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The Best TV Shows Set In Portland  

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List Rules Vote 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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Leverage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
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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Trinkets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell
Trinkets (Netflix, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Kirsten Smith, Amy Andelson, and Emily Meyer, based on Kristen Smith's YA novel of the same name. An unexpected ...more
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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz
Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more
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Portlandia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan
Portlandia is a satirical sketch comedy television series, set and filmed in and around Portland, Oregon; it stars Carrie Brownstein and former Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen. The ...more
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Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal
Stumptown (ABC, 2019) is an American crime drama television series created by Jason Richman, based on the graphic novels of the same name written by Greg Rucka with art by Matthew Southworth. ...more
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The Librarians is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth
The Librarians (TNT, 2014) is an American fantasy-adventure television series developed by John Rogers, and a spinoff of the film series. A group of librarians set off on adventures in an effort ...more
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Here and Now is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins, Jerrika Hinton
Here and Now (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Alan Ball. A multi-racial family made up of husband (Tim Robbins), wife (Holly Hunter), three adopted children from ...more
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Best Friends Whenever is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Landry Bender, Lauren Taylor, Gus Kamp
Best Friends Whenever (Disney, 2015) is an American children's comedy television series created by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas. Set in Portland, Oregon, two teenage girls named Cyd (Landry ...more
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No Good Nick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Astin, Siena Agudong
No Good Nick (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by David H. Steinberg and Keetgi Kogan. The show centers on 13-year-old Nicole aka Nick (Siena Agudong), who ...more
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Shrill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones
Shrill (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy web television series, based on the book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. While the world around her deems her not good enough because of ...more
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Life Unexpected is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha, Britt Robertson
Life Unexpected is an American drama television series that aired for two seasons from 2010 to 2011. It was produced by Best Day Ever Productions and Mojo Films in association with CBS ...more
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Significant Mother is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Josh Zuckerman, Nathaniel Buzolic, Krista Allen
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Saved is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Omari Hardwick, Elizabeth Reaser, Michael McMillian
Saved is a medical drama television series, which was broadcast on TNT in 2006. The series was created by David Manson. The series was premiered on June 12, 2006. The pilot episode, "A Day ...more
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Marvin Marvin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Lucas Cruikshank, Victory Van Tuyl, Pat Finn
Marvin Marvin is an American science fiction slapstick comedy television series that aired from November 24, 2012 to April 27, 2013. The series was set to premiere on Nickelodeon in 2013, but ...more
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Sons and Daughters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Judy Nunn, Danny Roberts, Peter Phelps
Sons and Daughters is a Logie Award winning Australian soap opera created by Reg Watson and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation between 1981 and 1987. The first episode aired on Monday, 18 ...more
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Backstrom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Rainn Wilson, Genevieve Angelson, Kristoffer Polaha
Backstrom is an American crime comedy-drama television series developed by Hart Hanson based on the Swedish book series by Leif G. W. Persson. The series is set in Portland, Oregon and filmed in ...more
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The Boys Are Back is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
The Boys Are Back Paul Walker, Suzanne Pleshette, Hal Linden
The Boys Are Back is an American sitcom that was aired on CBS from September 1994 to January 1995. It stars Suzanne Pleshette and Hal Linden as parents Jackie and Fred Hansen. The show was ...more
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Monday Mornings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Ving Rhames, Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan
Monday Mornings is an American medical drama television series that ran on TNT from February 4 to April 8, 2013 and aired Mondays after Dallas. It is based on a novel of the same name by Sanjay ...more
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Hello, Larry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Kim Richards, Ruth Brown, Joanna Gleason
Hello, Larry is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from January 26, 1979 to April 30, 1980.
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Together We Stand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Together We Stand Elliott Gould, Dee Wallace, Jonathan Ke Quan
Together We Stand, also known as Nothing Is Easy, is an American television series that aired on the CBS network from 1986 to 1987. It was written by Stephen Sustarsic and directed by Andrew D. ...more
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Under Suspicion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Karen Sillas, Phillip Casnoff, Seymour Cassel
Under Suspicion is an American television police drama set in Portland, Oregon. It was created by Jacqueline Zambrano. Its episodes were broadcast on the CBS network from September 16, 1994 to ...more
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Maggie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Maggie Julie Newmar, John Slattery, John Getz
Maggie is an American comedy television series starring Ann Cusack. The series premiered August 18, 1998, on Lifetime Television.
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Crash & Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Crash & Bernstein
Crash & Bernstein is an American live action television comedy with puppetry which premiered on October 8, 2012 and ended on August 11, 2014 on Disney XD. Created by Eric Friedman, the ...more
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You Me Her is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard, Priscilla Faia
You Me Her (HBO Canada, 2016) is an American-Canadian comedy-drama television series. The story revolves around a suburban married couple who are entering a three-way romantic relationship, ...more
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Free Agents is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Portland
Hank Azaria, Natasha Leggero, Kathryn Hahn
Free Agents is an American re-make of a British workplace sitcom that premiered on NBC September 14, 2011, in the 10:30 pm Eastern/9:30 pm Central time slot, before assuming its regular time ...more