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The Best Ever Spy TV Shows

Updated October 21, 2020 31.9k votes 10.5k voters 646.4k views50 items

List RulesShows that are primarily about spies, secret agents, and espionage only.

The very best spy shows on television, ranked from best to worst, including British spy TV shows and series. This list of the greatest spy TV shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular spy TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining spy show of all time is. Do you prefer newer American spy shows, or classic British spy series? Don't let your favorite spy television programs in history fall 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 below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date when available.

The shows on this list range from Chuck to The Avengers, plus many more TV series about spies and spy characters. Whether you are fascinated by the world of espionage or just enjoy secret agent TV shows every now and again, the best spy TV shows are listed here for your perusal. From dramas to comedies, this list of the top spy TV series has them all! 

What is the best spy show of all time? What are the greatest spy shows? From old spy TV shows to recent spy series, and even a spy British comedy or two, now's your chance to upvote the best spy TV series you've ever seen!

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  • 1
    Chuck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Chuck

    Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski

    Premiered2007

    NetworkNBC

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    Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

    NetworkCBS

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    The Americans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    The Americans

    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

    Premiered2013

    NetworkFX

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    The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Premiered2013

    NetworkNBC

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    Homeland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

    NetworkShowtime

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    Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Burn Notice

    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar

    Premiered2007

    NetworkUSA Network

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    Alias is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Alias

    Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin

    Premiered2001

    NetworkABC

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  • 8
    24 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    24

    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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    Nikita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Nikita

    Maggie Q, Shane West

    Premiered2010

    NetworkThe CW Television Network

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  • 10
    The Night Manager is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    The Night Manager

    Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie

    Premiered2016

    NetworkAMC, BBC One

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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen

    Premiered2013

    NetworkABC

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  • 12
    Covert Affairs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Covert Affairs

    Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham

    Premiered2010

    NetworkUSA Network

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  • 13
    Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Agent Carter

    Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy

    Premiered2016

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 14
    Spooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Spooks

    Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo

    Premiered2002

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, BBC Three

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    Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    NetworkAmazon Video

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    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Mission: Impossible

    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain

    Premiered1966

    NetworkCBS

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    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    Robert Vaughn, David McCallum

    Premiered1964

    NetworkNBC

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    La Femme Nikita is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    La Femme Nikita

    Peta Wilson, Don Francks

    Premiered1997

    NetworkUSA Network

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  • 19
    MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    MacGyver

    Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar

    Premiered1985

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    Berlin Station is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Berlin Station

    Richard Armitage, Richard Jenkins

    Premiered2016

    NetworkEpix

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    The Avengers

    Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg

    Premiered1961

    NetworkITV, Thames Television

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    Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Get Smart

    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon

    Premiered1965

    NetworkCBS, NBC

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  • 23
    The Saint is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    The Saint

    Roger Moore, Ivor Dean

    Premiered1962

    NetworkITV

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    Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

    Premiered2018

    NetworkBBC America

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  • 25
    The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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    The Equalizer

    Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka

    Premiered1985

    NetworkCBS

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