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The Best A&E Network TV Shows

Updated October 12, 2020 5.2k votes 719 voters 39.2k views123 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 48 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    The First 48

    Dion Graham, Caroline Mason

    Premiered2004

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    Longmire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff

    Premiered2012

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    Cold Case Files is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Cold Case Files

    Danny Pino, Anthony Green

    Premiered1999

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  • 4
    After the First 48 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    After the First 48

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    Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Duck Dynasty

    Phil Robertson, Si Robertson

    Premiered2012

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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

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    Serial Killers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Serial Killers

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    Intervention is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Intervention

    Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

    Premiered2005

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    Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Storage Wars

    Dan Dotson, Laura Dotson

    Premiered2010

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    Ancient Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
  • 11
    Beyond Scared Straight is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    American Justice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    American Justice

    Bill Kurtis

    Premiered1992

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    The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

    Premiered1999

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    Leah Remini: Scientology and t is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    12

    Premiered2016

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    The First 48: Missing Persons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    The First 48: Missing Persons

    Bill Mondy

    Premiered2011

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    Biography is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Biography

    Joan Lunden, Peter Graves

    Premiered1987

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    Parking Wars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Parking Wars

    Bill Kurtis

    Premiered2008

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    City Confidential is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    City Confidential

    Paul Winfield, Keith David

    Premiered1999

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    Mysteries of the Bible is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Mysteries of the Bible

    Jean Simmons, Richard Kiley

    Premiered1994

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    The Glades is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    The Glades

    Matt Passmore, Kiele Sanchez

    Premiered2010

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    Born This Way is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Born This Way

  • 22
    Crime 360 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Crime 360

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    Ghost Hunters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    Ghost Hunters

    Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves

    Premiered2004

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    The Killing Season is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    The Killing Season

    Joshua Zeman, Rachel Mills
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    America's Top Dog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
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    America's Top Dog

    Officer Bowie, Robert Schwarting

    Premiered2020

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