Rhode Island in popular culture

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The state of Rhode Island is often depicted in popular culture, partly due to its natives the Farrelly brothers and former residence of the creator of the television show Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane. The following is a list of popular culture in Rhode Island.


  • The Showtime series Brotherhood is set in Providence.
  • The Fox animated sitcom Family Guy (1999–2003; 2005–present) is set in the fictional town of Quahog.
  • The NBC series Providence is set and named for Providence.
  • Doctor Doctor was set in Providence.
  • The Comedy Central series Another Period is set in Newport during the early 1900s.
  • On FOX's popular X-Files (1993 – 2001) TV series, Fox Mulder's family lives in Chepachet, a small village in the northern town of Glocester, Rhode Island. His mother retires to Quonochontaug, an even smaller community in South County.
  • Ghost Hunters is set in Warwick.
  • Canterbury's Law is set in Providence and the surrounding areas.
  • In the Star Trek universe, there exists a ship called the USS Rhode Island NCC-72701
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season 1 Episode 2, one of the leprechauns says he is from Rhode Island.
  • 30 Rock Season 5 Episode 3 introduces Queen Latifah as a State representative from Rhode Island, specifically mentioning Smithfield, Providence, and Brown University.
  • In an episode of Phineas and Ferb, Ferb's name happens to be "Rhode Island Flecther".
  • In an episode of Archer, Krieger is asked where he is from and answers "Brazistol County, Rhode Island" referring to Bristol County.
  • In episode 6.13 of Supernatural, entitled "Unforgiven", Sam flashes back to a case he and his grandfather Samuel worked in Bristol, and he and Dean return there to find out what happened.
  • The ABC Show Body of Proof took place in Philadelphia, but its first season was filmed in Rhode Island, mainly in Providence, with several episodes including scenes filmed at Johnson & Wales University. (Later seasons were filmed in Los Angeles.)

The origin for the show Scrubs is loosely based on Dr. Jonathan Doris' experiences as a resident in internal medicine at The Miriam Hospital, a teaching hospital at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, which served as inspiration for college friend and show creator Bill Lawrence.[6]


Many films by the Farrelly brothers are filmed and/or set in Rhode Island.

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  1. ^ Arditi, Lynn (2009-05-24). "Film Chronicles RI's Asian Brothels". Providence Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  2. ^ "The Paragon Times: Capes Return to Paragon City!". 2004-07-19. Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-01-25. An in-game newspaper article, that mentions Paragon City, Rhode Island.