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EW Community Travel Guide to Fictional Towns

Are you looking to take a vacation, but can’t decide between the usual tourist traps? Well, the EW Community is here to guide you through some of your favorite fictional towns! Be it vampires, criminals, or small-town charm, there is surely a place here for everyone looking for the perfect getaway.

Beacon Hills, California (Teen Wolf)
Welcome to Beacon Hills, California, where the men are hairy and handsome, and the women kick ass. Nature lovers can hike the nearby woods, but beware the Nemeton. This gnarly tree-trunk was a sacred spot for Druids and now acts as a beacon for supernatural creatures. Don’t let that bit of lore scare you, though, as the town is protected by the BHHS lacrosse team and they are all claws, quips, and katanas. Besides, the most frightening place is just outside of town and requires a straight-jacket. Highlights of our little valley include: the Jungle gay bar, ironworks, Video 2C, a vet who stitches more people than pets, and a plethora of clueless adults. Come for the beautiful Beacon Hills Preserve, stay for the full moon! —Terri Clark

Bluebell, Alabama (Hart of Dixie)
Are you a single lady tired of the online dating scene? Well search no more. Picturesque Bluebell, Alabama is the place for you. Did you know that Bluebell has more hot guys per capita than any other small town in the world? These men have chiseled chests, adoring smiles, and gentlemanly qualities that will make you blush. Looking for a former NFL-football player? Try the mayor’s mansion. Feel like grabbing a six-pack of beer from a guy who sports a six pack of abs? Head on over to the Rammer Jammer. Need to file a motion and be charmed to death in the process? Have I got the lawyer for you! Bluebell, Alabama—Population: hot guys + you. —Lincee Ray

Dillon, Texas (Friday Night Lights)
If you’re looking for exciting football, great BBQ, and not much else, Dillon, TX is the place for you! Hungry? Stop into the Alamo Freeze for some soft-serve (don’t forget the jimmies!) or try the authentic brisket served up at Ray’s BBQ. If fine dining is more your style, Applebee’s is open late. Football not your thing? No problem! For those interested in the arts, Dillon offers provocative and exhilarating shows all night long at The Landing Strip! Other than those pesky tornadoes and torrential rains that can dampen spirits in the spring, Dillon is a year-round mecca of dirt lots, subsidized housing, feuding high-schoolers, and rabid and temperamental football fans. Plan your visit—and your escape—soon! —Michelle Newman

Mystic Falls, Virginia (The Vampire Diaries)
Searching for the perfect place to have an adventure? Then head down to Mystic Falls, where you’ll be given the chance to die multiple times, fight revenge-seeking hybrids, meet a lot of beautiful people, and most likely end up either dead-dead or a vampire. Mystic Falls is best seen out the car window as you pass through town and don’t stop. Unless you’re seeking out life as a vampire, it’s in your best interest to avoid actually stopping in Mystic Falls at all costs. —Emily Glover

Neptune, California (Veronica Mars)
Nestled along the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Neptune boasts beautiful beaches (dogs welcome!) and thrilling nightlife. While you’re in town, tour the prestigious Hearst College, which boasts a strong athletics program, wholesome Greek life, and good-natured student activism. Or grab your peanuts and popcorn and enjoy a Neptune Sharks baseball game. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the local celebrities! Movie stars, hip-hop moguls, and technology-industry tycoons alike call the 90909 zip code home. Travel advisory: We recommend you avoid the seedy motels, motorcycle gangs, and bum fights.Wendy Hathaway

Pawnee, Indiana (Parks & Recreation)
First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity!” This small Indiana town boasts a special array of family events, popular hotspots, and local color. From the Harvest Festival and waffles at JJ’s Diner (with extra whipped cream) to the Snakehole Lounge (try the Snake Juice) and Glitter Factory, there is literally something for everyone. You can visit Lil’ Sebastian’s memorial site, or check out the zoo where Pawnee progressively married two male penguins! As described by its biggest fan, former Councilwoman Leslie Knope, Pawnee is “the Greatest Town in America!” Just don’t visit the library. —Joanna Skrabala

Port Charles, New York (General Hospital)
Are you an amnesiac hitman? A philandering wife/husband? A lifelong criminal incapable of staying dead? If so, Port Charles is the perfect place for you! Whether you take up residency above Kelly’s Diner or at the upscale (but disaster prone) Metro Court Hotel, you will surely be welcomed by a hail of gunfire, corporate espionage, or an afternoon tryst with a prince! —Karen Belgrad

Rosewood, Pennsylvania (Pretty Little Liars)
Are you a handsome man with a stable job who loves to date high-schoolers? Are you a sociopath with a penchant for leather gloves and terrorizing the youth of America? Are you a 17-year-old who looks 28? If you answered yes to any of the above, Rosewood, PA is the place for you! This quaint Philadelphia suburb is known for its insane insane asylum, increasingly elaborate school dances, and people who you thought were dead actually being alive. Come for the sick nail-polish game, stay for the DRAMA. Visit if you dare, bitches. Maggie Fremont

Starling City, USA (Arrow)
Do you love crime and vigilantes? Think you have what it takes to protect a city from crazy murderers, a league of assassins, and The Undertaking? If so, Starling City is the perfect place for you. The constant struggle for power in the Glades will keep you consistently entertained, and the return of multiple people you thought were dead will always brighten your day. Although it’s probably not the best place to live permanently (let’s face it, you probably wouldn’t survive more than a week), it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a little adventure. —Zakiya Jamal

Stars Hollow, Connecticut (Gilmore Girls)
A sleepy slice of heaven, located a mere 30-minute drive from Hartford, Stars Hollow is an ideal vacation locale. The quaint Dragonfly Inn is a welcome respite to all weary travelers and provides award-winning cuisine by chef Sookie St. James. For lighter fare, be sure to stop by Luke’s Diner and try the oft-raved-about coffee! Regardless of when you visit, one of the many town events (Autumn Festival, Bid-a-Basket Festival, End of Summer Madness Festival, Firelight Festival, Harvest Festival, etc…) will be sure to tickle your fancy! —Karen Belgrad

Storybrooke, Maine (Once Upon A Time)
Welcome to Storybrooke, a picturesque little town located on the Maine seaside. Once you cross the border of our little slice of fantasy, you’ll easily forget all your worries. Take a stroll by the water, and board one of the many ships docked in our harbor. Watch out for pirates! Next, take a stroll over to Granny’s: She serves the most magical food in town. Make sure to greet our bevy of eccentric locals who come from a wide range of far-off places. Storybrooke is the perfect getaway for anyone looking to live happily ever after! Just a warning, once you enter, you may never be able to leave! —Erin Resnick

Sunnydale, California (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Although its coastal location may make Sunnydale seem like a desirable place to live or visit, those with any sense of self-preservation should stay far away. The California town has 43 churches, likely in an attempt to balance out the literal Hellmouth underneath the high school (the newly rebuilt high school; the first iteration exploded in an unfortunate incident involving a giant snake at the class of ’99’s graduation). It is best to restrict any visits to the charming downtown area or one of the 12 gothic cemeteries to daylight hours, as nighttime is when frequent “animal attacks” and mysterious disappearances are most common. —Erin Conley

Twin Peaks, Washington (Twin Peaks)
“If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.”
Who needs sunshine and warm weather when you have mystery and intrigue? Twin Peaks, Washington is THE destination to satisfy all your duplicitous inclinations. At first glance, this town smacks of small-town values and wholesome Americana, but don’t be fooled. There are some downright seedy bits layered over the veneer of small-town respectability. This town is sure to show you how quickly innocence can turn perverse. There’s enough quirky characters there to make downtown your primary destination. Make sure to have a piece of Norma Jenning’s cherry pie at the Double R Diner, and have a chat with the resident Log Lady. Just don’t ask her about Laura Palmer … trust me, you don’t want to know. —Sundi Rose-Holt

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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