The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time TV Programs
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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.

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    Morgan Freeman, Rod Serling, John McGiver

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    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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    Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Joel Hodgson

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn

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    Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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    Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Lucy Lawless

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    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

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    Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez

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    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

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    Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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    Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Raelee Hill

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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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    Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula, Deborah Pratt

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    Kristen Bell, Amanda Seyfried, Alyson Hannigan

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    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

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    Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Scott Thompson

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    Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Friel, Lee Pace

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    Helena Bonham Carter, Joanna Lumley, Suzi Quatro

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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    Jeff Conaway, Tracy Scoggins, Bruce Boxleitner

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    Lucy Lawless, Karl Urban, Hudson Leick

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    Outlander

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    Teri Polo, Janine Turner, John Corbett

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    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Patrick Macnee

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    Bruce Lee, Adam West, Yvonne Craig

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    Mos Def, Dave Chappelle, Charlie Murphy

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    Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black

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    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh

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    Katey Sagal, Frank Welker, Billy West

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    Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Mike Judge

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    Laurence Fishburne, Paul Reubens, Phil Hartman

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    Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

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    Alfred Hitchcock

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