The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time TV Programs

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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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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    Tom Baker, Eric Roberts, Jon Pertwee

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Morgan Freeman, Morgan Brittany, Rod Serling

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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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, Sherilyn Fenn, Lara Flynn Boyle

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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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    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    Grace Park, Lucy Lawless, Tricia Helfer

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    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Donald Glover

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    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk

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    Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, John Lithgow

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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Lauren Cohan, Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden

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    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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    Claudia Black, Gigi Edgley, Ben Browder

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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    Dave Foley, Mark McKinney, Kevin McDonald

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    Kristen Bell, Amanda Seyfried, Alyson Hannigan

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David

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    Katey Sagal, Frank Welker, Billy West

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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    Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Friel, Lee Pace

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    Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black

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    Lucy Lawless, Karl Urban, Hudson Leick

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    Kaley Cuoco, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan

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    Helena Bonham Carter, Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders

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    Tracy Scoggins, Jeff Conaway, Bruce Boxleitner

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    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, Bree Turner

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Mos Def, Dave Chappelle, Charlie Murphy

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    Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Mark Hamill

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    Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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    Bruce Lee, Yvonne Craig, Adam West

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    Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Patrick Macnee

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    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson

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    Ed Helms, Samantha Bee, Rob Corddry

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    Alfred Hitchcock

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    Joan Bennett, Jonathan Frid, Louis Edmonds

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