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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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    the people's #1 & most listed William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Morgan Freeman, Rod Serling, John McGiver

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    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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

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    added by MarkusMarquisBiechl Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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    Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    added by davec007 Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Lucy Lawless

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    added by MichaelGuerrieri Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

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    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

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    added by davec007 Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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    added by MichaelGuerrieri Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Raelee Hill

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    Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula, Deborah Pratt

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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

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    Kristen Bell, Amanda Seyfried, Alyson Hannigan

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    Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Scott Thompson

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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

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    Lucy Lawless, Karl Urban, Hudson Leick

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Helena Bonham Carter, Joanna Lumley, Suzi Quatro

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    added by emlyt Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Friel, Lee Pace

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    Bruce Lee, Adam West, Yvonne Craig

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    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

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    Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Patrick Macnee

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    Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black

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    added by sidapplebaum Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, David Selby

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

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

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    added by MichaelGuerrieri Mos Def, Dave Chappelle, Charlie Murphy

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    Teri Polo, Janine Turner, John Corbett

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    ranked low on reranks & added by GennisMaringHalmi Katey Sagal, Frank Welker, Billy West

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    ranked high on reranks & added by Abbydabby Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

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    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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    added by stew driscoll Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh

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