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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Special Interest TV series.

The very best special interest shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest special interest shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular special interest TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining special interest show of all time is. Don't let your favorite special interest 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 special interest television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

This list below has a variety of shows, like Jamie's 30 Minute Meals and American Music Awards, in it.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best special interest show of all time?" and "What are the greatest special interest shows?"
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Jesus of Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Jesus of Nazareth James Earl Jones, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries directed by Franco Zeffirelli and co-written by Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess, and Suso Cecchi d'Amico which dramatises the birth, ...more

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Highway Patrol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Highway Patrol Broderick Crawford, Art Gilmore, William Boyett Highway Patrol is a syndicated action crime drama series produced from 1955 to 1959.

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Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Antiques Roadshow Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus Antiques Roadshow is a British television show in which antiques appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running ...more

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Growing Up in the Universe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Growing Up in the Universe Growing Up in the Universe was a series of lectures given by Richard Dawkins as part of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in which he discussed the evolution of life in the universe. The ...more

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Ancient Aliens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Ancient Aliens Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress Ancient Aliens (History, 2010) is an American television series that presents hypotheses of ancient astronauts and proposes that historical texts, archaeology, and legends contain evidence of ...more

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Deadliest Warrior is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Deadliest Warrior Deadliest Warrior is a television program in which information on historical or modern warriors and their weapons are used to determine which of them is the "deadliest" based upon ...more

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Liquid Television is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Liquid Television Anne Ashbey, Richard Blair, Gordon Clark Liquid Television is an animation showcase that appeared on MTV. The first season of Liquid Television also aired on BBC Two in co-production with MTV. Ultimately, MTV commissioned three seasons ...more

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My Strange Addiction is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
My Strange Addiction John Zajecka, Demi Kazanis, Tawni Abplanalp My Strange Addiction is an American documentary television series that premiered on TLC on December 29, 2010. The Pilot was broadcast on May 5, 2010. The series focuses on people with unusual ...more

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Watch Mr. Wizard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Watch Mr. Wizard Don Herbert Watch Mr. Wizard is an American television program for children that demonstrated the science behind ordinary things. The show's creator and on-air host was Don Herbert. Marcel LaFollette said ...more

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The World at War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
The World at War Laurence Olivier, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill The World at War is a 26-episode British television documentary series chronicling the events of the Second World War. At the time of its completion in 1973 it was the most expensive series ever ...more

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Pit Bulls & Parolees is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Pit Bulls & Parolees Tia Torres, Tania Torres, Mariah Torres Pit Bulls & Parolees is an American reality television series on Animal Planet which confronts the misunderstandings of the Pit Bull breed. The series debuted on October 30, 2009. It ...more

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Icons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Icons Icons was a documentary TV show that aired on G4 from May 1, 2002 to March 4, 2007. It originally focused on significant people, companies, products, history, and milestones in the world of ...more

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infoMania is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
infoMania InfoMania is an American half-hour weekly satirical news-show that aired on the Current TV television network from 2007 to 2011. The program was initially hosted by Conor Knighton and later ...more

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Jamie's 30 Minute Meals is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Jamie's 30 Minute Meals Jamie Oliver Jamie's 30-Minute Meals is a series of 40 episodes aired in 2010 on Channel 4 in which Jamie Oliver cooks a three- to four-dish meal in under 30 minutes.

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Dr. G: Medical Examiner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Dr. G: Medical Examiner Jan C. Garavaglia, Jeff Colt, Sandy Ludwig Dr. G: Medical Examiner is a reality television series shown on TLC and Discovery Fit & Health. Dr. G, or Dr. Jan Garavaglia, is the Chief Medical Examiner with Florida's District Nine ...more

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Sister Wives is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Sister Wives Kody Brown, Meri Brown, Janelle Brown Sister Wives (TLC, 2010) is an American reality television series that documents the life of a polygamist family, which includes patriarch Kody Brown, his four wives, and their 18 children.

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Austin City Limits is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Austin City Limits Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss Austin City Limits is an American public television music program recorded live in Austin, Texas, by Public Broadcasting Service Public television member station KLRU, and broadcast on many PBS ...more

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Survivorman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Survivorman Les Stroud Survivorman is a Canadian-produced television program, broadcast in Canada on the Outdoor Life Network, and internationally on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. The show aired 5 seasons and ...more

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Top Gear is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Top Gear Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is the most widely watched factual television programme in the world. It began in 1977 as a conventional ...more

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Undressed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Undressed Max Greenfield, Christina Hendricks, Sarah Lancaster Undressed is an American anthology series that aired on MTV from July 26, 1999 to September 5, 2002. The series was created and executive produced by British director Roland Joffé.

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Attack of the Show! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Attack of the Show! Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Candace Bailey Attack of the Show! is an American live television program that formerly aired weeknights on G4, G4 Canada Fuel TV, HOW TO Channel, and Maxxx. Episodes were hosted by Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, ...more

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Top of the Pops is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Top of the Pops Lisa Snowdon, Fearne Cotton, Alan Freeman Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly between 1 January 1964 and 30 July 2006. It was traditionally ...more

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Juvies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Juvies Juvies is an MTV television show following minors in the Lake County, Indiana Juvenile Justice Complex. The series' first and only season debuted on MTV in February 2007, and has re-aired ...more

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Soundstage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Soundstage Soundstage is an American live concert television series produced by WTTW Chicago and HD Ready. The original series aired for 13 seasons between 1974 and 1985; a new series of seasons began in ...more

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Brink is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Brink Danica McKellar Brink, stylized as brink. is an American news documentary television series that was produced by CBS Eye Too Productions for the Science Channel and that originally aired from November 28, 2008 ...more

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Richard Hammond's Engineering ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections Richard Hammond Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections is a documentary series originally broadcast on the National Geographic Channel, and later on BBC2. It is presented by Richard Hammond, and looks at how ...more

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Scrapheap Challenge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Scrapheap Challenge Lisa Rogers, Robert Llewellyn, Dick Strawbridge Scrapheap Challenge was an engineering game show produced by RDF Media and broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. In the show, teams of contestants had 10 hours in which to build a ...more

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The Conspiracy Files is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
The Conspiracy Files The Conspiracy Files is a British documentary television series broadcast on BBC Two, investigating various modern-day conspiracy theories. So far in two series and 6 programmes, the show has ...more

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The Passion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
The Passion David Oyelowo, James Nesbitt, Laura Fraser The Passion is a television drama serial produced by the BBC and HBO Films in association with Deep Indigo Productions. It tells the story of the last week in the life of Jesus. The serial was ...more

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Starcade is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Starcade Geoff Edwards Starcade is a game show where contestants competed against one another by playing arcade video games. The series originally aired on WTBS from 1982–1983, followed by a run in syndication for the ...more

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Countryfile is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Countryfile Julian Morris, Matt Baker, Clare Balding Countryfile is a British television programme which airs weekly on BBC One and reports on rural and environmental issues in the United Kingdom. It's regularly the most watched factual programme ...more

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Silent Library is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Silent Library Zero Kazama Silent Library is an Europe television game show which aired on MTV and MuchMusic. The series is based on one of the segments in the popular Japanese variety show Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya ...more

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Homeland Security USA is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Homeland Security USA Homeland Security USA is a 2009 reality show. It portrayed members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies tasked with the security of the US, performing their day-to-day ...more

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Big Cat Week is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Big Cat Week Big Cat Diary, also known as Big Cat Week or Big Cat Live according to the format of the show was a long-running nature documentary series on BBC television which follows the lives of African ...more

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Civilisation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Civilisation Civilisation—in full, Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark—is a television documentary series outlining the history of Western art, architecture and philosophy since the Dark Ages. The ...more

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Trippin' is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Trippin' Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Rebecca Romijn Trippin is a 2005 MTV environmental documentary television series hosted by Cameron Diaz. It also features many other celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Redman, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, ...more

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Location, Location, Location is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Location, Location, Location Kirstie Allsopp Location, Location, Location is a Channel 4 property programme, presented by Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer and produced by IWC Media, part of the RDF Media Group. The reality show follows ...more

51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

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Davey and Goliath is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Davey and Goliath Hal Smith, Dick Beals, Ginny Tyler Davey and Goliath is an American clay-animated children's television series produced by the Lutheran Church in America and created by Art Clokey, Ruth Clokey, and Dick Sutcliffe. The show was ...more

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Match of the Day is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Match of the Day Alan Hansen, Gary Lineker Match of the Day is the BBC's main football television programme. Typically, it is shown on BBC One on Saturday evenings during the English football season, showing highlights of the day's ...more

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Bang Goes The Theory is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Bang Goes The Theory Liz Bonnin, Dallas Campbell Bang Goes the Theory or 'Bang' is a British television science magazine series, co-produced by the BBC and the Open University, that began on 27 July 2009 on BBC One. Originally presented by Liz ...more

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Fifth Gear is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Fifth Gear Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Jason Plato Fifth Gear is a British motoring television magazine series. Originally shown on Channel 5 from 2002 to 2011, Discovery from 2012 to 2014 and History since 2015, the show is currently presented ...more

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Ask Aida is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Ask Aida Noah Starr Ask Aida is an interactive cooking show on the Food Network hosted by Aida Mollenkamp. The show began airing on August 2, 2008. On Ask Aida, Noah Starr serves as the "tech guru" ...more

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Grease: You're the One that I ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Grease: You're the One that I Want! Kathleen Marshall, Denise van Outen, Billy Bush Grease: You're the One That I Want! was an NBC reality television series designed to cast the lead roles of Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko in a $10 million Broadway revival of the musical ...more

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Masterchef (UK) is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Masterchef (UK) Loyd Grossman, Gary Rhodes, Gregg Wallace MasterChef is a BBC television competitive reality cooking show. It initially ran from 1990 to 2001 and was later revived in a different format known as MasterChef Goes Large from 2005 onwards. ...more

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Chef Academy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Chef Academy Jean-Christophe Novelli, Michelle Kennedy, Steve Kitchen Chef Academy is a reality show that premiered on Bravo TV on November 16, 2009 and aired on Mondays at 11 p.m. ET/PT. It followed Jean Christophe Novelli, a world-renowned Michelin star- and 5 ...more

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Throwdown! with Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Throwdown! with Bobby Flay Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, Miriam Garron Throwdown! with Bobby Flay is a Food Network television program in which celebrity chef Bobby Flay challenges cooks renowned for a specific dish or type of cooking to a cook-off of their ...more

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Top Gear Australia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Top Gear Australia Charlie Cox, Warren Brown Top Gear Australia is an Australian-British motoring television series based on the BBC series Top Gear. The show premiered on SBS One on 29 September 2008 at 7:30 pm AEST, with its first season ...more

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Tonight is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Tonight Trevor McDonald Tonight is a British current affairs programme, produced by ITV Studios and ITN for the ITV network, replacing the long-running investigative series World in Action in 1999. Previously airing ...more

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The One Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
The One Show Christine Bleakley, Adrian Chiles, Alex Jones The One Show is a topical magazine-style daily television programme broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD on weekdays. The programme is currently hosted by Alex Jones and Matt Baker from ...more

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Spike Guys' Choice Awards is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Special Interest TV Shows
Spike Guys' Choice Awards Cameron Diaz, Jessica Simpson, Peyton Manning The Spike Guys' Choice Awards is an awards show produced by the Viacom cable channel Spike and held since 2007. It is patterned after Viacom's MTV Movie Awards. The winners are chosen based on ...more