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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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    Morgan Freeman, Rod Serling, John McGiver

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    Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn

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

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    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    ranked low on reranks Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

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

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    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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    added by davec007 Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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    Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula, Deborah Pratt

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    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    Kristen Bell, Amanda Seyfried, Alyson Hannigan

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

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    added by MarkusMarquisBiechl Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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

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    Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Raelee Hill

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MichaelGuerrieri Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Robert Lindsay, David Troughton, Ciarán McMenamin

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    Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black

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    Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, David Selby

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    Bruce Lee, Adam West, Yvonne Craig

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    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

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    Patrick McGoohan, Peter Swanwick, Angelo Muscat

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    Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Patrick Macnee

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    ranked low on reranks Arrow

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eliza Dushku, Amy Acker, Alan Tudyk

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Scott Thompson

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

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    Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    ranked low on reranks & added by SamanthaJones Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Wilson Cruz

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    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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    added by Jackson Bolt Alfred Hitchcock

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    added by Benjamin2 Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

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