tv The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

135k votes 208k views 331 items Embed

List Rules 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 ZoneLost, 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. This list also includes cult classic TV shows and top cult TV 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.

1
+ - 2,678 1,347
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon Alyson Hannigan

The Greatest TV Shows of All Time The Best Amazon Original Series

2
+ - 1,799 1,168
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson Mitch Pileggi

3
+ - 1,936 1,016
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Matt Smith

4
+ - 1,324 942
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy DeForest Kelley

5
+ - 1,189 875
Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Monty Python's Flying Circus Graham Chapman, John Cleese Terry Gilliam

6
+ - 1,414 748
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord Jay Overholts

7
+ - 1,088 788
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner Jonathan Frakes

8
+ - 2,057 1,107
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres Alan Tudyk

9
+ - 1,372 678
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman Una Stubbs

10
+ - 1,831 958
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage Kit Harington

11
+ - 1,287 852
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean Mädchen Amick

12
+ - 833 855
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson Trace Beaulieu

13
+ - 1,582 969
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles Jim Beave

14
+ - 1,285 813
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera Portia de Rossi

15
+ - 1,394 830
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul Anna Gunn

The Best Current Cult TV Series 60+ of Your Greatest Childhood Fears

16
+ - 1,218 716
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright Julie Kavner

17
+ - 1,116 779
Community is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Community Joel McHale, Danny Pudi Donald Glover

18
+ - 909 786
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell Jamie Bamber

19
+ - 1,180 1,044
Lost is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

20
+ - 1,171 731
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley James Franco

21
+ - 940 614
South Park is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone Isaac Hayes

22
+ - 1,262 829
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal Sarah Wayne Callies

23
+ - 970 746
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter David Zayas

24
+ - 776 608
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell Deborah Pratt

25
+ - 899 757
Angel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter Alexis Denisof

26
+ - 556 639
Farscape is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Farscape Ben Browder, Claudia Black Anthony Simcoe

27
+ - 772 450
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio Katey Sagal

28
+ - 770 671
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Michael Richards

29
+ - 756 701
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III Jason Dohring

The Best 1990s Cult TV Series Awesome Superpowers We'd Give Anything to Have

30
+ - 438 596
The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The Kids in the Hall Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch Kevin McDonald

31
+ - 650 537
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Charmed Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano Brian Krause

32
+ - 638 557
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks Amanda Tapping

33
+ - 676 644
Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor Ted Raimi

34
+ - 793 571
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson Jasika Nicole

35
+ - 337 328
Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel Chi McBride

36
+ - 443 661
Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Babylon 5 Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan Richard Biggs

37
+ - 418 476
Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Chappelle's Show Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings Neal Brennan

38
+ - 746 713
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein Seth Green

39
+ - 581 504
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton Rob McElhenney

40
+ - 345 533
Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Absolutely Fabulous Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley Julia Sawalha

41
+ - 426 589
Grimm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell Sasha Roiz

42
+ - 339 207
Friends is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Lisa Kudrow

43
+ - 220 195
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman John Ratzenberger

The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows The Best Space Movies Streaming on Hulu

44
+ - 326 194
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Pinky and the Brain Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche Mark Hamill

45
+ - 236 170
Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales Andrew Sachs

46
+ - 474 469
Batman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Batman Adam West, Burt Ward Alan Napier

47
+ - 196 167
The Black Adder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The Black Adder Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed Elspet Gray

48
+ - 440 399
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Alfred Hichcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler John Williams

49
+ - 337 519
Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Dark Shadows Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall Alexandra Isles

50
+ - 524 384
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates Angela Bassett