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The Best TV Shows Set In L.A. 

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Updated April 27, 2020 2.3k votes 219 voters 5.3k views 111 items

List Rules Vote up the best scripted television shows that take place in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles, California is not only where most television series are filmed, but it also tends to be where they're set as well. It's not just that it's easy to set shows Los Angeles, but the mix of people, industries, and just plain drama in L.A. makes it a great setting for shows. If you're from Los Angeles and are missing home or are curious about how your hometown is portrayed on-screen, this list of the best shows set in L.A. can be your tour guide.

Sitcoms and soaps are often set in Los Angeles. Classics like Family Matters and Saved by the Bell set up the L.A. sitcom while shows like Modern Family continue the tradition. Crime dramas also love the City of Angels, with procedural shows such as Dragnet and Law & Order: LA to detective series such as Moonlighting and Columbo. But shows set in Los Angeles know how to get weird too, with alien shows such as ALF and Alien Nation offering up both sitcoms and procedural dramas with a twist or Fear the Walking Dead bringing the horror to the West Coast.

Which shows about Los Angeles should be at the top of the list? Vote up the best shows set in Los Angeles, California, vote down the shows that don't deserve to be set in such a great place and add any great L.A. shows that are missing. Then, check out what talk shows are filmed in LA.

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
1984alfa added Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who ...more
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more
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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

Premiered: 1972

Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. Known for its edgy racial humor, ...more
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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

Premiered: 1989

Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A retool of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show follows a group of friends and ...more
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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

Premiered: 1964

The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters. It stars Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The ...more
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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

Premiered: 1969

The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with ...more
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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

Premiered: 1977

CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to July 17, 1983. CHiPs followed the lives of two motorcycle police ...more
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The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez

Premiered: 2001

The Bernie Mac Show is an American sitcom that aired on Fox for five seasons from November 14, 2001 to April 14, 2006. The series featured comic actor Bernie Mac and his wife Wanda raising his ...more
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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

Premiered: 1976

Charlie's Angels is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981, producing five seasons and 110 episodes. The series was created by Ivan Goff ...more
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ALF is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

Premiered: 1986

ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround sound system. The title character is ...more
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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

Premiered: 1968

Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more
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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

Premiered: 1952

Dragnet is an American radio, television and motion picture series, enacting the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name ...more
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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

Premiered: 1985

Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as ...more
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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

Premiered: 1983

The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army personnel who escape and, while still on the run from the army, ...more
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Melrose Place is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith

Premiered: 1992

Melrose Place is an American primetime soap opera that aired on Fox from July 8, 1992 to May 24, 1999, for seven seasons. The show follows the lives of a group of young adults living in an ...more
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Angel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

Angel (The WB, 1999) is an American supernatural television series created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt, and a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel (David ...more
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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

Premiered: 1957

Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los ...more
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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge

Premiered: 1968

Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they rode the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol ...more
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The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

Premiered: 1974

The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to ...more
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Law & Order: LA is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin, Alfred Molina

Premiered: 2010

Law & Order: LA, originally titled Law & Order: Los Angeles, is an American police procedural and legal drama television series set in Los Angeles, where it was produced. Created and ...more
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The Little Rascals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Peter Cullen, B. J. Ward, Scott Menville

Premiered: 1982

The Little Rascals was a 1982–1984 Saturday-morning cartoon series that was jointly produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and King World Productions, and broadcast on ABC. Based upon the classic ...more
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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Premiered: 2000

Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO, which premiered on October 15, 2000. It has aired 80 episodes over eight seasons, the last ...more
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Emergency! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Emergency! Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London

Premiered: 1972

Emergency! is an American television series that combines the medical drama and action-adventure genres. It was produced by Mark VII Limited and distributed by Universal Studios. It debuted as a ...more
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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins

Premiered: 1986

L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained ...more
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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

Premiered: 2001

Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001) is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. A dysfunctional family attempts to run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles who has a ...more