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10 Best Original Television Shows Set in Houston

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9. More Than Human Our only web series on list is also something of a cheat because thus far the only people who have seen any of it are the folks who've seen the trailer online and a handful of convention goers at Space City Con where the first episode was screened. Carlos Tovar raised $15,000 on Kickstarter last year to produce his teenage superhero drama, and principal photography on the rest of Season 1 is due to resume again soon. I feel confident including it here due to the rave reviews the show has gotten from the few journalists that have been lucky enough to catch it, but it would be really nice to be proved right soon in 2015.

8. Brothers Though it ran for a single season on FOX in 2009 Brothers wasn't a bad show. It starred Michael Strahan as a successful and happy man rich and recently retired from the NFL who comes home to Houston after his estranged brother is rendered paraplegic in a car accident. Carl Weathers plays their absent-minded dad and Snoop Dogg had an awesome recurring role as their shady lawyer cousin Kenny that needs its own spin-off. It wasn't groundbreaking television or anything, but it was often sweet and told a wonderful story about the power of family.

7. Cutter to Houston It's probably not a surprise that a fair amount of medical drama shows have been set in and around Houston. One of those was 1983's Cutter to Houston, which was given a crappy Saturday evening timeslot on CBS and survived only seven episodes before being cancelled. Too bad because despite how eye-rollingly early '80s it is it was actually a pretty good show. It starred Alec Baldwin right before he broke out in Knot's Landing and Shelley Hack coming off Charlie's Angels as young doctors in a small hospital in Cutter, Texas that frequently needed the services of Hermann Life Flight. Due to poor handling by CBS it's relegated to a footnote in Baldwin's career.

6. Reba Easily the most successful show set in Houston was Reba, which ran for six seasons on The WB and ended on The CW. Starring country music superstar Reba McEntire it broke viewership records for the networks and went on to be a syndicated international success everywhere from Croatia to the Caribbean. Honestly I was going to mock the show, but I went back and watched the series finale for the purposes of this article and you know what? It was damned good. Sweet, funny, sincerely southern and full of likeable people. There are worse shows that could be Houston's television ambassador to the world.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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