Huge TV Shows that Made Minnesota Even More Popular
Minnesota has been featured in a lot of TV shows over the years. Let's bring back some memories of shows that you probably forgot about!
It's always cool when we hear the mention of "Minnesota" in a TV show that's put together in a coastal studio, it give you a good feeling! Our beloved state has been featured in tons of shows, some you'll never forget. Here's a list of the most popular shows in no particular order:
Hayden Fox (played by Craig T. Nelson) is the head coach of the Minnesota State Screaming Eagles, part of the fictional Minnesota State University, a college football program that isn't very good. Hayden's girlfriend, Christine, lived in the Twin Cities.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003-Present)
This popular ABC show has featured 4 homes from Minnesota to date. Homes from: Minnetonka, Albert Lea, St. Paul, and Moorhead (not yet aired).
Late Show with David Letterman (1997)
On a May 9, 1997 show, Twin Cities news anchors Don Shelby and Amelia Santaniello were featured in a bit called "Breaking News". During that same show, the late Kirby Puckett (MN Twin center fielder) announced Letterman's Top 10 with "Top Ten Ways to Mispronounce Kirby Puckett".
Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983)
The show is set in the late 1800’s and focuses on the Ingalls family and their 3 young daughters move to a little house near the small town of Walnut Grove, MN. The TV show was based on the “Little House” book series by Laura Ingalls-Wilder. Most scenes from the show were filmed in California though.
Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)
Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) finds a TV station job in Minneapolis at a fictional struggling station called WJM. The show's opening introduction was filmed in downtown Minneapolis. A bronze statue of Mary's infamous hat toss was mounted in the center of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (1959-1964)
The cartoon series takes place in Frostbite Falls, MN - home of Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose. Rocky shared a basic little house with Bullwinkle in Frostbite Falls, and is near the fictional "Wossamotta University".
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (2007-Present)
Guy Fieri has visited Minnesota dozens of times on his hit show on Food Network. He recently named The Nook in St. Paul as the top burger in the country!
How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)
Marshall Eriksen (played by Jason Segel) is form St. Cloud in the show and references Minnesota and St. Cloud often. An episode focused on that was titled "Little Minnesota".
There's a ton more here that aren't as big of TV shows, but never-the-less have big Minnesota ties to the show. Any that you know of not mentioned here? Be sure to comment below!
Source: Minnesota Fun Facts