    Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black

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    Bruce Lee, Adam West, Yvonne Craig

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, David Selby

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    added by MichaelGuerrieri Mos Def, Dave Chappelle, Charlie Murphy

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Patrick Macnee

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Helena Bonham Carter, Joanna Lumley, Suzi Quatro

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    ranked low on reranks & added by GennisMaringHalmi Katey Sagal, Frank Welker, Billy West

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    added by Jackson Bolt Alfred Hitchcock

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    ranked low on reranks Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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    Robert Lindsay, David Troughton, Ciarán McMenamin

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    added by SamanthaJones Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

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    Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Wilson Cruz

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Patrick McGoohan, Peter Swanwick, Angelo Muscat

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Rose1 Kaley Cuoco, Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eliza Dushku, Amy Acker, Alan Tudyk

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