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The Greatest TV Shows About Small Towns

Updated November 9, 2020 5.0k votes 895 voters 31.4k views58 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
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    64

    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

    Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Hart of Dixie
    513
    94

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Virgin River
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    41

    Virgin River

    Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson

    PremieredDecember 6, 2019

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  • 4
    One Tree Hill
    159
    58

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Outer Banks
    71
    7

    Outer Banks

    Madison Bailey, Madelyn Cline

    Premiered2020

    Outer Banks (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama series created by created by Jonas Pate, Josh... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Vampire Diaries
    181
    87

    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Sweet Magnolias
    68
    5

    Sweet Magnolias

    Jamie Lynn Spears, Anneliese Judge

    Premiered2020

    Sweet Magnolias (Netflix, 2020) is a romantic drama television series created by Sheryl J.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Friday Night Lights
    109
    39

    Friday Night Lights

    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton

    Premiered2006

    Friday Night Lights (NBC, 2006) is an American sports drama television series developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Stranger Things
    158
    77

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Heartland
    72
    15

    Heartland

    Amber Marshall, Graham Wardle

    Premiered2007

    Heartland (CBC, 2007) is a Canadian family drama television series created by Lauren Brooke,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Schitt's Creek
    93
    33

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Parks and Recreation
    81
    39

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Twin Peaks
    79
    38

    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

    Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Veronica Mars
    86
    46

    Veronica Mars

    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III

    Premiered2004

    Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    66
    28

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Dawson's Creek
    81
    44

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Everwood
    79
    42

    Everwood

    Treat Williams, Gregory Smith

    Premiered2002

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  • 18
    That '70s Show
    74
    38

    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon

    Premiered1998

    That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Pretty Little Liars
    90
    52

    Pretty Little Liars

    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson

    Premiered2010

    Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 2010) is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    The Ranch
    60
    30

    The Ranch

    Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson
    The Ranch (Netflix, 2016) is an American comedy web television series created by Don Reo and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Northern Exposure
    58
    28

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Smallville
    55
    35

    Smallville

    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum

    Premiered2001

    Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Riverdale
    91
    78

    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

    Premiered2017

    Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Andy Griffith Show
    41
    24

    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

    The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Simpsons
    49
    35

    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

    The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button