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List Rules Shows on this list have received some critical acclaim (at least a Metascore of 50 out of 100 on Metacritic for their first season), but you think these shows are terrible.

List of the most overrated TV shows of all time, ranked by fans, critics, and people like you. Ever since the dawn of the TV era, there have been shows that get far too much acclaim for their own good. Television buffs can also vote for the worst TV series finales and the worst TV theme songs. These days, accessibility and the Internet have caused the fandom of shows has sky rocketed, ensuring that they win more awards, run for more seasons, and recycle the same tired plotlines, jokes, and characters year after year. So what do you think are the most overrated series ever?

Examples of the most overrated TV shows on this list include Glee, American Idol, The Big Bang Theory, and more. 

Vote: TV Shows that Should Be Canceled

Vote for those overly hyped shows to move them up the list, and vote down the ones you think don't deserve to be on here - either because they're pretty good or because no one seems to think they're good. You can also click rerank below to personalize a list of your own.

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1
7,263 1,985
American Idol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest - Season 1 Metascore: 55

2
7,363 2,406
Glee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison - Season 1 Metascore: 78

3
5,991 2,420
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis - Season 1 Metascore: 52

4
6,353 2,962
Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones - Season 1 Metascore: 67

5
5,336 2,240
Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross - Season 1 Metascore: 80

6
4,671 1,460
Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
JoeyHenson added Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

7
4,982 1,814
America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
zxray added Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks - Season 1 Metascore: 65

8
3,898 769
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

9
4,969 1,857
Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
kaylive added Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson - Season 1 Metascore: 56

10
4,866 2,528
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson - Season 1 Metascore: 62

11
4,073 1,809
The Voice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly - Season 1 Metascore: 58

12
4,048 1,579
Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke - Season 1 Metascore: 87

13
3,059 696
The Real Housewives of New Jer... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Joe Giudice, Chris Laurita, Dina Manzo

14
3,333 709
The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Ben Sandford

15
2,998 678
The Real Housewives of Beverly... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Yolanda Hadid, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer

16
2,875 631
The Real Housewives of New Yor... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan

17
2,768 621
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

18
2,719 595
The Real Housewives of D.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Mary Schmidt Amons, Rich Amons, Ebong Eka

19
2,744 902
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross - Season 1 Metascore: 57

20
2,717 992
Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

21
5,461 5,115
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco - Season 1 Metascore: 57

22
2,492 571
The Real Housewives of Orange ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi

23
2,843 1,347
Real World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck - Season 1 Metascore: 66

24
2,704 1,125
So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

25
3,584 2,001
2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris - Season 1 Metascore: 66

26
2,768 1,750
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon - Season 1 Metascore: 69

27
2,768 2,906
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies - Season 1 Metascore: 82

28
3,288 3,443
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders - Season 1 Metascore: 69

29
3,114 3,825
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green - Season 1 Metascore: 53

30
2,001 695
Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Jay McGraw

31
1,576 875
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

32
2,145 1,113
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham - Season 1 Metascore: 71

33
2,708 2,164
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell - Season 1 Metascore: 64

34
2,252 1,443
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski - Season 1 Metascore: 73

35
1,502 533
The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb

36
2,526 1,536
Cougar Town is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps - Season 1 Metascore: 51

37
2,541 2,246
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield - Season 1 Metascore: 66

38
1,877 774
The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley - Season 1 Metascore: 47

39
2,619 2,487
Lost is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia - Season 1 Metascore: 87

40
2,956 3,630
Friends is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow - Season 1 Metascore: 59

41
1,981 1,027
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale - Season 1 Metascore: 52

42
1,815 1,076
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Season 1 Metascore: 72

43
1,314 739
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
anahernandezbanana added Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

44
1,985 1,742
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia - Season 1 Metascore: 67

45
2,148 1,934
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett - Season 1 Metascore: 74

46
1,248 385
Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
ChloeFletcher added

47
1,385 978
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

48
1,709 1,230
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla - Season 1 Metascore: 66

49
1,490 936
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson - Season 1 Metascore: 55

50
1,969 1,605
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads - Season 1 Metascore: 58