Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Our Fifty States, part II

We did pretty well on the film version (damn you, Delaware!), so let's try our hand at television. The game: name a television show set in each of the fifty states.

Once again, I'll start the ball rolling, midwest style:

Wisconsin: That 70s Show
Minnesota: Little House on the Prairie
Michigan: Home Improvement

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Blogger Jade said...

Washington: Grey's Anatomy
Illinois: ER
Florida: CSI Miami
Nevada: CSI
New York: CSI New York
(OK, so those were probably easy)
Pennsylvania: The Office
California: Life (I believe it's set in Los Angeles?)
Colorado: Stargate SG1 (The facility housing the gate is located under Cheyenne Mountain)

8:56 AM  
Blogger Quinn said...

see, and I would have gone with Mork and Mindy for Colorado.

Nice work!

9:16 AM  
Blogger bdure said...

NC: Dawson's Creek for Gen X, but for everyone else, Andy Griffith

GA: Designing Women noses out Carter Country


VA: X-Files

TX: Walker, Texas Ranger. Good luck disputing it.

RI: Family Guy

AK: Twin Peaks? Men in Trees?

Which New England state was proud home to Newhart?

10:19 AM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Good call on the followup, Quinn. The TV list solves the Delaware problem but may open up others.

And I just realized a problem with my last list. It had 50 lines, but included DC. I left out RI (Outside Providence). Easy to overlook, but still...

I think some bloggers in these parts (like you, bdure) would prefer Friday Night Lights for Texas.

The X-Files for VA was a good call.

Julie can tell you more, but while Twin Peaks was filmed in the same part of Washington as Northern Exposure, the former is also set in WA.

Meanwhile, I think Capeside from Dawson's Creek was up north somewhere, and only filmed in NC.

I'll just add to the shows I used in my picture puzzle from here. Also consulting Wikipedia, questioning whether Matlock was set in Atlanta or Raleigh, and incorporating your suggestions.

AK: Men in Trees, Northern Exposure
AL: Any Day Now
AR: Evening Shade
AZ: Alice
CA: Life, Chuck, Alias, 24, L.A. Law, Private Practice, The Streets of San Francisco, Charmed, Journeyman, Nip/Tuck now, it goes on...
CO: Mork and Mindy, Stargate SG-1
CT: Who's the Boss, Gilmore Girls, Soap
DC: Bones, The West Wing
DE: The Pretender
FL: CSI: Miami, Nip/Tuck then
GA: Profiler, The Dukes of Hazzard, Vanished, Designing Women, Carter Country
HI: Magnum, P.I.
IL: Oprah, Roseanne, ER, Prison Break at first
KS: Smallville
LA: K-Ville
MA: Cheers
MD: Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire
ME: Murder, She Wrote
MI: Home Improvement
MN: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Coach, Little House on the Prairie
MO: The John Larroquette Show
OH: WKRP in Cincinnati
OK: Saving Grace
OR: Eureka
NC: One Tree Hill, The Andy Griffith Show
NJ: House, The Sopranos
NM: Roswell
NV: Las Vegas, Viva Laughlin, VEGA$, Push Nevada, CSI
NY: Welcome Back Kotter, Reunion, The Cosby Show, Kojak, Law & Order(s), Ugly Betty, CSI: New York and many others
PA: The Office
RI: Providence, Family Guy
SC: American Gothic, Army Wives, Gullah Gullah Island
SD: Deadwood
TN: Nashville Star
TX: Friday Night Lights, Dallas, Walker Texas Ranger
UT: Big Love
VA: The X-Files
VT: Newhart
WA: John Doe, Dark Angel, Twin Peaks, Frasier, Grey's Anatomy
WI: That 70's Show

12:44 PM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Totally forgot to add a Wisconsin show of my own: Laverne y Shirley.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

IA: Double Trouble (don't ask me why I remember this)
WY: Lonesome Dove, the series

I'm thinking Flyboy can help us out with Indiana (or Neel will pick up on that broad hint.)

2:49 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

And excuse me! How did I forget Southpark for Colorado?

2:56 PM  
Blogger bdure said...

Neel -- Matlock, like Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill, was filmed in and around Wilmington and Southport, N.C. I knew a couple of guys who got extra duty, one who did an actual credited guest spot.

We're having trouble with Indiana, but we could call up the short-lived Breaking Away series. Filmed, oddly enough, in Athens, Ga.

For Iowa, could we cheat and say M*A*S*H in honor of Radar?

AfterMASH was also set in Missouri, but Neel has that one covered.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous DC Dermboy said...

Indiana: One Day at a Time

8:13 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

Neel - I thought Eureka was northern California?

Also... Twin Peaks was filmed around North Bend... (I've eaten at the home of the cherry pie/damn fine cup of coffee!) Northern Exposure was filmed around Roslyn - There's a good hour of driving between the two towns.

I really wanted to put Nowhere Man in for Oregon, but I believe the series was just filmed there, and set all over the country?

9:58 AM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

dc dermboy: Great call on One Day at a Time.

jade: According to Wikipedia, the show Eureka hasn't explicitly said it was set in Oregon, but they have a picture of the main character (a sheriff) in his office standing next to an Oregon state flag.

And you're right about Nowhere Man. (This would all be a lot easier if The Simpsons were set in Oregon.)

11:41 AM  
Blogger liz said...

The opening helicopter shot (aerial view of the town) is actually the town where my sister lives in Vermont.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. MMM said...

I dispute that the X-Files had anything to do with Virginia (more so than any other state they traveled to), so I've suggested, and bdure agrees, that "American Dad" is much more appropriate (set at CIA, and everything).

6:40 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Welcome Mrs. MMM! I've chatted with you at your spouse's place, but now I get to acknowledge your awesomeness here.

American Dad: Langley. Definitely.

Re: Indiana. I was actually hoping for "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" (yes, the first incarnation of "Saved by the Bell." Set in Indiana. Before three of the students and the principal all moved inexplicably to Southern California.)

7:27 PM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Neither me nor DC Dermboy is the resident Saved by the Bell expert. (Not only does someone else wear that title, but he wears it proudly.)

8:57 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

hence the flyboy reference earlier on. I even emailed him. Slacker.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Oh. I assumed "Flyboy" was another name for DC Dermboy because he travels a lot, and also the pretty.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

no, the one who made a career out of getting flies drunk.

Wow, they'll give you a PhD for anything these days!

7:05 AM  

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