So far, we've shared with you the most famous movie and book set in Florida. Now we turn to the small screen with a map from Business Insider, an online business magazine, depicting the most popular television show set in each state. We're sad to report that Florida's most famous television show is NOT the Real Hotwives of Orlando. Sorry about your luck, Orlando, but for Florida television? We're looking more retiree-aged than divorcee-aged.
According to BI, the most popular television show set in Florida is The Golden Girls. We'll let Betty White take all the credit for that one, since she's been pop culture's sweetheart for the last few years (even though we're totally Team Sophia) Here's the real reasoning, directly from the source:
To qualify, we looked at television series as opposed to reality shows.* Selections were based on each show’s longevity, audience and critical acclaim using info from IMDB/Metacritic, awards, and lasting impact on American culture and television.
Over the series' six-year run, all four golden ladies won Emmy Awards for their roles as four older, single women living together. When the series finale aired, it was one of the most-watched ever on TV.
We can actually get behind this choice. It's a rare occasion that four main actors in a television show share the spotlight and the awards riches as evenly as these women. And the show spawned three spin-offs. THREE! Granted, the only was that saw any kind of success was Empty Nest, but that's still damn impressive. I mean, Friends spawned one spin off (Joey) and it kind of flopped.
And seriously, what other show really represents Florida? Miami Vice? No way, Crockett and Tubbs. CSI: Miami? That's just one in a long strings of copycats. Nip/Tuck? Portions of the series was set in California, so it's not a completely Sunshine State series. Golden Girls, though, is the essence of Florida: snowbirds, golden oldies and a cougar with sex on the brain.
Let's hope producers don't get the idea to retool the sitcom with a whole new cast and set it in The Villages. Some things are better off staying as a one-shot, original series. We're looking at you, Dark Shadows.