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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 Chuck 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 Burn Notice 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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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
aspirin2020 added The Americans 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 Covert Affairs 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 24 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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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
erree added Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman Person of Interest is an American science fiction crime drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan that premiered on September 22, 2011, on CBS. The series revolves around John Reese, a ...more

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Alias is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Alias 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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
i̇brahim-ensar added The Blacklist 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 Nikita 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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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
holmer62 added Mission: Impossible 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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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Countermoon added The Avengers 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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Homeland 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

The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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Spooks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Spooks 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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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Countermoon added Get Smart 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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The Night Manager is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
The Night Manager 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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Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Umberhaven added Agent Carter Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an upcoming American television series, spinning out of the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name.

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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
Countermoon added The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 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

The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Chris Abraham added Archer 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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La Femme Nikita is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
La Femme Nikita 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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The Saint is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Benjamin Dunn added The Saint 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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 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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The Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
andrewpseeger added The Prisoner 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

The Best AMC TV Shows

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The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Countermoon added The Wild Wild West 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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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Benjamin Dunn added MacGyver 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 The Equalizer Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing The Equalizer was an American crime drama television series, originally airing on CBS from fall 1985 until late-spring 1989. It starred Edward Woodward as a retired espionage/intelligence ...more

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I Spy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
I Spy 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

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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Quantico 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 Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Fringe 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

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Hunted is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Hunted 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

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The Unit is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
The Unit 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

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Strike Back is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
MichielDaems added Strike Back 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

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Transporter: The Series is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
GilVertiz added Transporter: The Series 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

The Best TV Shows Ending in 2017

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Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Kim Possible 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 crime fighter who has the task of ...more

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Spy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
budokaiman added Spy 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

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Human Target is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Human Target 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

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Deutschland 83 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Deutschland 83 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

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Scarecrow and Mrs. King is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
MorWeb added Scarecrow and Mrs. King 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

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It Takes a Thief is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
slaft added It Takes a Thief 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

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M.I. High is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
JulinhaMartins added M.I. High 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

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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Hogan's Heroes Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. ...more

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Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Intelligence 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

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Turn: Washington's Spies is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Turn: Washington's Spies 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

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K.C. Undercover is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
MiraChandriani added K.C. Undercover 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

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The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
The Six Million Dollar Man 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

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The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
The Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone The Bionic Woman is an American television series starring Lindsay Wagner that aired for three seasons between 1976 and 1978 as a spin-off from The Six Million Dollar Man. Wagner stars as tennis ...more

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Secret Agent Man is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Countermoon added Secret Agent Man Grace Park, Dina Meyer, Lola Glaudini Secret Agent Man is a spy-fi television series that aired on UPN in 2000. The series, created by writer Richard Regen, starred Costas Mandylor as Monk, a gallivanting secret agent, who was one ...more

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Totally Spies! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
bigcraig added Totally Spies! 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

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Berlin Station is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Ulli Schmidt added Berlin Station Richard Armitage, Richard Jenkins, Rhys Ifans Berlin Station is an American espionage drama television series. It follows Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage), who has just arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin, Germany. His mission is ...more

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The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Stefanie Powers, Noel Harrison, Leo G. Carroll The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is an American spy-fi TV series that aired on NBC for one season from September 16, 1966 to April 11, 1967. The series was a spin-off from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and ...more

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Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Laura Vandervoort, Tyler Posey, Enuka Okuma Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye is an American television series that premiered in 2002 on the PAX Network. The show ended in May 2005 due to PAX's decision to halt the production of original programming. ...more