Videos: Ten TV shows you didn't know were set in Colorado

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Quite a few well-known TV series have been set in Colorado over the years, from Mork & Mindy to Everwood to South Park.

But what about more obscure Colorado-set shows? Turns out there have been plenty of those, too -- sitcoms, Westerns, animated series and more. The vast majority of them have been all but forgotten, by everyone other than us. Check out ten examples below.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show:

Lots of us remember the popular Honey, I Shrunk the Kids film series, which launched in 1989. But Disney tried to expand the brand with a TV series circa 1997, and the results managed to stay on the air for three years.

Wayne Szalinski, the patriarch of the clan, was played in the movies by Rick Moranis. Who filled his shoes on the small screen? None other than Peter Scolari, Tom Hanks's Bosom Buddy. At the outset of the series, the family moves to Matheson, Colorado, a community in Elbert County -- not that it was actually filmed here. According to Wikipedia, it was mainly shot at a decommissioned Canadian Forces dormitory in Calgary.

Pistols 'n' Petticoats:

A Western sitcom, Pistols 'n' Petticoats debuted in September 1966, during a period when the success of the hayseed fave Petticoat Junction apparently convinced network executives that any program mentioning undergarments was a guaranteed success. Wrong. By the following March, it was history.

Still, the program deserves to be remembered for a couple of reasons: It's set in the fictional Colorado burg of Wretched -- shocking that no town chose that as its name! And the theme song is as corny as a Del Monte packaging plant. Click and you'll hear what I mean.

Continue to keep reading our list of ten TV shows you didn't know were set in Colorado.


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TimRoman
TimRoman

The Food Network's "Unwrapped" with Marc Summers is filmed here in Colorado too! 3 Different "Diner" locations

monkfan
monkfan

What about "Mork & Mindy"? Robin Williams was on this show.

BrianMartinez
BrianMartinez

This could have also been titled "Ten TV Shows You've Never Heard Of, Regardless of Their Setting".  Just sayin'.

 

Stargate SG-1 was "set" here (rather, its command post was in the old NORAD facility in Colorado Springs) but filmed in British Columbia, which is where every TV show requiring lots of trees in the background is now filmed, it seems.

 

On the flip side, there are the Perry Mason movies from the late 80s/early 90s, many of which were filmed in Denver but not, as far as I know, actually set here.

rain
rain

Currently, NBC's Community is set in Colorado. They film it in California, though, so you'd never know unless you knew.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @monkfan This is a list of shows that most people don't realize were set in Colorado -- whereas "Monk & Mindy" is one of the best-known shows set here. Thanks for the post, Monkfan.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @BrianMartinez I get what you're saying, Brian. We've done lists featuring the best shows supposedly set in Colorado. Figured we'd mix things up a little bit. Thanks for the post.

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