fictional places The Best Small Towns in Television History  

Alexandra Plesa
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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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Stars Hollow


Stars Hollow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Towns in Television History
Photo:  The WB
TV series: Gilmore Girls
Although fictional, Stars Hollow wins charm points due to its eclectic inhabitants and engaging town events. If you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls, you likely already pictured yourself reading a book in the gazebo or trying one of Luke’s famous burgers. And no quaint adorable village is complete without a town troubador.
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Mayberry


Mayberry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Towns in Television History
Photo:  CBS
TV series: The Andy Griffith Show
If you’re the nostalgic type, Mayberry is perfect for you. Townspeople may not have been technologically savvy, but they surely knew how to spend some quality time together. And more often than not, that’s what really makes a small town awesome.  
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Bluebell


Bluebell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Towns in Television History
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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Mystic Falls


Mystic Falls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Towns in Television History
Photo:  The CW
TV series: The Vampire Diaries
Sure, there’s no shortage of supernatural beings here, but Mystic Falls is also known for its rich history and quirky costume parties. The Salvatore brothers could easily finance their lifestyle by listing their mansion on Airbnb. 
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