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The Best TV Shows Set In Massachusetts

Updated March 19, 2019 712 votes 75 voters 3.4k views31 items

List RulesVote 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

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman
    Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was...  more
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    Boston Legal

    James Spader, William Shatner
    Boston Legal is an American legal dramedy created by David E. Kelley and produced in...  more
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    Sabrina the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea
    Sabrina the Teenage Witch (ABC, 1996) is an American sitcom created by Nell Scovell and is...  more
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    Wings

    Tim Daly, Steven Weber
    Wings is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from April 19, 1990, to May 21, 1997. Starring Tim...  more
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    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson
    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,...  more
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    St. Elsewhere

    Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels
    St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama black comedy television series that originally ran...  more
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    Ally McBeal

    Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann
    Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from...  more
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    The Practice

    Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams
    The Practice is an American legal drama and comedy-drama created by David E. Kelley centering...  more
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    Spenser: For Hire

    Avery Brooks, Robert Urich
    Spenser: For Hire is a mystery television series based on Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels....  more
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    The Paper Chase

    Marilu Henner, Janine Turner
    The Paper Chase is an American television series based on a 1970 novel by John Jay Osborn,...  more
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    The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

    Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse
    The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is an American sitcom created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan....  more
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    Boston Common

    Anthony Clark, Hedy Burress
    Boston Common is an American television sitcom that ran on NBC from 1996 to 1997 and set in...  more
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    Dawson's Creek

    James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes
    Dawson's Creek (The WB, 1998) is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin...  more
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    Leverage

    Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman
    Leverage (TNT, 2008) is an American action crime drama television series created by John...  more
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    American Horror Story: Asylum

    Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes
    American Horror Story: Asylum is the second season of the FX horror television series American...  more
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    Crossing Jordan

    Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer
    Crossing Jordan is an American television drama series that aired on NBC from September 24,...  more
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    Boston Public

    Loretta Devine, Anthony Heald
    Boston Public is an American drama television series created by David E. Kelley and broadcast...  more
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    Falling Skies

    Noah Wyle, Drew Roy
    Falling Skies (TNT, 2011) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television series...  more
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    Two Guys and a Girl

    Traylor Howard, Ryan Reynolds
    Two Guys and a Girl is an American sitcom created by Kenny Schwartz and Danny Jacobson. It was...  more
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    Salem

    Janet Montgomery, Shane West
    Salem (WGN America, 2014) is an American supernatural fiction drama television series created...  more
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    A Million Little Things

    David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston
    A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by...  more
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    Stuck in the Middle

    Jenna Ortega, Ronni Hawk
    Stuck in the Middle (Disney Channel, 2016) is an American comedy television series developed...  more
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    Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers

    Penny Marshall, Jack Gilford
    Paul Sand in Friends & Lovers is a 1974-1975 United States comedic television series starring...  more
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    Clipped

    Mike Castle, Ashley Tisdale
    Clipped (TBS, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by David Kohan and Max...  more
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    Tru Calling

    Eliza Dushku, Shawn Reaves
    Tru Calling is an American television supernatural drama series that aired on Fox. Original...  more