On TV and in real life, small towns cultivate settings where people know their neighbors, and each other’s businesses—which can be both cozy and claustrophobic. TV shows make good use of the comedy and drama from small-town living. In some cases, the town itself becomes as integral to the tone and story as any plot point or character. Examples include everything from “Twin Peaks” to “South Park” to “Mare of Easttown.” It's no coincidence that these same shows work the name of the town directly into their title.
TV shows set in small towns impart a drastically different vibe than their city-based counterparts. Depending on the exact type of small town or suburb, characters can be laid-back, quirky, neighborly, grounded, or—in the case of “Letterkenny”—chock-full of beer and testosterone. Just as no two small towns are the same, no two TV shows will use their settings in the same way. Viewers at home are spoiled for choice in terms of quality and quantity alike.
Stacker compiled data on the best TV shows of all time and listed the first 25 that take place in small towns. Series are ranked by IMDb user rating, and ties are broken by votes. Series had to have at least 10,000 votes and be in English.
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