TV Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart  

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List Rules Vote up the shows you tell people you're watching, despite never having seen an episode.

While there's no accounting for taste, some people will judge you harshly for not watching the most pretentious current TV shows. Some find things like like Mr. Robot or Twin Peaks downright boring. Some current shows you watch to seem smart have massive casts, making them hard to follow. Other current pretentious TV series tackle social issues in a manner some may find heavy handed. While these current TV shows you say you watch may rake in the awards, maybe they're just not for you. 

What shows will you find on this list of TV shows you lie about watching? Game of Thrones has a massive cast of characters. Fom Jon Snow to Tyrion Lannister to Daenerys Targaryen, all these competing storylines may be hard to follow and leave you yawning. With everyone quoting Rick and Morty, non-watchers have to laugh along without getting the joke. Other good current TV series you lie about watching may include Archer, Stranger Things, and Dateline (or any news-type show, for that matter).

What's the worst current TV shows you feel compelled to say you watch? Give these examples a thumbs up and please add any cool TV shows you don't really like we may have missed.

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Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Stoney Emshwiller Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 2014 American science documentary television series. The show is a follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.

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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj The Daily Show (Comedy Central, 1999) is an American late-night talk and news satire television program. Described as a fake news program, the show draws its comedy and satire from recent news ...more

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Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener Silicon Valley is an American television sitcom created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on six young men who found a startup company in Silicon Valley. The ...more

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Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash 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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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American crime drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord ...more

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20/20 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir, Barbara Walters 20/20 is an American television newsmagazine that has been broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. Created by ABC News executive Roone Arledge, the show was designed similarly to CBS's 60 Minutes ...more

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
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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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Last Week Tonight with John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
John Oliver, David Kaye, Noel MacNeal Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 2014) is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by comedian John Oliver. The half-hour-long show takes a satirical look at ...more

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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO, which premiered on October 15, 2000. It has aired 80 episodes over eight seasons, the last ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn Better Call Saul (A&E, 2015) is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of ...more

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, Judith Light Transparent is an American comedy-drama television series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014. The series was created and directed by Jill Soloway. The story ...more

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, ...more

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Legion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more

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Dateline NBC is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison Dateline NBC, or simply Dateline, is a weekly American television newsmagazine/reality legal show that is broadcast on NBC. It was previously the network's flagship news magazine, but now ...more

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The Man in the High Castle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video, 2015) is an American dystopian alternative history television series created by Frank Spotnitz, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. In an alternative ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart
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