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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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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

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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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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

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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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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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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

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

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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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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

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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Chappelle's Show Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Babylon 5 Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

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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

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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

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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

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

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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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

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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Pinky and the Brain Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Mark Hamill

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

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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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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

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The Black Adder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The Black Adder Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray

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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