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The Best News Magazine TV Shows

Updated December 29, 2020 1.9k votes 220 voters 30.7k views65 items

List RulesShows near the top must be only the best News Magazine TV series.

Like the publications they're named for, the very best news magazine shows take deep dives on current events in a slick manner. With their often weekly pace, news magazine TV shows can spend time with subjects and production to deliver well-packaged stories that tell you all you need to know about what's going on in the world. This list of the very best news magazine shows on television is ranked from best to worst thanks to your votes and includes pictures, cast, and premiere dates.

Popular news magazine TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining news magazine show of all time is. Don't let your favorite news magazine television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of news magazine television shows includes everything from 20/20, Inside Edition, and Extra.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best news magazine show of all time?" and "What are the greatest news magazine shows?"

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  • 48 Hours1
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    48 Hours

    Maureen Maher, Peter Van Sant

    Premiered1988

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  • 60 Minutes2
    64
    21

    60 Minutes

    Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl

    Premiered1968

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    #6 of 66 The Best Newsmagazine TV Shows & Series#162 of 339 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

  • Primetime3
    58
    15

    Primetime

    Andy Rooney, Mike Wallace

    Premiered1989

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  • Dateline NBC4
    59
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    Dateline NBC

    Lester Holt, Ann Curry

    Premiered1992

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    #153 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate#23 of 24 Current TV Shows You Totally Lie About Watching To Sound Smart

  • On The Case With Paula Zahn5
    37
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    On The Case With Paula Zahn

    Paula Zahn, Raymond Brenkert

    Premiered2009

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  • 20/206
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    20/20

    Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir

    Premiered1978

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  • See It Now7
    34
    14

    See It Now

    Edward R. Murrow

    Premiered1951

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  • CBS News Sunday Morning8
    41
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    Premiered1979

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  • Investigative Documentaries9
    25
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    Investigative Documentaries

    Malou Mangahas

    Premiered2011

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  • Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel10
    34
    21

    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

    Bryant Gumbel, Jon Frankel

    Premiered1995

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    #14 of 21 The Best Current HBO Shows#280 of 300 The Best TV Shows You Can Watch On HBO Max

  • E! News11
    30
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    E! News

    Jason Kennedy, Giuliana Rancic

    Premiered1991

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  • TV Nation12
    33
    21

    TV Nation

    Michael Moore, Bruce Brown

    Premiered1994

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  • Primetime: What Would You Do?13
    26
    13

    Primetime: What Would You Do?

    John Quiñones, Yuval David

    Premiered2008

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  • Chronicle14
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  • Evening Magazine15
    17
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    Evening Magazine

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  • Connie Chung Tonight16
    19
    12

    Connie Chung Tonight

    Connie Chung

    Premiered2002

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  • Nightly Business Report17

    Premiered1979

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  • The Devil You Know18
    18
    12

    The Devil You Know

    Eli Gabay, David Lloyd

    Premiered2011

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  • Street Cents19
    14
    8

    Street Cents

    Jonathan Torrens, Michael Scholar Jr.

    Premiered1989

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  • Rock Center with Brian Williams20

    Premiered2011

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  • Reporter's Notebook21
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  • Chicago Tonight22
    14
    9

    Chicago Tonight

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  • Global Sunday23
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  • Prairie Fire24
    12
    8

    Prairie Fire

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  • Extra25
    16
    14

    Extra

    Beth Ostrosky Stern, Lisa Guerrero

    Premiered1994

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