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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
7,367 2,010
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
7,464 2,430
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
6,087 2,447
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
6,444 2,999
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
5,409 2,265
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
4,762 1,479
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
5,073 1,832
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
3,987 786
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
5,044 1,882
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
4,950 2,554
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
4,155 1,828
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
4,113 1,596
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
3,132 709
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
3,408 722
The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Ben Sandford

15
3,070 689
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
2,943 640
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
2,785 602
The Real Housewives of D.C. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Mary Schmidt Amons, Rich Amons, Ebong Eka

18
2,836 632
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

19
2,809 919
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
5,539 5,181
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco - Season 1 Metascore: 57

21
2,773 1,003
Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

22
2,554 579
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
2,891 1,359
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
2,753 1,138
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
3,640 2,026
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
2,810 1,763
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
3,343 3,481
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders - Season 1 Metascore: 69

28
2,821 2,948
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies - Season 1 Metascore: 82

29
3,147 3,871
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
2,050 711
Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Jay McGraw

31
1,611 892
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
2,182 1,138
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
2,747 2,188
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
2,282 1,458
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
1,538 541
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
2,557 1,546
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
2,571 2,265
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
1,903 781
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
3,012 3,677
Friends is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow - Season 1 Metascore: 59

40
2,656 2,516
Lost is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia - Season 1 Metascore: 87

41
2,015 1,040
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
1,349 748
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
anahernandezbanana added Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

43
1,842 1,093
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Season 1 Metascore: 72

44
2,010 1,760
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
2,174 1,965
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
1,274 397
Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
ChloeFletcher added

47
1,403 990
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
1,738 1,242
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
1,512 951
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
1,985 1,626
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