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What Fictional TV Town Would You Live In?
Jane Levy stars in ABC's Suburgatory. Image: © ABC/Adam Taylor.

Jane Levy stars in ABC’s Suburgatory. Image: © ABC/Adam Taylor.

GeekMom god Alan Tudyk tweeted out the news that Chatswin, the fictional town from ABC’s Suburgatory, was on its way to becoming a real town.

Of course, it was an April Fools’ joke — and an obvious one at that. After all, aside from a few very special episodes, the show’s setting always seemed like sort of a horrible place to live. Chatswin is clean, but it’s got that whole Stepford vibe. After all, isn’t that the whole idea behind the show? So that got me thinking about some of the fictional TV towns that would have me willing to relocate. Here’s what I could come up with:

1) Smallville, Kansas (Smallville). Everyone is nice, pretty easy on the eyes, and seems to support local business. Of course, it has sort of a high crime rate, but hailing from the hometown of one of history’s greatest superheroes would be some pretty cool bragging rights.

2) Mayberry, North Carolina (The Andy Griffith Show). It could be a lot more diverse and it’s even a little cliché. That said, the people are nice and the slow pace is really appealing — even to a tech junkie like myself. And really, if your town’s biggest problems are bootlegging and moonshining, that’s the place I want to be.

3) Pawnee, Indiana (Parks and Recreation). It’s sort of dumpy, but it’s also home to some of the best worst-for-you food I’ve ever drooled over. Sweetums aside, Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America says that vistors can feast on the 9-pound Meat Tornado Burrito at Big Head Joe’s or just camp out at JJ’s Diner, where you can “order waffle toppings as coffee toppings.”

What fictional TV town would you consider calling home?

Rachel Cericola

Rachel Cericola will never be a real New Englander because she can't stand the sight of clam chowder. She spends her days (and nights) covering home, technology and entertainment topics, as well as trying to update her website.

John Samuel

April 2, 2013 9:03 am Reply

Neo-Venezia from ARIA the animation: it was broadcast on Japanese TV and therefore counts.

Erin Nieto

April 2, 2013 9:58 am Reply

No contest: Cicely, Alaska.

    Rachel Cericola
    Rachel Cericola

    April 2, 2013 10:01 am Reply

    That one almost made my list, Erin!


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April 2, 2013 10:40 am Reply

Stars Hollow.


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    Regina W

    April 2, 2013 12:04 pm Reply

    Eureka would be my choice, too!!


    April 2, 2013 11:44 pm Reply

    yup… Eureka


April 2, 2013 11:26 am Reply

I’ve always loved Stars Hollow; it’s cute and quirky.


April 2, 2013 11:39 am Reply

Cicely, Alaska- didn’t even hesitate in my response. Would love to help Ruthann manage her store….me & Erin are of like minds!

Melissa Hurwitz

April 2, 2013 3:09 pm Reply

Stratford, VT


April 2, 2013 3:14 pm Reply

Walnut Grove. The downtown was hopping especially by prairie standards.

Wedge (@rogue3)

April 2, 2013 4:40 pm Reply

I’d avoid Cabot Cove, ME. I hear the murder rate there is sky high.

TechyDad (@TechyDad)

April 3, 2013 1:40 pm Reply

Danville. There’d be no shortage of fun activities thanks to local boys Phineas and Ferb. Also, you can rest easy knowing that evil is being stopped by Agent P and his fellow OWCA animal agents.


April 3, 2013 4:34 pm Reply

It’s a toss up between Walnut Grove and Storyville

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