For those who know me, it won’t come as a surprise that I’m just a tiny bit obsessed with New York and everything to do with The Big Apple. This includes the abundance of TV shows that are set in NYC so that us mere mortals can watch with envy while the likes of Carrie Bradshaw and Blair Waldorf saunter around the most magical place in the world in their Jimmy Choos…
Today’s post is all about the many TV shows and films that are set in New York that you should definitely watch if you’re as obsessed with the city as I am.
Would it even be my blog post if there wasn’t at least one mention of Friends?! You all know by now just how intense my love for this TV show is, so the fact that it’s set in my favourite city in the world just makes it infinitely better. Although *quite* a lot of the episodes are largely based in Central Perk or in Monica’s apartment, I do love how you catch little glimpses of the beautiful city in many episodes. It’s an iconic show which is set in an iconic setting; what’s not to love?
2. Sex and the City
This is definitely one of, if not the most iconic TV show to be based in New York. Centred around Carrie Bradshaw and her cocktail-drinking, kick-ass girl gang, SATC is a truly definitive NYC-based show. I always aspired to be like Carrie; I wanted the Cosmos, the Choos and the columns and I think that’s why I’m still obsessed with the show and the two movies that came shortly after.
3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Even though I haven’t actually seen all three seasons of this, I’ve seen enough to know that it’s quintessential New York. I’ll literally use any excuse to see the bright lights of Times Square and discover the enigmatic lives of real New Yorkers.
4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Ah Tiffany’s. A place that’s captured my attention since I was approximately six years old. When I visited New York for the first time, I genuinely shed a tear as I stepped inside the timeless building that houses the world’s most coveted diamonds. This iconic movie starring Audrey Hepburn captures the essence of New York beautifully and while I don’t actually love the movie quite as much as I thought I would, it’s still a must-see solely for the fact that it’s based in NYC.
5. When Harry Met Sally
One of my all-time favourite rom-coms is set in my all-time favourite city; basically it’s the ultimate combination. The New York setting of this fab movie just makes it even better and it’s one you can watch either on your own or with all the gals.
6. Gossip Girl
I’m sure you’re all aware of my love for GG by now but as this was one of the most-loved shows of my teens, it only makes sense for it to be featured in yet another list of mine. I love how this show highlights the true glamour of the Upper East Side as well as the more grounded roots of Brooklyn.
7. The Devil Wears Prada
Despite my atrocious fashion sense, this film made me want to instantly relocate to the Big Apple to pursue a career in fashion journalism. While I would have never, ever made it as a fashion journalist, I’m still holding on to hope that one day I might be able to write from the confines of my New York apartment…
8. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
While I’m still not sure how his parents managed to leave him behind twice, I still have a lot of love for this movie, especially at Christmas time. I’m already excited to wrap up in lots of blankets and enjoy the magic of this film while admiring all the beautiful Christmassy sights from the comfort of my sofa (although I would obviously definitely much rather be in New York itself…).
9. How I Met Your Mother
Despite the pretty poor ending, HIMYM is a show that’s incredibly easy to watch. The characters are relatable and charming and the backdrop of New York definitely makes it one to watch. Marshall and Lily’s relationship definitely makes this show for me.
10. Coyote Ugly
One of the absolute best chick flicks – Coyote Ugly is a must-see for those wanting to just escape to New York and pursue their dreams. It’s pretty cheesy at times but it has the most incredible soundtrack and it’s deffo one of the best.
Other things to watch if you love New York:
- 30 Rock
- Broad City
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Mad Men
- Law & Order
Which shows and movies remind you of New York the most? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.