List of fictional towns in television

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This is a list of fictional towns, villages and cities from live-action television shows. This list should include only well-referenced, notable examples of fictional settlements that are integral to a work of fiction and substantively depicted therein. Fictionalized versions of actual towns (such as Raytown, Missouri in Mama's Family and Wellsville, New York in The Adventures of Pete & Pete) are not included.

For a list of fictional towns, villages and cities from animated television shows, see list of fictional towns in animation.

Town Name Origin Network Notes
Agrestic, California Weeds Showtime a fictional suburb of Los Angeles.
Bay City Another World NBC Generic midwestern town, location initially unidentified but inferred in 1980s to be Illinois. Shares the name of a real town Bay City in Michigan.
Beacon Hills Teen Wolf (season 1) MTV Beacon Hills is the fictional town in which that main character Scott McCall is turned into a werewolf it is the center hub of the television show.
Cabot Cove Murder, She Wrote CBS Cabot Cove, Maine, is the small, fictional fishing village in which Jessica Fletcher lives in the television series Murder, She Wrote. Many episodes of Murder, She Wrote used Cabot Cove as a location because the show's producers were contractually obliged to deliver five Cabot Cove episodes a year.[1] Despite the town's population of 3,560,[1] Cabot Cove became notable as a place where a large number of murders took place. The New York Times calculated that almost 2% of Cabot Cove's residents died during the show's run. More visitors to Cabot Cove died than residents.[1]

Cabot Cove is named after the town's founder, Winfred Cabot. Perhaps setting the stage for the town's reputation for murders, Cabot was killed in a murder-suicide situation with his wife Hepzibah. It has an architectural heritage of Victorian houses. Given the village's rich history, coastal location and close proximity to eastern U.S. cities, Cabot Cove was transformed from a small, sleepy fishing village to a tourist destination for the people coming from New York.

Charming Sons of Anarchy FX (TV Channel) Charming is the fictional Northern California town that serves as the main setting for FX's Sons of Anarchy. The town is located in the San Joaquin Valley, bounded by the Bay Area, Stockton, and Sacramento.
Chatswin, New York Suburgatory ABC
Cicely Northern Exposure CBS A small, isolated town in Alaska where the main character, Joel Fleischman, is sent to work off his medical school debt as the town's physician. The ensemble cast forms a tight knit community of eccentrics. Cicely is also multicultural, with Native American residents and culture playing a significant role. The series was filmed on location in Roslyn, Washington, with real buildings (such as the Brick tavern) utilized as primary sets and local Roslyn residents cast as extras.
Clinton Corners Carter Country ABC Clinton Corners is a fictional town in Georgia, presumably near the part of the state from which U.S. President Jimmy Carter hailed.
Capeside Dawson's Creek The WB Capeside is a fictional town in Massachusetts where Dawson's Creek takes place. It is located on Cape Cod, possibly somewhere mid-Cape between Falmouth and Yarmouth, as an early episodes includes these real towns in a "snow day" announcement. Incorporated in 1815, the town has a population of 35,000 and is located between the cities of Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. Capeside exteriors were shot in and around Wilmington, North Carolina. Its bays and coastlines are similar to those found along the coast of Massachusetts.
Crinkley Bottom Noel's House Party BBC Crinkley Bottom is a fictional village where Noel Edmonds lives in The Great House where the programme is set.
Eerie Eerie, Indiana, Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension NBC, Fox Kids Eerie is a strange, desolate, little town in Indiana in the Eerie, Indiana and Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension television shows. The town is known for being quite weird, especially to the main characters of both series.
Emmerdale Emmerdale ITV Originally known as Beckindale until 1994, Emmerdale is a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales created by Kevin Laffan for the long-running British soap opera of the same name.
Everwood Everwood The WB Everwood, Colorado is a fictional small town that forms the main setting for the American drama television series of the same name. It was filmed in Ogden, South Salt Lake, and Draper, Utah, except the series pilot which was filmed in Canmore, Alberta, Denver, Colorado and Calgary.
Fairview Desperate Housewives ABC
Genoa City The Young and The Restless CBS Genoa City is a northern city in Wisconsin in the United States. It is the setting of the CBS television daytime soap opera "The Young and the Restless".
Holby Casualty, Holby City, HolbyBlue BBC A fictional city in the United Kingdom, in which BBC medical dramas Casualty and Holby City, and police drama HolbyBlue are set. It is based upon the city of Bristol, and is located in the fictional county of Wyvern in the South-West of England, not far from the Welsh border.[2] While Casualty is filmed on location in Bristol, Holby City is filmed in Elstree, Hertfordshire. Both shows are set in the same fictional Holby City Hospital, with storylines focusing on the Emergency, Clinical Decisions Unit (CDU), Private Healthcare Unit (HolbyCare), General (Kellar) and Cardiothoracic surgical (Darwin) departments, an Acute Assessment Unit (AAU), and the fictional Holby Ambulance Service.
Jericho Jericho CBS Jericho is set in northwestern Kansas, but the series was filmed in Van Nuys, California.[3][4] The pilot and all episodes involving New Bern, Kansas, were filmed in Fillmore, California.[3][5] Filming also occurred in Pasadena, California, including in front of the city hall. The final episode to air included portions filmed at the Santa Anita race track. Some filming also took place in Canada. The commentary for some episodes on the Jericho Season 1 DVD includes the location of their filming.
Kaldor City Doctor Who's The Robots of Death BBC Kaldor City is a major human city of the future on a corrupt world governed by an all-powerful Company, where the rich scheme in mansions filled with robot slaves, the poor scrabble for survival in the Sewerpits, the Security forces are out of control and terrorism is a daily fact of life".[6] The city was first mentioned in The Robots of Death as the home base of a "storm mine" touring the desert searching for and mining precious minerals from within the sands, with the crew working on commission for the Company.

It was created by Chris Boucher for the Doctor Who serial The Robots of Death broadcast in 1977, and was reused in his Past Doctor Adventure Corpse Marker in 1999. It is also the setting and title of a series of audio plays produced by Magic Bullet Productions.

Llanview One Life to Live ABC Llanview, Pennsylvania is the fictional setting of the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live.
Mayberry Andy Griffith Show CBS Mayberry is a fictional community in North Carolina that was the setting for two American television sitcoms, The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. Mayberry was also the setting for a 1986 reunion television movie titled Return to Mayberry. It is said to be based on Andy Griffith's hometown, Mount Airy, North Carolina.
Melonville SCTV Various Melonville is a small Canadian prairie town that serves as the city of license for SCTV, the TV station at the center of the TV series of the same name, and the center of said series' fictional universe.
Mystic Falls The Vampire Diaries The CW Mystic Falls is small town in Virginia. It is a home to numerous supernatural creatures.
Oakdale As The World Turns CBS Fictional town used as primary setting throughout the history of As the World Turns, appears in the names of two DVD releases: "Christmas in Oakdale" (2011) and "Farewell to Oakdale" (the final 10 episodes of the series).
Neptune Veronica Mars UPN Neptune, California is the series' fictional setting, a US unincorporated town in Balboa County. The town is described as without a middle class, and the upper class is known as "09ers", wealthy citizens from the fictional 90909 ZIP code. The nearby towns, at some distance from the beaches, do not have the same extremes between rich and poor.
Pawnee Parks and Recreation NBC A city located in South Central Indiana, known for being the fourth fattest city in America. It was founded in May, 1817, by Rev. Luther Howell, who drove the native Indians off the land.
Pine Valley All My Children ABC Pine Valley, Pennsylvania is the fictional setting of the ABC Daytime soap opera All My Children.
Port Charles General Hospital ABC Port Charles, New York is the fictional setting of the ABC Daytime soap operas General Hospital and its spin-offs Port Charles and General Hospital: Night Shift. It was later retroactively revealed as the setting of The Young Marrieds,[citation needed] a short-lived series which ran between 1964 and 1966.
Rosewood Pretty Little Liars ABC A wealthy, gossip-fueled suburb of Philadelphia that is host to Rosewood High School.
Smallville Smallville The WB A reimagining of the Superman comic books, focusing on his youth as Clark Kent growing up in a small farming town in Kansas.
Springfield Guiding Light CBS Springfield identifies fictional towns in various TV series, as many real US cities in diverse states (including Massachusetts, Missouri and Illinois) share this common name. See also Springfield (The Simpsons) on Fox TV.
Stafford The Fugitive ABC Stafford, Indiana is the fictional Indiana town on the 1963-67 television show The Fugitive where Dr. Richard Kimble was arrested (and later convicted) for the murder of his wife.
Stars Hollow Gilmore Girls The WB Stars Hollow is a fictional small town in Connecticut featured on the television show Gilmore Girls. It is depicted as a close-knit small town with many quirky characters, located roughly thirty minutes by car from Hartford. It is loosely based on the towns of Essex, Wallingford, and Washington, Connecticut, but filming of the pilot was done in historical Main Street Unionville in Unionville, Ontario.
Sunnydale Buffy the Vampire Slayer The WB Sunnydale, California is the fictional setting for the U.S. television drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Series creator Joss Whedon conceived the town as a representation of a generic California city, as well as a narrative parody of the all-too-serene towns typical in traditional horror movies.

Sunnydale is located on a "Hellmouth"; a portal "between this reality and the next", and convergence point of mystical energies.[7]

Weatherfield Coronation Street ITV a fictional town in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom[8] based on Salford. Much of Weatherfield has been seen by viewers throughout the years, however, the primary focus in the viewer's perspective is the eponymous Coronation Street.

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  1. ^ a b c Barron, James, 1996-04-14, Whodunit? That Under-40 Crowd, New York Times.
  2. ^ "Casualty - Fast Facts". BBC Online. Retrieved 17 November 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "A Visit to the Town of Jericho". Coming Soon Media. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  4. ^ "Insiders' Commentary: Pilot Episode#2". CBS. Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Jericho in Fillmore this week". The Fillmore Gazette. March 8, 2007. 
  6. ^ About Kaldor City and Magic Bullet
  7. ^ Welcome to the Hellmouth (1.01) introduces the Hellmouth, which is referred to numerous times throughout the series. The entrance to the Hellmouth is seen under the school in The Zeppo, Doomed, Conversations with Dead People, and throughout the second half of season seven.
  8. ^ Little (1995), p.112.

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