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The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts  

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List Rules Vote up the best scripted television shows that take place in Massachusetts.

Most shows set in Massachusetts take place in Boston, and the bustling The City on a Hill is a great setting for a television series. From science fiction and fantasy series to straightforward procedurals, there's room in Massachusetts to tell many tales. If you're from Boston and are missing home or are curious about how the City of Champions is portrayed on-screen, this list of the best shows set in Boston and in Massachusetts can be your tour guide.

The majority of shows set in Boston are legal dramas, including series such as The Practice, Ally McBeal, and Boston Legal. Beantown isn't all about law and order, however, and sitcoms like Cheers and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody also take place in Boston. The Massachusetts shows that aren't set in Boston include Wings (set in Nantucket) or series set in fictional towns and suburbs such as Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Dawson's Creek, while others take advantage of the witchy past of Salem in paranormal and horror series like American Horror Story: Asylum.

Which shows about Boston should be at the top of the list? Vote up the best TV shows set in Boston and Massachusetts, then vote down the shows that don't deserve to be set in such a great place and add any great Boston shows that are missing.

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger
Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more
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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen
Boston Legal is an American legal dramedy created by David E. Kelley and produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. The series aired from October 3, 2004, to December 8, ...more
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Wings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard
Wings is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from April 19, 1990, to May 21, 1997. Starring Tim Daly and Steven Weber as brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, the show is set at the fictional "Tom ...more
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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski
Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from September 8, 1997 to May 20, 2002. Created by David E. Kelley, the series stars Calista Flockhart in ...more
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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel
St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama black comedy television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982, to May 25, 1988. The series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more
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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more
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The Paper Chase is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Marilu Henner, Janine Turner, Brent Spiner
The Paper Chase is an American television series based on a 1970 novel by John Jay Osborn, Jr., as well as a 1973 film based on the novel. It follows the lives of law student James T. Hart and ...more
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A Million Little Things ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco
A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by D. J. Nash. A group of friends intertwined in each other's lives all realize they need to start ...more
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Boston Common is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Anthony Clark, Hedy Burress, Traylor Howard
Boston Common is an American television sitcom that ran on NBC from 1996 to 1997 and set in Boston. It starred Anthony Clark and was one of the 10 highest rated shows in its first season as it ...more
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American Horror Story: A... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson
American Horror Story: Asylum is the second season of the FX horror television series American Horror Story. It originally aired from October 17, 2012 to January 23, 2013. The season begins in ...more
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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle
The Practice is an American legal drama and comedy-drama created by David E. Kelley centering on the partners and associates at a Boston law firm. Running for eight seasons on ABC from 1997 to ...more
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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams
Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college. The series stars James ...more
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Spenser: For Hire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Avery Brooks, Robert Urich, Richard Jaeckel
Spenser: For Hire is a mystery television series based on Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels. The series, developed for TV by John Wilder, differs from the novels, mostly in its lesser degree of ...more
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Boston Public is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Loretta Devine, Anthony Heald, Fyvush Finkel
Boston Public is an American drama television series created by David E. Kelley and broadcast on Fox. Set in Boston, the series centers on Winslow High School, a fictional public high school in ...more
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The Suite Life of Zack &... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Brenda Song
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is an American sitcom created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan. The series was first broadcast on Disney Channel on March 18, 2005, with 4 million viewers, ...more
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Crossing Jordan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor
Crossing Jordan is an American television drama series that aired on NBC from September 24, 2001 to May 16, 2007. It stars Jill Hennessy as Jordan Cavanaugh, M.D., a forensic pathologist ...more
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Leverage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane
Leverage is an American television drama series, which aired on TNT from December 7, 2008, to December 25, 2012. The series was produced by Electric Entertainment, a production company of ...more
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Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill
Rizzoli & Isles is a TNT television series starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The one-hour drama is based on the ...more
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Stuck in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Jenna Ortega, Ronni Hawk, Isaak Presley
Stuck in the Middle (Disney Channel, 2016) is an American comedy television series developed by Alison Brown and Linda Videtti Figueiredo. In the fictional town of Marshport, Harley Diaz (Jenna ...more
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Two Guys and a Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Traylor Howard, Ryan Reynolds, Richard Ruccolo
Two Guys and a Girl is an American sitcom created by Kenny Schwartz and Danny Jacobson. It was originally broadcast on ABC from March 10, 1998, to May 16, 2001. Eighty-one episodes were aired ...more
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Tru Calling is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Eliza Dushku, Shawn Reaves, Zach Galifianakis
Tru Calling is an American television supernatural drama series that aired on Fox. Original episodes aired between October 30, 2003, and March 11, 2005, however the final episode was shown in ...more
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Falling Skies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight
Falling Skies is an American science fiction post-apocalyptic dramatic television series created by Robert Rodat and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The series stars Noah Wyle as Tom ...more
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Salem is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel
Salem is an American supernatural fiction drama television series created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, airing on WGN America starting April 20, 2014. It is the first original-scripted series ...more
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Banacek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts
George Peppard, Ralph Manza, Murray Matheson
Banacek is an American detective TV series starring George Peppard that aired on the NBC network from 1972 to 1974. The series was part of the rotating NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie anthology. It ...more