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The Most Popular TV Show Set in Each State (and D.C.)

What's your state's?

Joal Ryan
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The United States of TV Shows

ABC's A Million Little Things represents for Massachusetts. NBC's This Is Us takes place across several states, but will always be Pennsylvania's. And CBS' Magnum, P.I.? It's true-blue Hawaii. So, what's the top TV show set in your state?

Here's an all-new, updated look at the most popular scripted or reality series for each of our 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., based on 2019-2020 TV Guide Watchlist data. As always, Watchlist's popularity rankings are determined by you: TVGuide.com users. In cases where there weren't Watchlist-ranked shows to go with states, we selected shows to represent.

So, start clicking to see the most popular shows set everywhere -- from A to, well, W.

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Alabama: The Bachelor

Watchlist ranking: 69

Alabama figures prominently in the ABC reality series' recently completed 24th season. It's the home base of Madison Prewitt, the Auburn University alum who didn't get the rose, but who did (briefly) get airline pilot Peter Weber.

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Arizona: The Good Place

Watchlist ranking: 84

On the 2016-2020 NBC afterlife comedy, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) is -- or, rather, was -- a Grand Canyon State salesperson from Phoenix.

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Alaska: The Twilight Zone

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

Though its rugged terrain makes Alaska fertile ground for TV shows, there are no Alaska-based shows in the Watchlist's Top 400. But no problem: The Jordan Peele Twilight Zone reboot for CBS All Access features the Last Frontier in the Season 1 episode, "A Traveler." The tale is a blast.

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Arkansas: True Detective

Watchlist ranking: 186

The third -- and most recent -- season of the HBO anthology drama is focused on an Arkansas State Police detective played by Mahershala Ali.

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California: The Rookie

Watchlist ranking: 2

The Nathan Fillion-led ABC police drama is set in the Golden State -- in Los Angeles (and among the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department), to be precise.

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Colorado: The Passage

Watchlist ranking: 18

Sorry, South Park (Watchlist ranking: 343). This 2019 Fox vampire drama gets to represent for the Centennial State. In The Passage, a top-secret medical facility (and monster breeding ground) is based there.

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Connecticut: American Housewife

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

There may not be a Connecticut-based show currently in the Watchlist Top 400, but no matter: We'll always have American Housewife, the ABC sitcom that's based in the leafy suburb of Westport.

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Delaware: Steven Universe

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

The state of Delaware doesn't count too many TV characters among its residents. So, we give the nod here to Cartoon Network's Steven Universe, the "groundbreaking" animated series that, per series creator Rebecca Sugar, takes place in an alternate universe where Delaware, Maryland and Virginia are "are all one state called Delmarva."

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Florida: Grand Hotel

Watchlist ranking: 94

The Miami Beach skyline costars in this 2019 ABC drama about a family-owned hotel. Demián Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez lead the ensemble cast.

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Georgia: The Resident

Watchlist ranking: 20

Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) and his colleagues work at Atlanta's Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. In March 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, The Resident's production team donated its stash of masks and other supplies to a real hospital in Georgia.

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Hawaii: Magnum P.I.

Watchlist ranking: 27

From the original Hawaii Five-O to the Magnum, P.I. reboot, CBS stars like Magnum's Jay Hernandez have been enjoying the Aloha State's sunshine for more than 50 years.

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Idaho: Spinning Out

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

This 2020 Netflix drama about a bipolar figure skater (played by Kaya Scodelario) is set in the fictional town of Hawkley, Idaho.

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Illinois: Chicago P.D.

Watchlist ranking: 4

As its title indicates, NBC's Chicago P.D. is set against the backdrop of Illinois' Windy City. It wins a spot on this list ahead of its sister shows, Chicago Fire (Watchlist ranking: 12) and Chicago Med (Watchlist ranking: 24).

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Indiana: Stranger Things

Watchlist ranking: 100

Netflix's Stranger Things, set in the fictional (and eerie) town of Hawkins, Indiana,is the most popular Hoosier State-set show among TV Guide users.

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Iowa: NOS4A2

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

The Hawkeye State is a key setting for the first season of this supernatural AMC series, starring Zachary Quinto. The Iowa action takes place in the fictional town of Here.

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Kansas: Supernatural

Watchlist ranking: 56

Supernatural's Winchester brothers (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) may crisscross the nation's highways and back roads, but, as fans of the long-running CW series surely know, Dean and Sam hail from the Sunflower State.

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Kentucky: Perfect Harmony

Watchlist ranking: 83

This tuneful NBC comedy, starring the Pitch Perfect franchise's Anna Camp, is set in the fictional Bluegrass State town of Conley Fork.

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Maine: Nancy Drew

Watchlist ranking: 59

The CW's Nancy Drew, the latest iteration of the famous detective character, finds the teen on the case in her (fictional) hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine.

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Louisiana: NCIS: New Orleans

Watchlist ranking: 29

The local flavor is gumbo-strong in this veteran CBS crime procedural starring Scott Bakula.

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Maryland: Bones

Watchlist ranking: 201

Yes, the 2005-2017 Fox series is set at a Washington, D.C., crime lab, but its dynamic duo (played by David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel) are no strangers to neighboring Maryland, as is the case in the Season 6 entry, "The Shallow in the Deep."

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Massachusetts: A Million Little Things

Watchlist ranking: 5

Cheers, St. Elsewhere and Ally McBeal ruled the Bay State in other TV eras, but this time belongs to A Million Little Things, the ABC drama about a group of intertwined friends and families in Boston.

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Michigan: Charmed

Watchlist ranking: 50

While Seattle has been the site of much of the Season 2 action for this CW reboot, Charmed's first season concerns Mel, Macy and Maggie (played by Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock and Sarah Jeffrey, respectively) fighting supernatural forces in the fictional Michigan town of Hilltowne.

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Minnesota: Fargo

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

The third -- and most recent -- season of this FX anthology crime drama, starring Carrie Coons, takes place primarily in the Gopher State.

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Mississippi: Fear the Walking Dead

Watchlist ranking: 145

Originally set in Los Angeles, AMC's Walking Dead spin-off has seen its focus creep, zombie-style, to other parts of the nation, including, as of Season 4, Mississippi.

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Missouri: Superstore

Watchlist ranking: 142

This NBC workplace comedy, starring America Ferrera and Lauren Ash, takes inventory of Cloud 9, a big-box store located in the Show-Me State's St. Louis.

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Nebraska: Bless This Mess

Watchlist ranking: 71

This ABC comedy, starring Dax Shepard and Lake Bell, who also co-created the series, is about a couple who leave behind New York for the Cornhusker State -- and the (fictional) town of Bucksnort.

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Montana: Yellowstone

Watchlist ranking: 87

In the Paramount Network drama, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and his family fight to protect their Big Sky Country ranch, which borders Yellowstone National Park.

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Nevada: I Am the Night

Watchlist ranking: 219

Golden Brooks is one of the stars of this 2019 TNT limited-series crime drama about Los Angeles' infamous Black Dahlia murder. The show takes place in the 1960s -- and creates some fireworks in Sparks, Nevada.

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New Hampshire: Stan Against Evil

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

This 2016-2018 IFC horror-comedy pits a retired sheriff (John C. McGinley) against supernatural baddies; the battles that take place in a formerly sleepy Granite State town.

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New Jersey: Outmatched

Watchlist ranking: 225

While The Sopranos once ruled the Garden State, this Fox family comedy, set in Atlantic City, and starring Jason Biggs, is the king for now.

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New Mexico: Roswell, New Mexico

Watchlist ranking: 62

This sci-fi CW show, starring Jeanine Mason, is set exactly where you think it'd takes place: in the epicenter for space-alien conspiracy theories -- Roswell, New Mexico.

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New York: New Amsterdam

Watchlist ranking: 1

Always a popular setting, New York state is the backdrop for current shows such as Prodigal Son (Watchlist ranking: 8), FBI (Watchlist ranking: 10) and Emergence (Watchlist ranking: 16). The NBC drama New Amsterdam, which stars Ryan Eggold as the medical director of a New York City medical center, is at the top of the heap.

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North Carolina: The Unicorn

Watchlist ranking: 51

Wade Felton (Walter Goggins) is a widowed father of two daughters in this CBS comedy set in the land of One Tree Hill and The Andy Griffith Show. Specifically, The Unicorn takes place in the North Carolina capital of Raleigh.

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North Dakota: Blood & Oil

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

Locals griped about the mountains depicted in this 2015 primetime ABC soap starring Chace Crawford and set in the fictional town of Rock Springs, because, well, North Dakota doesn't have any mountains.

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Ohio: Project Blue Book

Watchlist ranking: 105

In this History drama series based on real events, Aidan Gillen stars as J. Allen Hynek, a real-life astronomy professor at Ohio State University who was enlisted by the U.S. Air Force to investigate UFOs.

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Oklahoma: Watchmen

Watchlist ranking: 108

The 2019 HBO series Watchmen, a continuation of the famed Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons comic book, opens with a depiction of Oklahoma's 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Much of the series' subsequent action concerns a modern-day assault by white supremacists in the same Sooner State city.

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Pennsylvania: This Is Us

Watchlist ranking: 13

NBC's This Is Us may span decades and involve multiple timelines, but Pennsylvania, the state where Jack and Rebecca put down roots (and rooted for the Pittsburgh Steelers), is there to forever tie the Pearson clan together.

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Oregon: Stumptown

Watchlist ranking: 11

Based on the same-titled, comic-book detective series, ABC's Stumptown, starring Cobie Smulders, is set in the Beaver State metropolis of Portland, aka, yes, Stumptown.

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Rhode Island: Family Guy

Watchlist ranking: 118

Since the dawn of Seth MacFarlane's animated Fox comedy, the lovely (and fictional) Quahog, Rhode Island, has been home to Peter Griffin's brood.

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South Carolina: Trial & Error

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

This 2017-2018 NBC comedy, about a fish-out-of-water lawyer (Nicholas D'Agosto) who defends a professor (John Lithgow) accused of murder, is set in the (fictional) town of East Peck, South Carolina.

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South Dakota: Deadwood

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

This Western saga about the denizens of Deadwood, South Dakota, in the 1870s has been told in two parts: in the 2004-2006 HBO TV series Deadwood; and, in the 2019 HBO TV-movie, Deadwood: The Movie.

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Tennessee: Bluff City Law

Watchlist ranking: 41

In NBC's Bluff City, Jimmy Smits stars as the proprietor of a father-daughter law firm in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Texas: Young Sheldon

Watchlist ranking: 38

Sure, Sheldon Cooper lives in California on The Big Bang Theory, but, as we see in Young Sheldon, he grew up in East Texas.

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Utah: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

Historically, Utah hasn't gotten a lot of love from the makers of episodic TV, but we're loving the "incredibly clever, self-aware, and heartfelt" Disney+ backstage comedy, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which is set in Salt Lake City.

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Vermont: Newhart

Watchlist ranking: N/A (Editors' choice)

Playing a writer turned innkeeper, Bob Newhart taps the land of maple syrup for laughs in this 1982-1990 CBS comedy that's still the defining show of the Green Mountain State.

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Virginia: The Enemy Within

Watchlist ranking: 21

Virginia is a focal point of the action in this 2019 NBC thriller about the CIA.

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Washington: Grey's Anatomy

Watchlist ranking: 14

On the long-running ABC medical series, the drama queens and kings of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, formerly Seattle Grace-Mercy West, formerly Seattle Grace, call the Evergreen State home.

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Washington, D.C.: NCIS

Watchlist ranking: 5

With The Blacklist (Watchlist ranking: 28), Madam Secretary (Watchlist ranking: 57) and more, the nation's capital is a crowded TV place. At the top of the polls is NCIS, the Mark Harmon-led CBS procedural drama, which is based at the Washington Navy Yard.

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West Virginia: The Walking Dead

Watchlist ranking: 47

The Walking Dead has covered a lot of ground since the zombie drama's 2010 debut on AMC. In the Season 10 episode, "Morning Star," Eugene (Josh McDermitt) seems intent on heading to the Mountain State after being told by his radio friend, Stephanie, to meet her in Charleston, West Virginia.

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Wisconsin: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Watchlist ranking: 98

The action on this Marvel Cinematic Universe series for ABC may take place all over the globe (and even in parts of outer space), but it's grounded by Agent Phil Coulson, upstanding native son of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Or, should we say, the show was grounded by Coulson. Spoiler alert: The Badger State native dies at the end of Season 5. (And, sorry, Coulson's Life Decoy Model, seen in Season 6, doesn't offer the same Wisconsin cred.)

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Wyoming: The Good Doctor

Watchlist ranking: 9

Yes, it's true: This ABC medical series takes place in California. But it's also true that San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital's Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) hails from Casper, Wyoming -- the hometown Murphy returns to for a powerful Season 3 storyline.