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The Best TV Shows Set In Texas  

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List Rules Vote up the best scripted television shows that take place in Texas.

Everything is bigger in Texas and that holds true when it comes to television series as well. It's not just that Texas offers both big cities and cowboys - but the Texan love of football and the drama of oil money also makes it a great setting for shows. If you're from Texas and are missing home or are curious about which Texan cities, like Houston, are portrayed on-screen, this list of the best shows set in Texas can be your tour guide.

Most Texas shows are set in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, most notably Dallas and its eponymous reboot in 2012. Even the more general idea of "Texas" such as Walker, Texas Ranger, is located in Dallas-Fort Worth. Almost as popular as the two big cities are imaginary small Texas towns. Both Friday Night Lights and King of the Hill take place in fictional cities.

Which shows about Texas should be at the top of the list? Vote up the best TV shows set in Texas, then vote down the shows that don't deserve to be set in such a great place and add any great Texan shows that are missing.

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

Set in: Fictional town of Dillon

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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Reba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Steve Howey

Set in: Houston

Reba is an American sitcom starring Reba McEntire, which ran from 2001 to 2007. For the show's first five seasons, it aired on The WB, and crossed over to The CW for its final season. It is one ...more
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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

Set in: Fictional town of Arlen

King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010 on Fox. It centers on the Hills, a middle-class ...more
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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

Set in: Dallas/Fort Worth

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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Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson

Set in: Dallas/Fort Worth

Walker, Texas Ranger is an American television series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis. It was inspired by the film Lone Wolf McQuade, with both this series and that film starring Chuck ...more
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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

Set in: Dallas

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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The Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Daniella Alonso, Jill Flint, Ken Leung

Set in: San Antonio

The Night Shift is an American medical drama series that premiered on May 27, 2014, on NBC. The series was created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, and follows the lives of the staff who work the ...more
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Sons of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Chuck Norris, Alan Autry, Marco Sanchez

Set in: Dallas/Fort Worth

Sons of Thunder is a television show that ran from March to April 1999 on CBS. It was a spin-off of Walker, Texas Ranger.
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Cutter to Houston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Alec Baldwin, Shelley Hack, Noble Willingham

Set in: Fictional town of Cutter

Cutter to Houston is an American medical drama starring Shelley Hack, Jim Metzler, and Alec Baldwin that aired on CBS on Saturday night from October 1 to December 31, 1983 at 8 p.m Eastern time. ...more
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Flo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Polly Holliday, Geoffrey Lewis, Jim Baker

Set in: Dallas/Fort Worth

Flo is an American sitcom which aired on CBS from 1980 to 1981. The series is a spin-off for Polly Holliday who portrayed the sassy and street-smart waitress Florence Jean "Flo" ...more
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Houston Knights is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Houston Knights LeVar Burton, Michael Paré, James Morrison

Set in: Houston

Houston Knights is an American crime drama set in Houston, Texas. The show ran on CBS from 1987 to 1988 and had 31 episodes. The core of the show was the partnership between two very different ...more
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My Generation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Jaime King, Laura Ramsey, Daniella Alonso

Set in: Austin

My Generation is an American mockumentary television series that aired on the ABC network in the fall of 2010. The one-hour comedy-drama, produced by ABC Studios, follows a group of high school ...more
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The Good Guys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Bradley Whitford, Colin Hanks, Jenny Wade

Set in: Dallas/Fort Worth

The Good Guys is an American action-comedy series about an old-school cop and a modern-day detective that premiered with a preview episode on Fox on May 19, 2010, and began airing regularly on ...more
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Faking It is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Gregg Sulkin, Katie Stevens, Michael J. Willett

Set in: Austin

Faking It is an American single-camera romantic comedy series that premiered on MTV on April 22, 2014. The series was created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. Carter Covington developed the ...more
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Cristela is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Cristela Alonzo, Maria Canals-Barrera, Carlos Ponce

Set in: Dallas/Fort Worth

Cristela is an American multi-camera situation comedy television series that premiered on October 10, 2014, on ABC, as part of the 2014–15 television season. The series was created by stand-up ...more
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Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Rod Taylor, Richard Roundtree, Charles Napier

Set in: Houston

Outlaws is a short-lived action-adventure American television series which aired Saturday nights on CBS. The original series began as a 2-hour pilot movie, and was followed by eleven one-hour ...more
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Bella and the Bulldogs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Brec Bassinger, Coy Stewart, Jackie Radinsky

Set in: An unspecified city

Bella and the Bulldogs (Nickelodeon, 2015) is an American teen comedy television series created by Jonathan Butler and Gabriel Garza. The series follows cheerleader Bella Dawson (Brec Bassinger) ...more
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GCB is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Leslie Bibb, Jennifer Aspen, Marisol Nichols

Set in: Dallas/Fort Worth

GCB is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Robert Harling, produced by Darren Star, and starring Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb, Jennifer Aspen, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols, ...more
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SKAM Austin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Texas
Julie Rocha, Till Simon, Kennedy Hermansen

Set in: Austin

SKAM Austin (Facebook Watch, 2018) is an American teen drama web television series, based on the Norwegian web series Skam, created by Julie Andem. Sophomore Megan (Julie Rocha) and her fellow ...more