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List of popular ESPN shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled ESPN TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best ESPN TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on ESPN, 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 is a list that includes shows like Monday Night Football and SportsCenter.

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

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30 for 30 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
30 for 30 Dan Rather, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan 30 for 30 is the umbrella title for a series of documentary films airing on ESPN and its sister networks and online properties. The series highlights important people and events in the sports ...more

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Pardon the Interruption is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Pardon the Interruption Tony Reali, Michael Wilbon, Tony Kornheiser Pardon the Interruption is a sports television show that airs weekdays on various ESPN TV channels, TSN, ESPN America, XM, and Sirius satellite radio services, and as a downloadable podcast. It ...more

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Monday Night Football is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Monday Night Football Melissa Stark Monday Night Football is a live television broadcast of weekly National Football League games on ESPN in the United States. From 1970 to 2005, it aired on sister broadcast network ABC. Monday ...more

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College GameDay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
College GameDay Desmond Howard, Lou Holtz, Mark May College GameDay is an ESPN entertainment show previewing college football games. It first aired in 1987 with Tim Brando as host and Lee Corso and Beano Cook as commentators. Beginning ...more

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SportsCenter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
SportsCenter Neil Everett, Jalen Rose, Jenn Brown SportsCenter is a daily sports news television program and the flagship program of American cable and satellite television network ESPN since the network's launch on September 7, 1979. ...more

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ESPN Sunday Night Football is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
ESPN Sunday Night Football Joe Theismann, Suzy Kolber ESPN Sunday Night Football was the ESPN cable network's weekly television broadcasts of Sunday evening National Football League games. The first ESPN Sunday night broadcast occurred on November ...more

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College GameDay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
College GameDay Jalen Rose, Bob Knight, Rece Davis College GameDay is an ESPN program that covers college basketball and is a spin-off of the successful college football version. Since debuting on January 22, 2005, it airs on ESPN Saturdays in ...more

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Monday Night Countdown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Monday Night Countdown Steve Young, Mike Ditka, Cris Carter Monday Night Countdown, which debuted in 1993 on ESPN, is a television program featuring analysis and news on that night's NFL match to be broadcast on ESPN. The show was originally titled NFL ...more

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Around the Horn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Around the Horn Tony Reali, Woody Paige, Tim Cowlishaw Around the Horn is a sports roundtable discussion show conducted in the style of a panel game that is produced by ESPN. The show premiered on November 4, 2002 as a replacement for Unscripted ...more

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ESPN College Football Saturday... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime Todd Blackledge, Bob Davie, Adrian Karsten ESPN College Football Primetime is a live game presentation of Division 1-A college football on ESPN. In the past, the presenting sponsors have been Polaroid and AT&T. The current presenting ...more

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First Take is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
HarrisonAbramowitz added First Take Stephen A. Smith First Take is an American morning sports talk program on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Two back-to-back two-hour episodes air each weekday from Monday through Friday, with the live episode airing from 10 ...more

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Sunday NFL Countdown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Sunday NFL Countdown Mike Ditka, Cris Carter, Ron Jaworski Sunday NFL Countdown is a pregame show of all the NFL action for that week. The official name is Sunday NFL Countdown presented by Snickers. The show airs on ESPN, ESPN HD, TSN and TSN HD from ...more

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NBA on ESPN is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
NBA on ESPN The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association games on the ESPN family of networks. The ESPN cable network first televised NBA games from 1983 to 1984, and has ...more

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The Stanley Cup is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows

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College Football Final is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
College Football Final Lou Holtz, Mark May, Chris Fowler College Football Final is a one hour program totally devoted to college football and airs every Saturday night during the college football season. It was previously named College Gameday Final ...more

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College Football Live is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
College Football Live Bob Griese, Doug Flutie, Desmond Howard College Football Live is a show that airs weekdays on ESPN or ESPN2, and ESPNU. Its premiere was on Monday, July 23, 2007. Rece Davis is the lead host, but it also features ESPN college football ...more

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E:60 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
E:60 E:60 is a 2013 Telly Award winning TV program.

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ESPN Major League Baseball is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
ESPN Major League Baseball ESPN Major League Baseball is a promotion of Major League Baseball on ESPN and ESPN2, with simulcasts on ESPNHD or ESPN2HD. ESPN's MLB coverage debuted on April 9, 1990 with three Opening Day ...more

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Baseball Tonight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Baseball Tonight John Kruk, Orel Hershiser, Tino Martinez Baseball Tonight is a program that airs on ESPN. The show, which recapitulates the day's Major League Baseball action, has been on the air since 1990. Its namesake program also airs on ESPN ...more

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SportsNation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Cal Fleming added SportsNation Michelle Beadle SportsNation is a sports-related television program that airs on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNews. The series is based on SportsNation, the fan forum and poll section of ESPN.com. The show is typically ...more

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Outside the Lines is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Outside the Lines Bob Ley, Jeremy Schaap ESPN Outside the Lines Sunday is a TV program.

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College Football Scoreboard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
College Football Scoreboard Lou Holtz, Robert Smith, Mark May College Football Scoreboard is a program on ESPN and ESPN2 that provies up to the minute scores and highlights during the college football season. The official name is College Football ...more

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Thursday Night Baseball is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Thursday Night Baseball Jim Kaat, Al Leiter, Bob Costas Thursday Night Baseball is the title of a presentation of Major League Baseball on cable and satellite channel MLB Network, that premiered on April 9, 2009. Longtime NBC Sports broadcaster Bob ...more

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Sunday Night Baseball is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Sunday Night Baseball Buster Olney, Jon Miller, Dan Shulman Sunday Night Baseball is an exclusive weekly telecast of a Major League Baseball game that airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN during the regular season. The games are preceded most weeks by ...more

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NFL Matchup is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
NFL Matchup Ron Jaworski NFL Matchup is a National Football League preview show that airs every week during the regular season and playoffs. As of 2006, the official name is State Farm NFL Matchup, and it is produced by ...more

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ESPN2 College Football Friday ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
ESPN2 College Football Friday Primetime ESPN2 College Football Friday Primetime is a live game presentation of Division 1-A college football on ESPN2 or sometimes ESPN. There is no main sponsor. The game telecast airs every Friday ...more

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ESPN College Football Thursday... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime Jenn Brown, Chris Fowler, Craig James ESPN College Football Primetime is a live game presentation of Division 1-A college football on ESPN. In the past, the presenting sponsor was Cooper Tires, but since the 2006 season, the current ...more

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The Sports Reporters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
The Sports Reporters Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon, Mike Lupica The Sports Reporters is a sports talk show that airs on ESPN at 9:30 a.m. ET every Sunday morning. It is broadcast from Bristol, Connecticut at the main ESPN studios. However, before 1999, it ...more

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Home Run Derby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Home Run Derby Home Run Derby is a 1960 television show that was held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles pitting the top sluggers of Major League Baseball against each other in nine-inning home run contests. The ...more

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World Series of Poker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
World Series of Poker Norman Chad, Lon McEachern World Series of Poker is a TV program.

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NBA Action is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
NBA Action NBA Action is a weekly show with news and highlights of the NBA. The show first premiered in 1990 on ESPN. It currently airs on NBA TV with new episodes at 6:30 ET/5:30 CT every Thursday night ...more

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Golf on ESPN is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Golf on ESPN Golf coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 has been a regular feature of the cable sports channels' programming since soon after ESPN's launch in the United States 1979. Although ESPN no longer owns any ...more

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ESPN National Hockey Night is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
ESPN National Hockey Night ESPN National Hockey Night was ESPN's weekly television broadcasts of National Hockey League regular season games and coverage of playoff games, broadcast from 1992 to 2004. ESPN had been slated ...more

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Wednesday Night Baseball is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Wednesday Night Baseball Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Gomez Wednesday Night Baseball is a live game telecast of Major League Baseball that airs every Wednesday night during the regular season on ESPN and is also available in high definition on ESPNHD. ...more

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NBA Shootaround is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
NBA Shootaround Jalen Rose, Stuart Scott, Michael Wilbon NBA Shootaround is a pregame show for ESPN's coverage of the National Basketball Association. Typically, the program airs at 7:30 p.m, prior to ESPN's presentation of NBA Friday, though it does ...more

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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contes... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Joey Chestnut, Takeru Kobayashi

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NASCAR on ESPN is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
NASCAR on ESPN Dale Jarrett NASCAR on ESPN was the coverage of NASCAR on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. ABC, and later ESPN, carried NASCAR races from the sanctioning body's top three divisions at various points from the early ...more

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ESPY Award is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
ESPY Award Vince Vaughn An ESPY Award is an accolade presented by the American cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the ...more

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Arena Football League on ESPN is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Arena Football League on ESPN The NET10 Wireless Arena Football League on ESPN is a presentation of the league with games airing on ESPN2, ESPNEWS, and ESPN3 as with all other sports the ESPN family of networks all Arena ...more

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2 Minute Drill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
2 Minute Drill 2 Minute Drill is an ESPN game show based on the general knowledge UK game show Mastermind. The program aired from September 11, 2000 to December 28, 2001. ESPN Classic currently airs reruns of ...more

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1st and 10 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
1st and 10 Skip Bayless 1st and 10 was a sports talk and debate television program spun off from ESPN2's Cold Pizza morning show. It began as a segment which ran every in 20 minute intervals during Cold Pizza, a ...more

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Shaquille is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Shaquille Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille was a 2005 series on ESPN featuring NBA center Shaquille O'Neal. The television show ran six episodes, running before each game of the 2005 Western Conference Finals and before Game ...more

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NASCAR Countdown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
NASCAR Countdown Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace NASCAR Countdown was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series prerace show that debuted on February 17, 2007. It is a live on-site pre-race show for all Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series ...more

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Knight School is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Knight School Bob Knight Knight School is a television documentary produced by ESPN about a group of sixteen Texas Tech University students trying to make the Bob Knight coached Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team as ...more

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Cold Pizza is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Dave_7672 added Cold Pizza Skip Bayless, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Woody Paige Cold Pizza was a television sports morning talk show that aired weekdays on ESPN2. The show's style was more akin to Good Morning America than SportsCenter '​s straight news and highlights ...more

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Wednesday Night Hoops is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Wednesday Night Hoops Wednesday Night Hoops appears every Wednesday with the biggest college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference in primetime during the regular season on ESPN As well as the Pac-12 ...more

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ESPN Sidelines is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows

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Playmakers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Playmakers Russell Hornsby, Marcello Thedford, Anthony Denison Playmakers is an American television series that aired on ESPN from August 26, 2003 to November 11, 2003. It depicted the lives of the Cougars, a fictional professional football team in an ...more

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The Bronx Is Burning is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
The Bronx Is Burning John Turturro, Oliver Platt, Daniel Sunjata The Bronx Is Burning is a television drama that debuted on ESPN on July 10, 2007, after the 2007 MLB Home Run Derby. It is an eight-episode mini-series adapted from Jonathan Mahler's ...more

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Jim Rome Is Burning is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best ESPN TV Shows
Jim Rome Is Burning Ben Roethlisberger, Danica Patrick, Reggie Bush Jim Rome Is Burning was a sports conversation and opinion show hosted by Jim Rome. Debuting on May 6, 2003 as Rome Is Burning, it was originally a weekly show in primetime at 7:00 PM ET on ...more