The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time TV Programs

The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

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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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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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    Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

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    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu

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    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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    Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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    Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

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    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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    Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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    Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

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    Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

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    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

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    Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

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    Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

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    Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha

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    Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

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    Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

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    Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Mark Hamill

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    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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    Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

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    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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    Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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    Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray

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    John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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    Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles

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