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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
4,397 1,289
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

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2
4,693 1,510
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
3,503 1,483
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
4,055 1,753
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
3,241 1,446
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
2,390 807
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
2,873 1,157
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
2,973 1,545
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson - Season 1 Metascore: 62

9
2,420 1,047
Girls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Girls Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke - Season 1 Metascore: 87

10
2,316 1,143
The Voice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Voice Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly - Season 1 Metascore: 58

11
2,720 1,123
Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
1,356 344
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

13
1,087 297
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
1,245 330
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

15
1,096 302
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

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16
1,009 266
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
1,208 485
Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

18
1,673 788
The Real World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck - Season 1 Metascore: 66

19
943 265
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
937 262
The Real Housewives of D.C. is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
3,351 3,092
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

22
1,003 404
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
1,493 663
So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

24
892 256
The Real Housewives of Orange ... is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
2,076 2,161
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green - Season 1 Metascore: 53

26
2,291 1,215
2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
2 Broke Girls Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris - Season 1 Metascore: 66

27
1,803 1,128
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
2,151 2,087
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

29
1,856 1,397
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell - Season 1 Metascore: 64

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30
632 356
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

31
978 554
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
670 253
Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added Dr. Phil Jay McGraw

33
1,556 1,763
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
1,782 1,479
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield - Season 1 Metascore: 66

35
1,398 959
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski - Season 1 Metascore: 73

36
1,714 1,093
Cougar Town is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Cougar Town Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps - Season 1 Metascore: 51

37
1,397 1,140
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett - Season 1 Metascore: 74

38
1,065 473
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
1,311 1,159
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia - Season 1 Metascore: 67

40
1,718 1,708
Lost is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia - Season 1 Metascore: 87

41
1,083 614
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
779 443
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
478 202
The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The 700 Club Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb

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44
799 537
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Bleach Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

45
1,056 689
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
The Amazing Race Season 1 Metascore: 72

46
1,379 1,079
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
1,878 2,336
Friends is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow - Season 1 Metascore: 59

48
1,052 739
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
573 339
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
989 539
Mike & Molly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Mike & Molly Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson - Season 1 Metascore: 63