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The Best AMC Original Shows 

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Updated November 13, 2019 4.7k votes 1k voters 32.2k views 35 items

List Rules TV shows that were created by and originally aired on AMC. Vote up the best AMC original series.

AMC is a very popular cable and satellite TV channel that originally took its name from "American Movie Classics." In recent years the station has revamped its programming, turning to more modern era movies, TV shows and miniseries. It originally launched in 1984 but began taking the major shift to reach more viewers over the past decade. Its original series have played a huge role in that shift. What are the best AMC original shows?
 
AMC has recently produced a number of series that have reached a loyal fan base and raked in the awards. When AMC began programming in the 80s they didn’t even have original series. They have more than made up for the lack for original programming now by bringing viewers some of the most popular series on modern television!
 
This list features the best AMC original series, ranked by the community, including, "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," "Mad Men," and "Hell on Wheels." Vote up the best AMC original shows below and see how the shows you think are the best rank.
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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008-2013

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 54

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010 – present

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 144

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 4

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, Jimmy ...more

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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

Premiered: 2007 – present

Number of Seasons: 7

Genres (Tv): Period drama, Serial drama

Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. Womanizing advertising executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) balances work and pleasure, while harboring ...more

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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

Premiered: 2011 – present

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 20

Genres (Tv): Western, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, + more

Hell on Wheels is a 2011 TV film directed by David Von Ancken.

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

Premiered: 2011 – present

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 28

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film, + more

The Killing (AMC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Veena Sud. A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the ...more

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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 3

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Wuxia

Into the Badlands (AMC, 2015) is an American TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after an event that left civilization in ruins. Regent Sunny (Daniel Wu), a ...more

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Halt and Catch Fire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Halt and Catch Fire

Premiered: 2014

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Turn: Washington's Spies... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Kevin McNally

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Genres (Tv): Drama

TURN: Washington's Spies is a period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring, a history of the Culper Ring. The series debuted on AMC on ...more

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Talking Dead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Talking Dead Chris Hardwick, Greg Nicotero, Denise M. Huth

Premiered: 2011 – present

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 29

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Talk show, Reality television

Talking Dead is a live talk show in which host Chris Hardwick discusses episodes of the AMC television series The Walking Dead with guests, including celebrity fans, cast members, and crew from ...more

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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror, Anthology, Psychological thriller

The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an anthology television series created by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, based on the novel by Dan Simmons. The first season follows a crew of a Royal Naval expedition ...more

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The Son is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Pierce Brosnan, Henry Garrett, Zahn McClarnon

Genres (Tv): Western, Drama

The Son (AMC, 2017) is a western drama television series based on the book of the same name by Philipp Meyer.

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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga

Genres (Tv): Drama, Black Comedy, Supernatural, Horror, Action

Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a ...more

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NOS4A2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Olafur Darri Olafsson

Premiered: 2019

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Supernatural horror, Drama

NOS4A2 (AMC, 2019) is an American supernatural horror drama television series created by Jami O'Brien, based on the novel by Joe Hill.After discovering a supernatural ability to unlock portals, ...more
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McMafia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
McMafia James Norton, David Strathairn, Juliet Rylance

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

McMafia (AMC, 2018) is a British crime drama television series created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, inspired by the book by Misha Glenny. Trying to escape the shadow of his past by ...more
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Lodge 49 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Wyatt Russell, Brent Jennings, Sonya Cassidy

Genres (Tv): Comedy-Drama, Mystery

Lodge 49 (AMC, 2018) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Jim Gavin. A young male ex-surfer (Wyatt Russell) joins a fraternal lodge after his father's death.
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The Day After Tomorrow ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Regina Ruehling added The Day After Tomorrow Brian Blessed, Ed Bishop, Nick Tate

Premiered: 1975

Genres (Tv): Television pilot, Drama, Television special, Science Fiction

The Day After Tomorrow is a 1975 British science-fiction television drama produced by Gerry Anderson between the two series of Space: 1999. Written by Johnny Byrne and directed by Charles ...more
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The Preppy Murder: Death... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Documentary, True Crime

The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park is an American documentary television miniseries. The docuseries looks at the notorious 1986 murder of Jennifer Levin in Central Park, featuring ...more
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Rubicon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Rubicon James Badge Dale, Jessica Collins, Lauren Hodges

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama

Rubicon is an American television series created by Jason Horwitch and produced by Henry Bromell that was broadcast on the AMC television network. The series centers on an intelligence analyst ...more
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Comic Book Men is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Comic Book Men Kevin Smith, Ming Chen, Walter Flanagan

Premiered: 2012 – present

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 6

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Reality television

Comic Book Men is an American reality television series airing on the AMC network. It is set at Kevin Smith's comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, in Red Bank, New Jersey.
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Talking Bad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Chris Hardwick, Vince Gilligan

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Talk-Show

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Broken Trail is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Western, Action/Adventure, Drama

Broken Trail is a 2006 Western miniseries directed by Walter Hill and starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church. Written by Alan Geoffrion, who also wrote the novel, the story is about an ...more

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Low Winter Sun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Mark Strong, Lennie James, James Ransone

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

Low Winter Sun is an American television drama series that aired on AMC from August 11 to October 6, 2013, for one season consisting of ten episodes. The series was developed by Chris Mundy and ...more
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The Lot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows
Linda Cardellini, Eric Stoltz, Jeffrey Tambor

Premiered: 1999-2001

The Lot is a 30 minute dramedy series that aired for 2 seasons and 16 episodes on the AMC from 1999 to 2001. It profiled the fictional studio Sylver Screen Pictures during the 1930s and the ...more
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Freakshow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best AMC Original Shows

Premiered: 2013 – present

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Freakshow is an American unscripted reality documentary television series from AMC that chronicles the operations of former music producer Todd Ray's Venice Beach Freakshow. The series premiered ...more