Ah, the sitcom. While the definition of the popular TV genre has somewhat evolved over the years, the soul of the sitcom has remained the same.
Situational comedies are amazing because they can take real-life situations and make light of them, while still teaching viewers a valuable lesson. Los Angeles is one of the most popular cities in the world, so of course, several classic sitcoms have been based there.
The City of Angels may even boast the best sitcoms of all time. But that's a conversation for another day.
Over the last handful of decades, Los Angeles-based sitcoms have dominated popular culture. There's just something about the vibe in LA that makes for great television.
To prove how dope LA-based sitcoms have been, I've compiled this list of 15 iconic series that took place in the city I love.
From The Brady Bunch to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, these are 15 iconic LA-based sitcoms — in no particular order — that made a huge splash on pop culture!
1.The Bernie Mac Show
2.The Brady Bunch
3.Saved By The Bell (1989)
Kenya Barris struck gold and spawned an entire franchise with this emotional and over-the-top sitcom. This may be one of the best depictions of a Black family on modern-day television.
5.The George Lopez Show
If you fell asleep with the TV on Nick at Nite between 2007 and 2015, you probably woke up to this series playing on repeat at 2 a.m. It's actually probably still playing now...
7.The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
In my humble opinion, this is the greatest sitcom of all time. Will Smith leads a timeless cast as the fish-out-of-water concept meets Black culture in Los Angeles.
8.What's Happening Now!!
9.Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm has a cult following, and it's easy to understand why. Larry David really deserves all the roses for this. All of them.
(To be honest though, the whole creative team behind this series is just *chef kiss*)
Brandy's '90s sitcom gave us so many memorable moments for the culture that it's easy to ignore some of the more cheesy acting. From Usher to Kobe, Mary J to Jamie Foxx, the guest appearances on this series were super dope!
Maybe not a proper sitcom, but an animated one nonetheless. Bojack Horseman starts off like a regular adult animated series before the second and subsequent seasons dive into very real and hard-hitting topics.
Girlfriends followed a group of Black women in Los Angeles as they maneuvered friendship, love, and their careers. It gained massive popularity in the early 2000s, and helped launch Tracee Ellis Ross into sitcom royalty.
This whole damn cast is so charming. New Girl follows Zooey Deschanel after she moves in with a group of quirky guys after dumping her cheating boyfriend.
Insecure is such a modern-day staple in LA culture that it HAD to make this list. Issa Rae catapulted her career to superstardom with this series, which is coming to an end after a successful run.