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List of the best cult TV shows ever, ranked by their loyal fans. TV series that develop cult followings are known for their magnetic characters, pithy dialogue, and complex plots that interweave of the course of several episodes or seasons. The best cult TV fan bases are passionate and may feel deeply attached to the cult characters, their lives, and their relationships. Many devoted fan communities take to online message boards, writing fan-fiction, and attending conventions dressed as their favorite characters.

Long-running mainstream series such as The Twilight ZoneLost, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer easily attracted loyal fanbases, but even more impressive are those beloved shows that only lasted a season or two, like Freaks and Geeks and Firefly. Even after their favorite shows go off the air, fans of cult TV shows continue to collect memorabilia, replica props, and do cosplay at fan events. This subcultural phenomenon spans genres from sci-fi cult shows to fantasy, drama, and even comedy cult series. This list also includes cult classic TV shows and top cult TV series. 

What are the best cult TV series? To vote on more of the best TV series, check out these lists of the best sci-fi shows of all time and the best shows cancelled too soon.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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2,040 1,326
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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2,152 1,166
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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1,474 1,061
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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1,319 998
Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Monty Python's Flying Circus Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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1,582 850
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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1,227 899
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

8
2,297 1,209
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

9
2,122 1,094
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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1,504 950
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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1,579 782
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Mabie1 added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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909 955
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu

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1,774 1,090
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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1,434 913
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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1,591 935
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
davec007 added Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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1,361 803
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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1,008 858
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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1,231 864
Community is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Community Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

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1,313 1,141
Lost is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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1,296 797
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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1,083 829
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
davec007 added Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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1,045 685
South Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
MichaelGuerrieri added South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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1,390 923
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
MichaelGuerrieri added The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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993 816
Angel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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846 659
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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612 703
Farscape is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Farscape Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

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879 508
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
GennisMaringHalmi added Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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835 757
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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867 741
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
davec007 added Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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728 607
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Rose1 added Charmed Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

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478 662
The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The Kids in the Hall Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

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721 611
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

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755 705
Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

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872 626
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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386 386
Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
emlyt added Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

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515 715
Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Babylon 5 Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

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665 559
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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401 590
Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Absolutely Fabulous Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha

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819 784
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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455 538
Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
MichaelGuerrieri added Chappelle's Show Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

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449 287
Friends is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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478 642
Grimm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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306 209
Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
AlexDeLarge added Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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273 240
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Abbydabby added Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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530 509
Batman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

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384 235
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
BorkZorkOrc added Pinky and the Brain Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Mark Hamill

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244 207
The Black Adder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
mario.festante added The Black Adder Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray

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386 561
Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Dark Shadows Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles

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483 440
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
Jackson Bolt added Alfred Hichcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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391 560
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time
The Avengers Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman