It seems like everybody pretty much loved Kelsey Grammer’s portrayal of Frasier Krane, a radio psychologist that lived in Seattle. It was oft called the smartest show on television as the storylines often revolved around the exploits of Frasier and his brother Niles, two intellectual types that fit the perfect mould of the Seattle Starbucks coffeehouse crowd.
Following the life of Meredith Grey, an intern (now resident) at the fictional Seattle Grace hospital, this is a smart medical show that I would describe as a dramedy. There’s a lot of drama that comes from the treatment the patients receive, but there’s also a lot of humor that stems from the personal lives of the doctors, and sometimes the patients, at Seattle Grace. That being said, this is a lot less silly than Scrubs, but less dramatic than, say, E.R. It strikes a good balance that makes it interesting to watch.
When a man wakes up naked on an island off the coast of Seattle, he discovers that he knows literally everything in the world, except his own identity. The man takes the moniker John Doe and uses his encyclopedic knowledge to help the Seattle Police Department solve bizarre crimes (almost always murder). And as John Doe tries to find out the truth about his true identity, he starts digging deeper and deeper into the grip of what appears to be a massive conspiracy.
You can watch John Doe at Hulu.com at the following link: http://www.hulu.com/john-doe
Dark Angel is a bit different from the rest of the shows listed here; it takes place in a future, apocolyptic Seattle. Jessica Alba starred as Max Guevara, a genetically engineered supersoldier. The show follows Max as she searches for her companions in the Manticore program, a secret government agency that bred supersoldiers.
Dead Like Me
This dramedy, which aired on Showtime for two seasons, follows the lives of grim reapers, specifically Georgia Lass, an 18-year-old girl. The show follows a small group of reapers as they do their work, which consists of leading the souls of those about to die to the afterlife. The show also explores the lives of Georgia’s family after she dies and how they cope with her death.
Life as We Know it
This high school drama was set in Woodrow Wilson High School in Seattle, Washington. It focuses on Dino Whitman, an excellent ice hockey player, and the relationships between his friends and other students at the high school.
The 4400 is a science fiction drama that originally appeared on the Sci-fi Network. In the pilot episode, a bright light deposits 4400 people in a mountain range in Washington. The reapparance of these people is quite mysterious because they had previously disappeared at various times through history. The show involves drama, paranormal abilities, and conspiratorial storylines, making for some serious sci-fi . . . all set in and around Seattle.
This show, which was broadcast on ABC Family channel, basically sounds like “John Doe Light,” although I have to admit that I haven’t seen it myself. Just as John Doe wakes up on an island off the coast of Seattle with amnesia, Kyle XY wakes up in a forest in Seattle, also with amnesia. Whereas Doe has a curious brand burnred into his chest, Kyle XY curiously has no belly-button.
Just as Kyle XY seems very similar to John Doe, this show seems similar to “Dead Like Me” in some respects. It centers around Sam Oliver whose parents have sold his soul to the devil. Satan puts Sam to work collecting rogue souls that escape from Hell, and he’s aided by his friends Sock and Ben. According to Wikipedia, the show takes place in the “Seattle area,” which is kind of vague, but close enough for rock ‘n’ roll.