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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 UsefulNotes/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 [[UsefulNotes/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, Hyannis, 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 [[note]]Writers have an annoying tendency of treating New England as a single legal entity rather than six states that handle their affairs every bit as separately as the other 44--sorry ''Series/OnceUponATime'', but orphans from Maine would not be sent to foster care in Massachusetts[[/note]] 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 [[UsefulNotes/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 [[Creator/MarkWahlberg 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). More individualized stereotypes of the less-covered areas are as follows:
* '''Connecticut''': Posh universities with lots of old money, endless suburban sprawl, tons of rich spoiled brats, and some horrifically nasty cities with very small pockets of safety that you do not stray from under any circumstances (Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport all come to mind). Rural CT overlaps with LovecraftCountry. There is also the vastly different "Quiet Corner" in the Northeast, which is a lot like rural Mass.
* '''Western Mass''': Farmland, woods, college kids, and more farmland. Add in lesbians if you're in Northampton (which anyone who lives there and/or goes to Smith can tell you is very much TruthInTelevision). Stay out of Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee at all cost, and it may not be a bad idea to just stick to Amherst and Northampton if you're averse to rednecks as well. Depending on your delineation, the Quabbin region (including Athol, see below) is sometimes put into this area... and the Quabbin itself being a reservoir built atop four dissolved townships (with some ruins still standing, explored by scuba divers) adds to the forlorn and isolated feel of the area.
* '''Berkshires''': May as well be another plane of existence. Often treated as a part of upstate New York with the serial numbers filed off.
* '''Central Mass''': 50/50 split between rednecks and bedroom communities for Boston, Worcester, and (as you head south) Hartford. Also LovecraftCountry, particularly [[DyingTown Athol]] (which formed the basis for Dunwich, and Route 2 for the Aylesbury Pike), and you also want to avoid Fitchburg and Leominster like the plague.
** '''Worcester''': Gangs, a labyrinthine and endlessly confusing highway layout, even ''more'' confusing and frustrating road layouts (particularly Kelley Square, which anyone from Worcester will agree is an absolute nightmare on a good day), a staggering amount of unbelievably steep and lengthy hills (one of which famously caused a [[http://www.wcvb.com/article/runaway-truck-rolls-down-worcester-hill-leaves-path-of-destruction/8234385 delivery truck to roll down a hill and wipe out a parked car]]), and a notoriously terrible public transit system. If you're from here, you're probably of French-Canadian, Italian, Syrian, Lebanese, or Armenian descent. Also infamous as the home area of Turtleboy Sports[[note]]for people not from New England, Turtleboy Sports is a widely known and hated tabloid blog run by a now-disgraced high school teacher that was known for its alt-right slant, frequent attacks on critics that typically resulted in the targeted party being harassed by the blog's followers, and a longstanding allegiance with now-former Worcester City Councilor Michael Gaffney that collapsed after a falling-out between Gaffney and Aidan Kearney (the owner of the blog) and ended with a currently-active lawsuit against Kearney[[/note]]. If you're here, you're probably attending something at the DCU Center or the Palladium. Avoid the [[TheCityNarrows area]] near the [[DenOfIniquity Midtown Mall]] after dark. If you're from the Boston area, anything west of here may as well be marked "here there be dragons".
* '''Merrimack Valley''': Suburban sprawl and lots of it, especially as you cross into New Hampshire (Nashua in particular is ''legendary'' for its vast loosely-connected web of strip malls, chain restaurants, and office parks near the Mass border). Do not, under any circumstances, ever enter [[WretchedHive Lawrence]] unless you have a deathwish.
* '''North Shore''': Fishermen, townies, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick heroin]]. Also has some LovecraftCountry features, especially since Salem is located here. If you're venturing up here, you're probably either going to a large gathering at the Kowloon or passing through on your way to the New Hampshire Seacoast. Stay out of Lynn if you can.
* '''South Coast''': Everyone is Portuguese and Roman Catholic. Come for the caldo verde and malasadas, stay for the abandoned mill buildings, dirty needles, and endless rows of check-cashing outlets and rent-to-own stores if you're not passing through on your way to Rhode Island or Cape Cod.

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 stereotypical 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 [[BerserkButton asking to be thumped]].

Contrast California ValleyGirl speak.


* 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 UsefulNotes/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.
*** The great irony with these commercials is that they are giving the quizzes as a way to show whether someone is a "true" New Englander. A true New England drinks Dunkin Donuts' coffee (though Honey Dew comes in at a close second).
* 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. The only cities that exist are Burlington (We All Live In Chittenden County is a thing in local media) and Brattleboro, the latter of which is technically a town and is known only because people coming up from MA, CT, or NYC or down from Montreal or Ottawa usually pass through it and/or stop there to get gas and food or to find some way to get their kids to shut up.
** And apparently, all Connecticut consists of is two enormous casinos and a couple of boats. Bristol sometimes gets a weak mention due to Lake Compounce.
** According to Rhode Island's tourism ads, the state consists exclusively of downtown Newport (and, if they're lucky, Bristol and Wickford)
** New Hampshire is basically just the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, and ''maybe'' the Seacoast, though most ads focus on Portsmouth and Hampton Beach. Ask anyone from Mass, and they'll tell you that the real draw is the discount stores; the art of "goin' up to fahkin' New Hampshuh" is well-ingrained in Mass culture (alcohol and tobacco are taxed ''far'' lower in NH than in MA and the former cannot be sold in MA grocery stores, while fireworks cannot legally be sold or possessed in MA). Canobie Lake Park in Salem might also get a mention here and there, as it's far closer to Boston than Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA.
** Maine is nothing but beaches and beachfront restaurants serving "lobstah". Any further inland and it's essentially a no man's land unless they're trying to attract hunters. City-wise, only Portland and ''maybe'' Saco exist.
* 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]].

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/ChibiSanDate'' by Creator/HidekazHimaruya is a SliceOfLife comic taking place mainly on Nantucket Island, which is off the coast from Massachusetts.

[[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?"
* 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 ComicBook/TheNew52, 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.
* New England is, together with neighboring [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState upstate New York]], one of the [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield most popular guesses]] as to the location of Riverdale, the [[EverytownAmerica all-American small town]] setting of ''Franchise/ArchieComics''. Bob Montana, the initial artist for ''Archie'', based the high school on the one he attended in Haverhill, Massachusetts, complete with a replica of Auguste Rodin's statue The Thinker. The TV adaptation ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' largely keeps to this, with the Blossom family's wealth shown to have been built on their maple syrup business (maple syrup being a big industry in northern New England).
** Ditto for Greenvale, the neighboring town where ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' takes place. Despite it being about witchcraft, it's altogether too lighthearted to fall into LovecraftCountry. (''ComicBook/ChillingAdventuresOfSabrina'', however, is [[DarkerAndEdgier a whole different story]].)

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Mort Walker and Dik Browne were both from Connecticut, so their comic strip ''ComicStrip/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.
* Much of the comic strip ''ComicStrip/NonSequitur'' is set in in the fictional town of Whatchacallit, Maine.
* One ''ComicStrip/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.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* According to WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic novel ''Fanfic/DivineJealousyAndTheVoiceOfReason'', the Morgan Coast, northeast of Manehattan, is like this. And has been so for [[ModernStasis millennia]], dating back to when it was part of the Crystal Empire.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''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.
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' takes place in coastal Maine, but none of the characters sport anything like an actual Downeast accent.
* ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' is set in a small Massachusetts town that has become a tourist trap playing off its historical association with witch trials.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheDeparted'' being set in Boston uses this.
* ''Film/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 actually 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.
* ''Film/OnGoldenPond'' - set in rural New Hampshire and actually filmed there on beautiful Squam Lake.
* [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock's]] ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry'' takes place in rural Vermont, with gorgeous autumn location footage to match.
* ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', which is about Boston as much as it is about the characters.
* ''Film/GoneBabyGone'' is set in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.
* ''Film/TheTown'' 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]]''.
* ''Film/WhatAboutBob'' was set in rural New Hampshire but actually filmed in southwest Virginia.
* ''Film/ThePerfectStorm'', though Gloucester, Mass. doesn't actually figure much in the story, which mostly takes place on the sea.
* The UsefulNotes/ColdWar comedy ''The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming'' takes place on a fictional island off Gloucester.
* ''Film/SummerOf42'' is set on 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?"
* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' - set at Harvard
* It's never 100% clear where ''Film/AnimalHouse'' is set, but the college all the characters attend is known to be based on Dartmouth, New Hampshire. (It was actually filmed around the University of Oregon; the parade at the end rolled down the streets of nearby Cottage Grove.) The film mentions the mayor being the mayor of Amherst, though... and the local women's college is named after Emily Dickinson, who was a resident of Amherst and attended the all-women's Mount Holyoke College nearby before her agoraphobic self-isolation.
* ''Film/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.
* Thanks to opening narration and the titular character's Boston Bruins apparel, we can peg the setting of ''Film/HappyGilmore'' as Waterbury, Connecticut. It helps that the film deals heavily with both hockey and golf.
* ''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 ''Film/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.
* ''Film/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. (Colman was English-Scots, and spoke in his normal voice for this film.)
* ''Film/ASummerPlace'' is set primarily at the titular locale, an upscale Maine island resort.
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' has the town being located in New England. The film was shot in Keene, New Hampshire, as well as North Berwick, Maine (the location of the Parrish Shoes Factory). The film and [[Film/JumanjiWelcomeToTheJungle its sequel]] are set in a town called Brantford, New Hampshire.
* ''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.
* ''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. That same family also has a number of hilarious spiritual paintings showing Jesus playing for Boston sports teams.
* ''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''
* Film/CaptainPhillips is from Boston and currently lives in Vermont, but Tom Hanks made him sound like JFK, especially in the line (cut from the film for probably this exact reason) "We can't let 'em attach that laddah!"
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': The novella and the film are set in Maine but the film was filmed in Ohio.
* ''Film/{{Spotlight}}'' has lots of Pahk Yer Cah at Hahvad Yahd, by both working-class and middle-class characters.
* ''Film/TheLittleGirlWhoLivesDownTheLane'' is set in Wells Harbor, Maine but filmed in both Maine and Quebec, Canada.

* ''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]]. One or two have also been set in New Hampshire. 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."
* In keeping with family tradition, Creator/JoeHill, author and son of Creator/StephenKing, uses a fictionalized version of New Hampshire and Massachusetts in his novels and short stories. The novel ''Literature/{{Horns}}'' takes place in the fictional Gideon, New Hampshire but was changed to the Pacific Northwest in the film adaptation. In ''Literature/{{NOS4A2}}'', the female protagonist lives in a fictional western Massachusetts town and visits New Hampshire's Hampton Beach on her portal-producing bicycle.
* 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 (''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Literature/TheCiderHouseRules'', ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany'') 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 ''Literature/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.
* ''Literature/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, Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard has been described as a "hymn to Providence."
* William Dean Howells' classic ''Literature/TheRiseOfSilasLapham'' is set in Boston.
* ''Literature/LemonadeMouth'' is set in Rhode Island, although Creator/{{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 ''Literature/IslandInTheSeaOfTime'' trilogy is Nantucket. In his Literature/{{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.
* Robert B. Parker's ''Literature/JesseStone'' series mostly take place in the fictional Paradise, Massachusetts while his ''Literature/{{Spenser}} series is based in Boston.
* 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.
* Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was one of the grand old men of New England and uses it as a background in such poetry collections as ''Tales of a Wayside Inn'' and ''The Courtship of Miles Standish'' among others.
* Janet Evanovich's ''Lizzy and Diesel'' series is set in Salem Massachusetts and is a humorous take on the supernatural.
* Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheRiseAndFallOfDODO'''s scenes set in the present day center on Cambridge.
* The first half of near-future thriller ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' takes place in this region, and it is depicted in a fairly stereotypical manner, complete with FunetikAksent. As it begins, the hero, a former Marine and native-born Mainiac, leads a band of Boston vigilantes against ethnic gangsters in that city, and things escalate from there.
* Megan Miranda's ''Fracture'' is set in small town Maine.
* Lauren Oliver's ''Delirium'', set in a near future where love is considered a disease, occurs in and around Portland Maine.
* Laura van den Berg's ''Find Me'', is divided between The Hospital in Kansas and Joy's trip to see her estranged mother who lives in Florida but there are numerous flashbacks to her past life in the Greater Boston area, specifically Allston, Charlestown and Somerville.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' has Major Charles Winchester III, a Back Bay-bred Boston Brahmin.
** Trapper John [=McIntyre=] was also from Boston, albeit a presumably less fashionable part. Given [[UsefulNotes/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 ''Series/GilligansIsland'', spoke with a stereotypical "Larchmont lockjaw" accent and was emphatically a son of Harvard, despising Yale and all it stood for.
* ''Series/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.
* ''Series/{{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 UsefulNotes/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.)
* WCVB's ''Park Street Under'' is an extremely rare example of a locally produced sitcom. It was filmed in Boston, and it really shows. It was set in a bar much like Cheers; many believe PSU was an inspiration for the latter series.
* ''Series/{{Wings}}'' was also set in Massachusetts, but on the tourist island of Nantucket.
** The airport on Nantucket is a lot bigger than the one on the show (although they've been known to take off early if the passengers are all there), but the show's version is very much like that in Hyannis, which is the closest airport to 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 ''Series/ThePractice'', ''Series/AllyMcBeal'', and ''Series/BostonPublic''.
* ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' is set in a (highly eccentric) small Vermont town.
** Although Larry, Daryl, and Daryl seem to be from Appalachia.
* Mr. Wick from ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' describes Vermont as "the state that makes New Hampshire nervous".
* Stars Hollow, Connecticut in ''Series/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.
** The writers are clearly Californians, though. In Connecticut people take "84" not "the 84," New England houses almost all have cellars, no one there has heard of tri-tip, "New Haven" is spoken with the accent on the second word(like "New York"), etc.
* Both ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' and ''Series/{{Leverage}}''[[note]]Seasons 2-4[[/note]] are set in Boston.
* ''Series/SpenserForHire'' 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 [[Series/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 show is based in Boston, and they seem to do a lot of houses in the area. Just sayin'.
* The '60s sitcom version of ''Series/TheGhostAndMrsMuir'' was set in a Maine fishing village.
* In ''Series/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 and his parents had a summer home in Rhode Island, which averts this trope and is more used to imply that Mulder comes from a wealthy family. Other episodes set in New England, however, are pretty indistinguishable from other episodes in terms of character motivations, sets used, accents, etc.
** A notable exception is "Chinga" which was written by Stephen King, set in Maine.
** Even Vermont got an episode, though it gets a chuckle. The episode "Chimera" is set in early April, and opens to a green spring garden party. Anyone who lives in Vermont (or any New England state) can attest that early April is almost never green, and there's usually quite a lot of snow still on the ground! That's not to say that it ''doesn't'' ever happen like that (abnormally early thaws do occur), but even an early thaw would usually still have large puddles, road salt deposits, mud patches, and filthy chunks of snow mixed with sand, salt, ground-up asphalt, and other winter detritus visible. Interestingly, the episode used both the accurate area code for Vermont and a real zip code: the fictional "Bethany" is really Bethel, Vermont.
* On the recurring ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch "Boston Teens", starring Creator/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?
** A digital short starring host and native Bostonian Creator/CaseyAffleck is a parody of Dunkin Donuts commercials featuring [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSvNhxKJJyU a stereotypical, working class New Englander]]. Several commenters from New England have admitted it's actually fairly accurate.
-->'''Donny(Affleck):''' The best part of my day is when I'm at Dunkin. Do you think that's sad?\\
'''Another customer:''' Yes, very.\\
'''Donny:''' [chucks his coffee at the guy's car] Go back to Stahbucks!
* ''Series/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]].
* ''Series/BeingHumanUS'' 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 ''Series/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.
* ''Series/{{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 Creator/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 ''Series/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.
* ''Southie Rules'' is set is South Boston.
* The paranormal investigation team TAPS featured in the reality television series ''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.
* An early episode of ''Series/AHaunting'' tells of a haunted house in Connecticut, but despite parts of the account taking place around Thanksgiving and Christmas, the trees and bushes around the house remain lush and green, a tree outside Town Hall has flowers on it, and the people involved wear light jackets at best.
* ''Series/TheMcCarthys'' is a comedy about an Irish American family set in Boston.
* Since Emma and Lizzie Borden both lived in Fall River Massachusetts that is where ''The Lizzie Borden Chronicles'' are set.
* ''Series/{{Rizzoli and Isles}}'' is set in Boston and some surrounding areas for the entirety of its seven seasons. However, since the show was shot in California, R&I's version of "Boston" never snows. It's worth noting that the two main characters are a Boston-Italian from Revere, and an upper-class Boston native globetrotter who once had a long-term college liason with a Boston Brahmin expy. Oh and [[spoiler:she's actually adopted, and is really the daughter of an infamous Irish mobster in-universe]]. Opposites really do attract.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Like in the comics, [[Creator/DeborahAnnWoll Karen Page]] is from the fictional town of Fagan Corners, Vermont, though she hasn't been back there since the car accident that killed her brother. The town appears finally in season 3, and is established by road signs to be somewhere southeast of Burlington and south of Stowe. The scenes in Fagan Corners were actually filmed in Windham, New York, using the Catskill Mountain scenery to their advantage.

* Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock. And, you know, we probably ought to mention their infamous BandToon here but... the [[ThePoorMansSubstitute voice actors]] and the writers just didn't care.
* You can't talk about music and Boston without mentioning "the bad boys from Boston", Music/{{Aerosmith}}!
** The "bad boys from Boston" actually formed the band that would later become Aerosmith in Sunapee, New Hampshire (which is far closer to Concord and Manchester than it is to Boston), but Aerosmith as we know it did indeed form in Boston.
* Music/{{Boston}}, obviously.
* Music/TheDropkickMurphys
* J. Geils band.
* The Fools, best known for their classic: "Life Sucks, Then You Die."
* "Wicked Little Critta" by Music/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.
* Music/{{Galaxie 500}}, formed by three Harvard students.
* Music/{{Abnormality}} (formed in Central Mass, though Mallika Sundaramurthy currently lives in the Czech Republic)
* Agoraphobic Nosebleed (formed in Springfield, Massachusetts, now based largely out of the general DC area, though Jay Randall still lives and works in Springfield)
* Music/GGAllin (born in Lancaster, New Hampshire and was based somewhere near Manchester for a while)
* Music/AnalCunt
* 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.
* Dysentery (Scott Savaria lives in eastern Upstate NY, though they are very much a New England band as a whole)
* Fates Warning (originally; as of now, Ray Alder, Joey Vera, and Bobby Jarzombek all live on or near the West Coast. Only Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti still live in New England, with the former living somewhere up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and the latter living somewhere in Greater Hartford, while live guitarist Mike Abdow lives down near Springfield)
* Music/FitForAnAutopsy (Blue lives in Woburn, while Nate Johnson and Seth Coleman were originally from the New Hampshire half of the Merrimack Valley)
* Music/JobForACowboy (originally based out of Glendale, Arizona, now based out of the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire due to Alan Glassman, who has assumed the leadership role; also, Tony Sannicandro is from the Greater Boston area)
* Tony [=MacAlpine=] (grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts and studied at the Springfield Conservatory of Music and the University of Hartford)
* Mighty Mighty Bosstones
* Music/{{NewEdition}}
* Orchid (the screamo/grindcore act, formed in Amherst when the members were undergrads at [=UMass=] Amherst and Hampshire College and later came back as Ampere after initially folding)
* Music/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}} (formed in Boston; while Dave Davidson is a native of the city and still lives there, he is now the only remaining member from New England; Dan Gargiulo is from Long Island, Brett Bamberger is from New Jersey and currently lives in Virginia, and Ash Pearson is from Vancouver.)
* At the end of Music/TomLehrer's "The Elements", from ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'', 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}}.
* Taj Mahal (born in Harlem, raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, also a [=UMass=] Amherst alum)
* Music/TalkingHeads were formed at the Rhode Island School of Design.
* Music/TrapThem (formed in New Hampshire when Ryan [=McKenney=] and Brian Izzi met while working at a Newbury Comics and became bandmates in Backstabbers Incorporated, now based out of both Seattle and Boston)
* Vital Remains (though they are at least partially based out of Florida for the time being)
* Rob Zombie, who was born in Haverhill, Massachsetts.
* 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"
* The well-known punk indie label Deathwish, Inc. was formed by Jacob Bannon (Converge) and is based out of the North Shore.
* ''Weekend in New England'' by Music/BarryManilow
* Music/ThePixies, who formed in Boston (Joey Santiago and Black Francis were both students at [=UMass=] Amherst before they formed the band, too).
** Music/DinosaurJr are another band with roots in Massachusetts, in their case Amherst.
** And then there's Music/ThrowingMuses, from Rhode Island. Their were a lot of AlternativeRock groups from New England back in the 80s/90s.
* Billy Joel's song "Downeaster ''Alexa''" namechecks Block Island and Nantucket, among other New England fishing communities.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Quite a few examples, actually:
** Wrestling/{{WWE}} is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut (basically a suburb of NYC, so ''barely'' an example), even though Vincent J. [=McMahon=] (late father of the Vincent K. [=McMahon=] we all know and LoveToHate) was born in Harlem, and Madison Square Garden in lower Manhattan has always been WWE's spiritual home. (Ironically, Capitol Wrestling Corporation, the immediate forerunner of WWE, was founded in 1953 in Washington, D.C.)
** Wrestling/TripleH is from Nashua (and was even Mr. Teen New Hampshire in the 1980s), but bills himself as being from Greenwich, partly because of his marriage to [=Stephanie McMahon=]. (He also played up his French-Canadian heritage in the early days, going by the ring name "Jean-Paul Levesque.")
** Wrestling/JohnCena is from West Newbury, a suburb of Boston, and included an anthem called "Beantown" on his ''You Can't See Me'' album (where he raps, [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece "I'm like the Big Dig, baby - nobody can finish me."]])
** Despite often dressing like a stereotypical Southern Californian, Scotty 2 Hotty was from Maine.
** The Mean Street Posse were a [[GangOfHats "gang" of stereotypical Connecticut preppies in sweater-vests]].
** Jack Pfeffer, a Jewish immigrant who lived in Boston in the 1930s, promoted shows there and is generally credited with first designing the "Wrestling/RicFlair" style of wrestling costume as we know it today. He is also considered to be the first wrestling promoter to break {{Kayfabe}}.
** Perry Saturn, who wrestled in ECW, WCW, and the WWE was billed as being from Boston, Massachusetts and trained under Killer Kowalski, who lived in Massachusetts and died in Malden where he had started a very prestigious wrestling school which later moved to North Andover. Other Kowalski students included: Triple H, Chyna, Saturn's ECW tag partner John Kronus, Big John Studd, Chris Nowinski whom attended Harvard prior, Albert aka current NXT trainer Matt Bloom, Damien Sandow, and Fandango.
*** Kronus was born in Everett, MA and died in New Hampshire. Damien Sandow was born in Worcester, MA and resides in Detroit, Michigan. Fandango was born in Standish, Maine and resides in Florida. Albert/Matt Bloom was born in Peabody, MA.

* In a modern twist on the intellectual side, both halves of the radio comedy team Radio/BobAndRay 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 Creator/{{NPR}}'s ''Radio/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 ''[[Series/LeaveItToBeaver Leave It To BEAHVAHHHH!]]''... reruns."), or his favorite movie, ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' ("Let's go beat up some rich kids-[[VerbalTic AAAAAAAAHH]]!").
* Howie Carr

* 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.
* ''Theatre/AlmostMaine'' makes a point of distinguishing rural, northern Maine, where the play is set, from the common "Down East" stereotype of the state.
* ''Theatre/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 ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'' is a Maine fishing village.
* ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour'' is set at a New England girls' school.
* ''Theatre/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).
* ''Theatre/{{Curtains}}'' takes place in Boston where the cast of [[ShowWithinAShow an upcoming Broadway musical]] is holding their out of town tryout. The only native New Englander character is the show's lead, a Boston police detective named Frank Cioffi.

[[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}}'' and the setting for ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 4}}''. Much attention is paid to the areas around Fenway Park and Scollay Square[[note]]Which in our universe eventually became Government Center.[[/note]], which host the two major in-game settlements, Diamond City and Goodneighbor. Vault 111, where the game begins, is northwest of Boston in the fictional town of Sanctuary Hill, near Concord. The upper class stereotype is represented in Diamond City by the wealthy upper-stand residents; one of the families there is actually named "Codman." And Lovecraft references abound, including a location called the [[StealthPun Dunwich Borers.]]
--->'''Diamond City Security''': "Pahk the cah in the yahd?" [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore How 'bout I hit you in the heart with a haymaker]]?
* ''VideoGame/TraumaTeam'' 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.
* ''VideoGame/ShatteredUnion'' has a faction called the New England Alliance which composes Northern New England, New York, and Ohio Valley territories.
* ''VideoGame/TonyHawksUnderground 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.
* ''VideoGame/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.

[[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.
* ''Breaking Cat News'' takes place in Rhode Island. The creator, Georgia Dunn says the action will remain centered there despite her, her husband and the cats the main characters are based on moving to California.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* New England is its own country in the AlternateHistory ''Literature/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.
* WebVideo/GuaranteedVideo is shot entirely in Massachusetts, all three creators being lifelong residents. It's rarely if ever played up for laughs, but LovecraftCountry elements do come into play, along with touches of local flavor such as Neil hiding his missing hand in a Dunkin Donuts bag.
* [[Literature/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.

[[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/{{Arthur}}'' is touched by Bostonian influences, as the PBS station in Boston is responsible for the academic portion of production. A few episodes mention Boston Creme Pie, and the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is parodied.
* ''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, 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, ''WesternAnimation/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 ''WesternAnimation/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 ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' had the amoeba in Mark's group accompanied by a thick-accented [[GreenMonster green]] amoeba with a Red Sox cap.
* ''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/[[HeroAntagonist antagonist(?)]] is Charlotte, a happy-go-lucky girl from Vermont.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'': The episode "Spidah-Man!". Spider-Man is offered a place as Boston's resident superhero. Cue Boston accents out the wazoo and supervillains that embody New England stereotypes (Plymouth Rocker, the Salem Witch, and Slam Adams)
* Diane's family in ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' all speak in extremely broad stereotypical New England accents, unlike Diane herself, who's more articulate. It's implied that her efforts to culture herself and move beyond her working-class family is what ostracized them from her (along with the fact that they're all just rotten people to begin with).

[[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.
* UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge, to a lesser extent than Kennedy. Born in Vermont and residing in Massachusetts where he served as governor prior to his presidency, his stoic and quiet demeanor gave a impression that New Englanders, at least according to some circles, were aloof. His "Brave Little State of Vermont" speech, given several months before he left office, enforces the ideals of New England life.
* Creator/BenAffleck and Creator/MattDamon.
* The Dulles family were a New England dynasty that produced the diplomat John Foster Dulles, TheSpymaster Alan Dulles, and the Cardinal Avery Dulles.
* Creator/JackKerouac
* Samuel Eliot Morrison: Naval historian and writer of the famous ''Literature/HistoryOfUSNavalOperationsInWorldWarII''
* Creator/StephenKing
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe
* Creator/HPLovecraft ([[LovecraftCountry Sensing a trend here...]])
* Creator/UmaThurman
* The red-headed goddess known as Creator/AliciaWitt.
* Creator/DenisLeary
* Creator/ConanOBrien
* Creator/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]].
* Creator/JamesDeBello
* Creator/EliRoth (see Creator/HPLovecraft)
* Creator/SethMacFarlane (and his [[Creator/RachaelMacFarlane sister]], obviously)
* Creator/MadelineZima
* Creator/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
* Creator/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.
* Music/MandyMoore is from Nashua, New Hampshire.
* Creator/JohnIrving, author of ''Literature/TheCiderHouseRules'', was born and raised in New Hampshire.
* A surprisingly large number of popular webcomic artists all live in Massachusetts, including [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} Randall Munroe]], Creator/AndrewHussie and [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent Jeph Jacques]].
* Samuel Clemens, ''aka'' 'Creator/MarkTwain', 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.
* Creator/RachelNichols who hails from Augusta, Maine.
* Derrick Levasseur, winner of season 16 of Series/{{BigBrother}} is a police officer in Providence, RI.
* Creator/AdamSandler is from New Hampshire, and you can tell.
* Creator/TobyFox, composer for WebComic/{{Homestuck}} and developer of VideoGame/{{Undertale}}, is from New Hampshire and resides in Massachusetts.