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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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1
5,808 1,653
American Idol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest - Season 1 Metascore: 55

2
5,993 2,023
Glee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Glee Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison - Season 1 Metascore: 78

3
4,711 1,992
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis - Season 1 Metascore: 52

4
5,230 2,368
Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Two and a Half Men Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones - Season 1 Metascore: 67

5
4,259 1,879
Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross - Season 1 Metascore: 80

6
3,525 1,159
Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
JoeyHenson added Big Brother Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

7
3,886 1,527
America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
zxray added America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks - Season 1 Metascore: 65

8
2,526 584
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

9
3,844 1,487
Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
kaylive added Duck Dynasty Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson - Season 1 Metascore: 56

10
3,948 2,042
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson - Season 1 Metascore: 62

11
3,155 1,499
The Voice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
The Voice Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly - Season 1 Metascore: 58

12
3,231 1,360
Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Girls Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke - Season 1 Metascore: 87

13
2,052 530
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 The Real Housewives of New Jersey Joe Giudice, Chris Laurita, Dina Manzo

14
2,252 548
The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Bachelorette Ben Sandford

The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

15
1,996 525
The Real Housewives of Beverly... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Yolanda Hadid, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer

16
1,892 484
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 The Real Housewives of New York City Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan

17
1,776 453
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 The Real Housewives of D.C. Mary Schmidt Amons, Rich Amons, Ebong Eka

18
1,797 472
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Real Housewives of Atlanta Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

19
1,833 656
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross - Season 1 Metascore: 57

20
1,950 764
Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

21
4,488 4,103
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco - Season 1 Metascore: 57

The Greatest Animated Disney Villains

22
1,639 440
The Real Housewives of Orange ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Real Housewives of Orange County Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi

23
2,246 1,084
Real World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck - Season 1 Metascore: 66

24
2,050 938
So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

25
2,958 1,604
2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
2 Broke Girls Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris - Season 1 Metascore: 66

26
2,619 2,971
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green - Season 1 Metascore: 53

27
2,268 1,441
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Entourage Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon - Season 1 Metascore: 69

28
2,733 2,747
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders - Season 1 Metascore: 69

The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

29
1,302 479
Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Dr. Phil Jay McGraw

30
1,552 834
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Survivor Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham - Season 1 Metascore: 71

31
1,072 630
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

32
2,273 1,808
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell - Season 1 Metascore: 64

33
2,171 2,347
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies - Season 1 Metascore: 82

34
1,792 1,242
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski - Season 1 Metascore: 73

35
2,085 1,345
Cougar Town is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Cougar Town Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps - Season 1 Metascore: 51

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

36
960 371
The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added The 700 Club Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb

37
2,160 1,885
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield - Season 1 Metascore: 66

38
1,437 647
The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley - Season 1 Metascore: 47

39
2,164 2,101
Lost is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia - Season 1 Metascore: 87

40
1,785 1,538
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett - Season 1 Metascore: 74

41
1,512 842
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale - Season 1 Metascore: 52

42
1,637 1,475
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia - Season 1 Metascore: 67

The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

43
1,408 895
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
The Amazing Race Season 1 Metascore: 72

44
2,419 2,948
Friends is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow - Season 1 Metascore: 59

45
1,686 1,346
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads - Season 1 Metascore: 58

46
1,072 764
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Bleach Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

47
1,312 751
Mike & Molly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Mike & Molly Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson - Season 1 Metascore: 63

48
925 554
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
anahernandezbanana added The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

49
1,123 703
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Cleveland Show Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson - Season 1 Metascore: 55

50
1,391 1,000
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla - Season 1 Metascore: 66