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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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Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Penny Snell Wilson added Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams
Hart of Dixie is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on The CW from September 26, 2011 to March 27, 2015. The series, created by Leila Gerstein, stars Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe ...more
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The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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Justified is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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. Timothy Olyphant portrays Raylan Givens, a tough U.S. Marshal enforcing ...more
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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday
Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, ...more
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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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American Horror Story: Coven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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Evening Shade is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago
Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip ...more
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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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Southern Charm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Southern Charm is an American reality television series that premiered March 3, 2014, on Bravo. The series chronicles the personal and professional lives of seven socialites who reside in ...more
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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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 the orignal series. The pilot episode was ...more
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I'll Fly Away is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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 Big Easy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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Southern Charm Savannah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
Ashley Borders, Catherine Cooper, Daniel Eichholz
In 2016, Bravo ordered a spin-off series to Southern Charm, titled Southern Charm Savannah. The series is set to follow the same premise as its predecessor series but will be set in Savannah, ...more
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The Royal Family is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made
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