7 Essential TV Show Hangouts

The hangout. It’s the celebrated stage where characters go to do any number of things. Purchase food, watch a game, drink forcefully, seek a new love, and dump a lingering one all come to mind regarding such public locations. Sometimes, TV show hangouts are for nothing more than to divulge the day’s frustrations or revelations, which, more often that not, present the most memorable dialogue. Below are the fictional places that were incredibly vital and influential to their respective series.

Cheers Bar–Cheers

It’s pretty simple: If there was no bar, there would be know show. Cheers didn’t rely on the bar for the show; Cheers was the bar. In fact, it wasn’t until the second season that the show began filming scenes outside of Cheers. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing when you go to a bar and literally everyone knows your name, but Cheers made that stigma okay.

Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand–Arrested Development 

Established by the Bluth Company, the frozen banana stand was in the business of selling those very products…among other goods. The stand saw many clerks work behind the counter on Balboa Island, and once the company began to tank, founder George Bluth Sr. announced (rather frequently, actually) that “there’s always money in the banana stand.” But after blunders and scenes like this, their financial incompetence was always in question.

Moe’s Tavern–The Simpsons

Who knew something so purple could be so manly? Inside Moe’s, the likes of Carl Carlson, Lenny Leonard, Barney Gumble, and Homer Simpson sat on barstools, alleviated their stresses, and guzzled copious amounts beer. The tavern’s owner and sole bartender, Moe Szyslak, serves mainly Duff Beer. Although on certain occasions, customers could purchase the Flaming Moe.

Chubbie’s–Boy Meets World

Chances are if you were a student of John Adams High, you were you were a regular patron at Chubbie’s Famous. Chubbie’s is your typical American grill-style restaurant. Sometimes, it was calm enough to bring a date. Other occasions, it was the lively venue of wall-to-wall bashes. The notable staircase led adolescents downstairs for food, music, pool, and pinball.  Although Chubbie, the proprietor, would convert and at one point the bar itself (to Peg-Leg Pete’s, see: Season 5, ep. 23 “Things Change”), the place where the Boy Meets World crew would begin or end their night never did. 

Central Perk–Friends

Say what you will about Friends, but the eccentric style and impact of Central Perk supplied the series with enough coffee beans and open mics to last 10 seasons. Located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, the quaint cafe, managed by Gunther, was a mainstay for the cast, who perpetually claimed that awesome couch.

The Max–Saved by the Bell

Run by Max, a hip, 30-something magician (no one ever questioned it), The Max was the hotspot for the Bayside student body. The Max, though, was more than just a place to grab a bite to eat after class. It played host to some of the most memorable Bayside High functions. Such as: the KKTY call-a-thon, the Costume Ball, Miss Bayside, and a special musical performance by the Hot Sundaes, which taught us to NEVER, EVER TAKE CAFFEINE PILLS!

Monk’s Cafe–Seinfeld 

How many of the most famous lines from Seinfeld came from the banter at Monk’s Cafe? I’d say a healthy share. Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer barely ever uttered the name of the obscure diner/cafe. It was invariably, “Wanna grab lunch?” or “…So we met up for coffee.” And so they’d sit (just about always in the second both from the entrance), initiate a conversation that began as meaningless chitchat, and turn it into profound, comedic royalty….that was still, somehow, always about nothing.


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6 Comments on “7 Essential TV Show Hangouts”

  1. Liz Connolly
    02.16.12 at 7:41 PM #

    Once again, proud to call you my brother.

  2. Edmund Dantes
    02.16.12 at 7:42 PM #




  3. Sean Ryan
    02.16.12 at 8:16 PM #

    The Peach Pit!

  4. 02.16.12 at 11:41 PM #

    Sean, that was gonna be an honorable mention, haha.

  5. 02.17.12 at 4:26 PM #

    You are awesome Mr. Connolly


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