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Best TV Shows Set in Seattle

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credit: Gale Adler/Paramount/Getty Images

Even national television thinks there’s something great about Seattle. Look at what shows are based here in the Northwest!

Grey’s Anatomy
2005 – present
The new season is all ready on the books, set to begin on Thursday, September 22 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. as a special two-hour premiere on ABC. Placing Grey’s Anatomy in Seattle appears to be inspired by the complementary scenery. The medical drama focuses on the emotional storms interns weather, and when you want cloudy forecasts, literally or metaphorically, Seattle is a swell fit. And props to the show for getting the obligatory Space Needle shot out of the way early on, when a medical helicopter lands atop Fisher Plaza, doubling as the roof of the fictitious Grace Hospital.

The Killing
2010 – present
The FOX crime drama, filmed in Vancouver, BC, but set in Seattle, is set to begin Season 2 in the fall. Veena Sud, executive producer of The Killing, told Entertainment Weekly, “‘Some say the show definitely captures the essence of [Seattle] in its darkest times in November, which is when this season takes place. Others say, ‘My god, it doesn’t rain that much in Seattle!’
Will there be more or less rain in season 2? “Rain was definitely part of the story, we wrote it right into the script and spent a lot of time talking about it,” she says. “Part of the production is we have these rain machines that are just not into nuance — they don’t mist rain, they just pour it. It’s like a one-dial type of rain. The aspiration is to be true to true to the Pacific Northwest in November, which is rainy, but if we can do some finagling so it would just rain a little bit instead of a big downpour every second, that would be wonderful.'”

iCarly
2007 – present
The show is set in Seattle, but is filmed in California. Recently, Michelle Obama was part of an iCarly taping, according to E!. The first lady will appear on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s iCarly, in January 2012. She will be promoting Joining Forces, an initiative aimed at increasing awareness and support for military families.

Frasier
1993 – 2004
Everyone’s favorite psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane (in a spin-off from Boston’s based Cheers) returns to his hometown of Seattle, following the end of his marriage. He works as a call-in radio psychiatrist. Frasier’s plans for a new life as a bachelor are complicated when he is obliged to take in his father, a retired detective from the Seattle Police Department, who is unable to live by himself after being shot in the line of duty. Frasier’s younger brother Niles, a fellow psychiatrist, frequently visits their apartment.

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