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The Best Current A&E Shows 

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Updated May 12, 2020 647 votes 166 voters 5.8k views 19 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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The First 48 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
The First 48 Dion Graham, Caroline Mason, Tony Mullins

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action film, Reality television

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.

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Leah Remini: Scientology... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, Chantal Dodson

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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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Cold Case Files is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Danny Pino, Anthony Green

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Documentary

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 ...more

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60 Days In is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Tami Ferraiuolo, Barbra Roylance Williams, Jeffrey John Downs

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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 ...more
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Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Cory Chalmers, Matt Paxton, Geralin Thomas

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

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.

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Intervention is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

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 ...more

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Nightwatch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Nightwatch Dan Flynn, Arkady Hennessey, Nick Manning

Premiered: 2015

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.
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Escaping Polygamy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Escaping Polygamy Andrea Christensen, Jessica Christensen, Shanell Christensen

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Reality-TV

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 ...more
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Born This Way is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Born This Way Sean McElwee, Rachel Osterbach, John Tucker

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Reality

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.
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Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Walt Cade, Ricky Smith, Bubba Smith

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

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.

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Ghost Hunters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Grant Wilson

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Docudrama, Paranormal television, Live action, Documentary, Reality television

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 ...more

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Cults and Extreme Belief... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Teddy Hose, Eden Shea Beck, Stephanie LeHane

Premiered: 2018

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.
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Ozzy & Jack's World ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Jack Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Daren N. Afshar

Premiered: 2016

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 ...more
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Fit to Fat to Fit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Fallon Mercedes

Premiered: 2016

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.
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Wahlburgers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
voting closed at #14 Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg

Premiered: 2014

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 ...more
16
Psychic Kids is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Chip Coffey, Edy Nathan, Lisa Miller

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Reality television

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, ...more

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Many Sides of Jane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Jane Hart

Premiered: 2019

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 ...more
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The Frankenstein Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Sean Bean, Tom Ward, Richie Campbell

Premiered: 2015

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. ...more
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The Lowe Files is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current A&E Shows
Edward Matthew Lowe, John Owen Lowe, Rob Lowe

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Reality, Documentary

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 ...more