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The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.

Updated October 28, 2020 3.3k votes 232 voters 6.4k views114 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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    Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

    Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series... more on Wikipedia
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from... more on Wikipedia
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    Moesha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Moesha

    Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young

    Premiered1996

    Moesha is an American sitcom series that aired on the UPN network from January 23, 1996, to... more on Wikipedia
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    Chico and the Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Chico and the Man

    Charo, Freddie Prinze

    Premiered1974

    Chico and the Man is an American sitcom which ran on NBC for four seasons, from September 13,... more on Wikipedia
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    Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Sanford and Son

    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

    Premiered1972

    Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC... more on Wikipedia
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    Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Saved by the Bell

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez

    Premiered1989

    Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A... more on Wikipedia
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    The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    The Munsters

    Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis

    Premiered1964

    The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign... more on Wikipedia
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    Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Charlie's Angels

    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett

    Premiered1976

    Charlie's Angels is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    The Brady Bunch

    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1969

    The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from... more on Wikipedia
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    The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    The A-Team

    George Peppard, Mr. T

    Premiered1983

    The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about... more on Wikipedia
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    Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Dragnet

    Jack Webb, Harry Morgan

    Premiered1952

    Dragnet is an American radio, television and motion picture series, enacting the cases of a... more on Wikipedia
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    Columbo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Columbo

    Peter Falk, Mike Lally

    Premiered1968

    Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los... more on Wikipedia
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    ALF is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    ALF

    Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco

    Premiered1986

    ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was... more on Wikipedia
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    Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Moonlighting

    Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis

    Premiered1985

    Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14,... more on Wikipedia
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    Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Perry Mason

    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale

    Premiered1957

    Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from... more on Wikipedia
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    The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.

    Premiered1974

    The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on... more on Wikipedia
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    B. J. and the Bear is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    B. J. and the Bear

    Greg Evigan, Eric Server

    Premiered1979

    B. J. and the Bear is an American comedy series which aired on NBC from 1979 to 1981. Created... more on Wikipedia
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    The Little Rascals is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    The Little Rascals

    Peter Cullen, B. J. Ward

    Premiered1982

    The Little Rascals was a 1982–1984 Saturday-morning cartoon series that was jointly produced... more on Wikipedia
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    Melrose Place is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Melrose Place

    Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue

    Premiered1992

    Melrose Place is an American primetime soap opera that aired on Fox from July 8, 1992 to May... more on Wikipedia
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    Law & Order: LA is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Law & Order: LA

    Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin

    Premiered2010

    Law & Order: LA, originally titled Law & Order: Los Angeles, is an American police procedural... more on Wikipedia
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    CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    CHiPs

    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox

    Premiered1977

    CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on... more on Wikipedia
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    Angel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Angel

    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter

    Premiered1999

    Angel (The WB, 1999) is an American supernatural television series created by Joss Whedon and... more on Wikipedia
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    Zorro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    Zorro

    Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon

    Premiered1957

    Zorro is an American action-adventure western drama series produced by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia
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    The L Word is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    The L Word

    Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey

    Premiered2004

    The L Word is an American/Canadian co-production television drama series portraying the lives... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In L.A.
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    The Bernie Mac Show

    Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith

    Premiered2001

    The Bernie Mac Show is an American sitcom that aired on Fox for five seasons from November 14,... more on Wikipedia
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