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The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns  

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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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more
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Letterkenny is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Jared Keeso, Alexander De Jordy, Andrew Herr
Letterkenny (Crave, 2016) is a Canadian sitcom created by Jared Keeso and developed and written by Keeso and Jacob Tierney, with Tierney as director. Friends Wayne (Keeso) and Daryl (Nathan ...more
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It is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter
It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...more
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Wings is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard
Wings is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from April 19, 1990, to May 21, 1997. Starring Tim Daly and Steven Weber as brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, the show is set at the fictional "Tom ...more
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Nancy Drew is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Kennedy McMann, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon
Nancy Drew (The CW, 2019) is an American mystery drama television series based on the titular character of a mystery book series. After 18-year-old Nancy Drew's (Kennedy McMann) college plans ...more
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Bless the Harts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell
Bless the Harts (Fox, 2019) is an American animated comedy created by Emily Spivey. The show follows a group of people living in the South who are poor in money, but rich in family and friends.
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Perfect Harmony is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Bradley Whitford, Anna Camp, Geno Segers
Perfect Harmony (NBC, 2019) is an American comedy television series. Former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran (Bradley Whitford) unexpectedly finds himself the director of small-town ...more
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Back to Life is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Daisy Haggard, Geraldine James, Richard Durden
Back to Life (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy-drama television series. After 18 years in prison, a woman returns to her small hometown wondering if anyone will let her move on.
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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf
Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more
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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood
Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama television series that premiered on Fox on September 16, 2013, that aired on Mondays at 9:00 pm ET. The series is considered a "modern-day ...more
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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green
Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman
South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more
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Fortitude is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Richard Dormer, Sofie Gråbøl, Darren Boyd
Fortitude (Sky Atlantic, 2015) is a British sci-fi psychological thriller television series created by Simon Donald. Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest ...more