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10 Fictional Workplaces We Wish Were Real

Have you ever wished that a movie or television workplace could be real? And that you could work there, even if only for a day?

Of course, the jobs portrayed in the movies and on teevee always seem far more glamorous, exciting and fun than they really are, and why do all of the characters in these fictional offices always look like former models? Our real jobs add ten pounds without a camera lens, and going to Super Snips for the $20 hair trim (plus tip) isn't doing us any favors in this recession. Sure, these movie and teevee workplaces are pure fantasy and exist solely in the minds of Hollywood script writers, but haven't we all had moments where we think anywhere but our real office would be so much better? The grass is always greener on the other side of the screen.

This great article ranks the top ten fictional workplaces we wish were real. Some workplaces that made the list include TGS (30 Rock), Pawnee Parks Department (Parks And Recreation), and MacMillan Toys (from the movie Big).

I'd probably lean toward TGS because I'm a writer (okay, some people might dispute this) and listening to Liz Lemon's neurotic musings on a daily basis would be hilarious. I'd go for pretty much any workplace except a legal or medical work setting, partly because it's not my training but partly because Hollywood still makes way too many shows set in law offices and hospitals. Why is this? No offense to doctors and lawyers, but teevee shows about doctors and lawyers have gotten really boring over the last decade. The angle is so played out. Whenever I see an ad for yet another legal drama I think: "Oh look, another show set in a law firm. In L.A. or New York. How original." Then I fall asleep on the sofa.

Come on, Hollywood. Start giving us more workplaces to look forward to on the teevee screen each week, kind of like the ones mentioned in the above article. Why not set a comedy in a Scandinavian trinket shop in Astoria, Oregon (Goonies!) or a drama in a dry cleaning business in Minot, North Dakota? Or vice versa. Sounds boring to your average L.A.-based script writer perhaps, but trust me: viewers will appreciate the novelty. Just throw a dart at a U.S. map and let things flow from there. You might just hit some new ratings targets along the way.


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