Actually, I found the whole thing kind of odd. People from small cities took buses to NYC to celebrate small towns. Seems counterintuitive. If you want to celebrate small towns, why not just go there? The upcoming series, ''Three Wishes,'' fixes that problem and actually visits small towns.
Why would ''Three Wishes'' worry about Lamars, IA? Small-city envy? An age of diversity? Reaching out to Middle America? Call it what you want because I sure don't know.
Is it a recent phenomena? Hardly. During the first half of the '90s, TV moved to medium and small cities across America. More than one-third of scripted series were set outside the Big Five Cities.
For much of its history, television made it look like America only had five cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Sure. There were exceptions. "Miami Vice." "Roseanne." And the success of these shows in the '80s probably sparked this trend of the early '90s.
Can you match each show with its city?
|1.||''The Drew Carey Show''||a.||Las Vegas, NV|
|3.||''Hearts Are Wild''||c.||Minneapolis, MN|
|4.||''The John Larroquette Show''||d.||Cleveland, OH|
|5.||''If Not For You''||e.||Pittsburgh, PA|
|7.||''Me and the Boys''||g.||St. Louis, MO|
|8.||''The George Wendt Show''||h.||Dallas, TX|
|9.||''My So-Called Life''||i.||Seattle, WA|
|10.||''Home Improvement''||j.||Madison, WI|
1d, 2f, 3a, 4g, 5c, 6i, 7h, 8j, 9e, 10b