TV The Best "American" TV Shows  

Amy Boal
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America! The red white and blue and television shows. That is the saying, right? In any case, there are lots of American TV shows, in the sense that they have the actual word "American" right there in their title in the TV guide. Most are also made in the US, for American audiences, though maybe people in New Zealand also like American Dad, who can be sure. All this list is here to tell you is that there are lots of American television shows and these are the best of them.

"Isn't it all just American Idol and American Gladiators and Real American Housewives or whatever other reality nonsense?" you're probably thinking. No, not at all. There is also The Americans, which is about spies! Spies! Then you have good American TV series like American Horror Story, which is pretty scary, but has Lady Gaga and American treasure Jessica Lange. Also on this American shows list is Fievel's American Tails. You might be thinking that was just an American movie, but come on, it's Hollywood. They'll make a TV show out of anything at all!

Vote up the best American shows listed here or even add some more, as long as the word "American" is in the name of the show. Just "America" isn't good enough; only true "American" series. Otherwise the Founding Fathers will be very upset.
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American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the "Animation Domination" lineup on Fox. American Dad! is the first ...more

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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
UnbreakableNacho added Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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American Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Mike Adamle, Joe Theismann, Todd Christensen American Gladiators is an American competition television program that aired weekly in syndication from September 1989 to May 1996. The series matched a cast of amateur athletes against each ...more

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American true crime anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The first season, The People v. O. J. Simpson, presents ...more

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American Housewife is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Meg Donnelly American Housewife (ABC, 2016) chronicles the daily life of an average wife and mother who tries to stand out among the housewives and their privileged children in her hometown of Westport, ...more

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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and is distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on ...more

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American Bandstand is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Dick Clark American Bandstand is an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as ...more

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The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
William Katt, Connie Sellecca, Robert Culp The Greatest American Hero is an American comedy-drama television series that aired for three seasons from 1981 to 1983 on ABC. Created by producer Stephen J. Cannell, it premiered as a two-hour ...more

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American Woman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Cheyenne Jackson American Woman (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American sitcom created by John Wells and John Riggi, based on the life of Kyle Richards. Struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her ...more

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American Ninja Warrior is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series Sasuke, in which competitors try to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty ...more

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American Pickers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby American Pickers (History, 2010) is an American reality television series that follows antique and collectible pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz who travel around the United States to buy or ...more

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American Boyband is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Kevin Abstract American Boyband (Viceland, 2017) is a reality series. Rapper Kevin Abstract and his band Brockhampton go on a mission to translate his faithful online following into real world success.

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The X Factor (U.S.) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
UnbreakableNacho added Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid The X Factor is an American reality television music competition created by Simon Cowell and produced by FremantleMedia North America and SYCOtv, a partnership between Cowell and Sony Music ...more

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American Vandal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro American Vandal (Netflix, 2017) is a true crime satire mockumentary series. When senior class clown Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) is accused of vandalism and expelled from school, sophomore Peter ...more

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The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley The Secret Life of the American Teenager is an American teen drama television series created by Brenda Hampton. It first aired on ABC Family on July 1, 2008 and ran until June 3, 2013. The show ...more

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Michael Bell, Arthur Burghardt, Chris Latta G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a half-hour American animated television series based on the successful toyline from Hasbro and the comic book series from Marvel Comics. The series was ...more

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American Grit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
John Cena, Rorke Denver, Noah Galloway American Grit (Fox, 2016) is a reality competition series filmed at the foothills of Mt. Rainier in Eatonville, WA. Sixteen competitors are divided into four teams of four, each led by a ...more

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American Chopper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Paul Teutul Sr., Paul Teutul Jr., Michael Teutul American Chopper is a reality television series that airs on Discovery Channel, produced by Pilgrim Films & Television. The series centers on Paul Teutul, Sr., and his son Paul Teutul, Jr., ...more

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American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco American Gothic is an American horror series created by Shaun Cassidy and executive producer Sam Raimi. The show first aired on CBS on September 22, 1995, and was cancelled after a single season ...more

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American Crime is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Elvis Nolasco American Crime is an American anthology crime drama television series that premiered on ABC on March 5, 2015, airing Thursdays at 10:00 pm. The series was created by John Ridley, and stars ...more

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Fievel's American Tails is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Dom DeLuise, Dan Castellaneta, Kenneth Mars Fievel's American Tails is an American/Canadian animated television series, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio, Nelvana, and Universal Cartoon Studios. It aired for one ...more

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The American Bible Challenge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Jeff Foxworthy The American Bible Challenge is a Biblical-themed American television game show created by Game Show Network. The series is hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, with Kirk Franklin joining Foxworthy as ...more

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American Masters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Julianna Margulies, Laura Linney, William Hurt American Masters is a PBS television show which produces biographies on artists, actors and writers of the United States who have left a profound impact on the nation's popular culture. It is ...more

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This American Life is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Ira Glass This American Life is an American television series based on the radio program of the same name. Like the radio program, the series is hosted by Ira Glass. The series premiered on March 22, ...more

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American Dreams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Gail O'Grady, Tom Verica, Brittany Snow American Dreams was an American television drama program broadcast on the NBC television network, produced by Once A Frog and Dick Clark Productions in association with Universal Network ...more