TV The Best Small Towns in Television History  

Alexandra Plesa
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Oh, small towns: where everybody knows everybody, secrets eventually come out, and you always run into someone you know on your way to the grocery store. There’s no wonder so many TV shows are set in small towns – the setting brings characters closer and allows for charming exterior shots.

Plus, the best TV towns have the unique appeal of giving viewers the urge to leave the big city behind and retire to a quieter life. Maybe somewhere sunny, where attending town events is mandatory and locking your doors doesn’t always have to be on your to-do list.

However, not all small towns on television are safe and idyllic. Some are populated with supernatural creatures, while others lose tourism points due to their unusually high crime rate. And yet, viewers can’t help but imagine how it would be to live in a place where vampires throw the most epic parties and witches can totally bring you back to life if you lose your head along the way.

These are the best small towns in television history. Which one is your favorite?
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Stars Hollow


Stars Hollow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Towns in Television History
Photo:  The WB
TV series: Gilmore Girls
Although fictional, Stars Hollow wins charm points due to its eclectic inhabitants and engaging town events. If you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls, you likely already pictured yourself reading a book in the gazebo or trying one of Luke’s famous burgers. And no quaint adorable village is complete without a town troubador.
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Mayberry


Mayberry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Towns in Television History
Photo:  CBS
TV series: The Andy Griffith Show
If you’re the nostalgic type, Mayberry is perfect for you. Townspeople may not have been technologically savvy, but they surely knew how to spend some quality time together. And more often than not, that’s what really makes a small town awesome.  
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Point Place


Point Place is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Towns in Television History
Photo:  FOX
TV series: That '70s Show
Back in the ‘70s, this was the place to be. Sure, there’s wasn’t much to do there, but at least you knew you’d always have your friends close. As long as they didn’t suddenly decide to move to Africa.
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Sunnydale


Sunnydale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Towns in Television History
Photo:  The WB
TV series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Xander said it best - come for the food, stay for the dismemberment. It can be tricky to live in a town that sits right on top of a Hellmouth, but at least Buffy was always be there to protect you. And when things got really bad, a night at the Bronze could help restore your optimism.