The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

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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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    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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    Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

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    Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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    Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

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    Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

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    Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

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    Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

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    Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha

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    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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    Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Mark Hamill

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    John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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    Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray

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    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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    Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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    Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman

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