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The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns

Updated February 23, 2021 5.6k votes 1.0k voters 36.6k views65 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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  • Virgin River1
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    Virgin River

    Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson

    PremieredDecember 6, 2019

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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 Dixie2
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    Hart of Dixie

    Rachel Bilson, Jaime King

    Premiered2011

    Hart of Dixie (The CW, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Leila...  more
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  • Gilmore Girls3
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    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

    Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy...  more
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  • Sweet Magnolias4
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    Sweet Magnolias

    Jamie Lynn Spears, Anneliese Judge

    Premiered2020

    Sweet Magnolias (Netflix, 2020) is a romantic drama television series created by Sheryl J....  more
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  • One Tree Hill5
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    One Tree Hill

    Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty

    Premiered2003

    One Tree Hill (The WB, 2003) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn....  more
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  • Outer Banks6
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    Outer Banks

    Madison Bailey, Madelyn Cline

    Premiered2020

    Outer Banks (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama series created by created by Jonas Pate, Josh...  more
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  • The Vampire Diaries7
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    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series...  more
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  • Friday Night Lights8
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    Friday Night Lights

    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton

    Premiered2006

    Friday Night Lights (NBC, 2006) is an American sports drama television series developed by...  more
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  • Schitt's Creek9
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    Schitt's Creek

    Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara

    Premiered2015

    Schitt's Creek (CBC, 2015) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Eugene Levy and Dan...  more
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  • Stranger Things10
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more
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  • Heartland11
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    Heartland

    Amber Marshall, Graham Wardle

    Premiered2007

    Heartland (CBC, 2007) is a Canadian family drama television series created by Lauren Brooke,...  more
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  • Dawson's Creek12
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    Dawson's Creek

    James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes

    Premiered1998

    Dawson's Creek (The WB, 1998) is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin...  more
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  • Parks and Recreation13
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    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

    Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and...  more
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  • Veronica Mars14
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    Veronica Mars

    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III

    Premiered2004

    Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by...  more
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  • Pretty Little Liars15
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    Pretty Little Liars

    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson

    Premiered2010

    Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 2010) is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television...  more
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  • That '70s Show16
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    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon

    Premiered1998

    That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from...  more
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  • Everwood17
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    Everwood

    Treat Williams, Gregory Smith

    Premiered2002

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    Everwood (The WB, 2002) is an American drama television series created by Greg Berlanti. A...  more
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  • Twin Peaks18
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    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

    Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark...  more
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  • The Ranch19
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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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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer20
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series...  more
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  • Northern Exposure21
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    Northern Exposure

    Rob Morrow, Janine Turner

    Premiered1990

    Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a...  more
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  • Riverdale22
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    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

    Premiered2017

    Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto...  more
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  • The Simpsons23
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    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

    The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting...  more
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  • Nancy Drew24
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    Nancy Drew

    Kennedy McMann, Tunji Kasim

    Premiered2019

    Nancy Drew (The CW, 2019) is an American mystery drama television series based on the titular...  more
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  • Smallville25
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    Smallville

    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum

    Premiered2001

    Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and...  more
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