5 Best Cities For TV Lovers
It’s easy to fall in love with television. There’s a show for everyone and new shows are released every day – even if you can’t find anything on, there’s always a show you can binge on Netflix. But even as TV providers offer more channels every day, some TV fanatics want more. Whether you work in television or you are just a passionate couch potato, check out these five cities where the TV-obsessed will feel right at home.
Let’s get the easy ones over with right away – if TV is your life, LA is your calling. Home to Hollywood and its myriad studios, Los Angeles is a global hub for TV making. What’s more, the city has been the setting of countless TV shows dating back decades, so just about every street and building in the area has probably been featured on a screen at some point.
LA’s famously mild weather is perfect for scheduling and shooting TV shows, but it’s also a great reason to live there in general. Living in Los Angeles gives residents the frequent opportunity to watch live tapings of shows, from The Ellen DeGeneres Show to The Big Bang Theory. Steeped in TV history and rife with industry jobs, Los Angeles is an ideal spot for TV lovers.
There are currently four different TV shows on network television that begin with the word “Chicago.” Sure, they’re all part of Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise, but it proves that the city is a hotspot for TV production.
Beyond Wolf’s contributions, the city is home to a slew of other TV shows, including Empire, Shameless, and Netflix’s Sense8. Even shows not set in Chicago often utilize the city for “big city” shots and scenes (the city served as Gotham City in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series,) meaning your street could easily end up on a show without you even realizing it.
If you grew up in the 90s, there’s a decent chance your perception of San Francisco was based on the intro from Full House. The city, with its famous skyline and rich history, is a favorite for TV producers – a ridiculous number of TV shows have been set in San Francisco. Monk, Nash Bridges, and the popular HBO series Silicon Valley all use the city as a backdrop. For TV industry pros, San Fran is a great alternative to LA, owing to its booming tech scene which ensures jobs for people with a background in video production.
In recent years, Louisiana has become a hotspot for TV’s newest trend – reality shows. The state’s unique location, people, and culture makes it a perfect filming location for shows centered around interesting people. NOLA hosts several these shows, including Top Chef: New Orleans and Big Easy Motors. Outside of reality TV, New Orleans also boasts an impressive lineup of traditional programs like True Blood and NCIS: New Orleans.
New Orleans has also been a recent darling of the film industry, referred to as “Hollywood South” – 21 Jump Street, Jurassic World, and Enders Game were all filmed in the city.
Like LA, it should come as no surprise that NYC made the list. Home to some of the most iconic television programs, from Seinfeld to Friends, the Big Apple is a mecca for many TV lovers. More recently, shows like Brooklyn 99 and Netflix’s Original Marvel Series have ensured that the city is ever-present in your living room.
And NYC might have more opportunities than even LA for people who work exclusively in television – the city is home to the three biggest TV networks in America – CBS, ABC, and NBC. Dozens of cable channels are also headquartered in New York, which means that TV pros will never suffer from a lack of opportunity.