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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
6,713 1,869
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
6,828 2,246
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
5,477 2,263
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
5,912 2,751
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
4,910 2,098
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
4,214 1,348
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
4,554 1,701
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
3,341 707
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
4,507 1,724
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
4,511 2,336
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
3,729 1,697
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
3,724 1,502
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
2,663 644
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
2,906 665
The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Ben Sandford

15
2,607 630
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
2,496 586
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
2,395 577
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
2,355 557
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
2,391 820
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
2,438 913
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
5,144 4,757
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
2,157 528
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
2,626 1,241
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
2,469 1,056
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
3,349 1,856
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
2,930 3,527
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green - Season 1 Metascore: 53

27
2,574 1,634
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon - Season 1 Metascore: 69

28
3,093 3,178
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
1,403 779
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

30
1,941 1,009
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham - Season 1 Metascore: 71

31
1,740 623
Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Jay McGraw

32
2,533 2,701
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies - Season 1 Metascore: 82

33
2,554 2,037
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
2,073 1,380
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
2,360 1,469
Cougar Town is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps - Season 1 Metascore: 51

36
1,282 486
The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb

37
1,711 732
The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley - Season 1 Metascore: 47

38
2,397 2,126
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield - Season 1 Metascore: 66

39
2,439 2,358
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
1,814 964
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale - Season 1 Metascore: 52

41
2,748 3,360
Friends is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow - Season 1 Metascore: 59

42
2,032 1,783
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett - Season 1 Metascore: 74

43
1,666 1,009
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Season 1 Metascore: 72

44
1,863 1,652
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
1,172 676
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
anahernandezbanana added Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

46
1,071 351
Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
ChloeFletcher added

47
1,269 916
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
1,869 1,521
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads - Season 1 Metascore: 58

49
1,507 878
Mike & Molly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson - Season 1 Metascore: 63

50
1,359 868
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 50 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