The best Netflix shows that represent every state

1999 Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, And Lisa Kudrow Star In The Latest Season Of 'Friends.' (Photo By Getty Images)
1999 Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, And Lisa Kudrow Star In The Latest Season Of 'Friends.' (Photo By Getty Images) /
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385848 27: Cast members of NBC’s comedy series ‘Friends.’ Pictured (l to r): David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Cook, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani and Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay. Episode: ‘The One Where They All Turn Thirthy.’ (Photo by Warner Bros. Television)
385848 27: Cast members of NBC’s comedy series ‘Friends.’ Pictured (l to r): David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Cook, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani and Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay. Episode: ‘The One Where They All Turn Thirthy.’ (Photo by Warner Bros. Television) /

New York: Friends

Oh man, how do we begin to sort through all of the great TV that is set in New York? The state itself is its own American landmark, so whatever series is chosen to represent it better be pretty darn iconic.

The long-running NBC sitcom Friends feels like a good fit. If you (somehow?) managed to miss this staple of great television, the premise is simple: the show followed a group of six 20-something friends living in New York City. Together, they navigate new jobs, love interests, money issues and much more.

Seemingly everything about this series was a love letter to the state of New York. The friends lived and breathed city life and embraced taxis, take-out and local coffee with all their hearts. The final season saw two characters preparing to move away and the others made a pretty strong case for sticking around in the city they all loved.

If you’ve never seen Friends (and, again, I ask how??), we won’t spoil too much here. Just suffice it to say that this is one of the most highly decorated comedies of all time and definitely worth a watch, even if you’ve never personally been to New York before.

Runner up: check out Mad Men, another series set in the city. It’s from a different time period than Friends and has a very different tone, but is great viewing for anyone who favors prestige TV.