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The Greatest Southern TV Shows Ever Made

Updated September 21, 2020 2.7k votes 420 voters 20.6k 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 Show1
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    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Hart of Dixie2
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    Hart of Dixie

    Rachel Bilson, Jaime King

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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  • The Dukes of Hazzard3
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    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Tom Wopat, John Schneider

    Premiered1979

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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  • The Golden Girls4
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    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Friday Night Lights5
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    Friday Night Lights

    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Sports drama, Family drama

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  • Dallas6
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    Dallas

    Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Drama

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  • Matlock7
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    Matlock

    Andy Griffith, Linda Purl

    Premiered1986

    Genres (Tv)Police procedural, Drama, Comedy-drama, Legal drama, Legal

    Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Justified8
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    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Neo-Western

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  • True Blood9
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    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Horror, Drama

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  • Dallas10
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    Dallas

    Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Drama

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  • In the Heat of the Night11
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    In the Heat of the Night

    Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama

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  • Outer Banks12
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    Outer Banks

    Madison Bailey, Madelyn Cline

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • Evening Shade13
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    Evening Shade

    Burt Reynolds, Marilu Henner

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Miami Vice14
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    Miami Vice

    Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

    Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • One Tree Hill15
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    One Tree Hill

    Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Teen drama

    One Tree Hill (The WB, 2003) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • American Horror Story: Coven16
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    American Horror Story: Coven

    Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Horror

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  • CSI: Miami17
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    CSI: Miami

    David Caruso, Emily Procter

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Live action

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  • Burn Notice18
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    Burn Notice

    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Espionage, Drama, Action

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  • The Walking Dead19
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama

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  • T. J. Hooker20
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    T. J. Hooker

    William Shatner, Heather Locklear

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

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  • The Big Easy21
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    The Big Easy

    Julie Benz, Leslie Bibb

    Premiered1996

    The Big Easy television series was inspired by the film of the same name from 1987. The show... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Filthy Rich22
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    Filthy Rich

    Kim Cattrall, Gerald McRaney

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • A Different World23
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    A Different World

    Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Southern Charm24
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    Southern Charm

    Craig Conover, Cameran Eubanks

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Southern Charm is an American reality television series that premiered March 3, 2014, on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Southern at Heart25
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    Southern at Heart

    Damaris Phillips

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Reality-TV

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