With the amount of time the average person spends watching television, it can be easy to feel like the characters on our favorite TV shows are more than fiction, somehow becoming friends or even family. When one stops to think about this, it actually makes lots of sense, considering most shows bring viewers directly into the characters homes. Sitcoms especially do this, with the basis of their humor usually revolving around a quirky family and the bizarre activities that takes place when no one else would be watching in the real world.
That said, very little of this action happens when the characters are standing outside, which would put their homes in full view of the camera. Most of the time, viewers only see the houses their favorite sitcom characters live in during establishing shots or intro packages, making it hard to recognize them out of context. Of course, a large number of sitcom characters live in buildings that represent their personal style, so fans of a given series should probably be able to figure out from guesswork who lives inside of them.
Guessing can only get a person so far, though, and only the biggest fans of the tube know who lives in each and every house out there in TV Land. Take our quiz and test your fandom by answering the question: how well you know your favorite sitcom houses?
Location: Long Island
Most people like to believe their family loves them, and hopefully, they’re right about this assumption. However, there are limits to love no matter who you are, and actually wanting your immediately family members to live across the street from you is a far less common proclivity. Unfortunately for the residents of this Long Island home, that’s exactly what happened, as the main character’s parents, along with one adult son, live directly across the street from their house, the one pictured in this photo.
Location: Sudden Valley
If the name Sudden Valley has you thinking salad dressing, you aren’t alone, but to the lucky people to have watched this sitcom have something a whole lot more specific coming to mind. More specifically, they probably think about the story of a wealthy family who suddenly lost everything due to some “light treason” committed by the patriarch. With no choice but to put the pieces back together, a man and his son move into this “model home” and try to set things right.
In this story all about how a life got flip turned upside down, an inner city kid from Philadelphia suddenly found himself seated on a throne in an affluent California community. Naturally, the majority of humor found in the series revolves around his difficulty fitting in with these new surroundings, including his pretentiously hoity-toity extended family, even after they showed him the kindness of an invitation to their home. By the time the series was over, though, there was nothing left but love.
129 West 81st Street
Bow pa bow bow bum ba dow…forgive the onomatopoeia, but for some reason a funky bass guitar lick comes to mind every time we lay our eyes on 129 West 81st Street, the apartment building where one of New York City ’s finest comedians happens to call home. He also has a wacky neighbor or two and a band of friends who constantly spend their time in his relatively small studio, creating a show about nothing and somehow making it utterly hilarious.
3121 Aberdeen Street
When your eyes are getting weary and your back is getting tight, all you want to do is drive on home to 3121 Aberdeen Street to have a relaxing night with your wife. Unfortunately for the family living in this home, they also have to deal with said loving wife’s irritating father, who lives down in the basement and constantly wrecks havoc. If nothing else, the son-in-law is always busy working long hours down at the International Parcel Service, so at least the stepfather doesn’t bother him all day long.
84 Rainey Street
While not every house on this quiz is immediately recognizable even to fans of the show, this one should ring a bell to anyone who spent time in Arlen, Texas. After a long hard day of selling propane and propane accessories, the favorite pastime of 84 Rainey Street’s patriarch is standing in front of his fence and drinking some brews with his buddies. Of course, with his irritating wife and goofy son, it’s hard to blame the man for needing some time to unwind.
Upon first glance, this Malibu beach house looks glorious and extravagant, the kind of home any man, woman, or child would love to call their own. Once you meet the people living inside, however, the flaws in paradise start to become a little more obvious. Not only does it take an incredible amount of money to afford a place like this, but it would turn out the people living on the beach were pretty much all insane in one way or another, which granted, is not that unusual for a sitcom.
1882 Girard Street
It’s always sad when a family loses their mother, not to mention a questionable concept to base a sitcom around. However, add in a rock star brother-in-law and a stand-up comedian best friend, and this San Francisco home became the perfect setting for a widower and his daughters to pick up the pieces after their loss. Throw in a quirky neighbor and we have a series popular enough to earn a remake decades later, now with the kids facing problems shockingly similar to those of their father.
742 Evergreen Terrace
The American sitcom doesn’t exactly have a life expectancy, with various factors influencing how long they survive, and discussing them would be far beyond the context of our quiz. However, one thing we can say is that surviving nearly 30 years is something only one show has ever managed to do. Naturally, it was the series focused on 742 Evergreen Terrace, the people who live there, and indeed the entire city of Springfield in general. Of course, any small town with a nuclear power plant has a small chance of winding up a little off-kilter…
31 Spooner Street
It seems today that all you see is violence in movies and sex on TV, so it’s nice to know that down at 31 Spooner Street, there’s a man who positively can do all the things that make us laugh and cry. Granted, his style of humor might not be for everyone, based on constant references and cutaways with little time for family togetherness. On the other hand, plenty of action nonetheless takes place in this house, so fans of the series should definitely be able to recognize it.
Location: Los Angeles
In attempting to create an accurate version of the average American family, somehow this sitcom settled on one that could afford three gigantic houses in Los Angeles. Granted, it’s a pretty big family that really does need all the space, but it's not like this makes it any more palatable for those of us struggling in tiny apartments. Luckily, the absurd comedy that these folks get into makes us forget about all that, busy laughing at their misfortunes inside these ivory towers.
55 Cobblestone Road
This simple rock building might look a little bit rustic to the average American today, yet back when it was en vogue, real estate agents were probably calling it perfectly fit for the modern stone age family. Beyond appearances, people today would have plenty of problems with the house as they went inside and discovered a hyperactive dinosaur and a furiously unhappy worker bird forced to open cans for a living. It was all normal for the residents at the time, though, such to the extent walking home after a hard day at the factory could make a man yell “Yabba dabba do!”
Being one of the most expensive cities in the world, Los Angeles doesn’t make it easy for single young folk to live on their own. If a person wants to live in an apartment building with lofts the size of the one featured in this sitcom, they’re going to need a little help doing so, especially if they find themselves needing to move fast. Luckily for these characters, they found people perfectly suited to their quirks and idiosyncrasies, creating a uniquely hilarious series.
494 Grove Street
Nobody told the residents of this apartment building, located at 495 Grove Street, that life was going to be this way…whatever exactly that means. In any event, the group of companions who usually meet either here or at their favorite café fast became one of the biggest pop culture sensations of the 1990s, and it was the humor they portrayed in their everyday lives that made it possible. The romantic subplots weren’t too shabby either, with the action in this apartment that happened when the lights were off arguably more talked about than any of the jokes.
Wandering down this road that we call life is pretty difficult, which is why the characters living in this Philadelphia home were so happy to know they always had their friends nearby. It also helped that the lead’s elementary school teacher lived next door, always ready to impart advice on his young student or any other family member that needed a little guidance. The house became less of a focus when the kids went off to college, though few people can leave home forever, which is why they kept coming back to say hello to the family.
168 Riverside Drive
Given how busy the characters on this program are, especially the woman who lives at 168 Riverside Drive, only a small amount of the action takes place in this or any other apartment. However, it’s that same hectic lifestyle that makes it a treat every time the star gets to spend some time relaxing at home. Unless, of course, some of her wacky coworkers follow her there and try to live with her, which happens shockingly often in her life.
0001 Cemetery Lane
Creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky—these are just a few words that come to mind when gazing your eyes upon 0001 Cemetery Lane, and that’s before you meet the family who resides inside. Quite frankly, this is more of a museum to horror than a house, although the family themselves absolutely revel in their macabre surroundings. They must have a pretty nice bit of money, as well, able to hire probably the most loyal servant any sitcom has ever witnessed. That he also scares the hell out of visitors is yet another bonus.
The cartoon universe is a little different from the rest of sitcoms, in that families usually don’t grow on a physical level even after decades on the air. Despite this, in some rare cases, a cartoon character can go through an immense change in life, with consequences so far ranging his family members dramatically change in appearance because of it. Truth be told, it could have worked out fine if the writing was a bit sharper, but unfortunately this house wasn’t unique enough to interest viewers of the one its owners had lived in previously.
Not every sitcom out there is aiming for high art, and some are content being lazily written adventures about proudly lazy men and women. This makes it easy to fill the show to the brim with cliché after cliché, like setting a show in Chicago and having the main character’s primarily personality trait being that he likes living in Chicago. Ask the writers, though, and this is all they were ever going for, and it was enough to get fans entering this home on a weekly basis for eight full seasons.
416 Cherry Street
There are many layers of patriotism, and we gotta say we’ve never met a person so in love with their country they jump outside every morning with a cry of “Good morning, USA!” Of course, the man living at 416 Cherry Street is unlike any other, having fallen in love with his country hardcore during his stint in the CIA. His family isn’t always with him politically, but they naturally have plenty of quirks of their own that muddy the waters on whether or not he would even want their support.
More than 40 years after the cartoon featuring Skypad Apartments was made, the building’s architecture is shockingly futuristic to the extent it’s downright unrealistic. Granted, any show that opens with a flying car shooting family members through a series of pneumatic tubes probably isn’t too worried about feeling accurate in its day. On top of that, audiences weren’t too concerned about the logic, too impressed by the family’s robotic maid, who kept their home spotless at all times. Sadly, the real future hasn’t quite caught up.
America! It can be hard as hell raising a family of three rambunctious kids, and that’s if they’re your own damn children. For the man this series is named after, parenthood is something that comes hard and fast, due to the fact his sister lived her life by those very mantras. Thankfully, a loving wife is willing to help him out with the burden, and as time goes on, those annoying little kids started showing some heart and hilarity, making it more palatable for the original king to share space on the throne.
Location: New New York
Before anyone goes and complains, let’s be clear—this New York building is more of a business than a home, although it should be pointed out that at least two regular characters do live there, as well. Whether a home or a business, this not-so-futuristic looking building is the focus of genuinely otherworldly antics, as would have to be the case in any series taking place during the year 3000. Thankfully, and everyman from the late ‘90s is there with his sassy robot friend to help audiences navigate through the ages.
Location: Los Angeles
Once upon a time, the United States was called the great American melting pot, a place where all cultures would slowly merge into a new national identity. In the modern era, not all people entirely jive with this ideal, feeling individuality is a key part to the integration America promises. Residents of this Los Angeles home are constantly living this struggle, with a patriarch desperately attempting to get his kids to understand their roots, often to great comedic effect when things are all said and done.
10 Stigwood Avenue
These days, walking by 10 Stigwood Avenue feels a whole lot different than it did back in the 1980s. At that point in time, it was the happy home of a friendly obstetrician and his large quirky family, doing whatever it took to lead a normal life in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Most of the chaos revolves around the five children living in the house, though the patriarch was plenty goofy on his own, and we’re not just talking about the actor who played him.
Colorado may have legalized marijuana, as the man living in this house knows because his own father sells it, and yet there are still plenty of Conservative leaning families occupying the state. The same is true for America in general, and they found a rare sitcom in tune with their interests in the one taking place within the confines of this Colorado home. Beyond politics, the series also focuses on the lead’s inability to adapt to his family's evolving attitudes, though he continues to show them love and support through their differences.
Most high school sitcoms are about smiley happy people living absurdly romantic lives filled with saccharine levels of false hope. Others take a more realistic approach to high school, claiming the goal is to ensure no one ever finds long term happiness. That said, a lack of happiness doesn’t mean a lack of laughs, as the residents of Lawndale, California were too ridiculous for the characters living in this house to refrain from mocking them each and every episode. It’s enough to make a girl beg for college to start already.
66 Perry Street
Although we’re pretty sure plenty of people sat outside of their apartment buildings in quiet contemplation before a certain resident of 66 Perry Street did so on a weekly basis, there’s no denying this series helped make the activity part of New York living. That said, there’s another concept she helped make en vogue with mainstream women which was a little more important, and we’re not talking about her dalliances in the fashion world. Impact on feminism notwithstanding, this stoop would already look like a nice place to live.
Location: Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Plenty of sitcoms are based on experiences lived by the writers, and this Jenkintown, Pennsylvania home is appropriate ripped straight from the childhood of the man who created the series it appears in. Likewise, the characters on the show are taken out of the show runner’s past, and thanks to an ever present video camera he used to document things, viewers can be assured things are pretty true to reality. Luckily, that reality happened to be a laugh riot, creating a nostalgic look at “1980-something.”
A poor minority youth living in Brooklyn, New York is bound to think the world is against him, and the character living in this apartment definitely has an argument going for him. Of course, he at least has a loving family standing by his side and helping him out, even if his mother is a touch too controlling and his father one of the cheapest men in the city. Luckily, as is always the case in sitcoms, our characters get through life near poverty with an incredible sense of humor, which makes sense considering the man who made the show.
9764 Jeopardy Lane
To the lucky amongst us, love and marriage truly do go together like a horse and carriage, but the residents of 9764 Jeopardy Lane would also discover there’s nonetheless plenty to disparage about the institute. Granted, the main character’s life is heavily flawed outside of what happens in the home, as well, with life as a women’s shoe salesman keeping him in a constantly depressive state which definitely makes it difficult for his wife and children to cope with his misery.
6151 Richmond Street
Most sitcom viewers would probably thank the characters for being a friend, and the ladies at 6151 Richmond Street flip this script by doing the same to the audience each time they play the theme song. Of course, at a certain age, all people have left is friendship, although some people also like to fill the time by talking about sex an almost unusual amount for their age. Naturally, this was the unique appeal of the ladies living in this Miami home.
Whoa! When a parent runs out on a family, it can be hard for the others to adapt, and that’s even before one starts to examine the other issues connected to the people living in this California home. The youngest child a free spirit, the oldest a recovering alcoholic, and the middle brother already looking like a lost cause at least in terms of his intelligence, it would have been easy for things to spiral out of control entirely without their mother, yet the father at least was strong enough to keep the family together and get them laughing again.
1313 Mockingbird Lane
Whether this picture was in black-and-white or in color, 1313 Mockingbird Lane would still look like a pretty creepy house. In fact, based on appearance alone, one might expect this home to pop up in some sort of horror film before it wound up in a sitcom. Granted, that’s what most people also said about the peculiar residents of this monstrous mansion, at least until they watched the show and saw how ridiculous they all were. Sure, at least one of them was a vampire, but he never hurt anyone, and the werewolf of the family was downright polite.
148 Bonnie Meadow Road
Inception has been around way longer than people realize, as seen in this classic sitcom about the making of a sitcom. This particular house goes a step further with things, showing us the life of the sitcom writer featured on the show, where all his zany ideas are lived out in person either by himself, his wife, or a wacky neighbor or two. None are as crazy as the residents of this home, though, who never realized placing an ottoman directly behind their doorway wasn’t the best idea.
1164 Morning Glory Circle
Considering the sort of antics that went on inside 1164 Morning Glory Circle, fans who never got a great look at the building might be a little surprised at how demure it looks on the outside. On the other hand, anyone unfamiliar with who those two women are probably doesn’t realize how magical the building is, and that’s the entire point. An attitude like this might make it hard for a powerful woman to live a normal life with her less husband, yet those are also the magic words to create lots of laughs.
4222 Clinton Way
Plenty of stories start with a lovely lady meeting a kindly man, and the one taking place in 4222 Clinton Way is no different. There was a catch in this case, though, in that the kindly man and lovely lady had both experienced long marriages before meeting one another, blending their clans together into one inside this rustic Los Angeles home. Naturally, they also needed the help of a maid when things were all said and done, especially since they had a dog dirtying things up, as well.
565 North Clinton Drive
Goodbye, grey skies, hello blue. The 1970s were a wild, fast, and out of control time for many television viewers, and the ability to journey back into the ‘50s on any given Monday, Tuesday, well, you know the rest…it meant a lot to them. That the residents of 565 North Clinton Drive had an incredibly cool neighbor living in their garage apartment was only icing on the cake. Anyone who didn’t like it could “sit on it,” and the more affable viewers would simply smile and say, “Ayyyy!”
Eastland Boarding School
Not all sitcoms take place in an idyllic home in the city, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering not all people live in traditional, perfect households. Some kids are sent away from their parents to expensive boarding schools where a housemother is placed in charge of them, although there may indeed be some benefits to the situation. Having a bunch of pseudo-sisters and a non-parent in charge might be more fun than the usual family arrangement, and there will always be unique lessons about the world along the way.
Location: Beverly Hills
While most tales about “the American dream” are based on hard work paying off with great wealth, this doesn’t mean simply lucking into a giant boatload of cash wouldn’t be even better. If you don’t believe us, watch an episode or two of this classic sitcom where a family of country bumpkins do exactly that, immediately picking up the farm and heading out west to beautiful California. Not every family would bring the granny along, but that’s just the nice type of folk the residents of this mansion were.
Location: Santa Monica
For as friendly as the average sitcom character seems, most of them aren’t open enough to literally welcome the entire world to “come and knock on our door.” Quite frankly, this sort of behavior isn’t strongly suggested, yet the two young women and one man living in this apartment building had a tendency towards making quick decisions with unexpected consequences. Of course, the fact every single episode contained at least one major misunderstanding probably means the invitation was some sort of mistake in the first place.
Location: La Jolla
It’s hard to imagine a scenario more shocking than learning a romantic partner you had for decades was leaving you for someone of the opposite gender, especially should this happen when everyone involved is a senior citizen. When something like this happens, a person will look for absolutely anyone who experienced something similar to feel less alone, even if they happened to hate one another up until that sudden event happened. granted, not all of them will then move into this La Jolla beach house with those rare similar souls, but then again, most people don’t live in sitcoms.
Sometimes people aren’t necessarily watching sitcoms for a laugh, merely content to go back to a simpler time and place where the various trouble associated with real life don’t seem to bother anybody. Of course, the folks down by the watering hole in Mayberry, North Carolina don’t need to worry about any big city troubles, aside from their goofy sheriff’s deputy making things difficult for his boss. That said, in this idyllic little town, all the Sheriff does is share a laugh with his son over the ordeal.
The Men's Hut
The last thing anyone would expect when going on a three hour tour is to wind up stuck living in a grass hut in the middle of the ocean, yet that’s exactly what happened to the men and women in this particular sitcom. Amazingly, they were able to survive for quite some time, and more bizarrely than that, they made new friends along the way. This doesn’t mean native, either—believe it or not, the Harlem Globetrotters visited this house in person.
704 Hauser Street
The world is an ever changing place, and some people find it hard to keep up with changing times. Others feel like so inclined to fight back against these changes with constant bickering, and in the right circumstances, this sort of idiocy can turn into comedic brilliance. The key ingredient was a wife, daughter, and liberal son-in-law constantly fighting against the ignorance spewed by the patriarch, and before long, the very idea of hatred turned into one of the best punch lines any sitcom would ever come up with.
211 Pine Street
For the most part, sitcom audiences see rambunctious little kids in one of two ways. Spirited youngsters can either be the focus of a show and win over audiences through their cuteness, or they can be the most annoying little brats ever to disgrace a TV screen. If you’re the type of audience member more inclined to view children as the latter, you probably aren’t a fan of this 1950s classic focusing on the boys living at 211 Pine Street, and their parents’ fruitless attempts at taking control of their schemes.
Location: Orlando, Florida
To this day, America is often seen as the land of the opportunity in many other countries, making it a hot spot for families around the world looking for a better life. The family in this Orlando, Florida home came to the country with this dream in mind, and the sitcom around their lives takes a heartwarming look at their attempts to turn that ideal of success into a reality. That said, the title could have used a little work shopping, especially since the residents are only the second Asian family major network television has given a home.
16 Elwood Avenue
Both a place of business and a building that a man and wife call their home, this English hotel is the basis for what many consider one of the greatest TV shows in British history. It’s somewhat surprising so few shows have been based around the craziness that can happen in the hospitality service, although that could just be a testament to how well this particular series did it. While the focus of the show was always the owners and thus key residents of the building, their inability to deal with residents is what truly made it stuff of legends.
East side of New York City
Plenty of Americans harbor dreams about moving on up to a deluxe apartment on the east side of New York City, yet only a few of them are lucky enough to live that dream. By hook or by crook, a middle-aged man with a dry cleaning business somehow made the money necessary to make it happen, saving his wife from their racist neighbors and bringing her to the big time. Better than that, the couple also had the money to hire a sassy maid, making their lives a constant laugh riot.
Depending on why a person watched this 1970s sitcom, they might have been too drunk to ever realize the main character’s Chicago apartment building appears in the credit sequence to every episode. About half of the action takes place inside the building as well, with the rest focusing on the main character’s psychiatric practice, filled with plenty of wacky patients. That said, thanks to a popular drinking game, all a certain portion of the audience was interested in was hearing other characters shoot a friendly hello to the protagonist.