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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
4,328 1,269
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
4,628 1,482
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
3,447 1,465
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
3,982 1,734
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
3,192 1,421
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
2,329 788
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
2,833 1,133
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
2,930 1,510
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
2,383 1,030
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
2,278 1,124
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
2,667 1,110
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
1,308 330
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
1,044 287
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
1,198 316
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
1,058 291
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
973 256
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
1,176 470
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
1,650 776
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
912 256
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
905 253
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
3,271 3,056
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
967 396
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
1,474 651
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
861 249
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
2,043 2,128
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
2,255 1,202
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
1,785 1,118
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
2,111 2,051
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
1,841 1,377
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
615 344
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
954 543
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
642 243
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
1,386 947
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski - Season 1 Metascore: 73

34
1,765 1,463
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
1,516 1,735
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 35 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

36
1,694 1,081
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
1,372 1,123
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
1,047 465
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
1,297 1,146
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
1,690 1,693
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
1,057 603
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
464 196
The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time
C_Moorehead added The 700 Club Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb

43
757 433
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 43 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

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44
787 528
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
1,043 678
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
1,364 1,068
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
1,843 2,291
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
557 326
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
1,037 726
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
977 528
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