It's always great when D.C. gets a shout-out on TV! We want everybody to see how great the District is, right? Here's our list of TV shows set in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia
The West Wing (D.C.)This one's a little obvious, but NBC's The West Wing, which aired from September 1999 to May 2006, was set in D.C. and focused on the day-to-day activities of fictional US. President Josiah Bartlet and his staff. It was hugely award-winning for its accuracy, as well as its razor-sharp dialogue and great characters.
Get Smart (D.C.)Classic satire comedy series Get Smart was based in Washington, D.C., and lasted five seasons, from September 1965 through May 1970. Secret agents Maxwell Smart (Agent 86) and his female partner (Agent 99) manage to save the world time and time again, in spite of his bumbling ways.
House of Cards (D.C.)Netflix original House of Cards is an American political drama following fictional congressman Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina, as he makes his way in Washington. Since premiering in February 2013, producers have continued to release 13-episode seasons every year, most recently on May 30.
Murphy Brown (D.C.)CBS's sitcom Murphy Brown aired from November 1988 through May 1998, centering around an investigative journalist and news anchor based in Washington, D.C.
JAG (D.C.)Legal drama JAG had a shaky start on NBC, but later finished strong on CBS, airing for a total of 10 seasons between 1995 and 2005. It featured D.C.-based judge advocates in the Navy (a la A Few Good Men). Yes, please.
Joan of Arcadia (Maryland)Set in Arcadia, Maryland, the show centers around a teenager who's frequently sent on special assignments from God. Joan of Arcadia was short-lived, however. It premiered in 2003 and had been canceled by 2005.
Hannibal (Maryland)Hannibal is the dark, intense horror story of a Baltimore resident-turned-psychopath. The TV series only ran on NBC for three seasons, from April 2013 through June 2015, but it was long enough to give me nightmares.
The Waltons (Virginia)"Good night, John-Boy." Wholesome and wholly cheerful, The Waltons, based in rural Virginia during the 1930s and 40s, is Hannibal's antithesis. It premiered in September 1972 and aired for nine seasons on CBS.
The Vampire Diaries (Virginia)Set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, The Vampire Diaries follows the life of a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire. It aired on The CW from September 2009 until just recently, ending in March.
Criminal Minds (Virginia)Unlike other crime TV shows, the long-running drama series Criminal Minds focuses on the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, which is based out of Quantico, Virginia. Don't expect a ton of airtime for Virginia, however -- in the show, the team travels all over the U.S. to profile and identify criminals. Criminal Minds premiered in September 2005 and was just renewed for its thirteenth season.
The Walking Dead (Virginia)Though it starts out in Georgia, The Walking Dead follows character Rick Grimes as he and others struggle to survive during the worldwide zombie apocalypse. Over the course of several seasons, the group heads north toward Washington, D.C., ultimately settling in Alexandria, Virginia. Premiering back in October 2010, on AMC, The Walking Dead will continue to delight fans with an eighth season beginning in October.
Which one of your favorite area TV shows did we miss? Let us know in the comments!