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The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time 

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Updated August 4, 2020 588k votes 25.3k voters 286.6k views 277 items

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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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2002

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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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The Real Housewives of N... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2009

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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest (Fox Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2002

Season 1 Metascore: 55

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The Real Housewives of D... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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The Real Housewives of B... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2010

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Glee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Lea Michele, Jane Lynch & Matthew Morrison (Fox Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2009

Season 1 Metascore: 78

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The Real Housewives of N... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2000

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The Real Housewives of A... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2008

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America's Next Top Model... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall & Kristin Davis (HBO)

Premiered: 1998

Season 1 Metascore: 52

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The Real Housewives of O... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Girls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Lena Dunham, Allison Williams & Jemima Kirke (HBO)

Premiered: 2012

Season 1 Metascore: 87

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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman & Marcia Cross (American Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2004

Season 1 Metascore: 80

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The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2004

Season 1 Metascore: 57

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Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 2012

Season 1 Metascore: 56

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So You Think You Can Dan... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe & Cat Deeley (Fox Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2005

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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Adam Levine, Blake Shelton & Carson Daly (NBC)

Premiered: 2011

Season 1 Metascore: 58

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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba & Bruno Tonioli (CTV Television Network)

Premiered: 2005

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers & Chandra Wilson (ABC)

Premiered: 2005

Season 1 Metascore: 62

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The Real World is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
Starring Jamie Chung, Steven Hill & Landon Lueck (MTV)

Premiered: 1992

Season 1 Metascore: 66

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Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
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Premiered: 1966

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time