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The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made

Updated September 21, 2020 2.7k votes 459 voters 24.4k views39 items

When flipping through the channels on your television set, you might quickly realize that most series are based out of certain locales. Many shows find themselves set in places like New York, Los Angeles, or some Midwest town nobody has ever heard of. That isn't to say there aren't shows set in the South, however, as not only are there plenty to choose from, but many of those series make up the very best in television! Southern TV shows are some of the most interesting and captivating series ever made thanks to the rich culture found in the American South.

Because TV shows about the South can run the gamut of any and every genre (and the same goes for Southern movies), you'll find hit series on this list like True Blood, which is set in Southern Louisiana. And while a sitcom like The Golden Girls may have been shot in Los Angeles, it was actually set deep in Miami, Florida. As you can imagine, this is likely the case for many of these southern TV shows. Whichever genre you prefer, there are numerous options of amazing television to choose from if your interests lie in the Southern United States. 

From sitcoms about the South to dramas, there's plenty of Southern TV to check out. For more recommendations, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows you think are missing!

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    The Andy Griffith Show

    Jack Dodson, Aneta Corsaut
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    Hart of Dixie

    Jaime King, Rachel Bilson
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    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Sonny Shroyer, Catherine Bach
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    The Golden Girls

    Rue McClanahan, Betty White
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    Friday Night Lights

    Aimee Teegarden, Brad Leland
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    Dallas

    Charlene Tilton, Victoria Principal
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    Justified

    Natalie Zea, Jacob Pitts
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    Matlock

    Carol Huston, Kene Holliday
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    True Blood

    Michael McMillian, Kelly Overton
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    Outer Banks

    Madison Bailey, Madelyn Cline
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    One Tree Hill

    James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton
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    Dallas

    Jesse Metcalfe, Kuno Becker
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    In the Heat of the Night

    Hugh O'Connor, Carroll O'Connor
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    Miami Vice

    Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos
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    Evening Shade

    Burt Reynolds, Marilu Henner
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    American Horror Story: Coven

    Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga
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    CSI: Miami

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    Burn Notice

    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar
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    The Walking Dead

    Khary Payton, Sarah Wayne Callies
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    The Big Easy

    Julie Benz, Leslie Bibb
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    T. J. Hooker

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    Filthy Rich

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    A Different World

    Charnele Brown, Dawnn Lewis
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    Southern Charm

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    Southern at Heart

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