We've compiled a list of some of the best California based TV shows from the past that we probably all remember. Whether you were a fan of reruns or liked to stay current with shows during high school, this list of the best California based TV shows will likely spark your memory. So, slip into your legwarmers or bell bottoms, add some frizz and volume to your hair, and take a step back as we enjoy a blast from the past!
Best California Based TV Shows
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971)
This show is an oldie, but definitely
a goodie! The Beverly Hillbillies depicts a quirky, redneck family that is transplanted into the heart of Beverly Hills after striking it rich in oil. This beloved old show ranked in the top twenty for most watched shows for the first eight seasons (source
The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)
What happens when a man with three boys and a woman with three girls fall in love? Well, the Brady Bunch of course! This classic California based TV show aired for five seasons but has since been syndicated and many Brandy Bunch movies have also been made.
Charlie's Angels (1976-1981)
You may be familiar with the movie version
of this show that came out in 2000 featuring top list actresses like Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu, but before the movie came the hit TV series. In Charlie's Angels, we follow three beautiful private investigators working in Los Angeles for the infamous (and faceless) Charlie. They use their cunning and charm to solve crimes all while wearing tight, high-waisted jeans and flaunting their fantastic, fluffy hair. It was the 70's after all.
Full House (1987-1995)
Set in beautiful San Francisco, Full House is a genuine classic and truly one of the best California based TV shows. If you have watched reruns of this show you'll know the names Danny, Jesse, Joey, DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle. You may even recognize fashionistas Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
who both played the youngest daughter Michelle.
Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)
This classic California based TV show is the epitome of California
with stars like Zack and Kelly always one step away from romance and the loveable Screech creating the perfect comedic relief in all of his geeky-ness.
Yet another perfect, though exaggerated, example of California life, Baywatch followed the lives of Los Angeles County Lifeguards on duty at the beach. Lasting for 11 seasons, this dramatization of lifeguard duties and their interpersonal relationships is sure to spark a memory from the past.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)
Fans of Will Smith likely remember this sitcom from the 90's with its hip hop/rap intro by the man himself. Set in a Bel Air mansion, this show highlighted the elite side of Southern California. You've also likely found yourself dancing "The Carlton" at one point or another. If not, do yourself a favor and watch this video.
Beverly Hills 90210 (1998-2000)
One of the newer, and most popular California based TV shows, Beverly Hills 90210 follows the path that Saved By The Bell laid out with the idea of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air as twins Brandon and Brenda adjust to life in Beverly Hills. The show hits harder on some of the more difficult real-life issues that Saved By The Bell didn't address and had a long run of 10 seasons.
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