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. From dramas to comedies, this list of the top spy TV series has them all! 

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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    the people's #1 & added by dianka2013
    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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    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

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    Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett

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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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    Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca

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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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    Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo, Lara Pulver

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    Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll

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    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

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    Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer

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    Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford

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    Agnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin

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    Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj

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    Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki

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    Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey

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    Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

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    Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick

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    Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing

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    Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane

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    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

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    Chris Vance, François Berléand, Charly Hübner

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    Robert Lindsay, Mark Heap, Miles Jupp

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin

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    Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester, Michelle Lukes

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    Chris Stanton, Jonny Freeman, Rachel Petladwala

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    Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne

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    Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright

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    Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland

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    Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson

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    Grace Park, Dina Meyer, Lola Glaudini

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    Josh Holloway, Meghan Ory, John Billingsley

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    Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Kevin McNally

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    Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley

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    Deutschland 83 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows


    Deutschland 83 Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Ulrich Noethen |

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    Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Stefanie Powers, Noel Harrison, Leo G. Carroll

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    Zendaya, Veronica Dunne, Kamil McFadden

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    Beneath the Lies is listed (or ranked) 47 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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    Christian Slater, Mike O'Malley, Saffron Burrows

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    Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

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    Laura Vandervoort, Tyler Posey, Enuka Okuma

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