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The 10 Best TV Shows Set In Michigan

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There have been a bunch of TV shows set in Michigan over the years, some were really good, others were really bad (I’m looking at you, “Blade: The Series”).  So we put together a list of the 10 best shows set in Michigan!


Run of The House

Set in Grand Rapids



Joey Lawrence starred in this short lived sitcom that takes place in Grand Rapids.  The show aired from 2003 – 2004 and was cancelled due to poor ratings.  Run of the House is not available to stream and the series never made it to DVD.



8 Simple Rules

Set in The Detroit Area



John Ritter starred in this comedy that was cancelled after it’s third season.  Ritter passed away during the second season, and the shows ratings took a dive, eventually leading to it’s cancellation.  If you live in Europe, you can still catch old episodes on rerun.




Set in Ferndale



Undateable just finished its third and final season last year.  The show was cancelled in 2016 after doing its entire final season live.  Despite the show never having great ratings, it developed a cult following.  So much so that petitions have shown up online to bring it back for a 4th season.  You can watch the episodes on HULU.




Set in Metro Detroit



This adult only dramatic comedy aired on HBO from 2009-2011 and follows a struggling high school basketball coach who turns to prostitution to make ends meet.  The series lasted 3 seasons and can still be watched if you have a subscription to HBO.



Ash vs Evil Dead

Set Somewhere in Michigan



Bruce Campbell stars in this series based off of the cult classics: Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness.  The show and the movies all take place somewhere in Michigan, perhaps even West Michigan since the shotgun owned by the main character was said to be built right here in Grand Rapids.  The show is about to start its 4th season this fall, you can check it out on Starz or HULU.



The Incredible Dr. Pol

Set in Weidman, Michigan



This wildly popular show has broken viewership records on Nat Geo several times during its 6 year run.  The show follows Jan Pol, a small town veterinarian in Weidman, Michigan.  The Incredible Dr. Pol is currently in its 12th season and can be seen on Nat Geo.




Set in Metro Detroit



MARTIN!  He’s the man!  This 90’s classic was extremely popular in Michigan and entire country for that matter.  As the FOX Network started to grow in popularity, Martin was their flagship sitcom and highest rated show.  The show ended prematurely when Martin Lawrence’s co-star, Tisha Campbell, filed a sexual harassment suit against Martin in the fifth and final season.  You can watch reruns on BET or Amazon.



Sister Sister

Set in Metro Detroit



Sister, Sister!  Never knew how much I missed ya!  Sorry, I can’t help but bust out in song when I see this show.  This show is about twin sisters separated at birth and reunited as teens.  The two sisters, Tia and Tamera, come from different upbringings and have very different views on life.  Tia is an extremely intelligent girl who grew up in inner-city Detroit and her sister Tamera is boy crazy from the Metro Detroit suburbs.  The show lasted 6 seasons, but is rumored to possibly be getting a reboot.  You can watch the show on DVD or catch the random rerun on TV.



Freaks and Geeks

Set in Metro Detroit



This one season cult classic has more movie stars in it than almost any show on television, ever.  Set in the fictional town of Chippewa, Michigan, the show follows two groups of high school students over the period of a year.  The show was cancelled after 15 episodes due to poor ratings, but fans were devastated and started a write in campaign and NBC responded by airing 3 more episodes that wrapped up the story for all of the characters.  You can watch all 18 episodes on Netflix.



Home Improvement

Set in Metro Detroit



I don’t think anyone can argue with the fact that Home Improvement HAS to be #1 on this list.  Homegrown Michigander, Tim Allen stars in this show and he represents the state of Michigan in almost every episode!  He has worn a sweatshirt from almost every college in the state on one of the over 200 episodes.  The show ran for 8 seasons, eventually concluding in 1999.  You can watch Home Improvement on Amazon, YouTube, or Hallmark Channel.


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