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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
5,585 1,593
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
5,801 1,942
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
4,518 1,918
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
5,061 2,266
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
4,100 1,808
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
3,361 1,100
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
3,721 1,468
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
2,343 543
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
3,698 1,428
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
3,802 1,967
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
3,021 1,444
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
3,112 1,318
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
1,916 491
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
2,105 511
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
1,862 489
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
1,759 449
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
1,649 421
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
1,669 439
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
1,704 612
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
4,300 3,936
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
1,833 719
Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time

22
1,524 411
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
2,154 1,043
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
1,955 896
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
2,848 1,551
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
2,511 2,854
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
2,195 1,387
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
2,638 2,652
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
1,205 436
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
1,461 789
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
991 591
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
2,205 1,752
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
2,060 2,265
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
1,721 1,204
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
2,026 1,305
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

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

36
2,100 1,825
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield - Season 1 Metascore: 66

37
884 346
The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added The 700 Club Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb

38
1,372 623
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
2,089 2,026
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
1,718 1,477
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
1,444 810
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
1,582 1,424
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
1,341 855
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
2,317 2,858
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
1,258 709
Mike & Molly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Mike & Molly Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson - Season 1 Metascore: 63

46
1,019 729
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
1,624 1,310
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
1,065 667
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
863 529
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
anahernandezbanana added The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

50
1,334 963
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