Readers of our piece, "11 of Our Favorite Businesses from TV Shows," pointed out many more classic fictional TV businesses that we couldn't include in the first article. However, with so many other great TV businesses that simply could not be ignored, we have decided to take your suggestions and compile them into this second collection. Once again, here are 12 memorable fictional businesses from our favorite television shows. !--more-->
ArtVandelay has a colorful history on the popular 90's show Seinfeld most notably as the owner of Vandelay Industries, a supposed import/export company made up by George and Jerry. Vandelay Industries appears again when George needs another employer to report to the unemployment office, so he lies and says he used to work for the company. Vandelay Industries is also used on George's resume when he goes to apply for a job with Elaine's boss. Elaine, on the other hand, made up the story that she was dating importer/exporter Art Vandelay as a cover story that George could go out on a date with Marissa Tome. Of course, there is no real Art Vandelay, nor a Vandelay Industries on the show, until the last episode when the group is on trial and the judge's name happens to be Art Vandelay.
Where do people in Philly go to get tanked on the weekends? Not Paddy's Pub, the tragically unpopular bar from comedy series "Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia." Perhaps it's because Charlie turned on a "closed" sign in the window every morning that he thought said "Coors," but the bar was almost always hurting for customers. The struggle to turn the place into a cash-cow drives much of the plot on the show, with the gang always sinking to new lows to squeeze money out of the place. Whether it's exploiting stains for religious donations or opening the bar up to high school drinkers, Paddy's is frequently the scene of shady business and/or illegal activity.
Gary's Shoes was the workplace of Al Bundy, the king of bad luck. Overweight women at the Lakeside Mall stopped by the the shoe store from time to time, and most became victims of Bundy's snide jokes. Though an occasional hottie stopped in, Bundy's poor taste in flirting usually assured they didn't stick around for long. Bundy's not all bad however, as he always turned down the rare few chances he had with gorgeous girls, exclaiming that he "actually kind of likes his family."
The Bluth Company was the chaotic real estate development firm from Arrested Development. With CEO George Bluth Sr. on the run from the law, the company was constantly on the fritz and required ongoing effort from his son, Michael Bluth. Despite his best efforts, the horribly dysfunctional family couldn't stay out of trouble, sucking money out the company to feed their lavish personal lives and ending up in the news headlines for their antics. In addition, the Bluth Company owned a small banana shop at Newport Beach. The Banana shop, named "Bluth Bananas" was a small cash-cow for the family until Michael burned it down, unaware of the fact that there was $250,000 hidden in its walls.
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Cheers might be the best known bar in all of television. "In business" for eleven seasons, Cheers was the spot where one group of friends met up for drinks and laughter. The bar changed ownership several times, including the classic sale back to Sam for $0.85 from the Lillian Corporation. Despite all of the establishment's ups and downs, the locals never fled, and the spirit of the Boston pub remained throughout the series.
The multi-billion dollar conglomerate Massive Dynamics from TV show The Fringe is a developer in many different areas of business and research. Estimated to be worth about $50 billion, Massive Dynamics produces products in industries such as weapons testing, entertainment, aeronautics, energy, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and robotics. The company has so many diverse holdings that their motto is actually "What don't we do?"
Kiss my grits! Mel's diner was the primary setting on 1970's TV show Alice. A modest roadside diner to be sure, Mel's was the workplace of Alice, and the driving force behind the show's story lines. Mel was a strict but good hearted boss. Though some waitresses got fired over punctuality or Moonlighting, Mel always hired them back before the end of the episode. While our local diner might not be as quirky, Mel's is one that the audience will never forget.
Whenever Skeeter Valentine, Doug Funny and Patti Mayonnase needed a place to chow down and talk about the latest school yard adventures, the Honker Burger was the place to go. The Honker Burger was also frequented by local trouble maker Roger Koltz and his gang of degenerates. Hatching plots over milkshakes, the cast of Doug could hardly have found a better diner to hang out in.
Every high school gang needs a good place to meet up and discuss the latest gossip and drama. For the Saved by the Bell kids at Bayside High School, this was local diner "The Max." Whenever Zach got himself into trouble or Lisa had to talk about the latest fashion trends, their table at the Max was the place to go. The max was also the spot of a few of Kelly's cheerleader practices, which never failed to hypnotize Slater and Zach.
WKRP is the struggling fictional radio station popular sitcom "WKRP In Cincinnati." Although Andy Travis struggled to turn the station into a booming success, he was often limited by his well-intentioned but horridly incompetent staff. With the soulful sounds of DJ Venus Flytrap, the ineffectual management of Art Carlson and the gorgeous Jennifer Marlowe, the station was always bustling with laughs and entertaining antics.
One of television's classic family business, Sanford and Son Salvage from hit classic "Sanford and Son." Despite the differences between father and son, it was clear that they loved each other, and the junk yard served as a main source of laughs on the show. Fred Sanford was never short on money making schemes, yet the audience eventually realized that none of them were ever going to work out the way he planned. Some people just aren't meant to strike it rich, and for all of his efforts, Fred was one of those people.
Moe's Tavern was the quintessential American dive bar from the show, "The Simpsons." The bar featured the usual cast of characters found in such establishments, including Barney, the town drunk who seemed to live at the tavern, and Homer, the hard working family man who escaped to the bar after work before heading home. Bartender and owner Moe was frequently harassed by Bart, who never failed to get a rise out of the bar with prank calls. Moe's reminds one of that local townie bar we all feel most comfortable heading to for a few cold ones.
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