The Best Ever Spy TV Shows

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List Criteria: Shows that are primarily about spies, secret agents, and espionage only.

The very best spy shows on television, ranked from best to worst, including British spy TV shows and series. This list of the greatest spy shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular spy TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining spy show of all time is. Do you prefer newer American spy shows, or classic British spy series? Don't let your favorite spy television programs in history fall to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of spy television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date when available.

The shows on this list range from Chuck to The Avengers, plus many more TV series about spies and spy characters. Whether you are fascinated by the world of espionage or just enjoy secret agent TV shows every now and again, the best spy TV shows are listed here for your perusal.

What is the best spy show of all time? What are the greatest spy shows? From old spy TV shows to recent spy series, and even a spy British comedy or two, now's your chance to upvote the best spy TV series you've ever seen!
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    Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez Best TV show i have ever seen starring Zachery Levi, Yvonne Strahovski and Matthew Bomer

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    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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    Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett

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    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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    Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

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    Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca

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    Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo, Lara Pulver

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    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

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    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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    Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman

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    Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer

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    H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

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    Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll

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    Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick

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    Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey

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    Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford

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    Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

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    Agnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin

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    Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane

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    Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing

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    Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj

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    Chris Vance, François Berléand, Charly Hübner

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    Robert Lindsay, Mark Heap, Miles Jupp

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    Chris Stanton, Jonny Freeman, Rachel Petladwala

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    Stefanie Powers, Noel Harrison, Leo G. Carroll

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    Grace Park, Dina Meyer, Lola Glaudini

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    Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland

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    Andrew Knott, Heshima Thompson, Liam Boyle

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    Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Kevin McNally

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    Stanley Unwin, Gary Files, Jeremy Wilkin

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    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

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    Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley

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    The Night Manager is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows


    The Night Manager Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki

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    Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin

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    Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester, Michelle Lukes

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    Josh Holloway, Meghan Ory, John Billingsley

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    Christian Slater, Mike O'Malley, Saffron Burrows

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Laura Vandervoort, Tyler Posey, Enuka Okuma

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    Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner

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    Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

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    Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson

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    Deutschland 83 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows


    Deutschland 83 Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Ulrich Noethen |

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    Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright

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    William Shatner, Richard Kiel, Doug McClure

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