Hawaii — Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O and Magnum, P.I. were the quintessential beachy procedurals. And of course, the reboot has been going strong since 2010. You just can’t beat badass police drama in paradise.
Idaho — The Grinder
OK, The Grinder only lasted one season, but it was so good, you guys! Fred Savage — yes, that Fred Savage — plays a small-town lawyer whose bigshot TV star brother, played by Rob Lowe, returns home after playing a lawyer on TV, which he believes makes him fully capable of helping out at his brother’s real, actual law firm. As you can imagine, hijinks ensue.
Wayward Pines is the other Idaho-set show worth mentioning — its spooky sci-fi mystery arc totally hooks you from the very start.
Illinois — ER
ER is the quintessential, classic hospital drama. It was created by Michael Crichton (who was also responsible for Jurassic Park), and George Clooney was in it. Those are all the details I really need to provide. Without ER, there’d be no Grey’s Anatomy, no House, no nothin’.
Other notable Illinois shows: Married…With Children, Roseanne, and Perfect Strangers.
Indiana — Parks and Recreation
Pawnee, Indiana is the quirkiest character in this bonkers show about quirky characters. But, like the rest of the characters in Parks and Recreation, this fictional Indiana town has an insane amount of heart. Parks and Recreation turned into one of the best, most rewatchable sitcoms of all time.
Stranger Things also takes place in Indiana, and that show is bomb too, so I had to mention it.
Iowa — American Pickers
There aren’t a whole bunch of shows that take place in Iowa, so we’re going with American Pickers. Here’s the thing about this show: I never choose to watch it, but when it’s on, I can’t look away. I don’t know how they do it.