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The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters 

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List Rules TV Series from any time period that are hipster favorites

List of TV shows hipsters love, currently running and from the past. Perhaps a TV-watching hipster seems like an oxymoron; after all, part of being a hipster is eschewing the mainstream and doing things that are different. These TV shows hipsters love, however, show that sometimes TV can be just different enough.

 Some hipster TV shows feature characters who are themselves hipsters. Think of Jess Day from “New Girl” -- from the black-framed glasses to the clothes to her attitude, she’s the quintessential hipster TV character. Or consider Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein from “Portlandia,” who’ve portrayed characters that embody yet satirize the typical hipster of the Pacific Northwest: from a focus on eco-friendly life to arguments about who read it/saw it/heard it first, the pair is everything hipster. Hipster TV characters aren’t new, either. Remember Dobie Gillis? He was a hipster. Or, was he, like, a beatnik, man?

 Other TV shows hipsters love don’t have hipster characters, but they’re peripheral enough to be enjoyed ironically or specifically because they are uncool. This class of TV shows for hipsters includes both older shows, such as “Star Trek,” and ones that are still being produced, such as “Jeopardy.” Hipsters also enjoy TV shows meant for a younger audience -- it’s hard to deny the hipster appeal of “The Powerpuff Girls.”

 Whether viewers call themselves hipsters, these TV shows with hipster appeal range from comedy to drama to game show and everything in between. For extra hipster cred, be sure to watch them on an old black-and-white TV or on a MacBook.

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

Arrested Development (Fox, 2003) is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz. Level-headed son Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) takes over family affairs after his father is ...more
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. The series follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a perky mid-level bureaucrat, and her ...more
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Portlandia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan

Premiered: 2011

Portlandia (IFC, 2011) is a sketch comedy television series created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Jonathan Krisel. Armisen and Brownstein star as various characters in sketches ...more
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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999) is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by Paul Feig. A gifted high schooler (Linda Cardellini) starts hanging out with a group of burnouts, while ...more
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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by Vince Gilligan. After being diagnosed with cancer, a depressed high school chemistry teacher (Bryan ...more
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Daria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

Premiered: 1997

Daria is an American animated television series created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn for MTV. The series focuses on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, acerbic, and somewhat misanthropic ...more
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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The brilliant yet insensitive detective ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

Premiered: 2005

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. A group of five depraved underachievers: twins Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howerton) and ...more
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Community is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi

Premiered: 2009

Community (NBC, 2009) is an American comedy television series created by Dan Harmon. After being disbarred for faking his college degree, a narcissist lawyer (Joel McHale) enrolls in community ...more
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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos Jr., based on the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. When he's not doing forensic work ...more
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
johnvoilin added Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook

Premiered: 2001

The Office (BBC Two, 2001) is a British television mockumentary sitcom created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The series follows the day-to-day lives of office ...more
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
lizmorenoproductions added Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that ...more
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Monty Python's Flying Ci... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
FrancescaPitt added Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Premiered: 1969

Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows ...more
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski

Premiered: 2005

The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg Daniels, based on the 2001 British series. Led by manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the office ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more
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Archer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
analise.dubner added H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

Premiered: 2009

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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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

Premiered: 2006

30 Rock (NBC, 2006) is an American satirical sitcom television series created by Tina Fey. Head writer Liz Lemon (Fey) tries to run her sketch comedy show, while dealing with an arrogant boss ...more
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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Puzzler added Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson

Premiered: 1975

Saturday Night Live (NBC, 1975), also known as SNL, is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. Hosted by a ...more
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Mystery Science Theater ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
FrancescaPitt added Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu

Premiered: 1988

Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. The show premiered on KTMA in ...more
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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
AmberWillowSilbergSteiner added Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, 2013) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jenji Kohan, based on the memoir by Piper Kerman. Convicted of a decade old crime of ...more
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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

Premiered: 2007

Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. Womanizing advertising executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) balances work and pleasure, while harboring ...more
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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1999

Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more
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My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
FrancescaPitt added Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

Premiered: 2005

My Name Is Earl is an American television comedy series created by Greg Garcia that aired on the NBC television network from September 20, 2005, to May 14, 2009, in the United States. It was ...more
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters
FrancescaPitt added Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more