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The Best A&E Network TV Shows 

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List of popular A&E Network shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled A&E Network TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best A&E Network TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on A&E Network, 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.

This list contains shows like Psychic Kids and Billy the Exterminator.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with A&E Network on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite A&E Network TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top A&E Network television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the A&E Network network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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The First 48 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
The First 48 Dion Graham, Caroline Mason, Tony Mullins

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action film, Reality television

The First 48 (A&E, 2004) is an American documentary television series that offers an insider's look at the real-life world of homicide investigators.

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Longmire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Neo-Western

Longmire (A&E, 2012) is an American modern Western crime drama television series developed by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, based on the novels by Craig Johnson. In Absaroka County, Wyoming, ...more

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Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Phil Robertson, Si Robertson

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Reality television

Duck Dynasty (A&E, 2012) is an American reality television series. It portrays the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business, Duck Commander.

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more

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Cold Case Files is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Danny Pino, Anthony Green

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Documentary

Cold Case Files (A&E, 1999) is a reality legal docuseries hosted by Bill Kurtis. The show documents the investigation of many long-unsolved murders (referred to as "cold cases" in ...more

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After the First 48 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
After the First 48

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action film, Reality television

After the First 48 is an American documentary television series on A&E. It is the companion series to The First 48. While the original series deals with the steps taken to discover, locate, ...more
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Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Dan Dotson, Laura Dotson, Emily Wears

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

Storage Wars (A&E, 2010) is an American reality television series narrated by Thom Beers. Professional buyers visit storage facilities throughout the state and bid on these lockers.

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Intervention is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

Intervention (A&E, 2005) is an American documentary television series created by Sam Mettler. It follows one/two participant(s), who are dependent or are addicted, documented in anticipation ...more

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Beyond Scared Straight ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

A's hit series BEYOND SCARED STRAIGHT, which premiered as the highest-rated original series launch in the network's history, returns for a new season. The series, inspired by "SCARED ...more
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American Justice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Bill Kurtis

Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Documentary

For over ten years, AMERICAN JUSTICE® has been the gold standard of criminal justice programming, tackling today's toughest issues through the cases that challenge and change the law. Famous ...more
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Serial Killers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Serial Killers

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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Ancient Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Historical drama, Documentary

Ancient Mysteries is a television series that was produced by FilmRoos and originally broadcast on A&E between 7 January 1994 and 3 May 1998 with reruns airing until 2000. Reruns were also ...more
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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deals with personal and professional issues in ...more

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Biography is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Joan Lunden, Peter Graves, David Hart Smith

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Non-fiction, Documentary

Biography is a documentary television series that had three original runs, twice on CBS and the current on A&E then The Biography Channel then FYI. It was originally a half-hour filmed ...more

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Parking Wars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Bill Kurtis

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Parking Wars is a reality television series which aired on the A&E television network. The program followed traffic enforcement employees as they ticket, "boot," and tow cars as ...more
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The First 48: Missing Pe... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
The First 48: Missing Persons Bill Mondy

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Action film, Reality television

The First 48: Missing Persons is an American documentary television series on A&E. The series debuted on June 2, 2011, with the second season premiering on March 15, 2012.
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Leah Remini: Scientology... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Leah Remini, Mike Rinder

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E, 2016) is a documentary series presented by Leah Remini and Mike Rinder. Each episode features former members of the church describing their ...more
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The Glades is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Matt Passmore, Kiele Sanchez, Carlos Gómez

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Comedy-drama, Police procedural

The Glades (A&E, 2010) is a crime drama television series created by Clifton Campbell. Hooping to have a more relaxing lifestyle, a Chicago detective (Matt Passmore) takes a job with the ...more
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Mysteries of the Bible ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Mysteries of the Bible Jean Simmons, Richard Kiley

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Mysteries of the Bible is an hour-long television series that was originally broadcast by A&E from March 25, 1994 until June 13, 1998 and aired reruns until 2002. The series was about ...more
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City Confidential is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Paul Winfield, Keith David, David Madison

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Documentary

City Confidential is an American documentary television show, transmitted on the A&E Network, which singled out a community during each episode and investigated a crime that had occurred ...more
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Crime 360 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Crime 360

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Drama, News, Documentary, Action film, Reality television

Crime 360 is an American reality television show based on homicide detective units in various cities across the United States, including Richmond, Virginia; Rochester, New York; Little Rock, ...more
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Paranormal Cops is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Ron Fabiani, Thomas Froelich, Brian Jones

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Docudrama, Paranormal television, Live action, Documentary, Reality television

Paranormal Cops is an American paranormal reality television series that premiered on January 19, 2010, on A&E. The program was produced by NorthSouth Productions for A&E. It followed ...more

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

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Shipping Wars is a reality TV series on A&E that began airing on January 10, 2012. The show follows various independent carriers who have discovered that money can be made transporting items ...more
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Born This Way is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
Born This Way

Genres (Tv): Reality

Born This Way (A&E, 2015) is an Emmy Award-winning American reality television series. It features seven adults with Down Syndrome who work hard to achieve goals and overcome obstacles.
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The Killing Season is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best A&E Network TV Shows
The Killing Season Joshua Zeman, Rachel Mills

Genres (Tv): Documentary, True crime

The Killing Season (A&E, 2016) is an American true crime documentary TV series executive produced by Alex Gibney. The series follows documentarians Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills as they ...more