The Best Basement Hangouts in Film and TV History

When it comes to the best basements in film and TV, the competition isn’t that fierce. Basements are generally places where bad things happen in horror flicks or serial killers go to traumatize their victims in police procedurals. Audiences tend to associate basements with evil, not good. Which is a shame, because with a little TLC (or some choice weed from the kids in That '70s Show), basements can be ideal hangout spots. Especially when you live in the ‘70s and have nowhere else to go.

Despite what popular culture might have you believe, basements aren’t always spooky deathtraps. You might not want to step foot in the popular basements from Pulp Fiction or Psycho, but there are several other movies and TV shows that manage to give basements a good name. These are the best fictional basements to hang out in. Vote up the ones where you'd actually want to spend your time!   


  • The Foremans' Basement on That '70s Show
    Video: YouTube

    It's the coolest spot in Point Place, but only because the town is small and there isn't much to do anyway. Still, hanging out with Hyde, Donna, Eric, Fez, Jackie, and Kelso sounds like tons of fun. Especially if uh... "Mary Jane" is there too.

    134 votes
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    80 VOTES

    Mike’s Basement on Stranger Things

    Mike’s Basement on Stranger Things
    Video: YouTube

    Who wouldn’t want to hang out in a basement and play Dungeons & Dragons undisturbed, away from the prying eyes of parents? In the ‘80s, it didn’t get any cooler than this. All they needed was a table, some storage space, and a dim light for ambiance. 

    80 votes
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    92 VOTES

    Wayne’s Basement on Wayne's World

    Wayne’s Basement on Wayne's World
    Video: YouTube

    You ARE worthy! Wayne and Garth spend a lot of time in the basement hosting their public-access television show, and they've even hosted some pretty famous guests. If you hang out long enough, maybe they'll  give you a job manning the camera or an invitation to rock out to Aerosmith. Party time! Excellent!

    92 votes
  • The Basement on Full House
    Photo: ABC

    The space located under the kitchen in the Tanner house went through a bunch of changes as the show progressed. It was originally meant as a garage, but it was turned into a bedroom for Joey in season 1. In season 4, it became Jessie's studio. And in the sequel, Fuller House, it's transformed into Stephanie’s room. Not too shabby. 

    67 votes
  • Gibbs’s Basement on NCIS
    Video: YouTube

    Gibbs likes to builds boats, and he engages in this manly activity in his basement. If you like to work with your hands (or watch him work with his), this basement is for you. The special agent may even offer you a beer. 

    51 votes
  • Nick’s Basement on Freaks and Geeks
    Video: YouTube

    Nick’s basement is pretty cool. It has a comfy couch, great lighting, and awesome music. Plus, who wouldn’t like to hang out with this lovable freak? He might even serenade you. 

    39 votes