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The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.  

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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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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine
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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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge
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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Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter
Barnaby Jones is a television detective series starring Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as a father and daughter-in-law who run a private detective firm in Los Angeles, California. The show ran ...more
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Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell
This series is a mystery/medical drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves incidents with the help of his son, a detective played by his ...more
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Emergency! is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London
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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Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White
Girlfriends is an American situation comedy that premiered on September 11, 2000, on UPN and aired on UPN's successor network, The CW, before being abruptly cancelled in 2008. The final episode ...more
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Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams
Lou Grant is an American television drama series starring Ed Asner in the title role as a newspaper editor. This drama series was a spinoff from a sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Aired from ...more
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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz
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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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins
The Shield is an American drama television series starring Michael Chiklis that premiered on March 12, 2002, on FX, in the United States, and concluded on November 25, 2008, after seven seasons. ...more
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What's Happening!! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill
What's Happening!! is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976 to April 28, 1979. The show premiered as a summer series. With good ratings and reviews, and after the ...more
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Zorro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, George J. Lewis
Zorro is an American action-adventure western drama series produced by Walt Disney Productions. Based on the well-known Zorro character, the series premiered on October 10, 1957 on ABC. The ...more
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Law & Order: LA is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin, Alfred Molina
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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Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj
Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC. The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her ...more
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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander
Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more
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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark
Knots Landing is an American primetime television soap opera that aired from December 27, 1979 to May 13, 1993 on CBS. A spin-off of Dallas, it was set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los ...more
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The L Word is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman
The L Word is an American/Canadian co-production television drama series portraying the lives of a group of lesbian, bisexual, straight and transgender people and their friends, connections, ...more
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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane
This show is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. A dysfunctional, blended family must reinvent themselves by learning new ...more
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Californication is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler
Californication is an American comedy-drama television series created by Tom Kapinos, which aired for seven seasons on Showtime from August 13, 2007 to June 29, 2014. The show follows New Yorker ...more
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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa
NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more
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Southland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King
Southland is an American television drama series created by writer Ann Biderman and produced by Warner Bros. Television. It originally aired on NBC for one season from April 9 to May 21, 2009, ...more
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Room 222 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Michael Constantine
Room 222 was an American comedy–drama television series produced by 20th Century Fox Television that aired on ABC for 112 episodes from September 17, 1969, until January 11, 1974. The show was ...more
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B. J. and the Bear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Greg Evigan, Eric Server, Linda McCullough
B. J. and the Bear is an American comedy series which aired on NBC from 1979 to 1981. Created by Glen A. Larson and Christopher Crowe, the series stars Greg Evigan and Claude Akins. The theme ...more
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The Debbie Reynolds Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Debbie Reynolds, Tom Bosley, Don Chastain
The Debbie Reynolds Show is an American situation comedy which aired on the NBC television network during the 1969-70 television season. The series was produced by Filmways.
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Hunter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan
Hunter is an American police drama television show that was created by Frank Lupo, and starring Fred Dryer as Sgt. Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall, which ran on NBC from ...more
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Murder One is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Brittany Murphy, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson
Murder One is an American legal drama television series that first aired on the ABC network in the United States in 1995. The series was created by Steven Bochco, Charles H. Eglee, and Channing ...more