American TV situation comedy geography


While many television shows are situated in unnamed or imaginary places, many others are located in specific cities and towns across the county. This following list identifies the metropolitan areas where TV situation comedies were/are located geographically. Not surprisingly, Greater New York City and Southern California (LA Region) lead the list with the most shows taking place there. Chicago appears in third place. The San Francisco Bay Area and Philadelphia round out the top five. The state with the most metro areas where sitcoms were based is Ohio with four (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo), followed by California with three.

Fyi – The list does not include animated shows, nor hour-long shows. 



  • Atlanta
  • Designing Women


  • Hot L Baltimore


  • Cheers
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Wings


  • According to Jim
  • The Bob Newhart Show
  • Family Matters
  • Good Times
  • Kenan & Kel
  • The League
  • Married…with Children
  • Mike & Molly
  • Perfect Strangers
  • Superior Donuts
  • Webster


  • WKRP in Cincinnati


  • The Drew Carey Show
  • Hot in Cleveland

Columbus, OH

  • Family Ties

Denver- Boulder

  • Last Man Standing
  • Mork & Mindy


  • Eight Simple Rules (Ann Arbor)
  • Home Improvement


  • Reba


  • One Day at a Time (original series)

Kansas City

  • Mama’s Family (Raytown)


  • Empty Nest
  • Golden Girls


  • Happy Days
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • Step by Step (Port Washington)


  • The Mary Tyler More Show

New York City Region

  • 2 Broke Girls (Brooklyn)
  • 30 Rock
  • All in the Family (Queens)
  • American Housewife (Westport, CT)
  • Archie Bunker’s Place (Queens)
  • Barney Miller
  • Bewtiched
  • Brooklyn 99 (Brooklyn)
  • The Cosby Show
  • The Danny Thomas Show
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Diff’rent Strokes
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (Long Island)
  • The Facts of Life (Peekskill)
  • Family Affair
  • Friends
  • Girl Meets World
  • Grounded for Life (Staten Island)
  • Herman’s Head
  • The Honeymooners
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Kate & Allie
  • Kevin Can Wait (Long Island)
  • The King of Queens (Queens)
  • I Love Lucy
  • The Jeffersons
  • ‘Living Single
  • Mad About You
  • Master of None
  • Maude
  • The Nanny
  • NewsRadio
  • Night Court
  • The Patty Duke Show (Brooklyn)
  • Rhoda
  • Seinfeld
  • Sex and the City
  • Spin City
  • Sports Night
  • Suburgatory (Connecticut near New York City)
  • The Odd Couple
  • Taxi
  • That Girl
  • Welcome Back Kotter (Brooklyn)
  • Who’s the Boss? (Fairfield, CT)
  • Will & Grace


  • Fresh Off the Boat


  • Angie
  • The Goldbergs (Jenkintown)
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Schooled


  • Alice


  • Man with a Plan

San Francisco Bay Area

  • Dharma & Greg
  • Full House
  • Fuller House
  • Mom (Napa)


  • The Office

San Diego

  • CPO Sharkey


  • Frasier

Southern California (LA Region)

  • ALF (San Fernando)
  • Arrested Development (Newport Beach)
  • The Beverly Hillbillies (Beverly Hills)
  • Big Bang Theory (Pasadena)
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Chico and the Man (East Los Angeles)
  • The Courtship of Eddie’s Father
  • Cybill
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  • Gidget
  • Grace & Frankie
  • Hannah Montana (Malibu)
  • Joey
  • Modern Family
  • The Monkees
  • My Favorite Martian
  • The Neighborhood (Pasadena)
  • New Girl
  • One Day at a Time (new version)
  • Room 222
  • Sanford & Son
  • Three’s Company
  • Topper
  • Two and a Half Men (Malibu)

St. Louis

  • Superstore


  • AP Bio

Washington, DC

  • Get Smart
  • Veep


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1 Response to American TV situation comedy geography

  1. I was surprised to not find “M*A*S*H” in your list. Was it a sitcom? Well, the Wikipedia list in your Sources lists it as one, so I guess it was. Not all sitcoms were set in American cities. The 4077th was set in Uijeongbu. Of course, the outdoor set for the TV series was in Malibu Creek State Park. I visited there in 1982 – weeks before the Dayton Canyon Fire destroyed the set. That fire began October 9, 1982 and burned 54,000 acres, a large area at the time. I remember watching a big plume of smoke from a road miles away; I learned later that plume was the set going up in flames.


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