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Top 20 Cult TV Shows

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These shows are "cult shows" meaning that they got obsessive followers and fans.

Rated 200 points - posted 8 years ago by Peter in category Television.
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The X-Files Report Abuse
The X-Files is an example of cult tv that ran for about 10 years.
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Star Trek Report Abuse
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Miami Vice Report Abuse
This iconic cop show raised the bar for this genre and has yet to be equaled for plots, action, music, photography and acting. This was Don Johnson at his unshaven Sonny Crockett best - a brilliant actor whose appearance set the style for men all over the world that persists in the millions of men who sport two-day beards today.
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Miami Vice was fantastic good. Best of the 80s TV series.
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Nash Bridges Report Abuse
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Dr. Who Report Abuse
Dr Who is a British tv show that has been running since the 1960's.
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The Prisoner Report Abuse
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Firefly Report Abuse
Cult show from the makers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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The Simpsons Report Abuse
208 points - added 8 years ago by Peter - 1 comment
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How can this be a cult show if it is still ON THE AIR??!?!?
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Monk Report Abuse
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It was on a struggling network who let it last because they just wanted to give the show a chance. It worked, and it became the show that saved basic cable.
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Too popular when it was on to be a cult fave.
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Arrested Development Report Abuse
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Dark Shadows Report Abuse
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Battlestar Galactica Report Abuse
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M*A*S*H Report Abuse
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Twin Peaks Report Abuse
Edgy with a freakish sense of humor, good looking babes too.
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Beauty and the Beast Report Abuse
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Monty Python's Flying Circus Report Abuse
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Buffy the Vampire Slaye Report Abuse
118 points - added 8 years ago by Peter - 1 comment
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slayer
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Futurama Report Abuse
Its passionate fanbase notices the episodes that makes us cry. Millions of die hards were willing to buy the DVDs and watch the Cartoon Network reruns to help bring it back. Theres no doubt that this Emmy winning series deserves to be known as a cult show.
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A very funny adult Cartoon, that any kids can watch to.
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Community (2009-present) Report Abuse
Not a ratings hit at all but critics and fans alike really love this show. It doesn't get much media press but Community fans are extremely obsessive.
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The Sopranos Report Abuse
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Stargate SG-1 Report Abuse
This sci-fi channel based on a movie has a large number of fanatical fans around the world.
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MillenniuM Report Abuse
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SUPERNATURAL Report Abuse
This is by far the best show on the CW. Anyone who follows the story line will tell you this show is cult tv. It has all the elements. Mythology, rabid fans, it even has it's own wik site that details each episode, each character that has ever appeared on the show, and even all the cars and music that have been on the show.
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Freaks and Geeks Report Abuse
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Jericho Report Abuse
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Columbo [1971-1978 ] Report Abuse
Peter Falk
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Yes definitely one of the best.
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Scrubs (2001-2010) Report Abuse
Despite airing after the cultural phenomenon known as Friends for a year and a half, ratings didn't matter in the end for Scrubs. It would end up being a small niche show with a very passionate fanbase. The fans' loyalty to the show is what kept it on NBC for seven seasons, and many of those fans followed the show to ABC for its final two seasons.
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Xena Warrior Princess Report Abuse
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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Report Abuse
Much newer than anything else on this list. The fanbase has taken over the internet. Conventions are being held all over the world. Most people probably know a brony
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South Park Report Abuse
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wrestla88, obviously you've never been around South Park fans or else you would hear how obsessed they are about the show. This is definitely a cult show.
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How is south park a cult show?
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True Blood Report Abuse
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It's always sunny in Philidelphia Report Abuse
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Family Guy (1999-2002; 2005-present) Report Abuse
This has to be on the list of cult shows or else this list has no credibility. Family Guy wasn't a hit at all in its original three-year run on Fox. It was the show's committed and really passionate fans that convinced Fox to bring the show back in 2005 after seeing how well DVDs were selling and how it did in reruns on Comedy Central. Indeed, Family Guy fans tend to be very obsessive about the show!
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Quantum Leap Report Abuse
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Babylon 5 Report Abuse
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FRIENDS Report Abuse
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Dead Like Me Report Abuse
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The Inbetweeners Report Abuse
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British comedy at its rudest, dirtiest and funniest best.
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Revenge (2011-present) Report Abuse
Go anywhere on the Internet that is TV-related and you will find at least one Revenge fan. It's unreal how obsessive these people are about their show and even claim that there's "buzz" surrounding it. Truth is, the only "buzz" at this moment that surrounds Revenge is coming from other Revenge fans on the web. Revenge fans may be some of the most annoying people you may come across on the Internet. Definitely a cult show.
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Seinfeld Report Abuse
I don't think I've ever heard a sitcom so frequently quoted. I can't believe that nearly everytime I start out a discussion about Seinfeld with, "You know that episode where...", nearly everyone says, "Yes, how about when...."
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How is Seinfeld a cult show? I understand that an unconventional TV show like Lost made the list, but Seinfeld? Isn't it a bit too normal to be a cult show? If I'm not mistaken, it was the #1 show in the country for a few seasons including the final season.
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Workaholics Report Abuse
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Veronica Mars Report Abuse
14 points - added 8 years ago by Peter - 1 comment
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very well written, probable one of the best kids shows for a few years
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Farscape Report Abuse
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The Office (2005-present) Report Abuse
I have NO idea why this is not on the list already. This is very much a cult show. It wasn't a hit in the ratings until the second season when it followed My Name Is Earl and grew its largely obsessive fanbase from there. There's no doubt that this clever, subtle, and innovative comedy helped inspire Modern Family, which is one of the biggest shows on TV right now. Office never reached Modern's widespread popularity but its fans are much more passionate and that's really what makes a cult show.
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Six Feet Under Report Abuse
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Undeclared Report Abuse
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Hawaii Five-O 1968-1980 Report Abuse
One of the top cult TV series ever. Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) and his team ruled.
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Primeval Report Abuse
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The Andy Griffith Show Report Abuse
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Lost Report Abuse
Lost is a newer example of a cult tv show.
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Lost was a top 10 show in the 18-49 demographic for its whole run. But that means squat because Lost fans were beyond obsessive. I know this firsthand because I caught up with the show for the final season and was extremely obsessed with it. All my friends who watched Lost were extremely obsessive about the show also. Lost is arguably THE definition of a cult show.
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Highest rating actually means it CAN'T be a cult show. By definition the word means something like "a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister." The only thing st4range about LOStis why people like a show thats really not very good...
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Highest Rated does not make it a Cult show.
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not a cult show?? it was one of the highest rated shows of the last 6 years. There's a Lost 'wiki' page that details everything you could ever think of. I think that classifies it as Cult
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It isn't. Way too confusing as you said
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This show was just to confusing. I just did not get it. and I do not think it is a cult TV show.
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Charmed Report Abuse
This is a show about 3 sisters who are witches and charmed. Ran for 8 seasons snd has a big following of many loyal fans who woild love to see it return to the small or big screen.
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It's really fun to watch charmed, because they didn't take themselfes very serious, there are some dark storylines but mostly every episode is funny. The show changed my life!
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Spongebob Squarepants (1999-present) Report Abuse
Most frequently quoted/quotable kids' show of all time? YMMV.
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Sliders Report Abuse
Sweet show
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Spaced Report Abuse
Not any british shows??
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Report Abuse
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FRINGE Report Abuse
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Dragnet [original version 1951-1959] Report Abuse
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The Comeback Report Abuse
Great fan base even though show ran for 10 episodes.
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Archer Report Abuse
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Police Squad Report Abuse
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It's a shame the series only lasted six episodes. Very funny show indeed. Of course we got the Naked Gun movies years later, but it would have been great to have a couple more seasons of Police Squad!. RIP Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, and Rex Hamilton as Abraham Lincoln.
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The Owl Service Report Abuse
Classic British children's T.V. series that seriously raised the the bar and set the standard for kid's T.V. for years. Adapted by the author, Alan Garner, this is a dark, spiritual tale where the characters seem doomed to re-enact an old Welsh legend.
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The Brady Bunch (1969-1974) Report Abuse
This wasn't a big hit when it was originally on ABC but it built a fanbase later on in reruns, kind of like Family Guy after it was canceled. Many consider it a piece of Americana, and this would not have happened if it wasn't for gaining a new audience after it originally ended.
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Survivors Report Abuse
The 70s UK series...
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Dallas Report Abuse
Watching it recently again it really still measures up. Put aside the predjudice of Dallas just being a silly soap and enjoy a good script, good dialouges and pretty good actors!
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The Tripods Report Abuse
80s UK TV series for the kiddies, of which I was one...
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kenny vs spenny Report Abuse
best friends - worst enemies without a doubt my favorite tv show of all time ... so if ur reading this and realize you havent seen this show please just take the time to check it out i feel its my duty to get others to watch this show . i laugh more for kenny vs spenny than any other show it dosnt even show in my country but ive seen all 88 episode at least 10 times minimum and my favorite i must have watched over 30 times and from what ive seen it has a monster die hard fan base seriously Kenny vs. Spenny was a Canadian comedy reality television series about Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice, who face each other in various competitions. The loser of the episode must perform an act of humiliation, usually selected by the winner. Kenny: A witty wise-cracker and brilliant schemer. Kenny's a goofball looking for a shortcut. He loves to humiliate Spenny and will do anything to win. Spenny: A stressed out, neurotic, short-fused adult-type who believes in preparation and hard work. He's responsible, often angry, introspective, paranoid and ethical. its actually had almost 20 remakes from different countries and eventually u get to know the guys and find it even funnier i was going to end with a quote from the show but its hard to pick out 1 cos there is so many so please take 2 seconds to youtube kenny and spennys youtube manifesto or some other vids on you tube remember the show gets funnier the more you get to know them so be sure to watch a few episodes
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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Report Abuse
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Glee (2009-present) Report Abuse
Glee hasn't had consistently brilliant writing since the first 13 episodes of the first season but this too is a cult show. Before it became a big thing in its second season, it already had a small dedicated fanbase that obsessed and constantly talked about the show. It looked like a mini-Lost in terms of obsessive fans. It's not a big thing anymore but the hardcore fans of the show are still committed to what stories and music the show has to offer.
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Emergency! Report Abuse
Classic fire rescue/hospital drama that helped propel the paramedic program across the US..still lots of fans and on retro TV
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Wonder Woman Report Abuse
the tv show with Lynda Carter!
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H.R. Pufnstuf Report Abuse
This drug inspired show from the late 60's is a great example of cult tv.
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