Mayberry, North Carolina
America was first introduced to Mayberry (pop. 5,360) and its sheriff, Andy Taylor, on an episode of "The Danny Thomas Show" in which the small-town sheriff arrests the big-city nightclub performer for running a stop sign. Seven months later Sheriff Taylor, his deputy Barney Fife, Aunt Bee and son Opie had their own sitcom called "The Andy Griffith Show," which aired from 1960 to 1968.
Hill Valley, California
How do you get to the mid-century Everytown of 1985's "Back to the Future"? Three words: time-traveling DeLorean.
Emerald City, Land of Oz
The Emerald City is actually the imperial capital of the Land of Oz. Located at the precise center of Oz, the city can be reached by following—you guessed it—a road paved with yellow bricks. The road begins in Munchkin Country, or Munchkinland in the 1939 film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
DC Comics set a lot of different things in this town, but Metropolis is best known as the place where mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent pulled off his glasses, put on a cape and fought a lot of crime both in comic books and on TV's "The Adventures of Superman" (1952–1958). One of the largest and richest cities on the planet, Metropolis has 11 million residents—enough to keep an airborne superhero pretty busy.
Home to Fred and Wilma and Barney and Betty and Dino and, well, you get the idea. Bedrock's most prominent employer? Slate Rock & Gravel, of course. Department stores? Macyrock's and Gimbelstone's, natch. The town made famous by "The Flintstones" (1960–1966) even has an ABC affiliate, the Abbadabba Broadcasting Company.
This will forever be the town made famous by the drowning death of Grandpa Raymond Larkin (aka The Fernwood Flasher)—in a bowl of soup! For a small town, Fernwood sure launched plenty of TV shows. In addition to the soap opera parody "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (1976–1977), there was "Forever Fernwood," "Fernwood 2-Night" and "America 2-Night."
This is the town where the primetime American soap opera was born. At first, ABC ran "Peyton Place" twice a week, but by 1965 Americans were so enamored with the escapades in the New England town that weekly airings were upped to three. Although this continued until 1969, the town (and the ratings) were never quite the same after Frank Sinatra helped to get his wife Mia Farrow written off the show in 1966.
Twin Peaks, Washington
Who killed town beauty Laura Palmer? What's really up with that Agent Cooper dude? And what is this Giant all about, anyway? If you don't know what we're talking about, well, never mind. You really had to be there in 1990, when "Twin Peaks" aired for the first of two seasons.
Ladies, beware: If you are not into the whole being-submissive-to-your-old-man thing, then this town—the setting of 1972's "The Stepford Wives"—just isn't for you. Unless you're a robot, of course. In which case we really can't help you.
The Monkees' 1967 hit "Pleasant Valley Sunday" got its name from a street in West Orange, New Jersey, called Pleasant Valley Way. It's where the writers of the song, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, lived at the time. "Rows of houses that are all the same / And no one seems to care." Guess they weren't crazy about the place.
We may not know which state it's in, but we do know the neighborhoods that comprise the city on "The Simpsons," now in its 27th season. There's Junkyville and Rat's Nest, Crackton and Skid Row, Sprooklyn and the Flammable District. The Springfield Museum houses the world's largest cubic zirconium; the Museum of Swordfish is the only one of its kind. All in all, a fine place to settle down and raise a dysfunctional family. If you can look the other way and not fret over the local nuclear power plant, that is.
The city (state unknown) has been home to many fictional goings-on, but none more memorable than the "Batman" TV series (1966–1968). Whenever the Gotham City Police needed help getting out of a jam, they went to the Bat Signal to summon our Caped Crusaders. And you know what that meant. POW! BAM! ZONK!!!
Mockingbird Heights, California
OK, let's all say it at the same time, shall we? What was the address where Herman and Lily and Eddie and Grandpa and (sadly normal) Cousin Marilyn lived? That's right: 1313 Mockingbird Lane, home of "The Munsters" from 1964 to 1966.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, first showed us this town in the 1954 children's book "Horton Hears a Who!" But Whoville is more commonly known as the place where that pain-in-the-ass Grinch kept trying to mess with our holidays in 1957's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Pooh-pooh to the Whos, indeed
Yeah, yeah, we know, it's not a town—it's the Miami retirement home on "The Golden Girls" (1985–1992). But who among us hasn't joked about heading to the fictional place that Sophia (Estelle Getty) may or may not have burned down to get the hell out of?
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