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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    the people's #1 & most listed Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MarkusMarquisBiechl Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    added by davec007 Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lucy Lawless, Karl Urban, Hudson Leick

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

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Rose1 Kaley Cuoco, Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Patrick Macnee

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Patrick McGoohan, Peter Swanwick, Angelo Muscat

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