[[caption-width-right:350:The view down the Ben Franklin Parkway from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Statues of William Penn (distance, atop City Hall) and UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington (foreground) overlook the city; the iconic Loewe's Hotel (the former PSFS Building) is to the left.]]

->''"We’re goin' hoppin’''\\
''We're goin' hoppin’ today''\\
''Where things are poppin’''\\
''The Philadelphia way''\\
''We’re gonna drop in''\\
''On all the music they play''\\
''On the bandstand"''
-->-- '''Music/BarryManilow''', ''[[Series/AmericanBandstand "Bandstand Boogie"]]''[[note]]Music by Charles Albertine; lyrics by Manilow and Bruce Sussman[[/note]]

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and fifth largest in the United States, as well as the second-largest on the East Coast and the second-densest with a population greater than 1,000,000 (after UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in both cases -- how did you guess?). Literally translated from the Greek its name means "The City of Brotherly Love," which is naturally its nickname. This is known as either irony considering the city's high murder rate, or TruthInTelevision; brothers fight, they say mean things about each other, but you'll have to search long and hard to find another city that is so beloved by its inhabitants.

The city was founded on October 27, 1682 by William Penn. A statue of him sits on top of City Hall, now eclipsed by Three Logan Square, Liberty Place, and Comcast Center in height. It should be noted that another statuette of Penn sits atop the new tallest building in the city, the Comcast Center, and that within a few months of the building's completion with Penn atop it, the Phillies won the World Series. Take that as you will. It was the city where the Continental Congress met, and the Liberty Bell is kept there. Until UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC was built, it was ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_capitals_in_the_United_States#Former_national_Capitals usually]]) the US capital.

Philadelphia is notable for being the largest city in the country having a healthy Black middle-class. From the poshness of Rittenhouse Square, to the maze-like quasi-melting pot that is [[GangsterLand South Philly]], to the bohemian artists *cough*{{hipster}}s*cough* of Northern Liberties, to the hard knocks of [[WrongSideOfTheTracks North Philly and parts of the Southwest]], to the strange blend of professors and students, immigrants, and poor folk who inhabit West Philly, to the quaint tree-lined streets of the towns-within-a-city of the hilly Northwest, to the suburban sprawl of the "Great Northeast," to the unparalleled richness of history that is Old City, Philadelphia has everything one could ask for in its many neighborhoods. It has been a very large city for a long, long time. In the years before UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, it was the second largest English-speaking city in the world, after London.

The city is famous for its cheesesteak sandwiches (known outside the city as "Philly cheesesteaks"). It's probably best if you just call them "cheesesteaks" or just "steaks"-- anything else will get you laughed at by a native.[[note]]This being Philadelphia, of course, just about anything can get you laughed at by a native, but whatever[[/note]] You may have heard that there is special lingo for ordering steaks; this is technically true, but only really used at a few restaurants (including the "originals"--now heavily marketed to tourists--Pat's and Geno's). Sub sandwiches are popular in Philly as well, and locally they are referred to as hoagies. You can get them from small sandwich shops or from Wawa, a very popular convenience store chain in the region. The city is also famous for its soft pretzels, which are narrow and S-shaped and produced in chains you break your pretzel off from; you eat it with ''[[BerserkButton brown]]'' mustard, thankyouverymuch. Its culinary delights also extend to its two major markets: the Italian Market on S. 9th St. in South Philly, home to [[UsefulNotes/CuisinesInAmerica old-fashioned red-gravy Italian-American food]],[[note]]And some updated fine-dining Sicilian food and also a number of Latin American restaurants, but nobody ever talks about those[[/note]] various Italian specialty shops, and cheap meat and produce; and the Reading Terminal Market in Center City, home to all manner of lunch restaurants, the Pennsylvania Dutch[[note]]who run their own restaurant called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dutch Eating Place]]; if you eat there, remember that "chicken pot pie" means "chicken noodle soup"[[/note]] (making it one of the few places you're likely to see an Amish person or Mennonite in homespun operating a credit-card reader), and more expensive meat and produce. Another popular food in Philly is crab fries, especially from Chickie & Pete's, served with cheese dip. A popular dessert is Italian ices, especially from Rita's, referred to locally as water ice after its slushy texture.

Philly is also famous for being the birthplace of things like the Declaration of Independence, modern democracy, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENIAC the computer.]] Nothing major, though.

Philadelphia is also a very culturally rich city, with its world-class orchestra and the oldest still-operating opera house and theater in America all along, or right off of, the Avenue of the Arts (a.k.a. South Broad Street north of Lombard Street); and many world-class museums dotting the beautiful vista of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The city is also home to a number of theaters; as well as the weirdly wonderful, sequin-and-feather-filled Mummers Parade every New Year's Day [[note]]and Philly's not giving that up. Budget constraints have led to more private funding for the parade, but it's not going anywhere. There'd be a general outcry.[[/note]] And don't forget it has the first zoo, the first free library system, and the first Catholic school system in the country. The city is also known for its neoclassical architecture and its huge number of public murals, for which even the city's graffiti artists hold a healthy respect and generally will not tag (the few taggers who deface the murals lose the respect of other taggers).

The residents, when it comes to sports, are infamous for being ''[[SeriousBusiness extremely]]'' outspoken about their beloved teams. There have been a couple of incidents involving [[SantaClaus famous ad campaign figures]] in the past that have turned into the city's own NeverLiveItDown moment. It doesn't help that some in the city and particularly the city's media like reliving those particular moments. While criticism about the tendency to react vocally (booing in crowds, sarcasm and snide comments individually) certainly has been well earned, the city itself has not had any more incidents than any other city. (Admittedly, the last couple of years when Veterans Stadium was in operation, they actually had ''a court'' in the basement simply because of the sheer number of law-breakers at Eagles games.) This even extends to pseudo-sports, as quite a few notable wrestling promotions (most notably Wrestling/RingOfHonor and the defunct Wrestling/{{ECW}}) are based in Philadelphia, and most of them attract rowdy, loud, and obnoxious crowds. Also, they seem to have a problem with naming their hockey/basketball stadium- built as a replacement for the old Spectrum (since razed), it was first named ''[=CoreStates=] Center'', after a local bank. Then that bank got bought out, and was renamed to ''First Union Center''. They merged with another bank, hence becoming ''Wachovia Center''. Then Wachovia was bought out by Wells Fargo of California, so it's now ''Wells Fargo Center''.

On a less negative note, there was [[TearJerker Harry Kalas]]. His death hit the entire city hard, showing that even if Philly fans show it in negative ways, they really do love their sports teams and the people who keep them connected. Even a lot of those residents who don't really like sports will admit this much.

Then came Super Bowl LII in 2018, where the Eagles triumphed over the Patriots in a nail biter of a game (also a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005). The celebrations started immediately with people rushing to the streets, screaming and marching, honking car horns, and climbing poles. It was a true testament to how much a victory really meant to the city of Philadelphia.

There is a distinct Philadelphia accent spoken by natives. By far the most famous feature of the Philly accent is that water is pronounced as "wooder." There are some flat vowel sounds in there, such as the "ow" sound being replaced by a flat "A" sound so "towel" is pronounced as "tal," and the "H" sound is frequently dropped (for example, "huge" sounds like "yuge"). There is a clipped, percussive inflection, as well as the usual Mid-Atlantic distinction between words like "caught" vs. "cot." Another notable feature is that "Eagles" is pronounced like "Iggles." Also, be prepared to hear someone refer to a group of people as "yous." There are slight variations throughout the city and its metropolitan area, with notable variants including South Philly, Northeast Philly, and neighboring areas of Delco and South Jersey.

Special note should be made in regards to Creator/BenjaminFranklin, sometimes called Philly's Favorite Son -- which is odd, 'cause he was born in Boston. However, Franklin lived here for most of his long life (insanely long, by the standards of the time, too[[note]]He lived to the ripe old age of 84, which wouldn't be bad even today for someone who had been overweight since at least his 40s, suffered from gout, and had ''[[TheCasanova every venereal disease known to man]]'' at the time[[/note]]), and he left an indelible mark on Philadelphia's history: considered to have established the first modern newspaper here, America's first library here, the first fire company in Pennsylvania (which was also the most modern at the time), discovered electricity here, and invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, the odometer, and the glass armonica here. According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, "A noted polymath, Franklin was a [[RenaissanceMan leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat]]." Oh, and he was one of the Founding Fathers; in fact, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution [[BadassBoast was arguably won because he was on our side]]. Among the large number of contributions he made to the Colonial effort, it was Franklin's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome convincing the French to become involved in the war]] which ensured the Victory at Yorktown, and ultimately proved to England it wasn't worth it to continue fighting the colonies. Finally, he was a well known [[HandsomeLech ladies' man]], even after he got [[BigBeautifulMan rolly-polly]]. Philadelphia was already a large, rich, port city before him, but [[MyRealDaddy Franklin is largely credited -- true or not -- with making Philadelphia the most powerful city in the Colonies, economically, socially, and politically]]. In summation, our boy Ben was nothing short of the biggest badass GodModeSue in American history (and yet we named a bridge to [[{{Gangsterland}} Camden]] after him...[[note]]Well you did call him a badass[[/note]]).

For whatever reason, it's something of a cliche in [[TheWestern Westerns]] that the CitySlicker is almost ''always'' from Philadelphia.

!!!! See also
* UsefulNotes/PhiladelphiaSubways

!!Philadelphia in Fiction:
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'', of course.
** In real life, the Rocky statue from the [[Film/RockyIII third film]] got to stay in front of the Art Museum for several years before finally being moved to the sports stadium.
*** It's back to being in front of the Art Museum, just to the right of the stairs.
* ''Series/ColdCase''
* The main character of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' was originally from [[EarWorm West Philadelphia, born and raised]]. As is Creator/WillSmith himself. These lyrics have actually been found on posters at stops along the El.
* ''Series/TheRealWorld: Philadelphia'' has the housemates living in Old City.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' takes place in South Philadelphia.
* Approximately half of ''Series/{{Jackass}}'', and all of ''Series/VivaLaBam''.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'': The "No Mercy" campaign appears to be based here.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'' and ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' take place in neighboring fictional Main Line suburbs.
* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' takes place here and in Baltimore.
* Most films directed by Creator/MNightShyamalan take place in or near Philadelphia.
* ''Series/SeventeenSeventySix''
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' is set in an unspecified part of the Philadelphia suburbs (maybe Montgomeryville or Ardmore).
* ''Series/BodyOfProof'', which takes place in the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office.
* ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'', [[CaptainObvious obviously]]
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' is ostensibly based on Philadelphia, and although it looks the part, its [[OohMeAccentsSlipping obviously European]] cast won't fool a single Philadelphian (or any American, or possibly any English speaker, for that matter).
* ''Invincible'', wherein South Philly bartender Vince Papale tries out for (and makes) the Eagles. Noteworthy in that every Philadelphian in the movie has a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent Noo Yawk accent]].
* ''ComicStrip/HeartOfTheCity''. Specific locations have been referenced on occasion.
* While ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is set in [[BigApplesauce Noo Yawk]], Liz Lemon's family is from the Philadelphia area (White Haven, PA to be exact, although the real town is actually in Northeastern Pennsylvania near Wilkes-Barre about 100 miles away), and she's been known to lapse into stereotypical Philadelphia-sports-fan behavior. She even references the [[NeverLiveItDown snowball-throwing at Santa Claus]].
** Well, she should be from Philly, seeing as how [[Creator/TinaFey the woman who]] [[{{Showrunner}} created the show, writes the show]], [[AuthorAvatar plays her in the show, and serves as the basis for her]] is from there too. (Well, she's from Upper Darby...but same difference.)
** Also, the cable company that buys out NBC, Kabletown (a BlandNameProduct version of Comcast), is based in Philly (like Comcast). Jack doesn't approve:
-->'''Jack''': "Kabletown". With a "''[[XtremeKoolLetterz K]]''".
-->'''Jack to [[TheCameo GE CEO]] [[AsHimself Jack Welch]]''': (''indignant'') But they're from ''Philadelphia''!
** Then there's this little moment:
-->'''Liz''': Go Eagles! *throws a snowball at Jack*
-->'''Jack''': Where did you even get a snowball?
-->'''Liz''': Philly rules! Cheesesteaks, Bobby Clarke, Will Smith! [[UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} Your town]] SUCKS!
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agLVlfLQdao This scene]].
* ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'' is set here. More specifically, it is implied to be set in Northeast Philadelphia based on the semi-suburban appearance of the setting and references to Fishtown and Kensington.
* The e-novel ''Literature/EHUDPreludeToApocalypse'' is ostensibly set in Philadelphia; however, the author has noted in the chapter notes that not only has he never been to Philadelphia, he knows virtually nothing about it, leading to some rather vague locational descriptions.
* ''Series/{{Starstuff}}'' was locally produced by TV station WCAU. It is set in Philadelphia and makes frequent references to the city, most notably the appearance of the Mummers Parade in the first episode.
* Ditto for the WCAU-produced ''The Candy Apple News Company.''
* ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' started in Philadelphia. It moved to L.A. in 1964, but "the Philadelphia way" stayed in the opening theme song till the show ended in 1989.
* ''Series/TheGoldbergs'' is set in the Philadelphia suburb of Jenkintown.
* ''Series/AmericanDreams''
* ''Film/BlowOut'' starring John Travolta.
* ''Film/TradingPlaces''
* ''Literature/ManiacMagee''
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' uses Philadelphia as its example of a city of hunters.
* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart''
* ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' takes place in North Philadelphia, Bill Cosby's childhood home.
* ''Series/{{thirtysomething}}''
* Philadelphia is the Cahills' first stop in their hunt for ''Literature/The39Clues''.
* Part of ''Film/NationalTreasure'' is filmed in Phladelphia, with a few important clues and plot points found within the city.
* ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' takes place in Philadelphia, with sports fanaticism (the Eagles) playing a particularly large part in the film's plot.
* On ''Series/{{Empire}}'', the Lyon family is originally from Philadelphia, although they currently live in New York. Flashbacks take place here and some of the characters return to take care of old business.
* ''Film/FullCourtMiracle''
* ''Film/BrotherlyLove'' is set in the West Philadelphia neighborhood of Overbrook, primarily at Overbrook High School.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': several episodes take place in Philadelphia. A few of these were forgettable and a few were stand-out installments. In one episode in particular, Mulder expresses extreme prejudice toward the city and proceeds to antagonize everyone he encounters (mostly the homeless and the local police department) by trash talking Philly sports teams and repeatedly stereotyping Philadelphians for having an unfriendly reputation. Of course, he carries a gun.
* ''The Tony Randall Show'' (1976-78) featured Tony playing a judge and was set in Philadelphia.
* ''Film/{{Witness}}'' alternates between Amish Country and Philadelphia.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' takes place in the fictional DC suburb of Langley Falls, Virginia, but Stan Smith grew up in Philadelphia.
* ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' takes place in Mississippi but Sidney Poitier's character Mr. Tibbs is a cop visiting from Philly.
* Mike Ehrmantraut of ''Series/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' is originally from Philadelphia where he was a dirty cop. It's revealed in the prequel series that his son Matt was also a cop, but refused to be dirty and it led to his murder. Mike murdered the cops who killed him in revenge and then fled to Albuquerque to be near his daughter-in-law and granddaughter who had done the same after Matt's death.

* "Philadelphia Freedom" by Music/EltonJohn.
* "Streets of Philadelphia" by Music/BruceSpringsteen (theme of the movie ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'')
* The theme to ''Series/AmericanBandstand''
* "Oh Dem Golden Slippers," the theme song of the Mummers Parade.
* "[[Creator/SandraBoynton Philadelphia Chickens]]"
-->"[[Creator/KevinBacon If you want to start moving like anything, find a Philadelphia Chicken to teach you to swing.]]"
* "Motownphilly" by Music/BoyzIIMen
* The Philly {{Soul}} genre, centered on writer-producers Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records label. Notable artists include Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, The O'Jays, and the Three Degrees.
** Music/DavidBowie's ''Music/YoungAmericans'' (1975) was influenced by Philly Soul and Philly's {{funk}} scene and was partly recorded there. Music/LutherVandross was discovered as a result of his work with Bowie on this album.

!!Famous Philadelphians
* Matthew and Joey Lawrence
* Joey Bishop
* Creator/DavidBoreanaz: His father is Dave Roberts, a well-known face on WPVI (6ABC) in Philadelphia. The elder Dave changed his last name because he started out when "ethnic" names were not great to have in broadcasting. Dave still hosts 6ABC's broadcast of the UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay Parade, and David generally has a video message for his dad during the broadcast.
* The Barrymore family, the most famous of whose many actor children was Creator/JohnBarrymore (although younger folks might be more familiar with [[Creator/DrewBarrymore his granddaughter]]), has been based in Philly since family patriarch Maurice Barrymore came from England and married the Philadelphia actress Georgina Drew (hmm...) in 1875.
* Creator/SethGreen is from Overbrook Park.
* Creator/WillSmith: "Innnn West Philadelphia, born and raised" is true of Smith, but his parents were firmly middle-class.
* Montana-born Creator/DavidLynch moved to Philly at the age of 20 to attend the Academy of Fine Arts. His experiences with the city provided the fuel for his [[MindScrew debut film]] ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''.
* Creator/TinaFey: As mentioned, technically from neighboring Upper Darby.
* Jamie Kennedy
* Creator/KevinBacon
* Creator/BradleyCooper
* Creator/KevinHart
* Creator/GraceKelly was from East Falls in Northwest Philly. There's also her playwright and director uncle George Kelly.
* Creator/BillCosby, who lectures every September at his alma mater Temple University, and has spoken at his high school alma mater, Central.
* Dick Clark
* Nancy Spungen, girlfriend (and possible murder victim) of [[Music/SexPistols Sid Vicious]]
* Margaret Mead
* Noam Chomsky
* Martha Nussbaum
* Gloria Allred
* The late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, of Music/{{TLC}}
* Teller, of "Penn And..."
* Creator/RobertCrumb
* Music/RJD2
* Series/UglyBetty cast members Becki Newton, Ana Ortiz, and Mark Indelicato.
** Ana Ortiz's father is Philadelphia City Councilman Angel Ortiz.
* Bill Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron from ''Series/BandOfBrothers''
** Although portrayed by Marc Warren with more of a southern accent, Albert Blithe was from Philadelphia.
** And Robert Leckie from ''Series/ThePacific'', although he grew up in Rutherford, NJ.
* Music/JoanJett (Wynnewood counts!)
* Patti [=LaBelle=]
* Creator/BenjaminFranklin (originally from Boston, but he ran away as a boy to seek his fortune in Philadelphia and lived there most of his life. The Ben Franklin Parkway, Ben Franklin Bridge, and Franklin Institute Science Museum, among many other things, are named for him. The Franklin Institute has a ginormous statue of Ben.)
* Eve
* The Roots
* The late supermodel Gia Carangi. Here's an old [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ON7YHUmtqM video]] of her speaking in a Philly accent before she refined her speech.
* Daryl Hall & John Oates. (Hall is a native of the area; Oates was born in New York City, but grew up in the Philly suburbs.)
* Terry Gross of NPR's Fresh Air, although she's originally from Brooklyn.
* Legendary contralto Marian Anderson
* Chubby Checker (born in South Carolina but raised in South Philly).
* [[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges]] Larry Fine and Joe [=DeRita=]
* Jack Klugman
* Erik Petersen and his band, Music/MischiefBrew
* Creator/JohnDeLancie
* WebVideo/SomeCallMeJohnny of The Super Gaming Bros is from Philadelphia.
* Creator/MNightShyamalan was born in UsefulNotes/{{India}}, but grew up in the Philly suburbs. As noted above, he uses the area as the backdrop for most of his films.
* UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain
* Creator/TimAndEric: Eric was born in the city and later moved to Norristown. (Tim is from Allentown, PA, about 60 miles away.) The duo met while both were attending Temple University, and shot their first stuff down on the Jersey shore.
* Music/JillScott
* Geno Auriemma, Hall of Fame UsefulNotes/{{basketball}} coach with the University of Connecticut women. Born in UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}, but raised in Norristown.
* Creator/SandraBoynton: Born in Orange, UsefulNotes/NewJersey, she was raised in Mt. Airy in Northwest Philly.
* Jedi Mind Tricks (Vinnie Paz was born in Italy but raised in Philly, and Jus Allah is originally from New Jersey, but the group formed in Philly and is probably the most recognizable face of the city's contributions to hip-hop aside from The Roots)
* Music/{{Vektor}} (originally from Arizona, but Dave [=DiSanto=], Frank Chin, and Blake Anderson all relocated to Philly and the band is currently based out of the city)
* Creator/MarkLevin was born in Philly and raised just across the city line in Montgomery County.
* UsefulNotes/BenjaminNetanyahu lived in Montgomery County at two different times during his childhood, including all of his high school years.
* Creator/BobSaget
* Music/EddieFisher
* Music/{{Pink}}