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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
7,252 1,982
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
7,350 2,402
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
5,978 2,418
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
6,342 2,958
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
5,324 2,239
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
4,661 1,457
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
4,970 1,813
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
3,889 766
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
4,960 1,853
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
4,858 2,523
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
4,064 1,805
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
4,041 1,578
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
3,050 694
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
3,328 707
The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Ben Sandford

15
2,989 677
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
2,866 630
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
2,759 620
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
2,710 594
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
2,736 900
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
2,712 991
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
5,452 5,104
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
2,483 570
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
2,840 1,343
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
2,701 1,123
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
3,581 1,995
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
2,764 1,747
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
2,762 2,901
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies - Season 1 Metascore: 82

28
3,110 3,820
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green - Season 1 Metascore: 53

29
3,278 3,441
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders - Season 1 Metascore: 69

30
1,994 693
Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Jay McGraw

31
1,572 872
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
2,143 1,109
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
2,708 2,159
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
2,249 1,442
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
1,499 532
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
2,523 1,535
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
2,538 2,245
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
1,873 774
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
2,616 2,484
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
2,949 3,624
Friends is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow - Season 1 Metascore: 59

41
1,976 1,025
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
1,814 1,074
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Season 1 Metascore: 72

43
1,312 738
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
anahernandezbanana added Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

44
1,984 1,742
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
2,144 1,933
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
1,244 384
Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
ChloeFletcher added

47
1,384 976
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time

48
1,708 1,227
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
1,489 935
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
1,966 1,602
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