The mid-80s to early-90s was arguably the best era for solid television sitcoms. While my 1980 birthdate probably makes me a tad biased, no rational American can argue that this period was not the best for fictional TV lands. Here are my top three:
St. Olaf. From 1985 to 1992, Betty White's character on The Golden Girls, Rose Nylund, drove her girlfriends nuts with tales of her beloved St. Olaf. St. Olaf was a fictional Norwegian-American farm town located in Minnesota, which appears to be named after the real St. Olaf township located in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. I imagine St. Olaf was a splendid place, except for the fact that they probably didn't have any prophylactics, judging by Rose's reaction on "The Condoms" episode. In retrospect, I wonder if St. Olaf had a CDC office.
Mypos. The island of Mypos was the fictional "Greek-like" home of Balki Bartokomous, Bronson Pinchot's character on the 1986-1993 sitcom, Perfect Strangers. Barring Balki's frequent talks of herding sheep in Mypos, and his happy dance with Cousin Larry, I have no idea what the show was actually about.
Melmac. Before the fictional planet exploded in 1986, Melmac was the home of America's second favorite extraterrestrial, Alf (of course E.T. is the first). Melmac is special to me because I am pretty sure Melmacians were Black. How else could you explain Alf and Reverend Al Sharpton's almost identical bone structure?
What are some of your favorite 1980s and 1990s shows and fictional destinations?
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