einfeld = New York. Gilmore Girls = Connecticut. Hawaii Five-O = Hawaii... obviously.
Believe it or not, there's been at least one TV show that's taken place in each of the 50 states (plus Washington, D.C.). In many, there are way more than one, and it was hard to choose the best. But as a devoted watcher of television and a dedicated bringer of joy on the Internet, I did my darnedest.
Here is the best TV show ever that takes place in your home state (and the 49 other states too).
Alabama — Hart of Dixie
Rachel Bilson plays a big city doctor from New York who hightails it to small-town Alabama. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of self-discovery and adjustment and all that jazz. I never really watched this show, but once I went on the Warner Bros. studio tour in Burbank, and I think they showed us every single set from this show.
Alaska — Northern Exposure
Alaska is about as North as you can get in the U.S., so it was a perfect setting for the early ’90s comedy-drama Northern Exposure. The show, like Hart of Dixie, followed a New York doctor to a tiny town, this time in Alaska. This big-city-doctor-trying-to-make-it-in-a-small-town premise seems tried and true. (It was also the plot of one of my very favorite Hallmark Channel Christmas movies this past year, Christmas Under Wraps.)
Arizona — The Last Man on Earth
In the first season of The Last Man on Earth, Phil Miller, thinking he’s, well, the last man on Earth, drives around the whole country before setting up shop in his hometown of Tuscon, Arizona. Of course, he soon finds out he’s not exactly the last person alive after a mysterious illness wipes out most of the world’s population. That’s when things get interesting.
Arkansas — 19 Kids and Counting
There aren’t very many docu-style series on this list, but we just couldn’t leave off 19 Kids and Counting. The Duggar family captured the attention of Americans everywhere for seven years on TLC, and then for years after that in all their spin-off series.
There’s been a bunch of controversy surrounding the Duggars, but that hasn’t made them any less fascinating to the American public.
California — Arrested Development
There are so many amazing, classic shows set in California. Being that many of them are shot there, it’s convenient to just set shows there as well. The Big Bang Theory; The Brady Bunch; Beverly Hills, 90210; Big Little Lies…and those are just the shows that begin with “B”!
I had to go with Arrested Development for a couple reasons: First, it’s my personal favorite show ever. Second, it’s one of the best TV shows ever made of all time and that’s an undisputed fact. Third, Newport Beach and Orange County are in their own ways as much characters on the show as Gob and Buster and Lucille and Tobias.