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The Best Current A&E Shows

Updated May 12, 2020 1.0k votes 180 voters 6.7k views20 items

From true crime to bizarre life experiences, the best A&E shows on now strive to capture a diversity of human life. The best current A&E shows provide real life explorations of things like police encounters, true crime, unsolved mysteries, and more. Which top A&E series are truly the best? Vote below to help decide. 

What are some current shows on A&E worth checking out? The ever popular A&E staple Cold Case Files is still airing, for those with a love for true crime and mystery. Another show centered around enigmas is the new program The Lowe Files, which features Rob Lowe's sons traveling across the country investigating unsolved mysteries. It's also common for A&E programming to deal with topical and somewhat politically charged subject material. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and Escaping Polygamy, for example, are both programs that involve the fall out that comes from leaving a strict religious community. Other A&E shows on now include The First 48, Fit to Fat to Fit, and Born This Way. If you're wondering what to watch on A&E, such a diverse range of programs means there's something for everyone. 

Out of all the A&E shows currently airing, which one is the best? Browse the list below to help decide. Give your favorite programs a thumbs up. 

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    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Religious

    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 First 48

    Dion Graham, Caroline Mason

    PremieredJune 3, 2004

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Crime, Law

    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....  more


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    Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

    PremieredMarch 6, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Documentary, Health

    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 of an...  more

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  • 4


    Cory Chalmers, Matt Paxton

    PremieredAugust 17, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Health

    Hoarders (A&E, 2009) is an American reality television series that depicts the real-life struggles and treatment of people who suffer from compulsive hoarding disorder....  more

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  • 5


    Genres (Tv)Crime, Legal, True Crime

    Court Cam Presents Under Oath (A&E, 2021) is an American true crime legal series. Hosted by Dan Abrams, the series will cover everything from first-hand defendant testimony, juxtaposed with the...  more

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  • 6

    Storage Wars

    Walt Cade, Ricky Smith

    PremieredDecember 1, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Auction, Collectibles

    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....  more

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    Cold Case Files

    Danny Pino, Anthony Green

    PremieredFebruary 27, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Crime, Law

    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 detectives'...  more

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    Ghost Hunters

    Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves

    PremieredOctober 15, 1999

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality

    Ghost Hunters is an American paranormal reality television series that premiered on October 6, 2004, on Syfy and was revived in 2019 on A&E. The program features paranormal investigators Jason Hawes...  more

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  • 9

    Born This Way

    Sean McElwee, Rachel Osterbach


    Genres (Tv)Reality, Documentary

    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....  more
  • 10


    Dan Flynn, Arkady Hennessey

    PremieredJanuary 22, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Documentary, Medical

    Nightwatch (A&E, 2015) is a reality series that follows the men and women who keep the citizens of New Orleans safe during the night....  more
  • 11

    Fit to Fat to Fit

    Fallon Mercedes


    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Fit to Fat to Fit (A&E, 2016) is a reality series that shows personal trainers going from fit to fat to help a fat person to lose weight....  more
  • 12

    Cults and Extreme Belief

    Teddy Hose, Eden Shea Beck


    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    Cults and Extreme Belief (A&E, 2018) is an American documentary television series. Each episode examines the world of organized organizations, alongside former members....  more
  • 13

    Psychic Kids

    Chip Coffey, Edy Nathan

    PremieredAugust 21, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Docudrama, Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller

    Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal is a paranormal television series broadcast on the A&E television network. Hosted by Chip Coffey, an American psychic investigator, with Edy Nathan, Chris...  more

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  • 14


    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    Many Sides of Jane (A&E, 2019) is an American documentary television series. The show follows Jane Hart, who has Dissociative Identity Disorder, as she works to understand her illness while balancing...  more
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    Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg


    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Wahlburgers (A&E, 2014) is a reality TV series that looks at the personal and professional life of Boston chef Paul Wahlberg and his real-life entourage as he prepares to expand his hamburger...  more
  • 16

    60 Days In

    Tami Ferraiuolo, Barbra Roylance Williams


    Genres (Tv)Reality, Documentary, Crime, Law

    60 Days In (A&E, 2016) is a television docuseries, in which seven individuals volunteer to go undercover, spending 60 days as inmates in the Clark County Jail to obtain evidence of questionable or...  more
  • 17

    Escaping Polygamy

    Andrea Christensen, Jessica Christensen

    PremieredJuly 14, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality

    Escaping Polygamy (A&E, 2014) is a reality docuseries that focuses on the dramatic work of three sisters who escaped from the polygamous cult known as the Kingston clan as young women and now help...  more
  • 18

    Ozzy & Jack's World Detour

    Jack Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne


    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Ozzy & Jack's World Detour (A&E, 2016) is an American reality television series that follows self-proclaimed history nerds Ozzy and Jack Osbourne as they visit one or more sites to learn about their...  more
  • 19

    The Frankenstein Chronicles

    Sean Bean, Tom Ward


    Genres (Tv)Period drama, Crime

    The Frankenstein Chronicles (A&E, 2015) is a British television period crime drama series created by Benjamin Ross and Barry Langford, and a re-imagining of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel. Inspector John...  more
  • 20

    The Lowe Files

    Edward Matthew Lowe, John Owen Lowe


    Genres (Tv)Reality, Mystery

    The Lowe Files (A&E, 2017) is a docuseries that follows Rob Lowe and his two sons as they travel through the country to explore infamous unsolved mysteries, a curiosity that Rob has had since his...  more