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The Best TV Shows Set In Portland

Updated November 13, 2019 465 votes 45 voters 1.2k views26 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

    Bree Turner, Russell Hornsby
    Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by...  more
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    Leverage

    Aldis Hodge, Gina Bellman
    Leverage (TNT, 2008) is an American action crime drama television series created by John...  more
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    Portlandia

    Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein
    Portlandia (IFC, 2011) is a sketch comedy television series created by Fred Armisen, Carrie...  more
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    Trinkets

    Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira
    Trinkets (Netflix, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Kirsten Smith,...  more
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    Stumptown

    Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson
    Stumptown (ABC, 2019) is an American crime drama television series created by Jason Richman,...  more
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    The Librarians

    Christian Kane, Lindy Booth
    The Librarians (TNT, 2014) is an American fantasy-adventure television series developed by...  more
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    Here and Now

    Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins
    Here and Now (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Alan Ball. A...  more
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    Life Unexpected

    Britt Robertson, Kristoffer Polaha
    Life Unexpected is an American drama television series that aired for two seasons from 2010 to...  more
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    Shrill

    Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope
    Shrill (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy web television series, based on the book Shrill:...  more
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    Best Friends Whenever

    Landry Bender, Ricky Garcia
    Best Friends Whenever (Disney, 2015) is an American children's comedy television series...  more
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    Backstrom

    Page Kennedy, Rainn Wilson
    Backstrom is an American crime comedy-drama television series developed by Hart Hanson based...  more
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    No Good Nick

    Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Astin
    No Good Nick (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by David H....  more
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    Under Suspicion

    Karen Sillas, Phillip Casnoff
    Under Suspicion is an American television police drama set in Portland, Oregon. It was created...  more
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    Significant Mother

    Josh Zuckerman, Krista Allen
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    Sons and Daughters

    Judy Nunn, Danny Roberts
    Sons and Daughters is a Logie Award winning Australian soap opera created by Reg Watson and...  more
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    The Boys Are Back

    Paul Walker, Suzanne Pleshette
    The Boys Are Back is an American sitcom that was aired on CBS from September 1994 to January...  more
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    Monday Mornings

    Keong Sim, Jennifer Finnigan
    Monday Mornings is an American medical drama television series that ran on TNT from February 4...  more
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    Hello, Larry

    Kim Richards, Ruth Brown
    Hello, Larry is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from January 26, 1979 to April 30, 1980....  more
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    Saved

    Omari Hardwick, Elizabeth Reaser
    Saved is a medical drama television series, which was broadcast on TNT in 2006. The series was...  more
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    Together We Stand

    Elliott Gould, Dee Wallace
    Together We Stand, also known as Nothing Is Easy, is an American television series that aired...  more
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    Maggie

    Julie Newmar, John Slattery
    Maggie is an American comedy television series starring Ann Cusack. The series premiered...  more
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    Crash & Bernstein

    Aaron R. Landon, Oana Gregory
    Crash & Bernstein is an American live action television comedy with puppetry which premiered...  more
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    You Me Her

    Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard
    You Me Her (HBO Canada, 2016) is an American-Canadian comedy-drama television series. The...  more
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    Perfect Couples

    David Walton, Mary Elizabeth Ellis
    Perfect Couples is an American comedy television series that was originally broadcast by NBC....  more
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    Marvin Marvin

    Casey Sander, Mim Drew
    Marvin Marvin is an American science fiction slapstick comedy television series that aired...  more