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The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time 

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Updated March 27, 2019 546.8k votes 23.8k voters 273.1k 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)
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
C_Moorehead added Starring Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe (American Broadcasting Company)
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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Starring Ben Sandford (American Broadcasting Company)
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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)
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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)
Season 1 Metascore: 78
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The Real Housewives of B... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Starring Yolanda Hadid, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer (Bravo)
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The Real Housewives of N... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Starring Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan (Bravo)
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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
JoeyHenson added Starring Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey (CBS)
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The Real Housewives of D... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added
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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
zxray added Starring Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks (UPN, The CW Television Network)
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
C_Moorehead added Starring Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks (Bravo)
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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)
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)
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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross (American Broadcasting Company, Lifetime Television)
Season 1 Metascore: 80
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Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
kaylive added Starring Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson (A&E)
Season 1 Metascore: 56
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The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Starring Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross (NBC)
Season 1 Metascore: 57
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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly (NBC)
Season 1 Metascore: 58
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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)
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Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke (HBO)
Season 1 Metascore: 87
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Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones (CBS)
Season 1 Metascore: 67
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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, American Broadcasting Company)
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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson (ABC)
Season 1 Metascore: 62
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Real World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck (MTV)
Season 1 Metascore: 66
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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added
Season 1 Metascore: 71
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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, ABC Family)
Season 1 Metascore: 47