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Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart

Updated May 11, 2020 598 votes 88 voters 1.3k views24 items

List RulesVote 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 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? The Walking Dead 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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  • Black Mirror1
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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

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

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie...  more
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  • Stranger Things2
    24
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more
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  • Twin Peaks3
    22
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    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Mystery

    Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark...  more
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  • The Handmaid's Tale4
    18
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Dystopian fiction

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,...  more
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  • Jeopardy!5
    20
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    Jeopardy!

    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert

    Premiered1964

    Genres (Tv)Game show

    Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a...  more
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  • Archer6
    18
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    Archer

    H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Adult animation, Action, Comedy

    Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The...  more
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  • Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey7
    15
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    Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Science, Documentary

    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 2014 American science documentary television series. The show...  more
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  • Fargo8
    14
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    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Crime

    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah...  more
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  • 20/209
    11
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    20/20

    Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)News, News magazine

    20/20 is an American television newsmagazine that has been broadcast on ABC since June 6,...  more
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  • The Crown10
    12
    9

    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter...  more
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  • The X-Files11
    8
    5

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action

    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris...  more
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  • The Daily Show12
    15
    15

    The Daily Show

    Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Satire, Talk show, News, Parody, Comedy

    The Daily Show (Comedy Central, 1999) is an American late-night talk and news satire...  more
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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver13
    12
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    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    John Oliver, David Kaye

    Premiered2014

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 2014) is an American late-night talk and news satire...  more
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  • Legion14
    10
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    Legion

    Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Action, Horror, Drama, Superhero

    Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the...  more
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  • Saturday Night Live15
    10
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    Saturday Night Live

    Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon

    Premiered1975

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Satire, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy

    Saturday Night Live (NBC, 1975), also known as SNL, is an American late-night live television...  more
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  • Narcos16
    8
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    Narcos

    Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Biographical

    Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato,...  more
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  • The Walking Dead17
    11
    15

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more
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  • Curb Your Enthusiasm18
    8
    11

    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Larry David, Cheryl Hines

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast...  more
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  • Rick and Morty19
    11
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    Rick and Morty

    Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell

    Premiered2013

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

    Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created...  more
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  • Better Call Saul20
    7
    11

    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

    Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan...  more
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  • The Man in the High Castle21
    8
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    The Man in the High Castle

    Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)History, Drama, Dystopian, Thriller, Sci-fi

    The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video, 2015) is an American dystopian alternative history...  more
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  • Transparent22
    4
    9

    Transparent

    Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy

    Transparent (Amazon Video, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jill...  more
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  • Dateline NBC23
    4
    10

    Dateline NBC

    Lester Holt, Ann Curry

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)News, News magazine

    Dateline NBC, or simply Dateline, is a weekly American television newsmagazine/reality legal...  more
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  • American Horror Story24
    6
    14

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by...  more
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