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->''"I dwell 'neath the shade of Harvard''\\
''In the State of the Sacred Cod,''\\
''Where the Lowells speak only to Cabots,''\\
''And the Cabots speak only to God."''
-->-- '''Richard Clarke Cabot'''

Ah, New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Cradle of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, home of Plymouth Rock, Ben and Jerry's, Walden Pond and the Red Sox, and chock full of fish.

In media, by contrast, New England gets {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed into... well, there's kind of a duality here.

On one side, we have the highbrow intellectuals who go to IvyLeague universities, write books, dabble in philosophy and end up as magnificent eccentrics. Many of these are scions of the "Codfish Aristocracy" or "Boston Brahmins", ''uber''-exclusive old families who can trace their ancestry back to the ''Mayflower'' passenger list.[[note]]None of whom were named Kennedy, incidentally. That family is famously [[TheIrishDiaspora Irish Catholic]] rather than [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]], and made their money in real estate, the stock market, and Prohibition-era bootlegging.[[/note]] All this snootiness comes in very handy when a producer requires a BlackSheep... or just wants an excuse to film in and around Kennebunkport, Hyannisport, or Martha's Vineyard.

On the other side of the coin, we have the tough immigrant laborers, folksy down-home farmers, and of course the crusty flannel-wearing fishermen who give us the seafood we so crave. All of these people will be veritable founts of down-to-earth wisdom, generally dispensed using as many goofily inscrutable metaphors as possible ("Cold enough to freeze the skin off a beanpole!")

Come to think of it, fish is brain food, so maybe it all fits together after all...

In reality, New England is one of the oldest regions of the United States: six separate states with a mountain range up the middle and the Gulf Stream just offshore, meaning the climate and geography are all a lot more variable than that found in most other regions of the country. (Don't like the weather? Wait five minutes.) Seacoast Massachusetts is a very different place from the suburbs of Connecticut's Fairfield County, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, the "Northern Plantations" of Maine or the Green Mountains of Vermont, and each region has its own variations of culture, accent and traditions. All of which is pretty much lost on Hollywood.

The standard protocol is for the lowly, regardless of region, to be given a generic [[AmericanAccents Down East accent]]. The grand get the Boston-specific version, as heavily popularized by JFK and family. The irony here is that no other person in New England actually speaks like the Kennedys. Their infamous accent actually has a touch of the Queen's English mixed in, because the founding generation spent a fair amount of time in the UK while growing up (family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., was Ambassador to the Court of St. James's 1938-1940 and had other business there as well).

Their ubiquitousness on the cultural scene, meanwhile, has resulted in 95% of Hollywood having no idea how to use a Boston accent, thus bolstering the careers of Creator/MattDamon, Creator/BenAffleck, and brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg. For that matter, non-New Englanders generally don't realize that there are in fact four versions of the "Boston" accent, only one of which is the stereotypical version -- and in real life, it's hardly as exaggerated as depicted.

This trope mostly covers Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and eastern Massachusetts (UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, Plymouth, Cape Cod, and the islands). When Connecticut appears, it tends to be depicted as a bunch of rich suburbs of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity (a drive from parts of CT to NYC is roughly only an hour!) filled with [[InsufferableGenius insufferable geniuses]] who are/were educated at posh universities like Yale, though cities not named New Haven tend to be portrayed as decrepit, crime-ridden [[WretchedHive shitholes]] that are essentially the East Coast's version of the Rust Belt. Western Massachusetts ("west'a Woostah"), for all intents and purposes, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg does not exist]] (if you ask a lot of people from West Mass this is truth in television, particularly when dealing with a Bostonian; as the saying goes, "west'a Woostah, it's a different place".). On the rare occasions where things are set "west'a Woostah", expect to see lots of farmland, as well as college kids if it takes place in the city (and lesbians if it takes place in Northampton, which, although a stereotype, is certainly TruthInTelevision if you ask anyone who lives in the Five College area, ''especially'' if they actually go to Smith). As anyone from Boston will tell you, it's a wicked good city, though the roads are wicked retahded. In addition, there's a new competitor in the cliché-stakes: "Southie", home of the {{Southies}}, which (as depicted in media) is not so much South Boston as it is a crime-ridden, extremely northerly borough of [[BigApplesauce New York]]. Whaya they tawk funny.

Rural Hollywood New England is where you usually find [[http://weather.thefuntimesguide.com/images/blogs/new-england-fall-colors-photo-by-chrisbastian44.jpg brilliant autumn foliage displays]], and [[DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas picturesque snowy winter landscapes]]. This is largely TruthInTelevision; they look like scenes from a Norman Rockwell painting [[http://www.stockbridgechamber.org/christmas.html because they are]]. Keep in mind, of course, that this is also LovecraftCountry.

The phrase "Pahk my cah in Hahvad Yahd, 'cuz that's a good ideer" is a well-known [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shibboleth shibboleth]] of the accent, though through years and years of joking overuse of the phrase the pronunciation of it in most media (and amongst most non-Bostonians) has distorted it and exaggerated it beyond recognition[[labelnote:For a somewhat fairer/more accurate shibboleth]] In a Bostonian or similar New England accent, "car keys" and "khakis" are pronounced nearly identically.[[/labelnote]]. By the way, the car will get towed, and saying it to an actual Bostonian or attempting to get them to say it is a [[BerserkButton great way to get your jaw broken]].

Contrast California ValleyGirl speak.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The old-money life is spoofed with abandon and made gangsta in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgPHPxQWI_Y this ad for Smirnoff Tea]]. "High tea in the pawlah makes the ladies hawlah!"
* There was a fast-food commercial where a recent trade to the Boston Red Sox was eating his burger as he listened to a tape teaching him how to speak New Englander. "Hahd. I like to play wicked hahd. Hahd."
** It was an ad for Dunkin Donuts featuring Curt Schilling, the Sox' star pitcher at the time. The ad played on the fact that there are two things that make Boston great: the Red Sox, and Dunkin Donuts.
** There's a similar commercial for [=McDonald's=] coffee. Two flannel-dressed guys on a pier correct each other's New Englandisms (like how to pronounce Worcester[[note]] it's pronounced like Wus-ter, not Wor-chest-er[[/note]]). "Best Broadway show ever?" "''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''"!
*** Ironically, the McDonalds version was for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' coffee which is based in Vermont west of the Green Mountains, which had been closer to New York City pre-Interstate and never had a nonrhotic accent.
*** There's another one in the same vein where a guy quizzes his girlfriend on her New England trivia.
* Southie accents get a workout in ads for the Hopper (indecently a slang word for a toilet) satellite dish system.
* Tourism advertising for the states themselves often falls into this. If you listen to Massachusetts' tourism board, the entire state is Cape Cod and the Freedom Trail.
** Similarly, Vermont is happy to tell you at length about its trees and skiing.
** And apparently, all Connecticut consists of is two enormous casinos and a couple of boats.
** According to Rhode Island's tourism ads, the state consists exclusively of downtown Newport (and, if they're lucky, Bristol and Wickford)
* It's lately been a fad in Boston-area billboards to write the text in an "accent." Even the Department of Transportation [[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/10/highway-drivers-told-to-use-yah-blinkah-in-boston/ has gotten in on the act]].
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''ChibiSanDate'' by HidekazHimaruya is a SliceOfLife comic taking place mainly on Nantucket Island, which is off the coast from Massachusetts.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* When made man Nicky Cavella first appears in ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'', he and his partners arrive in New York from Boston. The first thing his liaison to the local mob families asks him is, "So you guys are from Boston too, huh? Did ya leave ya cahh inna pahkin' laht?"
* Mort Walker and Dik Browne were both from Connecticut, so their comic strip ''HiAndLois'' took place there, but depicted the usual small towns positively instead of mocking them. There would occasionally appear [[SceneryPorn beautiful landscape drawings]] in the panels!
* While the Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}} originated in New York, after getting chased out by the Shredder they spent a while in and around Northampton, Massachusetts, which is where their creators hail from.
* Averted, surprisingly, in a DC Elseworlds book: The main story takes place in a fantasy realm with high fantasy counterparts of the Justice League, but the opening and closing pages faithfully depict areas in Brattleboro, VT.
* As of The New 52, Black Manta was born in and has as his base of operations Gloucester, MA.
* The Dark Horse miniseries ''Colder'' is set in Boston, but averts this: The artwork gets the geography right.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''TheDeparted'' being set in Boston uses this.
* ''DeadPoetsSociety'' is set in Vermont, focusing, of course, on the highbrow intellectual side. Given that it was a high-end boarding school, it's unlikely that all of the students were actually from Vermont, and it was filmed in Delaware.
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' takes place in the fictional New England resort community of Amity Island. The first film was filmed on Martha's Vineyard.
-->'''Ellen''': In Amity you say ''yahd.''\\
'''Martin''': They're out in the ''yahd'', not too ''fah'' from the ''cah''. How was that?\\
'''Ellen''': Like you're from New York.
** Roy Scheider makes a rookie mistake in saying "yadd" instead of "yahd." Which actually makes sense, since Martin isn't actually from the Cape.
* ''On Golden Pond'' - set in rural New Hampshire and actually filmed there on beautiful Squam Lake.
* [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock's]] ''TheTroubleWithHarry'' takes place in rural Vermont, with gorgeous autumn location footage to match.
* ''GoodWillHunting'', which is about Boston as much as it is about the characters.
* ''Film/GoneBabyGone'' is set in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.
** And ''The Town'' takes place in Charlestown, another Boston neighborhood. Maybe we should just rename this trope [[HollywoodNewEngland Ben Affleck New England]].
*** There is a line in one trailer for ''The Town'' that the Boston-based [[http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/09/20/filmcast-ep-116-the-town/ SlashFilmcast]] couldn't let pass without comment. Apparently, there are "over 300 bank robberies in Charlestown" every year. Which means that we should be hearing about at least ''[[CrapsackWorld one bank robbery per day]]''.
* ''WhatAboutBob'' was set in rural New Hampshire but actually filmed in southwest Virginia.
* ''ThePerfectStorm'', though Gloucester, Mass. doesn't actually figure much in the story.
* The ColdWar comedy ''The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming'' takes place on a fictional island off Gloucester.
* ''Summer of '42'' is set on Packett Island, a fictionalized version of Nantucket.
* ''In the Bedroom'' is set in coastal Maine.
* Creator/TomHanks in ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' has one of these accents, making his [[PrecisionFStrike memorable]] "knawk-knawk" joke all the better. Especially cute in an outtake where he tries to speak with a mouthful of food, flubs the line and says "But you could hear the accent, right?"
* ''TheSocialNetwork'' - set at Harvard
* It's never 100% clear where ''Animal House'' is set, but the college all the characters attend is known to be based on Dartmouth, New Hampshire.
* ''MeMyselfAndIrene'' was basically about a road trip from Rhode Island to Vermont. Unlike most movies filmed about the area, the filming locations were actually ''in'' Rhode Island and Vermont (not Massachusetts, which was odd, since there is no easy way to drive from Rhode Island to Vermont without passing through it). In fact, avoiding Massachusetts means driving the long way through Connecticut, and then the long(er) way through New York.
* ''Outside Providence'' takes place, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in the suburbs of Providence, Rhode Island]]. Despite being written by famed local directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly (of ''DumbAndDumber'' fame), and based off of Peter's 1988 autobiographical novel, it actually wasn't ''directed'' by them as often assumed, but by Micheal Corrente.
* ''TheFighter'' takes place in Lowell, Mass.
* In Ronald Colman's one Academy Award-winning film, ''A Double Life'', he has an affair with a coffee shop waitress (Shelley Winters' film debut) who tells him that he sounds like Baaston.
* ''ASummerPlace'' is set primarily at the titular locale, an upscale Maine island resort.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheWitchsGhost'' is set primarily in a Hollywood New England town. Complete with accents, autumn foliage, legends of witch trials, and a replica pilgrim village. A major character in the movie is a rather obvious expy of Maine native Creator/StephenKing.
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' has the town being located in New England. The film was shot in Keene, New Hampshire (where the film is supposedly set) as well as North Berwick, Maine (the location of the Parrish Shoes Factory).
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' was set in the fictional village of Winter River, Connecticut - exteriors were filmed in East Corinth, Vermont.
* ''Film/DarkShadows'' takes place in the fictional Maine town of Collinsport (as does the original TV series.)
* ''Film/SuperTroopers'' allegedly takes place in Vermont, although RuleOfFunny applies heavily.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' takes place in the deciduous forests of either Connecticut or New York, Blue Sky Studios' current and former base of headquarters. During the end credits, we see memorabilia from both those states, as well as a few others in New England, like Vermont.
* ''Film/TheHeat'': The extremely thick Boston accents possessed by Mullins' family results in a humorous scene where one of her brothers asks Ashburn if she's a Narc[[note]]narcotics cop[[/note]] -- pronounced "knock" -- and she has no idea what he's saying.
* ''Film/MysticRiver'' : As with ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', the neighbourhood is as much a character as any of the players, and the actors, particularly Creator/LauraLinney and Creator/TimRobbins, affect thick Boston accents.
* ''Film/AllThatHeavenAllows''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''LittleWomen'' and the rest of Louisa M. Alcott's stories are set in and around her native Concord, Mass. Alcott's father Bronson was a prominent Transcendentalist, a philosophic movement whose leaders -- likewise native to the area -- also included Thoreau and Emerson. Virtually all of America's great silver age writers were either from or lived in Concord, including NathanielHawthorne.
* Nearly all of Creator/StephenKing's books are set in Maine, which is perfectly reasonable considering [[WriteWhatYouKnow he lives there]]. In fact, the isolation of its island communities provided the entire plot of ''Storm of the Century''. "According to Stephen King, there's something nasty buried under every small town in Maine."
* Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' books in her Nyeusigrube series take place around Massachusetts. ''In the Forests of the Night'' takes place specifically in Concord and the main character, Risika's, house is based on a real house where a friend of the author lived. In ''Persistence of Memory'', Erin is given a phone number with [[strike:Boston]] Suffolk County's 617 area code.
* Almost all of Jodi Picoult's novels take place in New England, usually either Massachusetts or New Hampshire.
* Most of Creator/JohnIrving's novels (''The World According to Garp'', ''The Cider House Rules'', ''A Prayer for Owen Meany'') take place in New England. WriteWhatYouKnow applies again.
** The same holds true for the other well-known "Johns" of mid-to-late 20th century American literature, Cheever and Updike. When their stories weren't set in Manhattan they were generally set here.
** Updike's ''TheWitchesOfEastwick'' cross-pollinated HollywoodNewEngland with LovecraftCountry. The fictional town of Eastwick has since become conflated with the actual town of Ipswich since much of TheFilmOfTheBook was filmed there, while the setting of the book was modeled after a small village in Rhode Island named Wickford which looks pretty much like a cross between the two.
* ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'' makes much of its New Hampshire setting.
* As Creator/HPLovecraft set most of his stories in the region, LovecraftCountry is virtually coterminous with New England. For example, TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard has been described as a "hymn to Providence."
* William Dean Howells' classic ''TheRiseOfSilasLapham'' is set in Boston.
* ''LemonadeMouth'' is set in Rhode Island, although {{Disney}} moved the setting of TheMovie to New Mexico.
* Gace Metalious' ''Literature/PeytonPlace'' is set in a small town somewhere in New England. The fictional setting was apparently a composite of several real-life New Hampshire towns in which the author had lived.
* The eponymous island in S. M. Stirling's ''IslandInTheSeaOfTime'' trilogy is Nantucket. In his {{Emberverse}} series it's Ground Zero for the Change (the same event that sends Nantucket back thousands of years in time) and is visited by Rudi and his fellow Questers [[spoiler: where he acquires the Sword of the Lady]].
* ''Literature/TheIsland'', like most of Elin Hildebrand's books, is set near Nantucket, Massachusetts. There's a little bit of both stereotypes, with the Cousins family being part of the wealthy elite, and Barrett Lee and his family being more salt of the earth types.
* The Literature/JesseStone novels mostly take place in the fictional Paradise, Massachusetts.
* Austin Grossman's ''You'' which is about a fictional gaming company takes place in Cambridge. The flashbacks take place in Newton and a computer camp in Lanesborough which is in western Mass.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' had Major Charles Winchester III, a Back Bay-bred Boston Brahmin.
** Trapper John [=McIntyre=] was also from Boston, albeit a presumably less fashionable part. Given [[TheIrishDiaspora his name]] (in full, John Francis Xavier [=McIntyre=]), it's likely he's a Southie, although neither the film nor TV version depicted him using that specific accent.
** Hawkeye Pierce was supposedly the son of a lobsterman from Crabapple Cove, Maine, though (perhaps wisely) neither Donald Sutherland in the film nor Alan Alda in the series ever attempted a proper downeast accent, though it is mentioned in the original novels. In the TV series his father's profession was changed to doctor.
* Thurston Howell III, from ''GilligansIsland'', spoke with a stereotypical "Larchmont lockjaw" accent.
* ''MurderSheWrote'', set in small-town Maine. Featuring William Windom, Tom Bosley and a slew of random extras using phony Down East accents thick enough that they may qualify as the network-TV version of Creator/DickVanDyke doing Cockney in ''Film/MaryPoppins''. Bosley's attempts were particularly egregious.
* ''{{Cheers}}'' (or should we say ''Cheeahs''?) was set in [[strike:Boston]] Bawstin, though the only character with the accent was Cliff. There was still a fair bit of local color on the show, such as Sam's history with the Red Sox, Carla's fanatical defense of Massachusetts sports teams, and a guest appearances by Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill and a few Kennedys.
** Making it particularly jarring when the most IvyLeague milquetoast character on the cast was [[RetCon retconned]], in the [[Series/{{Frasier}} spinoff series]], to be from the Pacific Northwest. [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief Yeah, right]].
** Most of the local color can be seen in the background - the producers [[ShownTheirWork showed off]] serious knowledge of Boston minutiae, for instance having extra characters wear shirts from local high schools in the appropriate colors. (There's more than one Somerville High School in this country, after all.)
*** Not surprising, given that they took a local Boston TV production (WCVB's ''Park Street Under'') and filed the serial number off it without giving any credit to the original creators.
* ''Series/{{Wings}}'' was also set in Massachusetts, but on the tourist island of Nantucket.
* ''Series/BostonLegal''; the name is a give away (even if little else is). Most of the cast being rich lawyers doesn't help. Also see such other Creator/DavidEKelley shows as ''ThePractice'', ''[[Series/AllyMcBeal Ally [=McBeal=]]]'', and ''Series/BostonPublic''.
* ''{{Newhart}}'' is set in a (highly eccentric) small Vermont town.
* Mr. Wick from ''TheDrewCareyShow'' describes Vermont as "the state that makes New Hampshire nervous".
* Stars Hollow, Connecticut in ''GilmoreGirls'' definitely fit the small town version of this trope, with the elder Gilmores fitting the upper-class WASP stereotype to a T. And Rory, of course, goes to Yale for much of the later seasons.
* Both ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' and ''Series/{{Leverage}}''[[note]]Seasons 2-4[[/note]] are set in Boston.
* ''{{Spenser}}: for Hire'' was not only set in Boston, it was actually filmed there.
** And still fell prey to this trope occasionally. Chase scenes were notorious for starting in one town, turning a corner, and finding the characters miraculously transported to a town on the other side of Boston in a split second.
* JayLeno can't open his mouth without reminding people he's from Andover, MA.
* In ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'', Jack Donaghy's love interest Nancy Donovan grew up with him in Boston. Nancy is played by Julianne Moore with a painfully forced HollywoodNewEngland accent.
** The exaggerated accent was spoofed in the next season when [[AuthorAvatar Liz]] is [[ShowWithinAShow writing a TV movie about Jack and Avery]], with Nancy played by [[SexAndTheCity Cynthia Nixon]] with an equally horrible Boston accent. When she asks why she has to do the accent, Liz says that all people from Boston sound like that to her.
* The whole crew from ''This Old House'' but especially Norm Abrams and Tommy Silva.
* The '60s sitcom version of ''TheGhostAndMrsMuir'' was set in a Maine fishing village.
* In ''NewsRadio'', a botched speech therapy session has Lisa speaking in her native Boston accent, which she had dropped for being too embarrassing. It's also implied that it might have been intentional to ruin her radio voice.
** Also in the series finale, Jimmy James retires and moves to New Hampshire, and wants to take the rest of the staff with him. In the second to last episode he actually takes a chair and sits down in NH in the middle of a field of cattle.
* In a Season 4 episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Sarah Michelle Gellar takes on the role of Faith. She adopts a Boston accent in several scenes, since it was part of the character and due to Eliza Dushku being from Boston.
* Several ''Series/TheXFiles'' episodes are set in New England, both falling victim and averting this trope. It is noted that Mulder grew up on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, which averts this trope, but the rest of the episodes set in New England get things wrong. Though they are in completely different parts of New England, none of the characters have distinctive accents, vocabulary, or mannerisms.
** One particularly egregious example was the portrayal of Vermont; the season seven episode "Chimera" was set there. The timestamp places the story in early April, and it opens up to an Easter picnic scene. The grass is green, the children are running around in little suits, and it's apparently warm enough that no one needs a jacket. Never mind the fact that in early April in Vermont, the average temperature hovers somewhere around 40 and there is usually a good deal of snow on the ground. And if there isn't snow, it sure as heck isn't ''green''. It's called "mud season" for a reason. This seems rather humorous, since other details like area code and zip code were absolutely correct--according to the episode, the fictional "Bethany, Vermont" is actually Bethel.
* On the recurring ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch "Boston Teens", starring JimmyFallon and Rachel Dratch as Sully and Zazu, a teen couple who fight and makeup constantly and are obsessed with Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.
** When Creator/GlennClose hosted in 1992 they did a game show sketch called [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/92/92ibestway.phtml "Whats The Best Way?"]]. In it the host and all three contestants were New Englanders and the questions were all about the best way to get from one place in New England to another:
-->'''Host:''' Ok folks, back to our game. From Hartford to Sturbridge -
-->(Katie buzzes in)
-->'''Katie(Glenn Close):''' Ok, now that's straight on route 84, but you're gonna want to avoid the tourist traps up there, now, if you go up Manhill Road,you'll see a pretty Bed and Breakfast in Bradford - but that's a little out of your way, but it's very reasonable. And there's a farm (fahm) down the hill where you can get fresh Maine blueberries, of course, but that's only in the summer -
-->(wrong answer buzz)
-->'''Host:''' Sorry Katie, I didn't finish the question. From Hartford to Sturbridge, how many Dunkin Donuts along the way?
* ''DawsonsCreek'' was set in the fictional town of Capeside, Massachusetts, but actually filmed in North Carolina. The only character that had a New England accent on the show was Jen's grandmother.
** Then there's the episode that had them skinny-dipping in November. In Massachusetts.
* The '90s drama series ''Providence'' was set in that Rhode Island city, and most of outside filming was shot there during its first season. Naturally, the local Creator/{{NBC}} television station ''would not shut up'' about the show for months. By the time of the second season, only establishing exterior shots were shot in Providence and the rest in [[CaliforniaDoubling California]].
* The North American remake of ''[[Series/BeingHumanRemake Being Human]]'' is set in Boston but shot in Montreal. And it turns out Montreal is not the best Expy for Boston: the geography is all wrong (their neighborhood could maybe pass for the Back Bay or the South End, but the streets are still too wide).
* Season 6 of ''ILoveLucy'' had the Ricardos and Mertzes moving from New York City to Westport, Connecticut.
** Samantha and Darrin Stephens, of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', also resided in Westport.
* ''{{Soap}}'' was set in the (fictional) town of Dunn's River, Connecticut, and plays this trope straight - Dunn's River might as well be on Long Island for how much time the characters spend in Manhattan.
* The clam-centric episode of ''Series/GoodEats'' culminated in production of New England style clam chowder. A New Yorker with tomatoes (representing fans of Manhattan-style) and a New Englander with a bottle of cream glare at each other while Alton explained the history of the two variations...before getting into a brawl.
* The real world portion of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' takes place in Storybrooke, Maine.
* The short-lived '90s MollyRingwald sitcom ''Townies'' was set in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
* Due to the fact that WGBH, Boston's PBS affiliate, produces a fair chunk of their programming, many of PBS's syndicated shows are shot in Boston or the surrounding areas.
* The first season of ''FallingSkies'' is set in Massachusetts and is centered around the National Guard unit the 2nd Mass. By the beginning of the second season they have moved into either western Massachusetts or southwestern Connecticutt, having come to and crossed the Houscatonic River. Later on however they leave New England entirely ending up in Charleston by the end of Season 2.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'' is set somewhere in Massachusetts in the Sixties. Some characters have comically thick accents and Provincetown is mentioned so probably somewhere on the South Shore or Cape Cod.
* ThisOldHouse is based in Boston, and they seem to do a lot of houses in the area. Just sayin'.
* ''Southie Rules'' is set is South Boston.
* The paranormal investigation team TAPS featured in the reality television series ''GhostHunters'' is based in Warwick, Rhode Island.
* ''Series/Arrow'' uses quite a bit of stock footage of the Boston skyline in the second season, to the point where they imply a clock tower in the center of the city is Black Canary's hideout.
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[[folder:Music]]
* NewKidsOnTheBlock. And, you know, we probably ought to mention their infamous BandToon here but... the [[ThePoorMansSubstitute voice actors]] and the writers [[TheyJustDidntCare Just Didn't Care.]]
* You can't talk about music and Boston without mentioning "the bad boys from Boston", Music/{{Aerosmith}}!
* Music/{{Boston}}, obviously.
* TheDropkickMurphys
* J. Geils band.
* The Fools, best known for their classic: "Life Sucks, Then You Die."
* "Wicked Little Critta" by TheyMightBeGiants plays with the accent, as does "A Self Called Nowhere." Although the band itself is based in Brooklyn, New York, the founding members, John and John, grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
* {{Galaxie 500}}, formed by three Harvard students.
* While the '60s garage-rock classic "Dirty Water" has become an iconic Boston anthem, the band that recorded it (the Standells) were actually based out of L.A. (The song was actually written by their producer, Ed Cobb.)
* Johnathan Richman is from Natick, part of Greater Boston, and his best known song, "Roadrunner" is about driving around the city listening to your car radio (and when we say "around", we mean that ''literally'': the song's subject is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_Route_128 Massachusetts Route 128]] which is apart of the beltway that bypasses Boston). He seems to use the accent too, to judge by his reference to "the Southern sho-ah".
* Music/TheCars.
** [[SubvertedTrope Interestingly enough]], while the band operated out of Boston, bandleader Ric Ocasek hailed from Baltmore, moved to Cleveland where he met Ohioan Benjamin Orr (bass/vocals), then they moved to Boston, where they met Brooklyn native Elliot Easton and Fulton, Maryland native Greg Hawkes (keyboards), both attending Boston's Berklee College of Music. Only drummer David Robinson hails from the Boston area.
* Mighty Mighty Bosstones
* Music/{{NewEdition}}
* TheShaggs, who pronounce every word with 'ome' in it as 'om'. Naturally this means they "have no time to rom" and "have to go hom" regularly.
* Music/{{Phish}}
** Arguably the ultimate example: none of them were from Vermont, the state they're most associated with, and only one of them ''is even from New England''. They're controversial in the state itself for propagating a certain view of the state as a hippie paradise, which is often at odds with the reality of the situation.
* Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
* Several noteworthy {{Metalcore}} bands: Killswitch Engage, The Acacia Strain, and Shadows Fall among them.
* Music/{{Revocation}}
* Music/BlueOysterCult
* At the end of TomLehrer's "The Elements", he sings the word "Harvard" in such a way that it rhymes perfectly with the word "discovered."
* "Massachusetts" by Green Greenway. Apparently, this is the only state where the traffic is worse than {{Joisey}}.
* Music/TalkingHeads were formed at the Rhode Island School of Design.
* Worth noting is that Boston has the Berklee College of Music, one of the most respected music schools in [[strike:America]] the world.
* The [=80s=] punk compilation album "This is Boston, Not LA"
* ''Weekend in New England'' by BarryManilow
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Much of the comic strip ''Non Sequitur'' is set in in the fictional town of Whatchacallit, Maine.
* One ''FoxTrot'' strip had Peter and Jason deciding to adopt this accent while eating clam chowder, with Peter even saying "Pahk the cah in tha Hahvahd Yahd" in the throwaway panels. They stop upon threat of violence from Paige.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* In a modern twist on the intellectual side, both halves of the radio comedy team [[BobAndRay Bob & Ray]] were born and raised in Massachusetts -- in middle-class Boston and blue-collar Lowell respectively -- and sounded like it. (In one early Boston-based show they do a funny bit on how to impress a local waitress by pretending you're from out of town. Their main suggestion is to "hit your 'R's verry harrd." "Yerss, I will have some erggs and orrange juice, please!")
* The Magliozzi brothers of {{NPR}}'s ''CarTalk''. East Cambridge natives, auto mechanics...and both graduates of MIT.
* One of the recurring characters in the "Allen's Alley" segments on ''The Fred Allen Show'' in the '40s was Titus Moody, a curmudgeonly New Englander with a thick "Down East" type accent.
* Jim Rome loves to play this up on his radio show, particularly involving one of two things: Pete Gillen's "Duke is Duke" comment ("They're on TV more than ''[[LeaveItToBeaver Leave It To BEAHVAHHHH!]]''... reruns."), or his favorite movie, ''GoodWillHunting'' ("Let's go beat up some rich kids-[[VerbalTic AAAAAAAAHH]]!").
* Howie Carr
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The play ''Spike Heels'' (a PygmalionPlot set in Boston) benefits significantly if the actors (and the audience) understand the difference between upper- and working class Boston accents.
* ''Almost, Maine'' makes a point of distinguishing rural, northern Maine, where the play is set, from the common "Down East" stereotype of the state.
* ''OurTown'' by Thornton Wilder is set in southern New Hampshire, but does not use the exaggerated traits discussed above for this trope. It's just a small town at the turn of the last century.
* The setting of ''{{Carousel}}'' is a Maine fishing village.
* ''TheChildrensHour'' is set at a New England girls' school.
* ''WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf?'' takes place at an unnamed small New England college.
* ''Theatre/OnGoldenPond'' takes place at a summer cottage in Maine (changed to New Hampshire for the film).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The town of ''Franchise/SilentHill'' is located in New England, according to the manual for the first game. An obscure tidbit found on one of the soundtracks covers places it in Maine.
* [[FragileSpeedster The Scout]] from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': deliberately 'off' however, as all the character classes represent stereotypes.
* The Commonwealth, mentioned in passing in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', is implied to be based in Massachusetts. Or at least the Boston area. It's also mentioned, however that aside from its Institute, it's not much better off than the Capital Wasteland.
* ''[[TraumaCenter Trauma Team]]'' doesn't outright state their exact location, but recognizing some towns and areas they name puts them in Portland, Maine.
* The Lovecraft-inspired ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' takes place primarily on (or under) the grounds of the Roivas family estate in Rhode Island.
* ShatteredUnion has a faction called the New England Alliance which composes Northern New England, New York, and Ohio Valley territories.
* Tony Hawk's Underground 2 features a "Boston" level that essentially crams everything a non-Bostonian might know about the area, from the Tea Party to the Common to the MBTA, into one level.
* TheLastOfUs manages, oddly, to largely avert this: The geography isn't 100% accurate, but everything is in approximately the right place and the distance and timing both make sense as Joel and Ellie go from Fort Point, through the Financial District, to the State House. You even fight your way through the Old State House, which is largely accurately depicted.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/AmericanElf'' is set in Burlington, VT.
** It is also published weekly in ''Seven Days'', the local Burlington alternative weekly newspaper.
* The 21st century parts of ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'' are set in Boston, MA.
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' is an exception to "western Massachusetts doesn't exist". The fictional town of Tempest is somewhere in the Berkshires, not that far from Springfield. However other than a few references to Boston and one trip to Cape Cod, the comic could take place anywhere since the New England setting doesn't much figure into the story, and no one ever uses any New England colloquialisms.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' is also in western Massachusetts, taking place in Northampton. Of course, this is because the creator [[WriteWhoYouKnow lives in that area]]. And yes, being Northampton, there are multiple female LGBTQ characters (one of whom is a graduate student and works at [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Smif"]] College).
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' takes place mainly in Boston, with side trips to Texas since that's where two of the three main protagonists originate from. Since Davan moved to Texas to take care of his father this has been flipped.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* New England is its own country in the AlternateHistory ''DecadesOfDarkness'', where it also encompasses the Canadian Maritimes, New York, New Jersey and Michigan. It plays the socially liberal, democratic/socialist foil (apart from a brief period of [[ANaziByAnyOtherName vitalism]]) to the US, which serves as TheEmpire.
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'':
** In "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6876937/boston-charms-cereal Boston Chahams Cereal]]", which parodies Lucky Charms. Lucky is replaced with a baseball kid named "Mickey the Masshole". He takes Bobby and Sandy on a fountain of Sam Adams into a cartoonish Boston. Marshmellows include "Chowdah, Sox and Wahlbergs, a hand flipping the bird, pints of Samuel Adams, and Jeter sucking A-Rod's dick." For the AdjacentToThisCompleteBreakfast shot, they show a bowl of Boston Chahms next to a side of beans, a pint of Guinness, and a pile of Boston Creme donuts.
** The ''WebVideo/HardlyWorking'' video "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKTeyYNo2hA Federal Maashals]]" features the College Humor office being raided by two Federal Marshals with incomprehensible Boston accents. The go around the office shouting "GO SAAHX" (Boston Red Sox), humming their theme song, asking David and Sarah confusing questions and beating other people up. HilarityEnsues.
* Creator/BobChipman, aka [=MovieBob=], occasionally slips into his native Boston accent, particularly when he's angry (such as when ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' didn't get any Oscar nominations), and even normally he will occasionally drop his Rs when speaking.
* [[WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]] is located outside the fictional town of Dunwhich, NH, which is supposedly somewhere near the real town of Berlin, but the setting is LovecraftCountry, not Hollywood New England.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Pete White from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. Series co-creator Jackson Publick claims to have copied the character's voice entirely from his own father.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' also takes place in New England- specifically Rhode Island, or [=RhoDYlan=] as the natives call it. Peter and Lois have prominent Rhode Island accents. Indeed, the show's creator, SethMacFarlane, is a Connecticut native and went to college in Rhode Island. Seth based Peter's voice on a portly Rhode Island police officer he got into a situation with while at art and design college.
** Though Peter pronounces Pawtucket wrong, the locals pronounce it "Puhtuckit"
** Special mention goes to Mr. Bottomtooth, who does to this accent what [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Boomhauer]] does to the Texan accent.
** The show often throws in references [[InJoke that only Rhode Islanders or people familiar with Rhode Island could really appreciate]]. These references were especially frequent during the show's original run, and continue to pop up here and there post-[[{{Uncanceled}} un-cancellation]].
*** The skyline that can very often be seen from the Griffins' front yard? It's the skyline of Providence. Peter, Cleveland and Quagmire standing in front a building Peter's about to jump off of because he's temporarily immortal in "Death Is a Bitch"? That's Kennedy Plaza, overlooking the Rhode Island School of Design ''and'' Brown University!
* Although set on the Great Barrier Reef, the stereotypical Bostonian accent appears in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' courtesy of a lobster (a New England culinary staple) who relates part of the tale of the fishes' adventure ("...and so they go all the way down into the dahk, it's like wicked dahk down theah...") The director, Andrew Stanton, is native from Massachusetts.
** "Hayeh, hayeh, hayeh, hayeh, hayeh!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Elzar's accent is, contrary to popular belief, a ''New Bedford (Bedfid)'' or 'Fawl Rivah' accent. Elzar is, of course, ethnically Neptunian, but apparently hails from Massachussets anyhow. He ''is'' supposed to be an Emeril Lagasse {{expy}}.
* As mentioned below, ''TheSimpsons'' has Mayor Quimby and his family, Kennedy parodies all. One episode has Quimby's nephew Freddy harassing a French waiter over his pronunciation of "chowder". "Shau-dere? Shau-dere? It's 'chowdah'! Say it right!"
** New England is very proud of its claym chowdah. Unlike that inferior Manhattan kind.
* The same accent is used to great effect by the JFK clone in ''CloneHigh'', which is strange, considering that his foster parents who raised him from birth aren't from New England. They're a male gay couple with somewhat generic American accents. In one episode, JFK is in a PygmalionPlot to turn the Gandhi clone into a fellow ladykiller, and the most important aspect of that seems to be mastering the New England accent.
-->Fo-uh suppah, I, er, uh, wanna pahty platter-uh!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'', one time character Sissy Sullivan has a stereotypical Boston accent.
-->'''Sissy:''' Pahk tha cah in Hahvahd Yahd.
** But also subverted in the sense that Bessie's knowledge of Boston is based on hilarious CriticalResearchFailure: She's uncertain if Boston is even part of the United States and if they speak English there, and takes it for granted that they don't have Chinese restaurants.
* One episode of ''UglyAmericans'' had the amoeba in Mark's group accompanied by a thick-accented [[GreenMonster green]] amoeba with a Red Sox cap.
* ''TheIronGiant'' takes place in coastal Maine, but none of the characters sport anything like an actual Downeast accent.
* ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' takes place in the town of Clamburg, a coastal town that used to be a tourist hotspot for its [[ShapedLikeItself clams]]. It's since been taken over by a [[EnfantTerrible little girl]] and her homemade demons. There are still Puritans in that town; Malachi and his family. The protagonist/antagonist(?) is Charlotte, a happy-go-lucky girl from Vermont.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, of course, and his broad and varied extended family. Also various parodies, notably his ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' counterpart, Diamond Joe Quimby, and the teenage JFK clone in ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''.
* The mayor of [=thaCittaBossun=], Thomas "Mumbles" Menino. During the Boston Marathon Bombings and the aftermath people from all over the world were introduced to his [[TheUnintelligible completely incomprehensible way of speaking]] and had to be assured by their Bostonian friends that he always sounds like that.
* Creator/BenAffleck and Creator/MattDamon.
* JackKerouac
* Creator/StephenKing
* EdgarAllanPoe
* Creator/HPLovecraft ([[LovecraftCountry Sensing a trend here...]])
* Creator/UmaThurman
* The red-headed goddess known as Creator/AliciaWitt.
* Creator/DenisLeary
* Creator/ConanOBrien
* JayLeno
* Creator/SarahSilverman
* Creator/MichaelChiklis
* Marshal Dodge, the Maine comedian and brains behind the comedy ensemble ''Bert & I'' whose catchphrase "You can't get theyah from heyah" (You can't get there from here) gets referenced nearly as often as Hahvahd Yahd.
* Boston comedian Jimmy Tingle, who famously responded to "Can you say 'Pahk the Cah in Hahvahd Yahd'" with "What are you, retahded?" (Pron: "Whad' ah ya, retahded?")
* Creator/ElizaDushku, best known for playing a [[{{Southies}} Southie]] who [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer kicks vampire ass]].
* JamesDeBello
* Creator/EliRoth (see Creator/HPLovecraft)
* Creator/SethMacFarlane (and his [[Creator/RachaelMacFarlane sister]], obviously)
* MadelineZima
* JamesWoods
* Creator/LeonardNimoy. Even Mr. Spock sounded like Baaston at times.
* Creator/EmilyDickinson
* Creator/StevenWright
* MickyWard and DickyEklund
* Robert "Boston Rob" Mariano of Series/{{Survivor}} fame.
** Not to mention first season winner Richard Hatch, who is a Rhode Islander.
* LennyClarke, Cambridge-born comedian
* Creator/BenFoster, one of the Y-Generation's great up-and-coming [[LargeHam hams]].
* Creator/LivTyler, even before finding out [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} who her father is]], grew up in Maine.
* [[Series/ILoveNewYork Mr. Boston]]
* Creator/AmyPoehler.
* Maine stand-up comic, Comedian Bob Marley
* CharlieAdler
* Chris Bojalian, author of books like ''Midwives'', lives in Vermont. Many of his books are set in fictional Vermont towns. He also has a column in the local Burlington newspaper, ''The Burlington Free Press''.
* Howard Frank Mosher, author, lives in and sets most of his books in the northeast corner of Vermont.
* Creator/FrankMiller, the man behind graphic novels like ''300'' and ''Sin City'', was raised in Montpelier, Vermont.
* Jay Craven, film director and screenwriter, is from Vermont. One of his first films was the above Vermont native Howard Frank Mosher's book ''A Stranger in the Kingdom''.
* Grace Potter, singer (and her band, The Nocturnals), are from Vermont. She just did a duet with Kenny Chesney recently.
* Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, was from Vermont.
* M. Emmett Walsh, actor, was raised in rural Vermont.
* The band Phish was formed at the University of Vermont.
* MandyMoore is from Nashua, New Hampshire.
* John Irving, author of ''The Cider House Rules'', was born and raised in New Hampshire.
* A surprisingly large number of popular webcomic artists all live in Massachusetts, including [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} Randall Munroe]], AndrewHussie and [[QuestionableContent Jeph Jacques]].
* Samuel Clemens, ''aka'' 'Mark Twain', was born in Missouri and became famous in California, but actually spent most of his life living in Connecticut. The "If you don't like the NE weather, just wait five minutes" quip is one of his.
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