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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    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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    Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo, Lara Pulver

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    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

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    Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca

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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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    Agnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin

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    Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford

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    Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane

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    Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

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    Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing

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    Chris Vance, François Berléand, Charly Hübner

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    Robert Lindsay, Mark Heap, Miles Jupp

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    Stefanie Powers, Noel Harrison, Leo G. Carroll

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    Chris Stanton, Jonny Freeman, Rachel Petladwala

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    Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj

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    Andrew Knott, Heshima Thompson, Liam Boyle

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    Stanley Unwin, Gary Files, Jeremy Wilkin

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    Sam Hunter

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    William Shatner, Richard Kiel, Doug McClure

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    Len Jones, Rupert Davies, Keith Alexander

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    Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester, Michelle Lukes

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    The Boy Daniel Brochu

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    Michael Jayston, Moray Watson, Sinéad Cusack

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    David Jason, Terry Scott, William Franklyn

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    Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne

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    Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland

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    Dee Bradley Baker, Ben Diskin, Lauren Tom

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    Jennifer Hale, Andrea Baker, Katie Griffin

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    Paige Turco, Rocky Carroll, David Clennon

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