TV Shows Set in all 50 States Part Two: From Parks and Rec to Justified

TV Shows Set in all 50 States Part Two: From Parks and Rec to Justified


This is TV Overmind’s second week of showcasing 50 different TV shows that take place in each of the 50 states in the country. Last week you may remember we looked at The OC, which took place in California and Cougar Town, which had the Sunshine state Florida as its setting. If you did not get a chance to check out the article, it can be viewed by clicking here This time we are going to showcase 10 different states that include Hawaii, Indiana, and Maryland. Is your favorite series on the list? Take a a look and find out. We will be back next week with another history lesson for our fans.

Hawaii – Magnum, P.I. (CBS), 1980-1998

Before Tom Selleck was leading the cast of the CBS drama Blue Bloods, he starred on this series set in the island state Hawaii. Selleck would win an Emmy in 1984 for his performance as Thomas Magnum IV. That season, the series was watched by an average 18.77 million people and was the 6th most popular show on television.

Idaho – The Grinder (FOX), 2015-Present

Thankfully, FOX decided to air this sitcom starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage. Otherwise, we may not have had a show to include on this list for Idaho. The show has seen a steady decline in viewership, with the latest outing watched by less than 2 million people. Maybe a show set in Idaho isn’t a must watch?

Illinois – Roseanne (ABC), 1988-1997

Though most series set in Illinois take place in or around the Chicago area, this sitcom about the Conner family was set in the fictional town Lanford. Roseanne would go on to become the most watched series on television during its second season. A total of 222 episodes were produced over the course of nine seasons.

Indiana – Parks and Recreation (NBC), 2009-2015

Leslie Knope and the rest of the crew of the Pawnee Parks and Rec department made us actually consider working for the government. Whether they were partying at the Snakehole Lounge or celebrating “Treat Yo Self” day, the team at the Parks and Rec department could always make us laugh and miss the days when NBC actually had a good comedy on the air.

Iowa – Runaway (The CW), 2006

You most likely do not remember this Donnie Wahlberg drama as it only survived for three episodes on The CW. It was one of two series that did not come from the merger between The WB and UPN. The show focused on a middle-class family that moves to Bridgewater, Iowa from Maryland. Six episodes of the series never aired on television.

Kansas – Jericho (CBS), 2006-2008

This series focused on the fictional town Jericho, Kansas in the aftermath of a nuclear attack. The series struggled to find an audience was cancelled in May 2007. Fans of the show sent the network 20 tons of peanuts in protest and the network decides to air a 7-episode second season in order to give fans a proper closure.

Kentucky – Justified (FX), 2010-2015

Like Parks and Recreation, we said good-bye to this beloved series in 2015. The show starred Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Gives, a U.S. Marshall that is now protecting his hometown. The series ran for 6 seasons, the final which received a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes approval poll.

Louisiana – American Horror Story: Coven (FX), 2013-2014

This is the third installment of the super popular American Horror Story franchise and is set in New Orleans at a school for young girls who are witches. The drama starred Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett and attracted over 5.5 million viewers in its season premiere.

Maine – Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix), 2015

This 8-episode TV series is based on the cult movie that premiered in 2001. While the movie focused on the last days of camp, the Netflix series took place during the first day at Camp Firewood located in Waterville, Maine. Though the cast had become very successful since the film premiered, many of them returned to reprise their roles including Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Poehler.

Maryland – The Following (FOX), 2013-2015

Yes another series on the list that aired its final episode in 2015, The Following debuted to strong ratings in 2013. The series starred Kevin Back as Ryan Hardy, an FBI agent trying to recapture a serial killer. The drama was set in the state of Maryland.

Which series on the list is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.

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