Entertainment 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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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
Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more
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24 8
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
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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21 8
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
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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Angel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof
Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more
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20 8
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
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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ALF is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright
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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20 9
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith
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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20 9
Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond
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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16 6
The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos
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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17 7
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan
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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18 8
The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis
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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18 8
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper
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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19 9
Melrose Place is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith
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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19 9
The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez
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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19 9
Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley
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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14 5
L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins
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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15 6
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy
Six Feet Under is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. It premiered on the premium cable network HBO in the United States on June 3, 2001, and ended on August ...more
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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Soule
Dragnet 1967-1970 was the second run of the Dragnet series. It began in January of 1967, and ran to September of 1970. The lead character, Sgt. Joe Friday, was played by Jack Webb, who also ...more
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Here's Lucy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Lucie Arnaz
Here's Lucy is Lucille Ball's third network television sitcom. It ran on CBS from 1968 to 1974.
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15 7
Chico and the Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Charo, Freddie Prinze, Della Reese
Chico and the Man is an American sitcom which ran on NBC for four seasons, from September 13, 1974, to July 21, 1978. It stars Jack Albertson as Ed Brown, the cantankerous owner of a run down ...more
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Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 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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77 Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith
77 Sunset Strip is an American television private detective series created by Roy Huggins and starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes. Each episode was one hour long. The show ...more
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Moesha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk
Moesha is an American sitcom series that aired on the UPN network from January 23, 1996, to May 14, 2001. The series stars R&B singer Brandy Norwood as Moesha Denise Mitchell, a high school ...more
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17 10
Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross
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