My So-Called Life
Before Claire Danes played CIA livewire Carrie Mathison on Homeland, she first came onto TV screens as Angela Chase, high school sophomore at Liberty High School in Three Rivers, Pennsylvania on ABC’s short-lived teen drama. Despite references to Pittsburgh on the series, true Steel Town citizens know there is no Liberty High School, nor a Three Rivers suburb. Still, the high school landscape felt real enough for this show to become a cult classic.
How to watch it: Hulu, ABC.com
While My So-Called Life ignored Pittsburgh reality, Mr. Belvedere embraced it. This ABC show was set in the Pittsburgh suburb of Beaver Falls, and when a real-life tornado touched down in the spring of 1985, the writers of the show incorporated it into a Season 2 plot point in its second episode titled “Tornado.” In the episode, the family heads to the basement to ride out the storm, where Mr. Belvedere (Christopher Hewett) and George (Bob Uecker) play a game of pool.
How to watch it: YouTube, baby!