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The Best A&E Network TV Shows

Updated December 9, 2020 4.7k votes 755 voters 40.5k views84 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever debuted on A&E.

This list of the top current and canceled A&E shows of all time includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best A&E TV shows of all time includes old A&E shows, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

Answering the question, “What is the best A&E show of all time?”, this list includes favorites like Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars, and Hoarders. If you're interested in the supernatural then there’s everything from Ghost Hunters to Ancient Mysteries. If dramas are your thing, then A&E has got your back with Longmire. For fans of true crime, A&E has you covered with true crime documentaries like The First 48 and American Justice.

What are the best A&E TV series ever? Vote up the best A&E shows, or use this list to build a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion.

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  • The First 481
    145
    68

    The First 48

    Dion Graham, Caroline Mason

    Premiered2004

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  • Longmire2
    139
    69

    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff

    Premiered2012

    More Longmire 

    The Best Episodes of 'Longmire'#20 of 70 The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series

  • Cold Case Files3
    72
    29

    Cold Case Files

    Danny Pino, Anthony Green

    Premiered1999

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    #150 of 538 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time#73 of 169 The Best TV Crime Dramas

  • After the First 484
    63
    27

    After the First 48

    Dion Graham, Dave Walker

    Premiered2012

  • Duck Dynasty5
    137
    103

    Duck Dynasty

    Phil Robertson, Si Robertson

    Premiered2012

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    The Truth About "Duck Dynasty"#17 of 277 The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time

  • Intervention6
    65
    40

    Intervention

    Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

    Premiered2005

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    #17 of 62 The Best Reality Dramas#13 of 26 The Best Reality Medical Shows

  • Storage Wars7
    72
    48

    Storage Wars

    Dan Dotson, Laura Dotson

    Premiered2010

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    Storage Wars Is Yet Another Reality TV Show That Is Almost Completely Staged#35 of 427 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

  • Ancient Mysteries8
    49
    25

    Ancient Mysteries

    Leonard Nimoy

    Premiered1994

  • Beyond Scared Straight9
    54
    30

    Premiered2011

  • Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath10
    36
    14

    Premiered2016

  • American Justice11
    49
    30

    American Justice

    Bill Kurtis

    Premiered1992

  • Biography12
    43
    29

    Biography

    Joan Lunden, Peter Graves

    Premiered1987

  • The First 48: Missing Persons13
    40
    26

    The First 48: Missing Persons

    Bill Mondy

    Premiered2011

  • Parking Wars14
    47
    35

    Parking Wars

    Bill Kurtis

    Premiered2008

  • City Confidential15
    43
    33

    City Confidential

    Paul Winfield, Keith David

    Premiered1999

  • The Glades16
    56
    50

    The Glades

    Matt Passmore, Kiele Sanchez

    Premiered2010

  • Ghost Hunters17
    16
    4

    Ghost Hunters

    Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves

    Premiered2004

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    'Ghost Hunters' Is More Fiction Than Fact, And Here's Why#59 of 82 The Best Syfy Original Shows

  • Mysteries of the Bible18
    38
    31

    Mysteries of the Bible

    Jean Simmons, Richard Kiley

    Premiered1994

  • Born This Way19
    29
    21

    Born This Way

    Sean McElwee, Rachel Osterbach

    Premiered2015

  • The Killing Season20
    23
    14

    The Killing Season

    Joshua Zeman, Rachel Mills

    Premiered2016

  • Crime 36021
    31
    26

    Crime 360

    Bill Lloyd, John Venuti

    Premiered2008

  • Paranormal Cops22
    31
    26

    Paranormal Cops

    Ron Fabiani, Thomas Froelich

    Premiered2010

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    #31 of 118 The Best Docudrama TV Shows#59 of 90 The Best Paranormal TV Shows

  • Hoarders23
    40
    37

    Hoarders

    Matt Paxton, Robin Zasio

    Premiered2009

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    #37 of 92 The Best Lifestyle TV Shows#39 of 56 The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s

  • America's Top Dog24
    12
    2

    America's Top Dog

    Officer Bowie, Robert Schwarting

    Premiered2020

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    #214 of 865 The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years#63 of 117 The Best Reality Competition Series

  • Dallas SWAT25
    27
    23

    Dallas SWAT

    Paul Junger Witt

    Premiered2006