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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
6,493 1,832
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
6,602 2,200
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
5,285 2,200
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
5,733 2,656
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
4,754 2,051
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
4,034 1,319
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
4,386 1,667
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
3,143 694
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
4,355 1,671
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
4,386 2,277
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
3,600 1,651
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
3,599 1,480
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
2,514 627
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
2,753 651
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
2,462 618
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
2,354 575
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
2,252 563
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
2,216 545
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 The Real Housewives of D.C. Mary Schmidt Amons, Rich Amons, Ebong Eka

19
2,261 787
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
2,325 886
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
5,015 4,609
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
2,044 515
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
2,544 1,208
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
2,380 1,038
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
3,261 1,801
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
2,865 3,402
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
2,505 1,600
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
3,006 3,078
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
1,334 749
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

30
1,853 975
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
1,647 595
Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
C_Moorehead added Dr. Phil Jay McGraw

32
2,454 2,627
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
2,493 1,995
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell - Season 1 Metascore: 64

34
2,012 1,356
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
2,294 1,449
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

36
1,215 470
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
2,350 2,077
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

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1,655 721
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
2,375 2,301
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
2,682 3,237
Friends is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow - Season 1 Metascore: 59

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1,743 946
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
1,981 1,722
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett - Season 1 Metascore: 74

43
1,807 1,622
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia - Season 1 Metascore: 67

44
1,602 992
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
The Amazing Race Season 1 Metascore: 72

45
1,116 656
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
anahernandezbanana added The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

46
1,005 341
Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
ChloeFletcher added Dance Moms

47
1,837 1,480
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

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1,225 894
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Bleach Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

49
1,464 856
Mike & Molly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Mike & Molly Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson - Season 1 Metascore: 63

50
1,301 842
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 50 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