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The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time

Updated August 4, 2020 521.0k votes 25.5k voters 288.2k views277 items

List RulesShows 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
    The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    6,117
    991

    The Bachelor

    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack

    Premiered2002

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  • 2
    The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    5,293
    886

    The Bachelorette

    Chris Harrison

    Premiered2003

  • 3
    The Real Housewives of New Jer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    4,890
    876

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey

    Joe Giudice, Chris Laurita

    Premiered2009

  • 4
    The Real Housewives of D.C. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    4,373
    718

    The Real Housewives of D.C.

    Mary Schmidt Amons, Lynda Erkiletian

    Premiered2010

  • 5
    American Idol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    8,224
    2,052

    American Idol

    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson

    Premiered2002

    Season 1 Metascore: 55

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  • 6
    The Real Housewives of New Yor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    4,512
    786

    The Real Housewives of New York City

    Bethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps

    Premiered2008

  • 7
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    4,314
    766

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta

    Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes

    Premiered2008

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  • 8
    Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    5,981
    1,699

    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

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  • 9
    The Real Housewives of Beverly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    4,644
    848

    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

    Yolanda Hadid, Kim Richards

    Premiered2010

  • 10
    The Real Housewives of Orange  is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    3,919
    699

    The Real Housewives of Orange County

    Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge

    Premiered2006

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  • 11
    Glee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    8,158
    2,751

    Glee

    Lea Michele, Jane Lynch

    Premiered2009

    Season 1 Metascore: 78

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  • 12
    The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    4,109
    1,190

    The Apprentice

    Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump

    Premiered2004

    Season 1 Metascore: 57

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  • 13
    America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    5,850
    1,936

    America's Next Top Model

    Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House

    Premiered2003

    Season 1 Metascore: 65

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  • 14
    Girls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    4,652
    1,580

    Girls

    Lena Dunham, Allison Williams

    Premiered2012

    Season 1 Metascore: 87

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  • 15
    Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    6,892
    2,635

    Sex and the City

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall

    Premiered1998

    Season 1 Metascore: 52

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  • 16
    The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    2,403
    716

    The 700 Club

    Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb

    Premiered1966

  • 17
    Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    5,865
    2,058

    Duck Dynasty

    Phil Robertson, Si Robertson

    Premiered2012

    Season 1 Metascore: 56

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  • 18
    Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    5,875
    2,384

    Desperate Housewives

    Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman

    Premiered2004

    Season 1 Metascore: 80

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  • 19
    So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    3,401
    1,306

    So You Think You Can Dance

    Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe

    Premiered2005

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  • 20
    Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    3,672
    1,239

    Dancing with the Stars

    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba

    Premiered2005

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  • 21
    Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    2,168
    632

    Dance Moms

    Abby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler

    Premiered2011

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  • 22
    The Voice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    4,833
    2,018

    The Voice

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

    Premiered2011

    Season 1 Metascore: 58

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  • 23
    Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    3,145
    971

    Dr. Phil

    Jay McGraw

    Premiered2002

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  • 24
    The Secret Life of the America is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    2,296
    879

    The Secret Life of the American Teenager

    Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald

    Premiered2008

    Season 1 Metascore: 47

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  • 25
    The Real World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time
    3,342
    1,492

    The Real World

    Jamie Chung, Steven Hill

    Premiered1992

    Season 1 Metascore: 66

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