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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Espionage TV series.

Lies! Deception! Betrayal! Romance! Spies! These are the very best espionage shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest spy shows also includes serial dramas like 24 and Alias as well as procedurals like Burn Notice. Popular espionage TV shows have been a staple of television for years, because spies are super cool, so there's often debate about which are the best spy shows of all time. Don't let your favorite espionage television programs in history get to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot.

The list of spy television shows and spy thriller TV series below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available. What is the best espionage show of all time? What are the greatest espionage series? If you like spy shows, this list is a decent place to start ranking your favorites and looking for new ideas of shows to marathon.

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236 70
The Americans is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
aspirin2020 added The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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2
342 162
24 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

3
307 140
Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

4
172 33
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

5
298 140
Chuck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Chuck Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

6
240 101
Alias is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

7
97 32
Covert Affairs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Mazen Nasser added Covert Affairs Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett

8
101 71
Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Mission: Impossible Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

9
108 70
MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

10
64 12
The Night Manager is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
LongIslandIceB added The Night Manager

11
142 84
Spooks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Spooks Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo, Lara Pulver

12
123 72
The Unit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
The Unit Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson

13
46 9
Nikita is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
SheilaHajula added Nikita Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca

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67 32
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

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57 27
Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Agent Carter Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj

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87 58
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Alec Guinness, Ian Richardson, Joss Ackland

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77 49
Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Get Smart Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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70 55
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll

19
58 37
Quantico is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Quantico Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin

20
57 49
The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
The A-Team George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

21
50 55
The Saint is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
The Saint Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford

22
56 56
The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
The Equalizer Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing

23
61 65
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
The Avengers Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman

24
85 58
La Femme Nikita is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
La Femme Nikita Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer

25
87 67
Archer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Archer H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

26
60 40
Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Mission: Impossible Peter Graves, Phil Morris, Antony Hamilton

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24 18
Strike Back is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Mazen Nasser added Strike Back Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester, Michelle Lukes

28
53 61
The Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
The Prisoner Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick

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46 36
Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Get Smart Andy Dick, Barbara Feldon, Don Adams

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35 53
It Takes a Thief is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
It Takes a Thief Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne

31
24 25
Deutschland 83 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Deutschland 83 Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Ulrich Noethen

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32 55
I Spy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
I Spy Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey

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38 38
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows

34
33 32
Jericho is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Jericho Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine

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42 45
The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
The Wild Wild West Agnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin

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36 41
Smiley's People is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows

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31 38
Hunted is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Hunted Melissa George^! Adam Rayner^! Stephen Dillane

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8 4
X Company is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
JustynTeed added X Company Livia Matthes, Evelyne Brochu, Jack Laskey

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24 52
Danger Man is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Danger Man Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan

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29 41
Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Maria Bello, Timothy Olyphant, Keith David

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29 42
Smiley's People is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Smiley's People Alec Guinness^! Eileen Atkins^! Bill Paterson

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23 33
Reilly, Ace of Spies is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Reilly, Ace of Spies Sam Neill, Leo McKern, Michael Bryant

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29 44
Scarecrow and Mrs. King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland

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25 40
Airwolf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Airwolf Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord, Ernest Borgnine

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20 37
Codename: Kids Next Door is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
Codename: Kids Next Door Dee Bradley Baker, Ben Diskin, Lauren Tom

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17 33
The Sandbaggers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
The Sandbaggers Roy Marsden, Ray Lonnen, Jerome Willis

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17 36
The Grid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
The Grid Julianna Margulies, Dylan McDermott, Tom Skerritt

48
17 37
The Agency is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
The Agency Paige Turco, Rocky Carroll, David Clennon

49
10 25
A Perfect Spy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
A Perfect Spy Ray McAnally^! RĂ¼diger Weigang^! Alan Howard

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16 38
She Spies is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Espionage TV Shows
She Spies Natasha Henstridge, Kristen Miller, Natashia Williams