Best Spy TV Shows

The Top Ten

1 Chuck Chuck is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak.

I love the cast and I love the comedy of it! Best Show Ever! It deserves to be in the top 5!

I love it! I suggest them to create new seasons... As in more and more seasons... The writer is great hope you can write again for Chuck's fun... Add that Sara walker is really amazing.

One of the best spy shows I've seen since La Femme Nikita - great story, action scenes, likeable characters etc

Some would think it surprising but the story is so great and so is the acting. It's common that in action shows the acting goes down as the explosions and gun fights go up but both of these things hold great rank in Chuck. I love this show and can't get enough of it! And the character development is so great as well, especially when it comes to John Casey who's also my favourite character.

2 La Femme Nikita

Far more than a cult favorite, in fact, Nikita prefigured many elements that would
Dominate post-9/11 programming. Alongside The X-Files, the show relied on ongoing story
Arcs, darker tones, and personal conflicts to emphasize the repercussions of individual
Choices, both moral and professional.

LOVE the series, it should be number 1!

Probably the best US adaption of a movie ever. Loses a bit when they re-casted the show and got rid of the original actors and tried to update it. It kind of lost the plot then but the last series I enjoyed although not as much as the first.

One of the greatest T.V. shows of all time! Definitely the best spy series!
On another note, the picture you have posted is from the original movie, not from the T.V. series.

3 Spy Game

Brilliant but very very and very short spy series from 1997

Covert affairs doesn't glorify it but it shows what is! It's a rotten job but someone has to do it.

4 Jake 2.0

Superb spy show that inspired Chuck

Love it I wish there were more.


5 Burn Notice

The best spy show ever. Chuck finley is the best. And fiona and jesse and michael. And the mikes mom best cast ever.. And who can forget berry... This show had me locked... aNd kept wanting more the best series ever have to watch it from the beginning. And it always has a plot within a plot. This is what super spies do. Just totally entertaining. I love this show

Loved that one... There is no other spy series that couldn't match this one. It was an incredible T.V. show. The timeline, the burn notice thing instead of being fired.. VERY INTERESTING.. Would recommend this one to a friend who likes spy series.

One of the best series I've ever seen. Psychological warfare used by Michael Westen and his co-workers is truly amazing. Definitively worth watching!

This one is a truly cult and epic T.V. show... Most genuine spy missions and stories with blazing actions... Jeffrey donovan is awesome

6 24 24 is an American action drama television series produced for the Fox network, created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer.

The Finest & Greatest Spy Show Of All Time. Each Episode Is Completely Gripping And Has A Moral Lesson To Teach The Audience, That Most People "Expect Results But Are To Afraid To Get Their Hands Dirty" And Jack Bauer So Famously Said That "I Suggest You Roll Up Your Sleeves"! Classic Bauer. Sometimes In Life One Needs To Bathe In The Dark To Serve The Light! That Is 24 In A Nutshell And The Acting And The Attention Towards Character Development Has Never Been So Prominent In A T.V. Show!

This is the reference of all Action series from the year B. C A. D 0001.

This has to be number 1.

Outstanding espionage series..undoubtedly number 1...

7 The 4400

Not 100% spy thing but still must be here

8 The Pretender
9 Acapulco H.E.A.T.
10 Sleeper Cell

The Contenders

11 The Invisible Man

An Underrated Sci-Fi/Spy show

12 Dollhouse

This superb show should have been "alive". It had a big potential. Eliza Dushku was great and her team was awesome too

13 F/X: The Series
14 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996)

Definitely one of the best spy shows ever. Unfortunately, they made only 13 episodes. Scott Bakula and Maria Bello played the main roles

15 Homeland Homeland is an American spy thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Prisoners of War, which was created by Gideon Raff.

The best drama I have ever seen especially the role of Brody and Carrie.

Great show, definitely deserves to be in the top 5

This show needs to be in the top 5! One of the best!

The very best ever

16 Covert Affairs

Best show I've ever watched, it has a bit of everything, drama, romance, mystery! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a interesting T.V. show to get stuck into!

Season 4 was just epic! That season hooked me. Best spy show ever.

Love this show very much, next season please...

So addicted to this show! Just blasted thru all 5 seasons. What will I do without it :(

17 Spooks

A superb British spy thriller show also known as MI-5 in the U.S. never being afraid of going dark or killing off popular character, the show was a definite sucess over its 10 year run and certainly deserves a spot on the list!

Top of the line spy series. Follows the exploits of the UK's MI6, the equivalent to the US's CIA.

Don't get used to any of the cast members, they tend to die off without advance notice...

The best spy series ever, blows your mind off..with so many twists and shock to blow it mind off...way way better thand those 1 man superman shows from usa

18 Intelligence

Please renew this show. Awesome characters and perfect plot.

Its good,worth watching

19 Jericho Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama television series, which centers on the residents of the fictional city of Jericho, Kansas.
20 The Americans

The most realistic spy series I have ever seen. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you for all the people taking part to entertaining us.

It should be a crime that this isn't higher on the list. Incredible realistic spycraft and amazing plot.

I can't believe FX's series "The Americans" is not on this list. It is so good.

One of the best shows in existance in my opinion...

21 The Mentalist

Not sure who is spy in the Mentalist show.

One of the best shows. But after red john capture the writers didn't had anything in them to tell.

22 Archer

Archer is the best

23 Fringe

Fantastic series.
Cool, deep, funny

24 Get Smart

Far and away the funniest spy ever. I'm going to say this without the cone of silence: Get Smart is the Best!

One of those really great old T.V. shows that got screwed up when they tried to recreate it.

25 Person of Interest

Love this show, can't stop obsessing over it. Love the growth every character goes through.

26 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


27 The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Campy at times but a great bond type series

Not a T.V. show

28 The Night Manager The Night Manager is a British television serial adapted from John LeCarre's espionage novel of the same name. It premiered on BBC One and was directed by Susanne Bier and starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, David Harewood, Tom Hollander, and Elizabeth Debicki.

A mini series, but well developed, perfectly paced, and watching Tom Hiddleston channel his inner Bond is a treat.

Great show can't wait for next series

29 Alias Alias is an American action television series created by J. J. Abrams, that was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a double-agent for the Central Intelligence Agency posing as an operative for SD-6, a worldwide criminal more.

The best. Bring it back!

Hubby and I binged for the past 4 months on this series. Hands down best spy series ever!

Love it! Two more shows to go then done with all. I will miss it!

Awesome, would love more episodes

30 I Spy
31 Dark Angel (2000)

I really wished there was a third season it was so amazing

Jessica Alba as genetically enhanced superagent who escaped from goverment research facility. I really don't understand why it has only two seasons... It is great T.V. show.

Binge watched this for most of my summer. It was amazing! 😉 definitely something you should consider watching

32 The Prisoner

Brilliant plots in an era of little special effects

33 Secret Agent

The first realistic series

Wish I could find it to watch.

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I love the songby johnny rivers

34 Human Target

Human Target has good actions and locations are also brilliant. I wish it gets re-instated

35 Dark Skies

This is what I call "REAL SPY T.V. SHOW". Dark Skies is absolute masterpiece with creative story, smart sci-fi moments and suspense

36 Level 9
37 Misson: Impossible
38 Agent Carter Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, inspired by the film Captain America: The First Avenger, and the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name.

Female intelligence agent post world war 2. Better than SHIELD in my opinion

39 American Odyssey

Technically a captured/escaped soldier but she's very spy like..

Best Series of this Genre probably ever...


40 The Wild Wild West
41 M.I. High

Love this's an action packed adventure

42 Whiskey Cavalier

Just like "The Avengers", "Scarecrow and Mrs. King", and "Chuck" a great mix of escapist spy-action and romantic tension. Much more on the spymance side rather than the hard core action tension of "24", original "MI", "Spooks/MI5".

43 Aim High
44 Nikita

Best ever action spy thriller with human emotions. Love and passion... Number 1

Watch it! You'll thank me after episode 1

Awesome... I wish it had more seasons...

How can any of the other shows above be better?

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