So, I just wrote about the best movies that take place in New England, and now I want to share my favorite tv shows that take place in and around the Seacoast.

Think these choices reflect the people/places/things of the great Northeast?


This is legendary comedian Bob Newhart's second of three prime time series baring his name. In this one, he plays a big city boy who moves to rural Vermont to become an inn keeper, and along the way, he is both charmed and befuddled by life in a small town and the quirky characters who live there.

"Boston Legal"

OK, so most of us aren't high-powered, self-involved, overpaid attorneys, but how much fun was it to see a cast including John Larroqutte, Bill Shatner, Candice Bergen and others surrounded by the towers of downtown Boston's financial district?

"Breaking Bad"

It was originally set in New Mexico, sure, but can I refer you back to when Walter White had to live in a New Hampshire cabin? You'll want to watch this show just to get to that moment.

"The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire"

This show only ran for two months in 2003, but it was "Northern Exposure" meets "thirtysomething" created and written by David E. Kelly, the guy behind among other shows, "Ally McBeal."

It was a fun dramedy about life and love in small town New Hampshire with a cast headed by, of all people, Randy Quaid.


Tim Daly and Steven Weber as the Hackett Brothers and a fabulous supporting cast centered around a small airport on Nantucket Island, MA, made this TV show. While it was filmed on a soundstage, the exterior shots of the airport are authentic to the island.

"Family Guy"

There's the animated version of the Providence downtown skyline above the Griffin's house in the opening shot of most episodes andreferences to "quahogs" and the infamous former Mayor Buddy Cianci.

"Dark Shadows"

Maybe it's the presence of Stephen King and his macabre tales coming from Maine, but there is something so northern New England about the "castle on the hill." Also, Barnabus seems to be as much a vampire as a quirky small village local.

"Murder She Wrote"

What is it about suspense, horror and mystery in Maine's idyllic small towns? Jessica Fletcher's home in fictional Cabot Cove is everything you want from cozy New England. Though, there does seem to be a lot of crime there.

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