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The Best News Magazine TV Shows

Updated October 28, 2020 1.8k votes 202 voters 29.9k views64 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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    Primetime
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    Primetime

    Andy Rooney, Mike Wallace

    Premiered1989

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    48 Hours
    55
    18

    48 Hours

    Maureen Maher, Peter Van Sant

    Premiered1988

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    60 Minutes
    56
    19

    60 Minutes

    Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl

    Premiered1968

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  • 4
    Dateline NBC
    54
    22

    Dateline NBC

    Lester Holt, Ann Curry

    Premiered1992

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    On The Case With Paula Zahn
    34
    9

    On The Case With Paula Zahn

    Paula Zahn, Raymond Brenkert

    Premiered2009

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    See It Now
    34
    12

    See It Now

    Edward R. Murrow

    Premiered1951

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    20/20
    47
    28

    20/20

    Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir

    Premiered1978

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  • 8
    CBS News Sunday Morning
    36
    21

    Premiered1979

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  • 9
    Investigative Documentaries
    24
    8

    Investigative Documentaries

    Malou Mangahas

    Premiered2011

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  • 10
    E! News
    29
    15

    E! News

    Jason Kennedy, Giuliana Rancic

    Premiered1991

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  • 11
    Chronicle
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    TV Nation
    33
    21

    TV Nation

    Michael Moore, Bruce Brown

    Premiered1994

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  • 13
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
    33
    21

    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

    Bryant Gumbel, Jon Frankel

    Premiered1995

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  • 14
    Primetime: What Would You Do?
    23
    10

    Primetime: What Would You Do?

    John Quiñones, Yuval David

    Premiered2008

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    Rock Center with Brian Williams

    Premiered2011

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  • 16
    Connie Chung Tonight
    19
    12

    Connie Chung Tonight

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  • 17
    Nightly Business Report

    Premiered1979

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  • 18
    Chicago Tonight
    14
    8

    Chicago Tonight

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  • 19
    The Devil You Know
    16
    11

    The Devil You Know

    Eli Gabay, David Lloyd

    Premiered2011

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  • 20
    Street Cents
    14
    8

    Street Cents

    Jonathan Torrens, Michael Scholar Jr.

    Premiered1989

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  • 21
    Evening Magazine
    14
    9

    Evening Magazine

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  • 22
    Global Sunday
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  • 23
    Prairie Fire
    12
    8

    Prairie Fire

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  • 24
    Reporter's Notebook
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  • 25
    Extra
    16
    13

    Extra

    Beth Ostrosky Stern, Lisa Guerrero

    Premiered1994

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