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

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    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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    Morgan Freeman, Rod Serling, John McGiver

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    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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    ranked low on reranks Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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    Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn

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

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    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    added by davec007 Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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

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    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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

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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 davec007 Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

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    added by MichaelGuerrieri 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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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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    Lucy Lawless, Karl Urban, Hudson Leick

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    often listed Laurence Fishburne, Paul Reubens, Phil Hartman

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    Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Scott Thompson

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    Helena Bonham Carter, Joanna Lumley, Suzi Quatro

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    Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Raelee Hill

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    Bruce Lee, Adam West, Yvonne Craig

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

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    ranked high on reranks Jeff Conaway, Tracy Scoggins, Bruce Boxleitner

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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 MichaelGuerrieri Mos Def, Dave Chappelle, Charlie Murphy

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

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    added by Jackson Bolt Alfred Hitchcock

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    added by SamanthaJones Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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    Robert Lindsay, David Troughton, Ciarán McMenamin

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    added by sidapplebaum Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce

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    Teri Polo, Janine Turner, John Corbett

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    added by emlyt Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Friel, Lee Pace

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Wilson Cruz

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