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The Best Small Towns in Television History

Updated June 14, 2019 7.5k votes 1.4k voters 23.7k views21 items

Oh, small towns: where everybody knows everybody, secrets eventually come out, and you always run into someone you know on your way to the grocery store. There’s no wonder so many TV shows are set in small towns – the setting brings characters closer and allows for charming exterior shots.

Plus, the best TV towns have the unique appeal of giving viewers the urge to leave the big city behind and retire to a quieter life. Maybe somewhere sunny, where attending town events is mandatory and locking your doors doesn’t always have to be on your to-do list.

However, not all small towns on television are safe and idyllic. Some are populated with supernatural creatures, while others lose tourism points due to their unusually high crime rate. And yet, viewers can’t help but imagine how it would be to live in a place where vampires throw the most epic parties and witches can totally bring you back to life if you lose your head along the way.

These are the best small towns in television history. Which one is your favorite?
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    Photo: The CW
    TV series: Hart of Dixie
    Charming is the first word that comes to mind when describing this lovely Alabama town. The mayor had a pet alligator, the Rammer Jammer was the perfect hang-out spot, and the abundance of parties could surely keep you busy. Not too shabby. 
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    Point Place

    Photo: FOX
    TV series: That '70s Show
    Back in the ‘70s, this was the place to be. Sure, there’s wasn’t much to do there, but at least you knew you’d always have your friends close. As long as they didn’t suddenly decide to move to Africa.
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    Photo: CBS
    TV series: Northern Exposure
    This small town is remote enough to seem outside of reality, and yet strangely welcoming. It’s about ordinary people in an extraordinary place, so it really makes you feel like you could belong; especially if you decide to enjoy a meal at the Brick or check out the town's weird Thanksgiving celebration. Vegetable assault, anyone?
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    Photo: The WB
    TV series: Dawson’s Creek
    Capeside may be small, but it was never boring. If you’re a millennial, you likely wished you could grow up in a place like this. Hanging out at a friend’s house or joining your buddies at the Ice House both seemed like fun and low-key ways to spend your teen years. 
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