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The Best 2010s Cult TV Series  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite cult shows that aired in the 2010s

These are the best 2010s cult TV series, ranked from best to worst by your votes. In the decade that saw the rise of Peak TV, there are countless cult TV series that deserve the attention of more than a select group of fans. But sometimes finding an undiscovered gem is part of the charm of great TV. So while some of the best 2010s cult TV shows were shot like 80s art house movies and pushed the limits of network TV, and others gained their cult status by focusing on niche storylines, the one thing that most cult TV has in common is that its criminally underwatched and often canceled too early.  

What are some of the shows that appear on this best 2010s cult TV series list? Streaming services have led to an influx in hyper-specific, tonally interesting series like Patroit and American Vandal, and these shows prove that the best series don't always get discovered, while The OA inspired what literally felt like a cult after its too-early cancellation by Netflix in 2019.

Meanwhile, bizarre series like Comedy Bang! Bang! and Nathan For You kept fans laughing with absurdity and unique humor unlike anything else on TV. Other great series that appear on this top 2010s cult TV series list include Black Mirror, Wilfred and Workaholics.

Do you have a favorite cult TV show from the 2010s? Give the best series a thumbs up!

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas
Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by ...more
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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily ...more
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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman
Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more
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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green
Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy
Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear
Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more
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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan
30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013, and was created by Tina Fey. The series, which is loosely based on Fey's ...more
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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson
Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby ...more
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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi
Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of ...more
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Archer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. The series follows "The Gang", a group of five depraved underachievers: twins ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more
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Community is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover
Community is an American television sitcom created by Dan Harmon that premiered on NBC on September 17, 2009. The single-camera series follows an ensemble cast of students at a community college ...more
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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie
BoJack Horseman is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the eponymous character, BoJack Horseman. The supporting cast includes Amy ...more
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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny
Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive ...more
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You is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell
You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. A clever bookstore manager (Penn Badgley) relies on ...more
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The League is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Mark Duplass, Jonathan Lajoie, Nick Kroll
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The League is an American sitcom that premiered on FX on October 29, 2009. The series, set in Chicago, Illinois, is a semi-improvised comedy about a fantasy football league, its members, and ...more
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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern
Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ...more
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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann
Wilfred is a US remake of a previous Austrailian show by the same name, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann.
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The OA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson
The OA (Netflix, 2016) is an American mystery drama web television series, with science fiction, supernatural and fantasy elements. Creator Brit Marling stars as a young woman named Prairie ...more
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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more