33 Shows To Binge if You Love California

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California Dreaming! Stretches of sandy beaches, sparkling blue oceans and extravagant infinity pools decorated with bikini-clad bombshells and gorgeous men in such good shape, it's crazy.  

Or is it? This is California after all! Known for its beautiful people who, despite living laid-back lifestyles, are some of the most dramatic, complicated, and entertaining people on television.

We're going deep inside the most notorious West Coast neighborhoods from the beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu to the hottest spots in Hollywood and Silver Lake to bring you, true TV Fanatics, the most binge-able television series homegrown in California.

Which series on this list are YOUR favorites, too? Which are you going to binge? Any best of the West Coast I missed?


1. Baywatch

How dangerous must our beaches have been before Baywatch came along to protect and serve with seriously suntanned sexiness?

David Hasselhoff stars as veteran lifeguard, Mitch Buchannon, who mentors his attractive young squad as they patrol a crowded Los Angeles beach. His staff of stacked hard bodies who are required to swim, save, and look sick in a red one piece includes Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth, Brooke Burns, Tracy Bingham, and Carmen Electra.

Only slightly less memorable is all the "Mandy," (man candy)... David Charvet, Jason Simmons, David Chockachi, Parker Stevenson, and Billy Warlock. Of course, looking good is only half the Baywatch battle. Lifeguards handle the California dangers that threaten their beach from drowning swimmers and shark attacks to earthquakes and even serial killers.

As David Hasselhoff amassed a monster fan following around the globe, Baywatch became one of the most watched television series in the world, viewed by a billion people across 142 countries. It ran for 11 seasons, spawned several TV movies, the spinoff series, Baywatch Nights, not to mention the popular German porn franchise, "Babewatch!"

2. Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies
Welcome to the quiet beachfront town of Monterey, California where the privileged families, with their adorable children and happily married parents seem to live picture-perfect lives. That is until a murder rocks the previously peaceful community to its core.

The series is certainly a dark dramedy, but the heart of BLL beats as the friendships between three mothers - Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), and Jane (Shailene Wodley) intensify. As the town begins to unravel, becoming a rumor mill fueled by gossip, greed, and jealousy, the trio finds solace in one another and each woman begins to reveal herself.

The critically acclaimed Big Little Lies was a BIG 2018 award winner, racking up 2 SAG Awards and 4 Golden Globes. It's not only stacked with amazing performances, it is full of surprises every step of the way. Catch up on season 1 now before season 2, with the superstar cast addition of Meryl Streep, premieres in 2019.

3. Beverly Hills 90210

Beverly Hills 90210
"90210" introduces teenage Walsh twins - Brandon (Jason Priestly) and Brenda (Shannen Doherty) - who’ve moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Beverly Hills, California. Created by Darren Starr and Executive Produced by Aaron Spelling, the series is a true 90's classic.

On the first day of school, the twins drive up to West Beverly Hills High in a beat-up brown jalopy, dressed in the wrong clothes, without any friends and zero experience living in a world as glitzy and glamorous as Beverly Hills.

Luckily, it’s not long before Brenda and Brandon secure an entire posse of pals made up of West Beverly's most spoiled (but sweet), silver spoon fed rich kids, including Kelly (Jennie Garth), Steve (Ian Ziering), and Donna (Tori Spelling). "Donna Martin graduates! Donna Martin graduates!"

As for the romances for which 90210 is known, Brenda falls in and out of love with Bev Hills bad boy, Dylan McKay (Luke Perry), while Brandon has an on-again, off-again love affair with his sister’s BFF, Kelly. Oh and Spoiler Alert, Kelly's such a good friend that she sleeps with Dylan too.

4. Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Seinfeld co-creator Larry David stars as himself in the laugh out loud HBO comedy about his life in Los Angeles as a semi-retired television writer/producer. Much like Seinfeld, Curb storylines tend to deal with the daily minutiae, this time revolving around Larry's problems with social situations, society's expectations, and his general annoyance with other people.

Cheryl Hines stars as Larry's wife (and later ex-wife) who is the voice of reason when her husband is at his most unreasonable. Jeff Garlin plays Larry's best friend and manager, Jeff Green, who often uses LD as an excuse to cover up his indiscretions.

Susie Essman is Jeff's filthy-mouthed, ball buster wife, Suzy Green, who's often onto Larry and Jeff's elaborate schemes, and when crossed by Larry retaliates by calling him a "Four-Eyed-Fuck!"

Other celebs making regular appearances include Larry's longtime friends, Richard Lewis, Ted Danson and Wanda Sykes. J.B. Smoove stars in later seasons as Leon Black, a promiscuous bachelor who Larry took in after Hurricane Edna and has yet to get rid of, currently occupying Larry's guesthouse.

Curb Your Enthusiasm premiered on HBO in the year 2000, went on hiatus after its 8th season in 2011, then returned in 2017 for a highly successful season 9. HBO has since picked up the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning series for a 10th season. The chances of the series continuing on even longer are looking, "Prett-ay, prett-ay, prett-ay, pretty good!"

5. The O.C.

The O.C.
"Welcome to the OC, Bitch!" From those words, it was all adrenaline, laughter, loss, and love.

Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) goes from impoverished broken home to the opulent, high-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, California when he is adopted by the posh but compassionate Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher).

Thrust into the closed-minded community of Orange County, Ryan is an outsider but begins to fit in when he befriends his new stepbrother Seth (Adam Brody).

The blow of being the new kid is further softened when Ryan falls for privileged but troubled girl-next-door, Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) while helping Seth navigate his childhood crush on Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson).

Winning the Teen Choice Award in 2004 for Breakout TV Show, The O.C. penetrated its way into pop culture with a window into the lavish lifestyle of Orange County, a killer soundtrack, and epic young love.

6. Entourage


Coming out to Cali with your entourage from New York and making it big in Hollywood is the East Coast version of The American Dream. Actually doing it, however, is a whole different story. HBO's Entourage, inspired by the exploits of actor Mark Wahlberg, is that story.

Adrian Grenier stars as Vincent Chase, a once unknown actor from Queens, New York turned overnight A-lister, who's come out to Hollywood with his boys from back home.

Best friend turned manager, Eric "E" Murphy (Kevin Connolly) helps Vince decide what projects to pass on and which to take. His older brother, Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) has acting aspirations of his own, often finding his way into bit parts on Vince's movies. Longtime friend, Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), becomes Vince's L.A. driver and takes care of Arnold their watchdog.

Entourage is far from all business, as the boys use the Vincent Chase name to get anything and everything they can. Free stereo equipment, floor seats at Lakers Games, unlimited swag, and pussy -- lots and lots of pussy.

Of course Vince doesn't rely solely on his new-to-the-biz friends to guide his career. His agent, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is a typical Hollywood dirt bag, often bragging about banging women other than his wife (Perry Reeves). But he's got Vince's back, no matter what trouble he and his boys get into around Tinseltown.

Entourage shines especially brightly throughout its 8 seasons thanks to amazing guest star appearances by everyone from Jimmy Kimmel, Snoop Dog, Kayne West and Tom Brady to Jessica Alba, Sarah Silverman, Scarlett Johansson and Mandy Moore.

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