Entertainment 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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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
dianka2013 added Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez
Chuck (NBC, 2007) is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. When a twenty-something computer geek (Zachary Levi) inadvertently downloads ...more
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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
courtneysmith150195 added Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell
Burn Notice is an American television series created by Matt Nix which originally aired on the USA Network from June 28, 2007 to September 12, 2013. The show stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle ...more
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1,354 426
The Americans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
aspirin2020 added 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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Covert Affairs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
SoWhat added Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett
Covert Affairs is a USA Network television series starring Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham. The one-hour drama premiered on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. The show concluded its first season on ...more
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24 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Chris Abraham added Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard
24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more
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1,173 344
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
erree added Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman
Person of Interest is an American science fiction drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan that premiered on September 22, 2011, on CBS. The series revolves around John Reese, a former ...more
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1,167 458
Alias is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly
Alias is an American spy-action television series created by J. J. Abrams, which was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as ...more
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1,144 322
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
i̇brahim-ensar added James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more
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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
pigsflyhigh91 added Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca
Nikita is an American television series that aired on The CW from September 9, 2010 to December 27, 2013 in the United States. The series is a reboot of the popular 1997 TV series La Femme ...more
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853 169
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more
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420 312
Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
holmer62 added Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris
Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the ...more
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367 301
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Countermoon added Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman
The Avengers is a spy-fi British television series created in the 1960s. The Avengers initially focused on Dr. David Keel and his assistant John Steed. Hendry left after the first series and ...more
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601 305
Spooks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo, Lara Pulver
Spooks is a British television drama series that originally aired on BBC One from 13 May 2002 to 23 October 2011, consisting of 10 series. The title is a popular colloquialism for spies, and the ...more
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292 241
Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Countermoon added Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt
Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show stars Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, and Edward Platt. Henry ...more
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385 124
The Night Manager is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki
Luxury hotel night manager, and former British soldier, Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), an intelligence operative. He is tasked to navigate Whitehall ...more
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394 137
Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Umberhaven added Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj
Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC. The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her ...more
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376 216
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Countermoon added Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who ...more
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Archer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Chris Abraham added 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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198 160
The Saint is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Benjamin Dunn added Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford
The Saint is an ITC mystery spy thriller television series that aired in the UK on ITV between 1962 and 1969. It was based on the literary character Simon Templar created by Leslie Charteris in ...more
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328 261
La Femme Nikita is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer
La Femme Nikita is a Canadian action/drama television series based on the French film Nikita by Luc Besson. The series was co-produced by Jay Firestone of Fireworks Entertainment and Warner ...more
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379 129
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more
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186 192
The Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
andrewpseeger added Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick
The Prisoner is a 17-episode British television series first broadcast in the United Kingdom from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968. Starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan, it combined ...more
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The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Countermoon added Agnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin
The Wild Wild West is an American television series that ran on CBS for four seasons from September 17, 1965 to April 4, 1969. Two television movies were made with the original cast in 1979 and ...more
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297 164
MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Benjamin Dunn added Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill
MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the ...more
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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Muttley Dastardly added Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing
The Equalizer was an American drama television series, originally airing on CBS from fall 1985 until late-spring 1989. It starred Edward Woodward as a retired espionage/intelligence officer with ...more