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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    Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

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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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    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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    Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj

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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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    Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane

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    Agnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin

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    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing

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    Robert Lindsay, Mark Heap, Miles Jupp

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    Chris Vance, François Berléand, Charly Hübner

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    The Night Manager is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows


    The Night Manager Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki

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    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    Chris Stanton, Jonny Freeman, Rachel Petladwala

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    Grace Park, Dina Meyer, Lola Glaudini

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    Stefanie Powers, Noel Harrison, Leo G. Carroll

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    Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland

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    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Kevin McNally

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    Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin

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    Andrew Knott, Heshima Thompson, Liam Boyle

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    Stanley Unwin, Gary Files, Jeremy Wilkin

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    Josh Holloway, Meghan Ory, John Billingsley

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    Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester, Michelle Lukes

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    Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley

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    Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson

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    Beneath the Lies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows

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    Beneath the Lies Flavia Tumusiime, Cedric Babu, Natasha Sinayobye

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    Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner

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    Christian Slater, Mike O'Malley, Saffron Burrows

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    Deutschland 83 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows


    Deutschland 83 Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Ulrich Noethen |

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    Laura Vandervoort, Tyler Posey, Enuka Okuma

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