The Best Ever Spy TV Shows  

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List Rules Shows 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 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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Strike Back is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
MichielDaems added Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester, Michelle Lukes
Strike Back is a British/American action and military television series, based on a novel of the same name by novelist and former Special Air Service soldier Chris Ryan. The series follows the ...more
Berlin Station is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Ulli Schmidt added Richard Armitage, Richard Jenkins, Rhys Ifans
Berlin Station (Epix, 2016) is an American espionage drama TV series. It follows Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage), who has just arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin, Germany. His mission ...more
I Spy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey
I Spy is an American television secret-agent adventure series. It ran for three seasons on NBC from 1965 to 1968 and teamed Robert Culp as international tennis player Kelly Robinson with Bill ...more
Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud
Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. When CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John ...more
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
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
Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw
Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more
Hunted is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane
Hunted is a 2012 British television drama series created and written by Frank Spotnitz and produced by Kudos Film and Television and Big Light Productions for British broadcaster BBC, for its ...more
Quantico is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Priyanka Chopra, Josh Hopkins, Jake McLaughlin
Quantico (ABC, 2015) is an American television drama thriller series created by Joshua Safran. A bright FBI recruit (Priyanka Chopra) who joins the agency after graduating from the FBI Academy ...more
The Unit is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson
The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focused on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life U.S. Army special operations unit commonly known as Delta Force. The ...more
It Takes a Thief is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
slaft added Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne
It Takes a Thief is an American action-adventure television series that aired on ABC for three seasons between January 9, 1968, and March 24, 1970. It stars Robert Wagner in his television debut ...more
Scarecrow and Mrs. King is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
MorWeb added Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland
Scarecrow and Mrs. King is an American television series that aired from October 3, 1983, to May 28, 1987 on CBS. The show starred Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner as divorced housewife Amanda ...more
Transporter: The Series is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
GilVertiz added Chris Vance, François Berléand, Charly Hübner
Transporter: The Series is an English-language French-Canadian action-adventure television series, spun off from the Transporter film series created by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. It is ...more
Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright
Kim Possible is an American animated television series created by Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle for Disney Channel. It centers on Kim Possible, a teenage fighter who has the task of dealing ...more
K.C. Undercover is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
MiraChandriani added Zendaya, Veronica Dunne, Kamil McFadden
K.C. Undercover (Disney Channel, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by Corinne Marshall. A high school math genius (Zendaya) gets recruited by her parents after she finds out ...more
Deutschland 83 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Ulrich Noethen |
Deutschland 83 is an eight-episode German television series starring Jonas Nay as a 24-year-old native of East Germany who in 1983 is sent to the West as an undercover spy for the HVA, the ...more
Human Target is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley
Human Target is an American action drama television series that was broadcast by Fox in the United States. Based loosely on the Human Target comic book character created by Len Wein and Carmine ...more
Spy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
budokaiman added Robert Lindsay, Mark Heap, Miles Jupp
Spy is a British situation comedy created and written by Simeon Goulden. The first series aired on 14 October 2011 on Sky1 in the UK, as well as on the online video service Hulu in the United ...more
Turn: Washington's Spies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Kevin McNally
TURN: Washington's Spies is a period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring, a history of the Culper Ring. The series debuted on AMC on ...more
Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner
Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner during WWII. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. Bob Crane starred as ...more
Totally Spies! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
bigcraig added Jennifer Hale, Andrea Baker, Katie Griffin
Totally Spies! is a French and Canadian animated television series created by Vincent Chalvon-Demersay and David Michel and produced by Marathon Media Group and Image Entertainment Corporation. ...more
Counterpart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd
Counterpart is an American sci-fi thriller television series created by Justin Marks. When lowly UN employee Howard Silk (J. K. Simmons) discovers his agency is guarding a gateway to a parallel ...more
M.I. High is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
JulinhaMartins added Chris Stanton, Jonny Freeman, Rachel Petladwala
M.I. High is a BBC children's spy-fi adventure series. It was produced for the BBC by the independent production company Kudos, who also produced the hit BBC spy drama Spooks. It follows in the ...more
Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Josh Holloway, Meghan Ory, John Billingsley
Intelligence is an American cyber-themed action-adventure television series that aired on CBS in the United States. It premiered on January 7, 2014, and on May 10, 2014, CBS canceled the show ...more
The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks
The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the ...more
DangerMouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Benjamin Dunn added David Jason, Terry Scott, William Franklyn
Danger Mouse is a British children's animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television. It features the eponymous Danger Mouse, an English mouse who ...more