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The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time 

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Updated March 27, 2019 551.1k votes 23.9k voters 274.4k views 290 items

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. 

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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest (Fox Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 11

Season 1 Metascore: 55

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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 17

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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 9

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4
The Real Housewives of N... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Starring Joe Giudice, Chris Laurita & Dina Manzo (Bravo)

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

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Glee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Lea Michele, Jane Lynch & Matthew Morrison (Fox Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Season 1 Metascore: 78

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The Real Housewives of N... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Starring Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan (Bravo)

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 4

7
The Real Housewives of B... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Starring Yolanda Hadid, Kim Richards & Camille Grammer (Bravo)

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

8
The Real Housewives of D... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

9
Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 14

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America's Next Top Model... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 19

Season 1 Metascore: 65

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The Real Housewives of A... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 6

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12
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall & Kristin Davis (HBO)

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 6

Season 1 Metascore: 52

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The Real Housewives of O... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Starring Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge & Gretchen Rossi (Bravo)

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 7

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14
Girls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Lena Dunham, Allison Williams & Jemima Kirke (HBO)

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 2

Season 1 Metascore: 87

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15
Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman & Marcia Cross (American Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Season 1 Metascore: 80

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16
Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 3

Season 1 Metascore: 56

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17
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Starring Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump & George Ross (NBC)

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 12

Season 1 Metascore: 57

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18
So You Think You Can Dan... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe & Cat Deeley (Fox Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

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19
The Voice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Adam Levine, Blake Shelton & Carson Daly (NBC)

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 17

Season 1 Metascore: 58

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20
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers & Chandra Wilson (ABC)

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 16

Season 1 Metascore: 62

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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba & Bruno Tonioli (CTV Television Network)

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 16

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22
Real World is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Jamie Chung, Steven Hill & Landon Lueck (MTV)

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 26

Season 1 Metascore: 66

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23
Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher & Angus T. Jones (CBS)

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 10

Season 1 Metascore: 67

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24
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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The Secret Life of the A... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald & India Eisley (City)

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Season 1 Metascore: 47

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