Fans of sitcoms notice similarities in a lot of things about the shows including characters, plot and developments; however, there is one more common thing that often gets overlooked in its importance to the show. Almost every show has a central location where the various characters all come together to hang out, making this spot very critical to the action and development of many of the episodes and series as a whole. As we are lounging on our couch watching these amazing shows from the ’90s and 2000s, we probably all thought we wish we had a place as cool as The Max or Central Perk to always convene with our friends. As much as we miss these shows, we miss these places just as much, so take a trip down memory lane back to the best fictional TV hangout spots of shows past.
11. The Bait Shop (The O.C.)
If we’re being totally honest, the Cohen’s house would probably be the best place ever to hang out; come on, the pool house alone is amazing; however, the kids on The O.C. had a couple central locations they frequented and The Bait Shop was the best. Not only was it a pretty cool club, it was a pretty cool club on the beach which instantly makes it better. Not only did The Bait Shop have some awesome live acts, it also introduced us to Olivia Wilde as the gorgeous female bartender Alex who Seth (and Marissa) end up getting involved with. The Bait Shop isn’t introduced until season 2 but is prominent throughout the season including in Episode 27 where a drug deal goes bad and a shooting occurs. Apart from The Bait Shop, the Harbor School kids spend a significant amount of time lounging in the private school’s superior cafeteria/lounge and of course there is always The Crab Shack where Ryan gets a job with Paul Wesley who went on to Vampire Diaries fame.© WB / Courtesy: Everett Collection