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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.

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

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2,893 1,482
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

3
2,120 1,144
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

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1,456 1,044
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
1,300 980
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

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1,567 835
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

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1,206 883
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
2,243 1,196
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
1,471 932
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

10
2,074 1,071
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

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1,548 769
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Mabie1 added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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891 944
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

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1,414 896
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

14
1,740 1,072
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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1,561 921
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
davec007 added Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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1,343 793
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

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988 848
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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1,215 854
Community is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Community Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

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1,298 1,127
Lost is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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1,281 787
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
1,066 815
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
davec007 added Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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1,029 678
South Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
MichaelGuerrieri added South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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1,372 908
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
MichaelGuerrieri added The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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980 804
Angel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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834 652
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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601 691
Farscape is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Farscape Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

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863 501
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
GennisMaringHalmi added Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

28
823 749
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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850 728
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
davec007 added Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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474 654
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

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704 604
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

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741 696
Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

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718 597
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Rose1 added Charmed Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

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863 617
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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380 378
Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
emlyt added Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

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496 708
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

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394 582
Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Absolutely Fabulous Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha

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650 552
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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450 529
Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
MichaelGuerrieri added Chappelle's Show Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

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807 777
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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472 635
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

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300 205
Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
AlexDeLarge added Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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429 279
Friends is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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264 238
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Abbydabby added Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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524 505
Batman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

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378 230
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
BorkZorkOrc added Pinky and the Brain Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Mark Hamill

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382 555
Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Dark Shadows Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles

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236 202
The Black Adder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
mario.festante added The Black Adder Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray

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480 432
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Jackson Bolt added Alfred Hichcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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387 554
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The Avengers Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman