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The Best 2010s Cult TV Series 

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Updated December 14, 2019 1.6k votes 222 voters 1.1k views 53 items

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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

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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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 3

Network: Adult Swim, Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Sci-fi, Comedy, Adventure

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

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) 4 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 210

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Comedy, + more

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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: Channel 4

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 26

Number of Episodes: 798

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 24

Number of Episodes: 528

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Psychological thriller, Thriller

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC Two

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Period Drama

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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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 28

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Comedy-drama, + more

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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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction

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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Archer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 23

Network: FXX

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Action, Comedy

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: ITV

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 68

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: FXX

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

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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Under the Dome is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 2

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 138

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

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Community is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 84

Network: Comedy Central, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Fantasy

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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 125

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Black comedy, Animation, Television comedy, Children's television series, + more

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) 22 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell

Genres (Tv): Drama

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) 23 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Mark Duplass, Jonathan Lajoie, Nick Kroll

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 45

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Sitcom, Comedy

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The OA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
The OA Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Serial drama, Science fiction, Supernatural, Fantasy

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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Life in Pieces is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2010s Cult TV Series
Stephanie Kuchinski added Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Life in Pieces (CBS, 2015) is an American sitcom television series created by Justin Adler. The series chronicles the lives of three generations of the Short family as they go about their daily ...more

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