As ‘Frasier’ comes back to Boston: What’s your favorite show set in Massachusetts?

The "Frasier" reboot will join "The Last of Us" among recent TV shows set in our backyard.

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The doctor is in! In Boston, that is: Kesley Grammar’s Dr. Frasier Crane, who famously got his start in 1984 on the classic Boston-based sitcom “Cheers,” will be back in Beantown for the “Frasier” reboot coming to Paramount+, the network announced this week.

While the show will feature a different cast from the 1990s Seattle-set spinoff “Frasier,” the character’s return to Boston has fans hoping we might spot some of his prior co-stars when the new show kicks off. (Ted Danson seems a likely choice to return, given that he seems to be in everything.)


Regardless, it’s bound to attract local viewers’ interest — and ire, if they get the geography wrong, like HBO’s breakout new drama “The Last of Us.”


Meanwhile, this Boston TV location renaissance has us reminiscing about Massachusetts-set shows of the past: Shows like the groundbreaking medical drama “St. Elsewhere”; the various iterations of “The Practice”; and the classic Robert Urich vehicle “Spenser: For Hire.” Or on the comedy side, the underrated Nantucket-set airport sitcom “Wings”; 1996’s sadly short-lived “Townies,” set in Gloucester and featuring Molly Ringwald, Jenna Elfman, Lauren Graham, and Bill Burr; and more recently, Frankie Shaw’s racy Showtime show “SMILF.”

Picking one of these as the best, most-Massachusetts-ish locally set shows is a challenge, and that’s where you come in. Take the poll below, or e-mail [email protected], and let us know which is your favorite ever show to take place in our backyard, and why. We’ll share your responses in a future article.

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