TV Trivia 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!

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.

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Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams Hart of Dixie is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on The CW from September 26, 2011 to March 27, 2015. The series, created by Leila Gerstein, stars Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe ...more

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more

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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn Veronica Mars (Hulu, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. After her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, and her father ...more

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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. ...more

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more

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Under the Dome is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch Under the Dome is an American science-fiction drama television series. It premiered on CBS on June 24, 2013. The series was developed by Brian K. Vaughan and based on the novel of the same name ...more

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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a total of 110 episodes. It dealt with a New York City physician, Dr. Joel Fleischman, who is sent to ...more

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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on ...more

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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series loosely based on the popular book series of the same title, written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered on June ...more

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden 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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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy Schitt's Creek (CBC, 2015) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy. After losing their fortune, a family is forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining ...more

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The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, starred Andy ...more

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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college. The series stars James ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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Everwood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily VanCamp Everwood is an American drama television series that initially aired in the United States on The WB. The series is set in the fictional small town of Everwood, Colorado, and was filmed in Ogden, ...more

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...more

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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton One Tree Hill is an American television drama series created by Mark Schwahn, which premiered on September 23, 2003 on The WB. After the series' third season, The WB merged with UPN to form The ...more

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Wings is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Suburgatory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns
Jeremy Sisto, Jane Levy, Carly Chaikin Suburgatory is an American sitcom television series created by Emily Kapnek that premiered on ABC on September 28, 2011, and ended on May 14, 2014. The series originally aired on Wednesday ...more

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 30 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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It is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Fortitude is listed (or ranked) 32 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

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 33 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