The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time TV Programs
Ultimate List
41,138 votes 114,291 views more info

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.
  • 36 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 1226
    Down 487

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

    open
  2. 2
    Up 627
    Down 363

    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

    open
  3. 3
    Up 787
    Down 487

    the people's #1 & most listed Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

    open
  4. 4
    Up 486
    Down 329

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

    open
  5. 5
    Up 685
    Down 330

    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

    open
  6. 6
    Up 500
    Down 273

    Morgan Freeman, Rod Serling, John McGiver

    open
  7. 7
    Up 457
    Down 315

    Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn

    open
  8. 8
    Up 455
    Down 423

    Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez

    open
  9. 9
    Up 384
    Down 305

    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

    open
  10. 10
    Up 604
    Down 346

    ranked low on reranks Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

    open
  11. 11
    Up 314
    Down 251

    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

    open
  12. 12
    Up 531
    Down 387

    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

    open
  13. 13
    Up 463
    Down 279

    Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

    open
  14. 14
    Up 301
    Down 323

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

    open
  15. 15
    Up 356
    Down 311

    Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Lucy Lawless

    open
  16. 16
    Up 433
    Down 284

    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

    open
  17. 17
    Up 442
    Down 257

    added by MichaelGuerrieri Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

    open
  18. 18
    Up 421
    Down 299

    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

    open
  19. 19
    Up 411
    Down 254

    added by davec007 Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

    open
  20. 20
    Up 388
    Down 317

    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

    open
  21. 21
    Up 314
    Down 254

    Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula, Deborah Pratt

    open
  22. 22
    Up 402
    Down 274

    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

    open
  23. 23
    Up 334
    Down 300

    Kristen Bell, Amanda Seyfried, Alyson Hannigan

    open
  24. 24
    Up 267
    Down 299

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lucy Lawless, Karl Urban, Hudson Leick

    open
  25. 25
    Up 269
    Down 171

    added by MarkusMarquisBiechl Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

    open
  26. 26
    Up 310
    Down 236

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

    open
  27. 27
    Up 330
    Down 231

    added by davec007 Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

    open
  28. 28
    Up 185
    Down 300

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jeff Conaway, Tracy Scoggins, Bruce Boxleitner

    open
  29. 29
    Up 260
    Down 240

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

    open
  30. 30
    Up 219
    Down 282

    Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Raelee Hill

    open
  31. 31
    Up 170
    Down 303

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

    open
  32. 32
    Up 311
    Down 310

    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

    open
  33. 33
    Up 282
    Down 206

    ranked low on reranks & added by MichaelGuerrieri Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

    open
  34. 34
    Up 212
    Down 271

    Robert Lindsay, David Troughton, Ciarán McMenamin

    open
  35. 35
    Up 228
    Down 249

    Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black

    open
  36. 36
    Up 138
    Down 244

    Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, David Selby

    open
  37. 37
    Up 176
    Down 202

    Bruce Lee, Adam West, Yvonne Craig

    open
  38. 38
    Up 172
    Down 232

    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

    open
  39. 39
    Up 137
    Down 255

    Patrick McGoohan, Peter Swanwick, Angelo Muscat

    open
  40. 40
    Up 167
    Down 241

    Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Scott Thompson

    open
  41. 41
    Up 142
    Down 230

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

    open
  42. 42
    Up 186
    Down 242

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

    open
  43. 43
    Up 254
    Down 203

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

    open
  44. 44
    Up 180
    Down 130

    ranked low on reranks Arrow

    open
  45. 45
    Up 138
    Down 72

    ranked low on reranks & added by SamanthaJones Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

    open
  46. 46
    Up 223
    Down 245

    Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin

    open
  47. 47
    Up 191
    Down 236

    Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Wilson Cruz

    open
  48. 48
    Up 200
    Down 201

    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

    open
  49. 49
    Up 163
    Down 177

    added by Jackson Bolt Alfred Hitchcock

    open
  50. 50
    Up 131
    Down 164

    added by Benjamin2 Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

    open
94 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists