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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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 1 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
American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson
This show is an American anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, following separate unrelated ...more
American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 5 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
American Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 6 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
American Housewife is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
American Housewife 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
The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 8 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
American Idol is listed (or ranked) 9 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
American Boyband is listed (or ranked) 10 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.
American Pickers is listed (or ranked) 11 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
American Bandstand is listed (or ranked) 12 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
American Woman is listed (or ranked) 13 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
American Ninja Warrior is listed (or ranked) 14 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
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero 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
The X Factor (U.S.) is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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
An American Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Patricia Loud, Bill Loud, Lance Loud
An American Family is an American television documentary filmed from May 30 through December 31, 1971 and first aired in the United States on the Public Broadcasting Service from January 11, ...more
American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Juliet Rylance, Antony Starr, Justin Chatwin
American Gothic (CBS, 2016) is an American mystery drama television series created by Corinne Brinkerhoff. The Hawthornes, an affluent Boston family, must redefine themselves following the ...more
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
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
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
American Vandal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best "American" TV Shows
Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro
This series (Netflix, 2017) is a true satire mockumentary series. When senior class clown Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) is accused and expelled from school, sophomore Peter Maldonado (Tyler ...more
American Grit is listed (or ranked) 24 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
Fievel's American Tails is listed (or ranked) 25 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