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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    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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    Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn

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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

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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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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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    Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Friel, Lee Pace

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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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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Patrick Macnee

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    Mos Def, Dave Chappelle, Charlie Murphy

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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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    Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

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    Laurence Fishburne, Paul Reubens, Phil Hartman

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