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The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns

Updated May 3, 2021 6.1k votes 1.1k voters 40.1k views70 items

Not everyone comes from one or lives in a small town, but TV shows about small towns permeate our networks. If you think about it, shows like The Simpsons are as much about a small town as they are about an average yellow American family. Because of our fascination with small towns and the strange and interesting people who live in them, small town USA has been a major player in many of our favorite television series across the years.

The best thing about a good TV show featuring a small town is that it can be of any genre imaginable. Whether your interests stray towards horror/romance with shows like True Blood featuring vampires in a small town in Louisiana or you prefer the more grounded comedies like Parks and Recreation, there are plenty of amazing series to enjoy. For more recommendations, browse this list and feel free to add any similar TV shows set small towns you think are missing! And if you love these shows, be sure to check out our list of small town movies.

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    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel
    Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy...  more
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    Virgin River

    Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson

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    Virgin River (Netflix, 2019) is an American romance drama web television series, based on the...  more
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    Hart of Dixie

    Rachel Bilson, Jaime King
    Hart of Dixie (The CW, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Leila...  more
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    21

    Sweet Magnolias

    Jamie Lynn Spears, Anneliese Judge
    Sweet Magnolias (Netflix, 2020) is a romantic drama television series created by Sheryl J....  more
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    One Tree Hill

    Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty
    One Tree Hill (The WB, 2003) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn....  more
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    Outer Banks

    Madison Bailey, Madelyn Cline
    Outer Banks (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama series created by created by Jonas Pate, Josh...  more
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    Schitt's Creek

    Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara
    Schitt's Creek (CBC, 2015) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Eugene Levy and Dan...  more
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    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley
    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series...  more
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour
    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more
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    Friday Night Lights

    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton
    Friday Night Lights (NBC, 2006) is an American sports drama television series developed by...  more
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    Heartland

    Amber Marshall, Graham Wardle
    Heartland (CBC, 2007) is a Canadian family drama television series created by Lauren Brooke,...  more
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    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir
    Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and...  more
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    Pretty Little Liars

    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson
    Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 2010) is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television...  more
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    Dawson's Creek

    James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes
    Dawson's Creek (The WB, 1998) is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin...  more
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    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon
    That '70s Show (Fox, 2006) is an American teen period comedy sitcom created by Bonnie Turner,...  more
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    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn
    Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark...  more
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    Veronica Mars

    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III
    Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by...  more
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    Northern Exposure

    Rob Morrow, Janine Turner
    Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a...  more
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    Everwood

    Treat Williams, Gregory Smith

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    Everwood (The WB, 2002) is an American drama television series created by Greg Berlanti. A...  more
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series...  more
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    The Ranch

    Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson
    The Ranch (Netflix, 2016) is an American comedy web television series created by Don Reo and...  more
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    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright
    The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting...  more
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    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman
    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah...  more
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    Smallville

    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum
    Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and...  more
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    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart
    Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto...  more