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The Best CNN TV Shows 

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List of popular CNN shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled CNN TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best CNN TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on CNN, 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 includes The Jerry Springer Show, Larry King Live and more.

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

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Fareed Zakaria GPS is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Fareed Zakaria GPS

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Talk show, Interview, News

Fareed Zakaria GPS is a weekly public affairs show hosted by journalist and author Fareed Zakaria. As of November 2011, the show airs Sundays at 10am Eastern Time and 1pm Eastern Time on CNN. ...more
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Anderson Cooper 360°... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Anderson Cooper, Randi Kaye, Gary Tuchman

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Talk show, News

"Anderson Cooper 360° Daily" features highlights from CNN's premier nightly news program
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Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Amanpour

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Interview

Amanpour is a global affairs interview television program hosted by Christiane Amanpour, airing weeknights 9 pm and 11 pm CET on CNN International. The show first aired on CNNI and CNN/US from ...more
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CNN Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
CNN Newsroom

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): News

CNN Newsroom is an American news program on CNN/US. Broadcasting throughout the week, Newsroom features live and taped news reports, in addition to analysis from experts on the issues being ...more
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Sanjay Gupta MD is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Sanjay Gupta MD

Genres (Tv): News, Medical fiction

Sanjay Gupta MD was a medical-centric news program hosted by CNN's in-house physician, Sanjay Gupta. It aired on Saturday at 4:30 pm ET.
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CNN Presents is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
CNN Presents Anderson Cooper

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Television special, Documentary

CNN Presents is an American documentary program on CNN weekends. The program used to be replaced with CNN Special Investigations Unit, which features the same documentary format, but differs ...more
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Larry King Live is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Larry King, Ryan Seacrest, Bill Maher

Premiered: 1985

Genres (Tv): Talk show

Larry King Live is an American talk show that was hosted by Larry King on CNN from 1985 to 2010. It was CNN's most watched and longest-running program, with over one million viewers nightly. ...more
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Crossfire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Michael Kinsley, Mary Matalin, Tony Snow

Premiered: 1982

Genres (Tv): Talk show, News

Crossfire was a nightly current events debate television program that aired on CNN from 1982 to 2005 and again from 2013 to 2014. Its format was designed to present and challenge the opinions of ...more
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CNN Daybreak is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
CNN Daybreak Carol Costello

Premiered: 1980

Genres (Tv): Live action, News program

CNN Daybreak was an early morning news television program on CNN, anchored from New York by Carol Costello. It debuted on June 1, 1980, the same day CNN went live.
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Late Edition with Wolf B... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer

Genres (Tv): Talk show

Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer was a Sunday talk show hosted by Wolf Blitzer on CNN and broadcast around the world by CNN International. The show's slogan was The last word in Sunday talk and ...more
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CNN Heroes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
CNN Heroes

Premiered: 2007

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute is an award-winning television special created by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid and make a difference in their ...more
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Planet in Peril is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Planet in Peril Anderson Cooper, Lisa Ling, Sanjay Gupta

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Planet in Peril is a two-part, four-hour documentary on CNN that premiered on October 23, 2007, broadcast in the CNN Presents format. It also aired as a special presentation on December 2 & ...more
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Your Money is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Your Money

Genres (Tv): Talk show, News

CNN Money, formerly known as In the Money, Your $$$$$, and Your Money is a thirty minute news show hosted by Christine Romans broadcast by CNN from the Time Warner Center studios in New York ...more
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CNN Live Today is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
CNN Live Today Daryn Kagan

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): News

CNN Live Today was an American television news program on CNN. It aired weekdays from 10:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m., and also during Your World Today from 12:20 p.m. ET to 12:32 p.m. It was last ...more
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American Morning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Anderson Cooper, Soledad O'Brien, Ashleigh Banfield

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Entertainment, Politics, Business, Sports film, Live action, + more

American Morning was a morning news television show that aired on CNN. It ran from 2001 to 2011. American Morning debuted on the day after 9/11, five months earlier than planned, replacing CNN ...more
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State of the Union with ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
State of the Union with Candy Crowley

Premiered: 2009

State of the Union is a Sunday talk show hosted by Candy Crowley on CNN and broadcast around the world by CNN International. The show is broadcast from 9:00 AM ET to 10:00 AM ET, with a replay ...more
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CNN Special Investigatio... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
CNN Special Investigations Unit Anderson Cooper

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Documentary

CNN Special Investigations Unit is an American investigative documentary program on CNN weekends. Expanding upon CNN Presents, SIU focuses on each episode being an in depth investigative report ...more
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American Style is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Eric Avila, Jeffrey Banks, Todd Boyd

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Documentary, History

American Style (CNN, 2019) is an American documentary television series. The show examines how through decades America's style and iconic moments, from fashion to pop culture, reflected the ...more
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NewsNight with Aaron Bro... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
NewsNight with Aaron Brown Anderson Cooper, Aaron Brown

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Talk show, News

NewsNight with Aaron Brown was a live international news broadcast, which appeared on the CNN network from 2001 to 2005. It aired at 10 p.m. ET on weeknights, hosted by Aaron Brown. In its final ...more
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United Shades of America... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
United Shades of America W. Kamau Bell

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Documentary

United Shades of America (CNN, 2015) is an American documentary reality television series. Host W. Kamau Bell travels America and dives into issues in America such as racism, incarceration, and

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New Year's Eve Live is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
New Year's Eve Live Kathy Griffin, Anderson Cooper

Genres (Tv): Variety show, Television special

New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Special Co-Host Kathy Griffin is an annual program broadcast on CNN. It originates live from Times Square in New York City. It covers the traditional ...more
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The Jerry Springer Show ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Jerry Springer, Peter A Kelly, Steve Wilkos

Premiered: 2011

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

The Jerry Springer Show, also known as Jerry Springer, or just Springer, is an American syndicated tabloid talk show hosted by Jerry Springer, a former politician. It is recorded at the Stamford ...more

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The Story of Late Night ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Whoopi Goldberg

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Documentary

The Story of Late Night (CNN, 2020) is an American documentary television series produced by Cream Productions. The series tracks the history of late-night TV from its inception, featuring ...more

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The 2000s is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
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This Week in Politics is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CNN TV Shows
This Week in Politics Tom Foreman

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Talk show, News

This Week in Politics was a weekly political news and talk program on CNN. Originally started as This Week at War, the program focused on the week's news in regards to U.S.-involved wars, ...more