The thing that makes sitcoms such fan favorites is the comedic notes meant to keep viewers coming back week after week. These comedies bring a level of frustration and humor to our TV screens that we just don't see in our normal day-to-day life.
In the U.S., most sitcoms run for about 20 to 30 minutes every week, with shows like I Love Lucy and The Mary Tyler Moore Show inspiring eras of future TV sitcoms that continue to run today. While there are spurts of drama throughout these episodes, the general tone of the sitcom is making viewers laugh. There are hundreds of sitcoms that have made their name known around the world, but we're taking a look at 10 of them that were filmed in America, where fans can actually visit locations (instead of taking a tour of the set itself). From New York to California, here are 10 real-life sitcom locations fans can actually visit!
10 30 ROCK
As many fans of 30 Rock know, the show is based on Tina Fey's real-life experiences while writing and working for Saturday Night Live. 30 Rock was an absolute hit with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin taking the lead.
Although we see Liz Lemon and the gang running through the halls and studios of NBC, fans of the show can actually visit NBC Headquarters in Rockefeller Center. Find your way to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, where you can even get a tour of HQ!
9 SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH
Sabrina the Teenage Witch ran for seven seasons from 1996 through 2003. Together, we watch Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart) find out she was capable of magical powers on her 16th birthday. We all watched in awe as Sabrina tried to balance life as a witch and a "normal" 16-year-old girl.
Although the opening credits showed Sabrina around various sites around Boston, the house used for the show is actually located in New Jersey (64 E. Main St in Freehold, New Jersey). The home is now a structure for businesses so fans are welcome to take a gander inside the property, granted they're respectful of the businesses inside.
For 10 seasons fans fell in love with Ross, Rache, Monica, Chandler, Pheobe, and Joey. They were the best friends so many of us wanted. We were also envious of them all living in such close quarters. Who wouldn't want to live with their BFFs!?
Just like in the show, Rachel and Monica's apartment really is Greenwich Village above Little Owl restaurant in New York. (The actual interior shots were taken in a studio, however.) You can stand out front of everyone's favorite apartment at 90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014.
7 MODERN FAMILY
Many of us are not ready to say goodbye to Modern Family as the final season is approaching, yet here we are. To keep their memory alive, fans of the show can actually visit the exterior of the Dunphy household at 10336 Dunleer Dr., Los Angeles, California. The inside shots of the series were done in a studio.
If the Dunphys weren't your favorite, try visiting Cam and Mitchell's home (2211 Fox Hills Drive, Century City, CA) or Gloria and Jay's (121 S. Cliffwood Ave., Brentwood, CA)!
6 THE OFFICE
Not too many people are dying to vacation in Scranton, Pennsylvania. However, fans of The Office would do anything to walk down memory lane and see where some of the stills were shot while filming the Steve Carell sitcom.
The show itself was filmed in California but the crew needed shots of Scranton to make the show more realistic. In the third season in an episode called "The Merger," Dwight and Michael create a rap video in front of the Electric City sign. Fans can see the sign themselves at 507 Linden Street, Scranton, PA. And if fans are hungry, they can try Alfredo's Pizza themselves (1040 S Washington Ave, Scranton, PA 18505) to see if it really is the best pizza in the city.
5 PARKS & RECREATION
As many Parks & Recreation fans know, Pawnee, Indiana isn't a real town. The images of city hall that we see in most of the scenes are actually the town of Pasadena's city hall (100 Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101).
Similarly, the Harvest Festival was a breaking point in the show, making a real name for Leslie Knope. And while there might not be a festival when you visit, it was taken place at Pierce Farm Center (20800 Victory Blvd, Woodland Hills, California 91367)!
4 IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
Like many other shows on this list, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is mostly filmed in L.A. but the surrounding shots were, indeed, taken in Philadelphia. You can, of course, visit the sports complexes which are easy to find, but you can also check out the Swan Fountain at Logan Square.
In the episode it's featured in, Dee throws some change in it, Charlie then tries to steal the change, and later, Frank pees in it. Also, remember when the gang heads to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to try and get Paddy's Pub seen as a historical site? Yeah, well, you can head over that way towards 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA.
Seinfeld really was the first of its kind when it appeared in the early '90s. After nine seasons, the show has a cult following and is still quoted to this day.
Also shot in New York, fans should head to Tom's Restuarant (2880 Broadway at 112th Street) first to see where the gang ate most of their meals and drank their cups of coffee. They can also look back at the laughs they shared during "The Soup Nazi" episode by heading towards Al's Soup Kitchen on 55th and the corner of eighth Avenue.
2 NEW GIRL
The day Jessica Day moved into a shared loft with Nick, Schmidt, and Winston was the day so many of us New Girl fans came alive.
This group of friends was so uncommon and yet so much fun. What's so cool about the loft that Jess and co. lived in is that it's a real loft in real life! Fans can take pictures of the building out front (837 Traction Ave, Los Angeles) but won't be able to go inside because, you know, people actually live there!
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY
Considering this group of friends spent most of their time in their apartments, at work, or at the comic book store — you might be wondering how you can visit Big Bang Theory locations since it was all filmed on set. However, you can visit the supposed Cheesecake location where penny worked (2 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101).
The apartment address of Leonard, Sheldon, and Penny was also fictional, however, many Pasadena locals believe the building was *supposed* to be based on the Brookmore Apartments over on 189 N Marengo Ave.!