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The Best TV Shows Set In Portland

Updated November 13, 2019 366 votes 36 voters26 items

List RulesVote up the best scripted television shows that take place in Portland, Oregon

If you love the quirky Pacific Northwest then you're in luck because Portland a very popular setting for a television series. It's not just that it's considered one of the most crunchy, hipster cities in the US, but Portland’s small size and proximity to both big cities like Seattle and incredibly rural forests offer unique locations to tell a tale. If you're from Portland and are missing home (or the rain) or are curious about how the most easily stereotyped city on the West coast is portrayed on-screen, this list of the best shows set in Portland can be your tour guide.

Portland as a setting is fun because it can be so many things. You can have a straightforward procedural like Leverage set in Portland, or something as fantastical as Grimm or The Librarians - and both can accurately and interestingly depict the unique buildings, neighborhoods, and cultures that define Portland. You can even have a show starring a puppet, like Disney’s Crash & Bernstein and it honestly makes sense. Comic book series like Stumptown seem to work in Portland, thanks to the area also being a hub for indie comic book publishers. The over the top hipster that seems so uniquely Portland is also skewered with series like Portlandia.

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

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    Grimm
    30
    10

    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Fantasy

    Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 2
    Leverage
    27
    8

    Leverage

    Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Action/Adventure, Comedy-drama, Thriller

    Leverage (TNT, 2008) is an American action crime drama television series created by John... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 3
    Portlandia
    24
    8

    Portlandia

    Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy

    Portlandia (IFC, 2011) is a sketch comedy television series created by Fred Armisen, Carrie... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 4
    The Librarians
    20
    10

    The Librarians

    Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy

    The Librarians (TNT, 2014) is an American fantasy-adventure television series developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 5
    Stumptown
    17
    7

    Stumptown

    Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Stumptown (ABC, 2019) is an American crime drama television series created by Jason Richman,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 6
    Trinkets
    15
    7

    Trinkets

    Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Drama

    Trinkets (Netflix, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Kirsten Smith,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 7
    Here and Now
    15
    12

    Here and Now

    Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Here and Now (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Alan Ball. A... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    Life Unexpected
    14
    12

    Life Unexpected

    Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Drama, Comedy-drama

    Life Unexpected is an American drama television series that aired for two seasons from 2010 to... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 9
    No Good Nick
    10
    8

    No Good Nick

    Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Astin

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Family comedy

    No Good Nick (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by David H.... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    Best Friends Whenever
    7
    5

    Best Friends Whenever

    Landry Bender, Lauren Taylor

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

    Best Friends Whenever (Disney, 2015) is an American children's comedy television series... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 11
    Shrill
    10
    10

    Shrill

    Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Shrill (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy web television series, based on the book Shrill:... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 12
    Backstrom
    4
    2

    Backstrom

    Rainn Wilson, Genevieve Angelson

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime Drama

    Backstrom is an American crime comedy-drama television series developed by Hart Hanson based... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 13
    Under Suspicion
    2
    0

    Under Suspicion

    Karen Sillas, Phillip Casnoff

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

    Under Suspicion is an American television police drama set in Portland, Oregon. It was created... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    Significant Mother
    4
    5

    Significant Mother

    Josh Zuckerman, Nathaniel Buzolic

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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  • 15
    Saved
    7
    10

    Saved

    Omari Hardwick, Elizabeth Reaser

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Medical fiction

    Saved is a medical drama television series, which was broadcast on TNT in 2006. The series was... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 16
    Sons and Daughters
    2
    2

    Sons and Daughters

    Judy Nunn, Danny Roberts

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Drama

    Sons and Daughters is a Logie Award winning Australian soap opera created by Reg Watson and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 17
    The Boys Are Back
    1
    2

    The Boys Are Back

    Paul Walker, Suzanne Pleshette

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The Boys Are Back is an American sitcom that was aired on CBS from September 1994 to January... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 18
    Monday Mornings
    1
    2

    Monday Mornings

    Ving Rhames, Jamie Bamber

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama, Drama

    Monday Mornings is an American medical drama television series that ran on TNT from February 4... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 19
    Hello, Larry
    0
    2

    Hello, Larry

    Kim Richards, Ruth Brown

    Premiered1979

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Hello, Larry is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from January 26, 1979 to April 30, 1980.Amazon_watch buy button
  • 20
    Together We Stand
    0
    2

    Together We Stand

    Elliott Gould, Dee Wallace

    Premiered1986

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Together We Stand, also known as Nothing Is Easy, is an American television series that aired... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    Maggie
    0
    2

    Maggie

    Julie Newmar, John Slattery

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Maggie is an American comedy television series starring Ann Cusack. The series premiered... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 22
    Crash & Bernstein
    0
    2

    Crash & Bernstein

    Crash & Bernstein is an American live action television comedy with puppetry which premiered... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 23
    You Me Her
    0
    2

    You Me Her

    Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-Drama, Romance

    You Me Her (HBO Canada, 2016) is an American-Canadian comedy-drama television series. The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 24
    Perfect Couples
    0
    5

    Perfect Couples

    Kyle Bornheimer, Christine Woods

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Perfect Couples is an American comedy television series that was originally broadcast by NBC.... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 25
    Marvin Marvin
    5
    8

    Marvin Marvin

    Lucas Cruikshank, Victory Van Tuyl

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy

    Marvin Marvin is an American science fiction slapstick comedy television series that aired... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button