The most famous TV show set in every state

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"Roseanne" revolves around the working-class Conners family in Illinois. ABC/Adam Rose
  • We identified the most famous TV show set in every state by looking at awards, reviews, and impact.

  • Some are old classics, like the Bob Newhart sitcom "Newhart" or "Mary Tyler Moore."

  • Others are new, like "Stranger Things."

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Some TV shows, like "Breaking Bad," really play up the location in which they are set - everyone knows where they were filmed. Others, like "Roseanne," could technically be anywhere.

However, every single US state has been home to an iconic TV show - from Indiana being the site of "Stranger Things" to Pennsylvania being home of "The Office."

We looked at how many awards any given show has won or was nominated for using IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, as well as its cultural impact in today's world to determine the most famous TV show in every state.

Keep scrolling to see what show your home state is known for.

Adriana Belmonte contributed to a previous version of this article.

ALABAMA: "Hart of Dixie"

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"Hart of Dixie" ran from 2011 to 2015. The CW

When Zoe Hart, a New York-based doctor, learns that her biological father (who she never knew) died and left her his medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama, she drops everything and moves there.

The hardened New Yorker clashes with many of the residents of the tiny town, but soon finds herself in a love triangle with a local lawyer and a bad boy bartender.

"Hart of Dixie" ran for four seasons on the CW and starred Rachel Bilson in the lead role, along with Jaime King, Cress Williams, Wilson Bethel, and Scott Porter.

ALASKA: "Northern Exposure"

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"Northern Exposure" aired from 1990 to 1995. CBS

Rob Morrow plays Joel Fleischman, a New York City doctor assigned to practice medicine in the tiny town of Cicely, Alaska. The dramedy is mostly about him adjusting to life in small-town Alaska.

The show also stars Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, John Cullum, Darren E. Burrows, Cynthia Geary, and Elaine Miles, along with John Corbett in one of his first acting roles.

During its six-season run, "Northern Exposure" received 89 award nominations, winning 27 of them, including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 1992.

ARIZONA: "Medium"

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The Emmy Award-winning show ran from 2005 to 2009. NBC

Patricia Arquette plays Allison DuBois, a woman trying to balance raising three daughters with working as a medium for the Phoenix District Attorney's office. DuBois has the ability to communicate with the dead, foresee future events, and witness past ones in her dreams.

Arquette won an Emmy for her role and the show received a total of 33 award nominations. Jake Weber, Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassilieva, Maria Lark, and David Cubitt rounded out the rest of the regular cast.

ARKANSAS: "Evening Shade"

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The Arkansas-based show was on from 1990 to 1994. CBS

"Wood" Newton (played by Burt Reynolds), a former football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is forced to leave behind his career after an injury, instead becoming the coach of a high school football team in Evening Shade, Arkansas.

CALIFORNIA: "The Big Bang Theory"

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The comedy aired from 2007 to 2019. CBS

"The Big Bang Theory" was on the air for an impressive 12 seasons, ending in 2019. The comedy stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar, and takes place in Pasadena, California. Cuoco's character, Penny, is an aspiring actress who moves next door to a group of socially awkward scientists, befriending them with often hilarious results.

The breakout character of the show is Parsons' Sheldon Cooper, a neurotic and quirky individual who often clashes with Penny. Parsons has won four Emmy Awards (and has been nominated 65 times across various awards for his performance) and a Golden Globe for his role, while the show itself has picked up a whopping 46 Emmy noms altogether. A spin-off prequel, "Young Sheldon," centered on a younger version of Cooper, debuted in 2017.

COLORADO: "Community"

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"Community" aired from 2009 to 2015. NBC

The ensemble comedy stars Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Donald Glover (in his first major television role), Gillian Jacobs, and Danny Pudi as community college students who form a study group at Greendale Community College, in the fictional town of Greendale, Colorado.

The show ran for six seasons, playing on various television tropes and clichés: The Atlantic even described it as a "weekly satire of the sitcom genre." Despite it never winning any major awards, "Community" still has a strong cult following, and fans are still desperately waiting a movie.

CONNECTICUT: "Gilmore Girls"

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The female-led dramedy ran from 2000 to 2007, plus a 2016 revival. Netflix

This dramedy is all about the relationship of a mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory, and their lives in the fictional and quirky town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Lorelai (Lauren Graham) ran a local inn while Rory (Alexis Bledel) attended an elite prep school, and later Yale University.

The show ran for seven seasons, with Graham nominated for a Golden Globe and two SAG Awards. It was revived by Netflix in 2016 as a four-part series known as "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life."

DELAWARE: "The Pretender"

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The show aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000. NBC

In "The Pretender," Michael T. Weiss stars as Jarod, a man who can master any kind of skill and can impersonate any profession. He travels the country seeking answers about his origins, all while running from "The Centre," a think tank based in the fictional town of Blue Cove, Delaware, that he was raised in after they kidnapped him as a child.

The show ran for four seasons before being canceled by NBC. TNT later revived the series with two television movies.

WASHINGTON, DC: "The West Wing"

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The show began in 1999 and came to a close in 2006. NBC

Brilliantly produced by Aaron Sorkin, "The West Wing" takes you into the life of the President of the United States and his staff. Notable cast members include Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, John Spencer, Stockard Channing, and Joshua Malina.

The ensemble cast received critical acclaim and the show itself picked up 26 Emmy Awards throughout its seven seasons.

"The West Wing" was named the 10th-best written series of all time by the Writers Guild of America.

FLORIDA: "The Golden Girls"

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The television classic entertained its fans from 1985 to 1992. NBC

Arguably one of the most iconic comedies of its era, and named one of Rolling Stones' greatest TV shows of all time, "Golden Girls" featured four elderly women living together in Miami. Each woman was either widowed or divorced, and while they sometimes clashed, they were always there for one another, navigating their golden years together. It also spawned three spin-offs, "The Golden Palace," "Empty Nest," and "Nurses."

"The Golden Girls" picked up 11 Emmys and four Golden Globes during its seven-season run.

GEORGIA: "The Walking Dead"

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"The Walking Dead" has been on AMC since 2010. Gene Page/AMC

A zombie-like apocalypse has taken over and humans are struggling to stay alive while searching for a cure in this post-apocalyptic drama, which mostly takes place in and around Atlanta, Georgia. The show has become a downright phenomenon since its 2010 premiere. By the time it ends after its eleventh season, it will have been AMC's highest-rated show of all time, spawned at least four spin-offs, one nine-season after show ("Talking Dead"), and multiple movies, and garnered 16 Emmy nominations.

HAWAII: "Hawaii Five-0"

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The reboot aired from 2010 to 2020. Facebook/Hawaii Five-0

"Hawaii Five-0" aired in 2010 as a reboot of the 1970s series of the same name, but has since taken on a life of its own. The show — about two crime fighting detectives in Hawaii — ended after 10 seasons and 240 episodes in 2020. This, plus the original which aired for 12 seasons and 279 episodes from 1968 to 1980, easily makes "Hawaii Five-O" the most famous Hawaiian show.

IDAHO: "Wayward Pines"

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"Wayward Pines" was only on air for two years, from 2015 to 2016. Liane Hentscher/FOX

In the fictional town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, a Secret Service agent (Matt Dillon) searches for two of his fellow agents, who are missing. What he doesn't realize, however, is that the town's inhabitants can never leave.

M. Night Shyamalan produced the sci-fi drama, which was canceled after two seasons on the air.

ILLINOIS: "Roseanne"

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"Roseanne" initially ran from 1988 to 1997, but was revived in 2018. Carsey-Werner Distribution

"Roseanne" revolves around the working-class Conners family in Illinois. The stars of the show, Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and Laurie Metcalf, received four Emmy wins and two Golden Globes during its initial run. The series was named one of TV Guide's Top 50 Shows of All Time.

In 2018, "Roseanne" returned to TV. The premiere delivered massive ratings, which resulted in an early renewal for an 11th season. However, after Barr was fired in May 2018, the show rebranded as "The Conners." Its third season is currently airing in 2021.

INDIANA: "Stranger Things"

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"Stranger Things" premiered in 2016. Netflix

"Stranger Things" has become one of Netflix's most popular original series since its debut in 2016. The show might center around a group of children, but the storylines are intended for a wide variety of audiences.

The plot revolves around the disappearance of a young boy in Hawkins, Indiana, which leads to revelations about a secret government experiment and the supernatural forces it has unleashed.

The cast won the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and series stars David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown have both garnered Emmy nominations.

IOWA: "American Pickers"

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The reality series debuted in 2010. History Channel

Since there aren't many scripted television shows based out of Iowa, a reality series was chosen for this state.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are antique and collectible dealers who travel around the country to find rare items for their clients for the last 21 seasons. Their store, Antique Archaeology, has its home base in Le Claire, Iowa.

KANSAS: "Smallville"

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"Smallville" aired on The WB/CW from 2000 to 2011. Warner Bros.

If you ever wanted to learn more about the origins of Superman, then "Smallville" is the show for you. The series follows Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and his friends before he became known as the iconic superhero. In fact, the show had a strict "no tights, no flights" policy. Viewers learn about how Kent's relationship with Lex Luthor began as young adults in Smallville, Kansas.

The show made headlines, recently, for a more scandalous reason. Series star Allison Mack was linked to an alleged cult in March 2018. She pleaded guilty in 2019 to racketeering charges and is awaiting sentencing.

KENTUCKY: "Justified"

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"Justified" ran from 2010 to 2015. Prashant Gupta/FX

The critically acclaimed FX series featured Timothy Olyphant as a US marshal relocated from Miami to Harlan County, Kentucky, where he was raised as a child.

"Justified" picked up eight Emmy nominations during its six seasons on the air, with Margo Martindale winning Best Supporting Actress in 2011.

LOUISIANA: "True Blood"

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The show aired from 2008 to 2014. John P. Johnson/HBO

Vampire series "True Blood" debuted in 2008, when many people were devouring "Twilight" novels and craving supernatural-based entertainment. The HBO show centers on a telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse, who falls in love with a vampire in Bon Temps, Louisiana.

While the show ended its seven season run in 2014, a reboot was announced in December 2020.

MAINE: "Once Upon a Time"

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The drama aired from 2011 to 2018. ABC/Autumn de Wilde

"Once Upon a Time" wrapped up its last season in 2018, after eight years of fairytale characters coming to life. Emma Swan, played by Jennifer Morrison, stumbles upon Storybrooke, Maine, an enchanted place where Disney characters live as human beings. Major characters include Belle, Rumplestiltskin, Snow White, Prince Charming, and the Evil Queen.

MARYLAND: "The Wire"

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"The Wire" was featured on HBO from 2002 to 2008. HBO

Entertainment Weekly named "The Wire" the greatest TV show of all time in 2013, despite the fact that it never won any major television awards. The series gave a realistic depiction of urban life in Baltimore, with the focus shifting between drug dealers and the police department investigating them.

The ensemble drama had a predominantly Black cast, in an effort to accurately reflect the real-life demographics of Baltimore. Idris Elba, Seth Gilliam, Lance Reddick, and Dominic West all had major roles on the show.

MASSACHUSETTS: "Ally McBeal"

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Calista Flockhart played "Ally McBeal" from 1997 to 2002. 20th Century Fox

Calista Flockhart plays the title character in a series about a young lawyer working in a Boston law firm. Notable supporting stars include Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski, Portia de Rossi, Lucy Liu, and Robert Downey Jr.

During its run, "Ally McBeal" won three Emmys and four Golden Globes. The show also sparked a great debate regarding feminism.

MICHIGAN: "Home Improvement"

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Tim Allen starred in "Home Improvement" from 1991 to 1999. Facebook/Home Improvement

The ABC sitcom launched the television careers of both Tim Allen and Pamela Anderson. The series' eight seasons focused on Allen, star of a home improvement show, and his life as a father of three boys — one of whom was played by iconic '90s child star Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

MINNESOTA: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

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The show won 29 Emmys from 1970 to 1977. CBS

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" is one of the most acclaimed television shows of all time, picking up 29 Emmy Awards throughout seven seasons. The series, which aired in the '70s, focused on a young woman working at a local news station, and is considered TV's first female-dominated sitcom ever.

MISSISSIPPI: "P-Valley"

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"P-Valley" became a sensation when it premiered last summer. Starz

Even though "P-Valley" only premiered on Starz during summer 2020, it's already become the most famous show to take place in the state. "P-Valley," which was renewed for a second season just two weeks after it premiered and boasts a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, focuses on the lives of the employees at The Pynk, a strip club in Chucalissa, Mississippi.

MISSOURI: "Masters of Sex"

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Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan starred in the series from 2013 to 2016. Showtime/Warren Feldman

In this period drama that explores human sexuality, Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan portrayed real-life researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The Showtime series analyzed the sexual revolution of the 20th century, and was nominated for 11 Emmys over the course of its four seasons.

MONTANA: "Yellowstone"

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"Yellowstone" began airing in 2018. Paramount Network

"Yellowstone" follows the Dutton family, the owners of the largest ranch in US, led by John Dutton, played by Kevin Costner. The show, which airs on the Paramount Network, renewed the show for a fourth season before season three even began airing in June 2020.

Three episodes into its first season, "Yellowstone" became the "second most watched TV series on ad-supported cable to air in 2018," only behind "The Walking Dead."

NEBRASKA: "The Young Riders"

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"The Young Riders" ran for three seasons on ABC, ending in 1992. ABC

"The Young Riders" is a fictionalized account of the Pony Express riders of the 1800s. The Nebraska-based series was the beginning of Josh Brolin and Stephen Baldwin's acting careers.

NEVADA: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"

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The show aired from 2000 to 2015. CBS

The long-running forensic crime series, based out of Las Vegas, lasted 15 seasons, with a rotation of cast members including William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson, and Jorja Fox. Throughout its 15 seasons and TV movie, "CSI" was nominated for dozens of Emmys and Golden Globes.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: "Stan Against Evil"

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The show aired from 2016 to 2019. IFC

This comedy-horror series takes place in a New Hampshire town that is haunted by demons. John C. McGinley plays Stanley Miller, a former sheriff trying to fight back against the supernatural.

NEW JERSEY: "The Sopranos"

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The HBO series aired from 1999 to 2007. HBO

"The Sopranos" is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest television shows of all time. The HBO series focuses on a crime family living in New Jersey, with the head mobster, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), trying to balance his criminal life with his own personal issues.

The show won a pair of Peabody Awards, 21 Emmys, and five Golden Globe Awards. A prequel film, "The Many Saints of Newark" is set to be released this year.

NEW MEXICO: "Breaking Bad"

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Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston starred in "Breaking Bad" from 2008 to 2013. AMC

A high school chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, discovers that he has lung cancer and decides to start cooking meth in order to pay his medical bills and secure his family's future.

Bryan Cranston won four Emmys for his role, with Aaron Paul picking up three and Anna Gunn receiving two. The show itself won Outstanding Drama Series two years in a row.

In 2013, "Breaking Bad" earned the Guinness World Record for the most critically acclaimed show of all time.

At the time of its series finale, it was one of the most-watched cable shows on American television.

NEW YORK: "Friends"

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"Friends" aired from 1994 to 2004. Warner Brothers

For 10 seasons, viewers followed the lives of Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross, 20-somethings (and later 30-somethings) navigating life and love in New York City. The show became a full-blown phenomenon, and is still watched by millions to this day.

"Rolling Stone" listed it in its 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and the series finale was the most-watched episode of the entire 2000s, watched by 52.5 million people. A reunion on HBO Max was announced in 2020.

NORTH CAROLINA: "One Tree Hill"

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The teen drama ended in 2012 after nine years on the air. The CW

"One Tree Hill" might not be the greatest teen drama of all time, but it left its mark in the hearts of its fans. In Tree Hill, North Carolina, a pair of estranged half-brothers play on the same basketball team. Their relationship evolves throughout the nine seasons, and many romances come into play.

However, once "Outer Banks" drops its second season, "OTH" might lose its North Carolinian crown.

NORTH DAKOTA: "Fargo"

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Fargo debuted in 2014. Facebook/Fargo

The reality-based crime drama is set in Minnesota, but somehow everything keeps leading back to Fargo, North Dakota.

It has featured Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Ewan McGregor, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, all in starring roles.

All four seasons have received critical acclaim and, while a fifth season hasn't been announced yet, the show's creator has revealed he has an idea all ready to go.

OHIO: "Glee"

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"Glee" aired from 2009 to 2015. Fox

"Glee" followed a group of students in their high school glee club, New Directions, in Lima, Ohio. Over the course of its six seasons, hundreds of songs were given the show choir treatment, it was nominated for many awards, and it became a full-blown cultural phenomenon.

Thanks to Netflix and TikTok, "Glee" is reaching a whole new generation.

OKLAHOMA: "Saving Grace"

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Holly Hunter starred in the police drama from 2007 to 2010. TNT

Grace Hanadarko, an Oklahoma City detective (played by Holly Hunter), is given a second chance at life by an angel after driving drunk and hitting a pedestrian with her car. The series focuses on Hanadarko solving crimes while her "guardian angel" tries to get her on a path towards God.

OREGON: "Bates Motel"

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The "Psycho" prequel lasted from 2013 to 2017. A&E

"Bates Motel" served as a modern-day prequel to the classic film "Psycho." The lead stars, Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, received acclaim for their performances as Norman Bates and his mother, Norma.

The series explored the complex relationship that Norman had with his mother before he became a psychotic killer, and aired on A&E for five seasons.

PENNSYLVANIA: "The Office"

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The NBC comedy delighted viewers from 2005 to 2013. NBC

The mockumentary-style comedy revolves around the lives of a couple of quirky individuals all working at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson play iconic characters Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute. "The Office" also kickstarted the careers of John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, and BJ Novak.

RHODE ISLAND: "Providence"

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"Providence" aired from 1999 to 2002. NBC

Melina Kanakaredes plays Sydney Hansen, a doctor who moves from Hollywood back home to Providence, Rhode Island, after the death of her mother. She is haunted by her mother's ghost while trying to run a free clinic.

SOUTH CAROLINA: "Army Wives"

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"Army Wives" was featured on Lifetime from 2007 to 2013. Facebook/Official Army Wives

The Lifetime series follows four women and one man married to soldiers in the Army and living on a military base in Charleston, South Carolina. Sterling K. Brown, in his first major television role prior to his "This Is Us" fame, stars alongside Kim Delaney and Catherine Bell.

SOUTH DAKOTA: "Deadwood"

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"Deadwood" aired on HBO from 2004 to 2006. HBO

Before his turn on "Justified," Timothy Olyphant played the role of Seth Bullock, the sheriff of Deadwood, South Dakota, from 2004 to 2006. A follow-up film was released in 2019.

The ensemble western drama is considered by some to be the greatest HBO drama of all time. On Rotten Tomatoes, "Deadwood" has a rare 100% rating on the "Tomatometer."

TENNESSEE: "Nashville"

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"Nashville" aired from 2012 to 2018. ABC

A fading country singer is forced to work with a much younger country star in order to revive her career. The series first aired on ABC and then moved to CMT after its fourth season. It was on CMT for seasons five and six.

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere both received numerous award nominations for their roles as Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes.

TEXAS: "Dallas"

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The Ewings and Barnes families sparred on television from 1978 to 1991. CBS

This prime-time soap opera is about a wealthy Texas family, the Ewings, who are feuding with their bitter rivals, the Barnes family, while competing in the oil business.

The season three finale, known as "Who Shot JR?" became one of the most widely talked about cliffhangers in television history — and the show lasted another 11 seasons after that.

UTAH: "Big Love"

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The late Bill Paxton played a polygamist until the show's finale in 2011. HBO

In Utah, a polygamist (Bill Paxton) lives with his three wives (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, and Ginnifer Goodwin) and their seven children while practicing their Mormon faith. The show aired for five seasons.

Sevigny won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Nicki Grant in 2010.

VERMONT: "Newhart"

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Newhart's series finale in 1990 was one for the books. CBS

Debuting in 1982, Bob Newhart plays a travel writer who moved from New York City to rural Vermont with his wife, where they run an inn for eight seasons. The series focused on his interactions with the town's quirky residents and ended with one of the most shocking series finales of all time.

VIRGINIA: "Criminal Minds"

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"Criminal Minds" aired from 2005 to 2020. CBS

For 15 seasons, "Criminal Minds" centered on a group of agents who work for the FBI in a special unit based out of Quantico. Their job is to track down the most dangerous serial killers and criminals using behavioral profiling techniques. The original cast members included Mandy Patinkin, Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, Paget Brewster, and A.J. Cook, but many joined the cast over the years.

WASHINGTON: "Grey's Anatomy"

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"Grey's Anatomy's" first episode aired in 2005. ABC

"Grey's Anatomy," which has tugged at the heartstrings of its viewers for 17 seasons, focuses on a group of surgical students at Seattle Grace Hospital, chronicling their rise from interns to residents to attending surgeons. Of course, at the heart of it, is the romance between the main character, Meredith Grey, and her married lover, Derek Shepherd, affectionately known as "McDreamy."

WEST VIRGINIA: "Outcast"

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"Outcast" aired on Cinemax from 2016 to 2018. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

For two seasons, "Outcast" followed Kyle Barnes, a man in Rome, West Virginia, who has been possessed by demons since he was a child. With the help of a reverend he befriends, he tries to fight the evil forces.

WISCONSIN: "That '70's Show"

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The comedy series ended in 2006. FOX

Many stars began their careers on "That '70s Show," including Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Laura Prepon. The comedy series, which premiered in 1998 and lasted for eight seasons, revolved around a group of friends growing up in the 1970s.

WYOMING: "Longmire"

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Longmire was canceled in 2014, but was brought back for two more seasons by Netflix. Netflix/Lewis Jacobs

In Absaroka County, Wyoming, Walter Longmire is the local sheriff returning to work after the death of his wife.

"Longmire" was canceled after four seasons on A&E but picked up for an additional two seasons by Netflix. It ended in 2016.

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