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What's The Most Famous TV Show Set In Every State?  

Zack Howe
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List Rules Vote up the TV shows that best represent the state in which they're set.

Some shows, like Hawaii Five-O, are inextricably linked to the states in which they're set. Others have seemingly nothing to do with their setting. The Pretender, for example, is set in Delaware but could've happened anywhere. Still, there are famous TV shows from every state (well, there are shows set in every state, though they may vary in degrees of fame).

There are famous movies from each state and every US citizen knows the funny cliche about his or her hometown. In fact, many people love their respective states so much because Hollywood has glamorized them. The familiar neighborhood coffee shop that you grew up with is even better because Jerry goes there all the time in Seinfeld.

Does your hometown have any landmarks that ended up on primetime TV?

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Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

A lot of people might believe that Once Upon A Time is Maine's most popular show. However, Murder She Wrote ran for 12 seasons. The murder-mystery show also presents Maine as the murder capital of the United States. Once Upon a Time is an engaging show, but it's not nearly as legendary.

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Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins, Anne-Marie Johnson

In the Heat of the Night is based on the 1965 novel of the same name and a 1967 film starring Sidney Poitier. The series (on air from 1988 to 1995) deals with serious social and racial issues in the Magnolia State. It won an Emmy and seven Golden Globes nominations.

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Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

Whether or not you're aware that The Mary Tyler Moore Show is set in Minneapolis (there's a commemorative statue of her there), you're almost certainly aware of the show itself. Mary Tyler Moor is one of the most famous comediennes ever. She paved the way for scores of female actors by portraying a young, single, working woman on the show instead of a housewife.

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Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

This one's kind of tough because Friday Night Lights is a contender for most famous TV show set in the Lone Star State. But the only thing more Texas than football is oil. Dallas is all about oil. The original series ran for 13 years, and the show was revived in 2012 for a few more seasons. Dallas is certainly long-withstanding.

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Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

The prestige of being Ohio's most famed television show either belongs to Glee or Family Ties. Happy Days actor Michael J. Fox breaks the stalemate, though. The Family Ties program also has one more season than Glee's six. The '80s comedy about hippies and conservatives is certainly the Buckeye State's most famous.

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Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan

Considering Portland's right in the show name, Portlandia is a pretty easy choice for Oregon's most famous series. Additionally, the sketch show is so quirky and crazy that it has seeped into pop culture despite being on IFC, a virtually irrelevant television network.

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Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston

Bob Newhart is Hollywood royalty, so it makes sense that his show Newhart is Vermont's most famous. The show ran for eight seasons. However, it's most memorable because during the final episode, Bob Newhart's character Dick Loudon discovers that the entire series is nothing more than a dream.

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Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere

Nashville pretty much captures all the cliche aspects of Tennessee, what with all the country music and barbecue. Plus, the show employs huge stars from various generations like Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.

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Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams

Alabama's most famous show is probably Hart of Dixiebut it only narrowly overshadows Any Day Now - a show about race relations in the South. Rachel Bilson stars as Zoe Hart, a failed New York heart surgeon who accepts an offer to join a family practice in Bluebell, AL. While in the Yellowhammer State, Hart becomes enchanted with the Southern lifestyle.

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Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman

Medium could be Arizona's most famous show because it has more seasons than Last Man on Earth. However, the latter series focuses more on the Arizona desert setting. The characters struggle so much because the terrain is unforgiving; the show could hardly take place in another state.

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Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye

Touched by an Angel is the show that all mothers love. And guardian angels reigned supreme for nine long seasons on this CBS show. Salt Lake City, UT provided ample idyllic backgrounds for the show's many miracles.

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Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones

Even though Wayward Pines only has a couple seasons under its belt, it definitely snags the honor of the most famous show set in Idaho. First of all, the series has big names like Matt Dillon and Djimon Hounsou. M. Night Shyamalan is also an executive producer for Wayward Pines. Moreover, it's rather difficult to name any other series that are based in the Gem State.

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Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

While The Vampire Diaries has a lot of teen fans, Homeland has a lot of Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. Consequently, the latter show is probably the most famous of Virginia-based programs. True, there's a lot of global travel in Homeland, but Langley, VA is home base. 

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Holly Hunter, Leon Rippy, Kenny Johnson

Saving Grace may only have three seasons, but not many other Oklahoma-based shows can boast of longer runtimes. Saving Grace lead actress Holly Hunter is also a pretty big star, especially by Oklahoma standards. The show was nominated for a Golden Globe and a couple of Emmy Awards, so it's obviously pretty noteworthy. 

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Burt Reynolds, Marilu Henner, Charles Durning

Evening Shade definitely has to be the most famous show set in Arkansas. It's one of the only shows set in Arkansas, for that matter. And Burt Reynolds plays a high school football coach there. Considering what a huge star Reynolds is, the 33rd most populous state must be thrilled to lay claim to him.

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Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau

Delaware is the home of Joe Biden and TV show The Pretenders. The latter legend ran for four seasons and even produced a couple of TV movies after the show was canceled. Incredibly popular, The Pretender still has fans who swear allegiance to Pretender graphic novels and comic books.

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Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield

Donald Glover's breakout series, Atlanta, won 26 awards after its first season, and it will certainly win more as the show progresses. The characters are exemplary and can truly only exist in a state that's as musically inclined as Georgia. Though The Walking Dead is another famous Georgia-based show, it can be set in any state. Atlanta, however, only makes sense in the Peach State.

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Wendy Davis, Catherine Bell, Brian McNamara

Army Wives takes place in South Carolina at the fictional Fort Marshall Army Base. The show highlights South Carolina's beautiful terrain, and the resilient characters mirror the resiliency of the land.

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Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald

If nothing else, Masters of Sex earns this slot for its incomparably arresting title. Four seasons long, this Showtime series won an Emmy and multiple Golden Globe nominations. 

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Stephen Baldwin, Josh Brolin, Ty Miller

A pre-Civil War western set in the Nebraska Territory, The Young Riders follows a group of Pony Express riders. It's one of the few Nebraska-based shows that ever made a splash. The Young Riders ran for three seasons from the late '80s to early '90s, employing stars like a young Josh Brolin and Stephen Baldwin.

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Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher

Take your pick between Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, and even The Brady Bunch; the list of shows set in Cali is virtually endless. But The O.C. is probably the most famous because every single millennial has seen at least one episode. Full of ridiculous teen drama (especially offscreen drama), The O.C. employed big-name stars like Peter Gallagher and Shailene Woodley. Plus, the show is named after one of the most famous counties in the state.

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Killian Scott, Logan Marshall-Green, Sarah Jones

There are not a whole lot of options for Iowa's most famed show, so Damnation is the undisputed choice. The 2017 American period drama focuses on those who struggle against big business in the '30s. Despite tepid critic reviews, Damnation seems to please many viewers.

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Lindsay Felton, Cynthia Belliveau, Jeremy Foley

This one's a toss up between a handful of shows that few people even recognize. Although Buckskin and its one season is a contender for Montana's most famous show, Caitlin's Way has thrice as much to offer. It boasts of an impressive three-season run on Nickelodeon. Caitlin's Way is a teen drama about a troubled Philly girl who's forced to live with her cousins in Montana.

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James Stewart, Sam Elliott, Strother Martin

Hawkins is West Virginia's most famous show. It's incredibly surprising, though, that series star James Stewart requested that the show be canceled after only its first season. Stewart won a Golden Globe for his role as attorney Billy Jim Hawkins, but he was still unhappy with the show's quality

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Randy Quaid, Chris Penn, Elizabeth McGovern

There's a good chance you haven't heard of this show, but there are not a lot of options for New Hampshire's most famous TV show. However, The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire was created by David E. Kelley. Kelley's responsible for The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, and more big name shows, so even though The Brotherhood didn't run for long it did have excellent writing.