We mapped out 50 unforgettable TV characters for all 50 states

See which fictional character comes from your home state.

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Everybody comes from somewhere, even fictional people. Television has given us thousands of memorable characters, living in hundreds of places. Which got us thinking — who is the first character who comes to mind when you think of a state?

For some American states, it is a no-brainer. Mayberry's Sheriff Andy Taylor is North Carolina. It's hard to think of Minnesota without picturing Mary Richards tossing her tam into the air.

For other states, like Montana and the Dakotas, there were not many options, which is why we had stretch to include one real person (Lawrence Welk). We even included some cartoon characters. But when it comes to California and New York, where do you even start?

Well, you can see the results below. Which characters do you most associate with your state?


ALABAMA Dr. Hibbert, The Simpsons

ALASKA Chilly Willy

ARIZONA Alice Hyatt, Alice

ARKANSAS Jed Clampett, The Beverly Hillbillies

CALIFORNIA The Bradys, The Brady Bunch

COLORADO Mork, Mork & Mindy

CONNECTICUT Samantha Stephens, Bewitched

DELAWARE Jarod “The Pretender,” The Pretender

FLORIDA Dorothy Zbornak, The Golden Girls

GEORGIA Ben Matlock, Matlock

HAWAII Gilligan, Gilligan’s Island

IDAHO Dave Barrett, The Manhunter

ILLINOIS Bob Hartley, The Bob Newhart Show

INDIANA Woody Boyd, Cheers

IOWA James T. Kirk, Star Trek

KANSAS Marshal Matt Dillon, Gunsmoke

KENTUCKY Daniel Boone, Daniel Boone

LOUISIANA Benjamin Sisko, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

MAINE Hawkeye Pierce, M*A*S*H

MARYLAND Dana Scully, The X-Files

MASSACHUSETTS Sam Malone, Cheers

MICHIGAN Martin Payne, Martin

MINNESOTA Mary Richards, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

MISSISSIPPI Kermit the Frog, The Muppet Show

MISSOURI Fred Sanford, Sanford and Son

MONTANA Zefram Cochrane, Star Trek

NEBRASKA Penny, The Big Bang Theory

NEVADA Ben Cartwright, Bonanza

NEW HAMPSHIRE Constance MacKenzie, Peyton Place

NEW JERSEY Tony Soprano, The Sopranos

NEW MEXICO Lucas McCain, The Rifleman

NEW YORK Lucy Ricardo, I Love Lucy

NORTH CAROLINA Andy Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show

NORTH DAKOTA Lawrence Welk, The Lawrence Welk Show

OHIO Johnny Fever, WKRP in Cincinnati

OKLAHOMA Marshal Jim Crown, Cimarron Strip

OREGON Ramona Quimby, Ramona

PENNSYLVANIA Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

RHODE ISLAND Thurston Howell III, Gilligan’s Island

SOUTH CAROLINA Ensign Harry Kim, Star Trek: Voyager

SOUTH DAKOTA Al Swearengen, Deadwood

TENNESSEE Davy Crockett, Davy Crockett

TEXAS Bret Maverick, Maverick

UTAH Wile E. Coyote, Looney Tunes

VERMONT Dick Loudon, Newhart

VIRGINIA Thomas Magnum, Magnum P.I.

WASHINGTON Laura Palmer, Twin Peaks

WEST VIRGINIA Jennifer Marlowe, WKRP in Cincinnati

WISCONSIN The Fonz, Happy Days

WYOMING Yogi Bear, The Yogi Bear Show

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LarryAJacobsen 18 hours ago
On a Hogan's Heroes episode, Sgt. Carter said he was from Bullfrog, North Dakota.
ChuckJohnson 1 day ago
Wile E. Coyote for Utah? Yeah, we've got the scenery, but no Roadrunners. Have to go to AZ or NM for those.
DavidWilliams 1 day ago
I think Forrest Gump is more famous than Dr. Hibbert for Alabama.
DeborahRoberts 1 day ago
The character Dorothy Zbornak on "Golden Girls" was from New York, not Florida. Like most elderly retirees in my home state, they originated elsewhere. Daniel Boone was based on a real person, born in Pennsylvania. Ben Cartwright, as told through flashbacks in the series, was a New Englander who came west, eventually settling in Nevada. Maybe it's a bit picky, but if you're going to do a thing, why not do it right?
Lillyrose 37 months ago
Great list! But I thought that Klinger would be the character for Ohio. He was so crazy about his hometown Toledo, Ohio, and was always bragging about it. I feel the same way about my hometown of Neenah, Wisconsin!
JDnHuntsvilleAL 37 months ago
This doesn't make sense: "MISSOURI Fred Sanford, Sanford and Son"

What in the WORLD makes MeTV that Sanford and Son took place in MISSOURI???? It's based in LA.
JDnHuntsvilleAL 37 months ago
This doesn't make sense: "MISSOURI Fred Sanford, Sanford and Son"

What in the WORLD makes MeTV that Sanford and Son took place in MISSOURI???? It's based in LA.
It is set in LA, but like Redd Foxx, Fred was born in St. Louis!
bayman50cal 37 months ago
Linda Hamilton is from Maryland.
WILD bayman50cal 27 months ago
The Beauty from Beauty and the Beast.
Bret 37 months ago
For Illinois, I think of Al Bundy (Married with Children). This was based in Chicago.
Terence 37 months ago
Well, to be honest, I always thought the Clampetts came from Missouri! They were from the Ozarks and I go the feeling Bug Tussle was near Silver Dollar City (near Branson)! As to California, I tend to think of Perry Mason instead of the Bradys!
Nitrocellulose1 37 months ago
Dwayne "King" Pride of N.C.I.S. New Orleans is the first person I think of for Louisiana.
BuckeyeBeth7 37 months ago
Pfft...First thing I think of when I think of Ohio tv characters is and will always be Alex P. Keaton (and of course the rest of the Keaton family) in Family Ties. Character wise 2nd place would probably be Hot In Cleveland's Elka followed closely by WKRP's Silver Sow Award winner Les Nessman. For some reason I always thought of Johnny Fever as a transplant stuck in Cincinnati after he said that unspeakable word on the radio, got fired and found himself drifting to the only radio station that would hire him. ;)
thedude1500 37 months ago
Hawaii should be Steve McGarrett or Thomas Magnum
Magnum was from Virginia originally.
CLos75 37 months ago
Dorothy Zbornak was from NY, not FL. She only lived in FL.
cperrynaples 37 months ago
You put Chilly Willy in Alaska, but every Bugs Bunny fan knows penguins come from the South Pole. "SOUTH POLE? Ooooh. I'm dyin'!"
Yes, you may be right. Every Bugs bunny fan may know where the penguin comes from, but you don't. Chilly Willy is not a Looney Tunes character. He's from the Woody Woodpecker Show. The penguin from "8 BALL BUNNY," was simply known as THE SKATING PENGUIN.
Yes, but the fact remains that penguins live in Antarctica, NOT in Alaska! It doesn't matter that Chilly is an Universal character, you can't argue with science!!
cperrynaples cperrynaples 37 months ago
Since they won't let you edit posts anymore, I have to write another to add that yes, I do know that as a performer, Skating Penguin lived in Hoboken! "HOBOKEN? Ooooh, I'm dyin' again!"
cperrynaples cperrynaples 37 months ago
And I have to add, "Can you help a guy who's down on his luck?" Give me a mulligan and a Bogie...LOL!
For the record, his name is "Playboy Penguin".
Dale 37 months ago
We here in Oklahoma also claim Lucas and Mark McCain as his character is originally from Oklahoma City.
stephaniestavropoulos Dale 37 months ago
You do know the show was set in New Mexico, don't you? It appears not to be the case, that you do know.
nerakr 37 months ago
When I think of Hawaii, I think of McGarrett.
Barry22 37 months ago
.........and lest we forget, Sonny Crockett from Miami Vice. Florida Rocks!
Barry22 37 months ago
Here in Florida, we are pretty proud of Flipper. And a show about a dolphin is better than a show about four wrinkled old sea turtles.
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