The South The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, starred Andy ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more

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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985. The series was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, ...more

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy Dallas is a long-running American prime time television soap opera that aired from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991, on CBS. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texan family, the ...more

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by ...more

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American Horror Story: Coven is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
American Horror Story: Coven Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy American Horror Story: Coven is the third season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. It premiered on October 9, 2013, and concluded on January 29, 2014. The ...more

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I'll Fly Away is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
I'll Fly Away Sam Waterston, Regina Taylor, Jeremy London I'll Fly Away is an American drama television series set during the late 1950s and early 1960s, in an unspecified Southern U.S. state. It aired on NBC from 1991 to 1993 and starred Regina Taylor ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy Dallas is an American television drama series developed by Cynthia Cidre and produced by Warner Horizon Television that aired on TNT from June 13, 2012 to September 22, 2014. The series was a ...more

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Profiler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Profiler Ally Walker, Julian McMahon, A Martinez Profiler is an American crime drama that aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000. The series follows the exploits of a criminal profiler working with the FBI's fictional Violent Crimes Task Force based ...more

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Evening Shade is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Evening Shade Burt Reynolds, Marilu Henner, Charles Durning Evening Shade is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from September 21, 1990 to May 23, 1994. The series stars Burt Reynolds as Wood Newton, an ex-professional football player for ...more

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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell Burn Notice is an American television series created by Matt Nix which originally aired on the USA Network from June 28, 2007 to September 12, 2013. The show stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle ...more

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter Justified is an American television drama series developed by Graham Yost. It is based on Elmore Leonard's short story "Fire in the Hole". Timothy Olyphant portrays Raylan Givens, a ...more

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The Royal Family is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
The Royal Family Naya Rivera, Redd Foxx, Della Reese The Royal Family is an American sitcom starring Redd Foxx and Della Reese. The series was created and produced by Eddie Murphy, as part of a development deal Murphy had with CBS, and produced by ...more

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and ...more

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of ...more

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Matlock Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal-defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove ...more

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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Jane the Virgin Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more

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Secrets & Lies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Secrets & Lies Juliette Lewis, Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez Secrets and Lies is an American drama television series based on the Australian television series of the same name. The series has a 10-episode series commitment. Barbie Kligman was brought in ...more

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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
T. J. Hooker William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Adrian Zmed T. J. Hooker is an American police drama television program starring William Shatner in the title role as a 15-year veteran police sergeant. The series premiered as a mid-season replacement on ...more

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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Nip/Tuck Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the United States from July 18, 2003 to March 3, 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", ...more

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The Big Easy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
The Big Easy Julie Benz, Leslie Bibb, Anna Gunn The Big Easy television series was inspired by the film of the same name from 1987. The show premiered on the USA Cable Network August 11, 1996. Tony Crane played New Orleans police ...more

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Malcolm & Eddie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Malcolm & Eddie Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Eddie Griffin, Karen Malina White Malcolm & Eddie is an American television sitcom that premiered August 26, 1996 on UPN, and ran for four seasons, airing its final episode on May 22, 2000. This series starred Malcolm-Jamal ...more

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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
One Tree Hill Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton One Tree Hill is an American television drama series created by Mark Schwahn, which premiered on September 23, 2003 on The WB. After the series' third season, The WB merged with UPN to form The ...more

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Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Outsiders David Morse, Joe Anderson, Gillian Alexy Outsiders (WGN America, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Peter Mattei. Set in the fictional town of Blackburg, Crockett County, Kentucky, the series tells the story of the ...more

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Karen Sisco is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Karen Sisco Carla Gugino, Bill Duke, Robert Forster Karen Sisco is an American crime drama television series starring Carla Gugino in the title role. The series was created by novelist Elmore Leonard, based on a character who had appeared in ...more

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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez CSI: Miami is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2002, to April 8, 2012, on CBS. It is the first spin-off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The pilot ...more

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Frank's Place is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Frank's Place Tim Reid, Robert Harper, Daphne Reid Frank's Place is an American comedy-drama series which aired on CBS for 22 episodes during the 1987-1988 television season. The series was created by Hugh Wilson and executive produced by Wilson ...more

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Scream Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna Scream (MTV, 2015) is an American anthology slasher television series developed by Jill Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, based on the film series. After a cyber-bullying incident serves ...more