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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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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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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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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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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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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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La Femme Nikita is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Saint is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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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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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 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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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 27 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

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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

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Hunted is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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The Unit is listed (or ranked) 30 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

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Strike Back is listed (or ranked) 31 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

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Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 32 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

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Transporter: The Series is listed (or ranked) 33 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

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Deutschland 83 is listed (or ranked) 34 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

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Spy is listed (or ranked) 35 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

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Human Target is listed (or ranked) 36 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

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Turn: Washington's Spies is listed (or ranked) 37 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

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Scarecrow and Mrs. King is listed (or ranked) 38 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

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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 39 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

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Berlin Station is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Ulli Schmidt added 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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Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 41 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

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It Takes a Thief is listed (or ranked) 42 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

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M.I. High is listed (or ranked) 43 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

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw This series (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

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K.C. Undercover is listed (or ranked) 45 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

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The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 46 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

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The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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) 48 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
Countermoon added 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) 49 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

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The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ever Spy TV Shows
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