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The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.

Updated November 4, 2020 3.4k votes 237 voters 6.6k views117 items

List RulesVote 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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    Dragnet
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    Dragnet

    Jack Webb, Ben Alexander

    Premiered1967

    Dragnet 1967-1970 was the second run of the Dragnet series. It began in January of 1967, and...
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    77 Sunset Strip
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    18

    77 Sunset Strip

    Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes

    Premiered1958

    77 Sunset Strip is an American television private detective series created by Roy Huggins and... more on Wikipedia
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    Adam-12
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    17

    Adam-12

    Martin Milner, Kent McCord

    Premiered1968

    Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles... more on Wikipedia
  • 29
    Here's Lucy
    22
    17

    Here's Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon

    Premiered1968

    Here's Lucy is Lucille Ball's third network television sitcom. It ran on CBS from 1968 to 1974.
  • 30
    Six Feet Under
    22
    17

    Six Feet Under

    Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall

    Premiered2001

    Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001) is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan... more on Wikipedia
  • 31
    NCIS: Los Angeles
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    8

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah

    Premiered2009

    NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama... more on Wikipedia
  • 32
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
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    15

    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Larry David, Cheryl Hines

    Premiered2000

    Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast... more on Wikipedia
  • 33
    Emergency!
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    18

    Emergency!

    Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe

    Premiered1972

    Emergency! is an American television series that combines the medical drama and... more on Wikipedia
  • 34
    Lou Grant
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    12

    Lou Grant

    Edward Asner, Robert Walden

    Premiered1977

    Lou Grant is an American television drama series starring Ed Asner in the title role as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 35
    Californication
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    10

    Californication

    David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone

    Premiered2007

    Californication (Showtime, 2007) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Tom... more on Wikipedia
  • 36
    L.A. Law
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    19

    L.A. Law

    Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry

    Premiered1986

    L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from... more on Wikipedia
  • 37
    Girlfriends
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    15

    Girlfriends

    Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks

    Premiered2000

    Girlfriends (UPN, 2000) is an American sitcom created by Mara Brock Akil. A look at the lives,... more on Wikipedia
  • 38
    The Shield
    14
    9

    The Shield

    Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent

    Premiered2002

    The Shield (FX, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created by Shawn Ryan. Led... more on Wikipedia
  • 39
    BoJack Horseman
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    12

    BoJack Horseman

    Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris

    Premiered2014

    BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014) is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael... more on Wikipedia
  • 40
    Diagnosis: Murder
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    14

    Diagnosis: Murder

    Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke

    Premiered1993

    This series is a mystery/medical drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark... more on Wikipedia
  • 41
    Fear the Walking Dead
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    13

    Fear the Walking Dead

    Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis

    Premiered2015

    Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television... more on Wikipedia
  • 42
    Barnaby Jones
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    14

    Barnaby Jones

    Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen

    Premiered1973

    Barnaby Jones is a television detective series starring Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 43
    What's Happening!!
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    What's Happening!!

    Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer

    Premiered1976

    What's Happening!! is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976 to... more on Wikipedia
  • 44
    Agent Carter
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    Agent Carter

    Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy

    Premiered2016

    Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for... more on Wikipedia
  • 45
    Southland
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    Southland

    Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy

    Premiered2009

    Southland (TNT, 2009) is an American crime drama television series created by writer Ann... more on Wikipedia
  • 46
    Two and a Half Men
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    15

    Two and a Half Men

    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher

    Premiered2003

    Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that began broadcast on CBS on September... more on Wikipedia
  • 47
    Knots Landing
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    15

    Knots Landing

    Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford

    Premiered1979

    Knots Landing is an American primetime television soap opera that aired from December 27, 1979... more on Wikipedia
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    L.A. Dragnet
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    9

    L.A. Dragnet

    Ed O'Neill, Ethan Embry

    Premiered2003

    From Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, one of television's most successful creators and...
  • 49
    Laverne & Shirley
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    20

    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

    Premiered1976

    Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to... more on Wikipedia
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    Room 222
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    Room 222

    Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas

    Premiered1969

    Room 222 was an American comedy–drama television series produced by 20th Century Fox... more on Wikipedia