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The Best TV Shows Set In Florida 

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Updated August 23, 2019 341 votes 55 voters 1.6k views 31 items

List Rules Vote up the best scripted television shows that take place in Florida.

Florida, Miami in particular, catches the imagination when it comes to television series. It's not just that Florida knows how to make a great headline, but the mix of people, tropical weather, wildlife, and wilder nightlife makes it a great setting for shows. If you're from Florida and are missing home or are curious about what Florida cities other than Miami are portrayed on-screen, this list of the best shows set in Florida can be your tour guide.

Let's get the big Miami TV shows out of the way first: Miami Vice is not only titular, but it also defined an era. Dexter, Nip/Tuck, The Golden Girls, and Jane the Virgin all also benefitted from the sunny, kind of strange world that surrounds Miami and the Florida Keys. But there are other shows set in Florida that aren't also set in Miami - though there aren't many. Fresh Off The Boat is set in Orlando while Cougar Town is set in a fictional city in the very real Sarasota County.

Which shows about Florida should be at the top of the list? Vote up the best TV shows set in Florida and Miami, then vote down the shows that don't deserve to be set in such a great place and add any great Florida shows that are missing.

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

Premiered: 1984

Set in: Miami

Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip ...more
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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

Premiered: 2007

Set in: Miami

Burn Notice (USA, 2007) is an American action crime drama television series created by Matt Nix. After being disavowed by the U.S. government, a covert ops agent (Jeffrey Donovan) uses his ...more
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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

Set in: Miami

The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more
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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Set in: Miami

Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos Jr., based on the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. When he's not doing forensic work ...more
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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

Premiered: 2002

Set in: Miami

CSI: Miami is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2002, to April 8, 2012, on CBS. It is the first spin-off of the orignal series. The pilot episode was ...more
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I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

Premiered: 1965

Set in: Cocoa Beach

I Dream of Jeannie is an American sitcom with a fantastical premise. The show starred Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie, and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom ...more
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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

Premiered: 2003

Set in: Miami

Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the United States from July 18, 2003 to March 3, 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", ...more
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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang

Premiered: 2015

Set in: Orlando

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by Nahnatchka Khan. Louis Huang (Randall Park) relocates his family from Chinatown of Washington, DC to Orlando, ...more
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Bloodline is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini

Premiered: 2015

Set in: Florida Keys

Bloodline (Netflix, 2015) is an American thriller drama web television series created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman. A family of adult siblings find their past secrets and ...more
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Cougar Town is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps

Premiered: 2009

Set in: Fictional town of Gulf Haven

Cougar Town is an American television sitcom that ran for 102 episodes over six seasons, from September 23, 2009 until March 31, 2015. The first three seasons aired on ABC, with the series ...more
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Flipper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Flipper Jessica Alba, Laura Harring, Gus Mercurio

Premiered: 1995

Set in: Miami

Flipper, is an American revival television series of the original 1964 Flipper television series. The first two seasons aired in first-run syndication; seasons 3 and 4 aired on the PAX network. ...more
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The Finder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason

Premiered: 2012

Set in: Florida Keys

The Finder (Fox, 2012) is an American procedural drama television series created by Hart Hanson. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, a war veteran (Geoff Stults) discovers his newfound ...more
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Austin & Ally is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez

Premiered: 2011

Set in: Miami

Austin & Ally is an American teen sitcom which first aired on the Disney Channel on December 2, 2011. The series was created by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, the writers and producers of ...more
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Karen Sisco is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Carla Gugino, Bill Duke, Robert Forster

Premiered: 2003

Set in: Miami

Karen Sisco is an American crime drama television series starring Carla Gugino in the title role. The series was created by novelist Elmore Leonard, based on a character who had appeared in ...more
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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Adrian Zmed

Premiered: 1982

Set in: Miami

This show is an American police drama television program starring William Shatner in the title role as a 15-year veteran police sergeant. The series premiered as a mid-season replacement on ...more
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On Becoming a God in Cen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Kirsten Dunst, Théodore Pellerin, Ted Levine

Premiered: 2019

On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime, 2019) is an American dark comedy television series created by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky. Krystal Gill (Kirsten Dunst) is a minimum-wage-earning ...more
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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas

Premiered: 2014

Set in: Miami

Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more
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The Thundermans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Jack Griffo

Premiered: 2013

Set in: Fictional town of Hiddenville

The Thundermans is an American superhero live-action comedy television series that began airing on Nickelodeon, on October 14, 2013. The series is created by Jed Spingarn. Nickelodeon announced ...more
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Every Witch Way is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Paola Andino, Nick Merico, Paris Smith

Premiered: 2014

Set in: Miami

Every Witch Way is an American telenovela-formatted teen sitcom that premiered on Nickelodeon on January 1, 2014. It is the American version of the Nickelodeon Latin American show Grachi. The ...more
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The Golden Palace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Betty White, Don Cheadle, Cheech Marin

Premiered: 1992

Set in: Miami

The Golden Palace is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 18, 1992, to May 14, 1993. The show is a spin-off of the sitcom The Golden Girls, continuing the story from ...more
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Grapevine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Kristy Swanson, Jonathan Penner, George Eads

Premiered: 1992

Set in: Miami

Grapevine, created by David Frankel, premiered on June 15, 1992 on CBS.
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Florida Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Laura Chinn, Patty Guggenheim, Melanie Field

Premiered: 2019

Set in: Fictional town of Small Town

Florida Girls (Pop, 2019) is an American comedy television series. Four girls living in Small Town, Florida re-examine their lives after their only ambitious friend moves away to follow her
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Empty Nest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Richard Mulligan, Dinah Manoff, David Leisure

Premiered: 1988

Set in: Miami

Empty Nest is an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from 1988 to 1995. The series was created as a spin-off of The Golden Girls by creator and producer Susan Harris. For its first ...more
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Second Noah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
James Marsden, Joey Lauren Adams, Daniel Hugh Kelly

Premiered: 1996

Set in: Tampa

Second Noah is a television drama that was broadcast in the United States on ABC television from February 5, 1996 to June 8, 1997.
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Eve is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Florida
Sofía Vergara, Ali Landry, Eve

Premiered: 2003

Set in: Miami

Eve is an American sitcom starring Eve, Jason Winston George, Ali Landry, Natalie Desselle-Reid, Brian Hooks, and Sean Maguire. It aired on the UPN network from September 15, 2003 to May 11, ...more