Eerie (Eerie, Indiana)
For a “nowheresville” town with a population of just 16,661, there sure are a lot of strange things happening in Eerie, Indiana, which was home to Bigfoot, Elvis Presley and a pack of hyper-intelligent hounds intent on world domination. In short it was a supernatural sandbox filled with the type of adventures you wish you had during your seemingly never-ending school summer holidays.
Sunnydale (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
Sunnydale has a school (Sunnydale High), a nightclub (The Bronze), a beloved chain of fast food restaurants (Doublemeat Palace)… oh yeah, and a confluence of mystical energies affectionately referred to as the Hellmouth.
Anywhere that counts Superman as one of its most famous residents is going to be a little on the weird side of the TV town spectrum. Indeed, thanks to the meteor shower that brought young Clark Kent to earth, Smallville developed more than its fair share of freaks and geeks to go alongside the otherwise honest-to-god middle American townspeople.
Midsomer (Midsomer Murders)
Whilst there are no meteor freaks, undead residents or supernatural shenanigans on display; Midsomer makes the grade on our weird town countdown simply for having the highest murder-per-capita rate of any town in TV history. Beyond the jam-makers, croquet-clubbers and WI members and you’ll find a seedy underbelly teeming with more cold-blooded killers than your average high security prison.
Collinsport (Dark Shadows)
There must just be something in the water over in Maine, New England. From the mutinous municipality of Chester’s Mill (Under the Dome), to the supernatural settlement of Storybrooke (Once Upon a Time) via the homicidal hamlet of Cabot Cove (Murder She Wrote) the area is jam-packed with weird towns. All of them however pale in comparison to the coastal town of Collinsport, the gothic backdrop for the beloved (if bizarre) supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows.
White Pine Bay (Bates Motel)
If you thought Norman Bates – the wig wearing, mummy-loving motel owner from Alfred Hitchcok’s Psycho – was weird; wait until you see where he grew up. Yes the setting for this prequel/spinoff series is every bit as creepy as its most famous resident, with just about every depth of human depravity you can imagine (and a few more besides) on display in this seemingly sleepy Oregon town.
Royston Vasey (The League Of Gentlemen)
For three series we walked among the warped residents of Royston Vasey, the fictional village that was home to the much-loved residents of The League Of Gentlemen. This macabre vision of rural England served up nightmarish visions that ranged from Papa Lazarou’s home visits to Hilary Bliss’ “special stuff,” and of course how can we forget Edward and Tubbs’ shop. Like the sign says on the way in: “You’ll never leave.”
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