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Our Favorite Fictional TV Towns

May 22nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
South ParkMany television series are based in real-life cities (Full House - San Francisco; Family Matters - Chicago; and Beverly Hills, 90210 - Beverly Hills). Even though several TV towns are fictional, TV fans can't help but wonder what it'd be like to live there.

Here's a look at some of our favorite fictional TV towns:

Stars Hollow, Connecticut (Gilmore Girls)
Stars Hollow, which was founded in 1779, is a small town in Connecticut that's home to some very eccentric characters. From Rory and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), to the grouchy Luke Danes and the always stranger Kirk, there's never a dull moment in this wacky town.

The town's establishments are all around the town square. In fact, the only establishment that's not is the Dragonfly Inn that Lorelai and Sookie St. James own, which sits pretty on Third Street.

There are some conflicting legends about how the town got its name, but many believe the story about "two star-crossed lovers who seemed destined never to be together until separate cosmopolitan phenomena involving stars led them to each other at the spot where the town now exists." The town celebrates every year with its Firelight Festival.

Gilmore Girls

Neptune, California (Veronica Mars)
Neptune, California, is a costal community that's located between San Diego and Los Angeles. The town is described as a "town without a middle class." Those who are living in the rich part of town are known as the '09ers - their zip code is 90909.

The town is controlled by the '09ers and the incompetent Sheriff Don Lamb. Lamp constantly shows favoritism toward the '09ers.

With the help of his daughter Veronica (Kristin Bell), Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) is slowly taking control back of the town that he once controlled. He was Sheriff until the town voted him out - and Lamb (Michael Muhney) replaced him - when he accused Jake Kane (Kyle Secor) for the murder of his daughter Lilly.

Veronica Mars

Capeside, Massachusetts (Dawson's Creek)
Founded in 1815, Capeside is a small town with a population of 35,000. Capeside is a harbor city that's located along a bay that's between Providence and Boston. To get to Dawson's (James Van Der Beek) house Joey (Katie Holmes) travels by boat instead of car.

Dawson's Creek

Sunnydale, California (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Sunnydale is not your average town. The some-what isolated California town is located on a "Hellmouth" - a portal that's "between this reality and the next." Th hellmouth is located right beneath Sunnydale High School where its mystical portal attracts evil forces. We wouldn't recommend living in Sunnydale, in season one the population was 38,500, but by the end of the series it was down to roughly 32,000.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Jericho, Kansas (Jericho)
Jericho is located in the fictional "Fillmore County," which is just east of Denver, Colorado. If for no other reason, this town is special because many of its inhabitants survived a nuclear attack.

Jericho

Smallville, Kansas (Smallville)
Smallville, Kansas, is an idyllic small isolated town that's home to Clark Kent. The residents are generally nice friendly people; the only problem with the town is their unusually high crime rate.

Smallville

Mayberry, North Carolina (Andy Griffith Show)
With a population of only 1,800, Mayberry was a small and conservative town known for its slow-paced life and its unique characters. Mayberry, a fictional town located in North Carolina, is home to two television sitcoms, "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Mayberry R.F.D."


Springfield (The Simpsons)
Springfield is the fictional city in the popular animated series. Fans of the show have tried to determine its location in a specific U.S. state. In the episode "Much Apu About Nothing," just as Lisa is about to point out Springfield's state on a U.S. map, Bart's head blocks the view. Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons, chose Springfield because it's one of the most common cities in the United States.

The Simpsons

South Park, Colorado (South Park)
Located in a grassland basin approximately 10,000 ft. in elevation, South Park is in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado. In 1997, South Park popped into existence with potty-mouthed fourth graders Stan, Kyle, Eric and Kenny.

South Park

Bedrock (The Flintstones)
This fictional prehistoric city, located in Cobblestone County, is home to the characters in this famous animated series. Bedrock is a relatively small town with only 2,500 people, but it still has the amenities of a medium-sized city with a "prehistoric" twist.

The Flintstones

Gotham City (Batman: The Animated Series)
Gotham City is the fictional city that's home to a superhero named Batman. The geography has changed over the years due to different writers, editors and storylines. During the first season of the animated series, Batman lists his hometown as "Gotham Estates, NY."

Batman The Animated Series

Bikini Bottom (SpongeBob SquarePants)
Bikini Bottom, home to SpongeBob SquarePants, is located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean where the series' main characters live. Bikini Bottom is just like your average American city. It has various businesses (restaurants, stores and recreational facilities), a stable economy, balanced education and a health care system. It even has its own structured government and a firm law enforcement system. Its geography consists of mountains, dense forests, lakes, lagoons, caves, grasslands, reefs, rivers and barren desert wastelands.

SpongeBob Square Pants

New New York, New York (Futurama)
"Futurama" is set in New New York at the turn of the 31st century, which is full of technological wonders. This city is built around the ruins of present-day New York City, which is referred to as "Old New York."

Futurama

Quahog (Family Guy)
Located in Providence County, Rhode Island, Quahog is the fictional city where the animated series "Family Guy" is set.

Family Guy

Other Favorite TV Towns:
Twin Peaks (Twin Peaks)
Walnut Gove (Little House on the Prairie)
Everwood, Colorado (Everwood)
Metropolis, Kansas (Smallville)
Stuckeyville, Ohio (Ed)
Cicely, Alaska (Northern Exposure)
Elmo, Alaska (Men In Trees)

What's your favorite TV town? Where would you like to live? Make a comment!

Angie Rentmeester
Story by Angie Rentmeester
Starpulse.com contributing writer