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The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time  

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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. 

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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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Glee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison
Season 1 Metascore: 78
2
American Idol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest
Season 1 Metascore: 55
3
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
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
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
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe
7
Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
kaylive added Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson
Season 1 Metascore: 56
8
Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
JoeyHenson added Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey
9
The Real Housewives of New Jer... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Joe Giudice, Chris Laurita, Dina Manzo
10
The Real Housewives of Beverly... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Yolanda Hadid, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer
11
The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Ben Sandford
12
The Voice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly
Season 1 Metascore: 58
13
The Real Housewives of D.C. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Mary Schmidt Amons, Rich Amons, Ebong Eka
14
The Real Housewives of New Yor... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan
15
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks
16
America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
zxray added Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks
Season 1 Metascore: 65
17
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross
Season 1 Metascore: 57
18
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
Season 1 Metascore: 57
19
The Real Housewives of Orange ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi
20
Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke
Season 1 Metascore: 87
21
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
Season 1 Metascore: 62
22
Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli
23
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
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
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham
Season 1 Metascore: 71