Where does Ree Drummond live? Just the prettiest state in America, of course! (Okay, maybe we’re biased ). Oh, sweet Oklahoma! Home to the Drummond family and the picture-perfect Drummond ranch. A stroll through the Sooner State, and you might just see a gorgeous sunset set fire to the horizon or a handsome, lasso-swinging cowboy like Ree’s Marlboro Man hubby. If you can’t visit Ree’s adoptive hometown of Pawhuska in real life, you can at least transport yourself there with the best TV shows and movies set in Oklahoma.
fans of The Pioneer Woman show, boy, do you have more to see! Oklahoma has an incredibly rich film history and has always been the go-to setting for American Westerns. Even one of Ree’s favorite movies is an Oklahoma classic—Oklahoma!, based on the musical by duo Rodgers and Hammerstein. “The first time I saw the movie, I was in sixth grade with my friend Carrie, and I was hooked immediately,” Ree says. “Of course, I knew many of the songs since they were in the ether in the region where I grew up. It’s so wholesome and fun and celebrates song, dance, love, and the wildness of Oklahoma.” Just like Ree, these movies and shows will make you fall in love with the southwest all over again. Now, hold onto your cowboy hats, because it’s time to dive in!
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The Pioneer Woman
No list of Oklahoma TV shows could be complete without The Pioneer Woman! Ree gives you a behind-the-scenes peek into her life on the ranch and demonstrates how to cook your favorite TPW recipes, all while being her funny, welcoming self.
Oklahoma isn’t just one of Ree’s favorite movies, it’s a classic! The musical film tells the story of a farm girl torn between two handsome suitors: a sweet cowboy and a bad boy farmhand. It’s a must-watch if you love gorgeous scenery, incredible dance numbers, classic songs, and horseback riding hunks.
August: Osage County
Another movie based on a play, this acclaimed film is set during an unusually hot August in a rural area outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma (sounds familiar). The tragicomedy focuses on the strong-willed women of a dysfunctional family who are brought back together by tragedy.
Where the Red Fern Grows
Set during the Great Depression, a young boy growing up in the Ozark Mountains of Oklahoma longs for two redbone hound dogs. The heart-wrenching story is about his quest for his dogs, despite the trying times.
Little Britches Rodeo (Seasons 5 to 8)
This reality series is just so dang cute. Kids from the ages of 8 to 18 aim to become the country’s top cowboys and cowgirls by competing in rodeo events. Family is key to competing in National Little Britches Rodeo Association events—the Drummond kids would have definitely fit in if they’d ever entered!
Holly Hunter stars in a crime drama series about a tough-as-grits Oklahoma City detective investigating major crimes. Her self-destructive tendencies are the character’s central foil.
You probably remember reading this coming-of-age book (written while the author was in high school!) during high school English class, and its themes still resonate with teenagers today: class divides, individual identity, family, and lost childhood innocence. The movie stars many swoon-worthy up-and-coming 1980s stars.
Fear the Walking Dead
In the post-apocalyptic fortified town of Lawton, Oklahoma, a group of pioneers attempts to create a safe community within the chaotic zombie-filled world. The show is a spin-off of the hit the walking dead, and the first three seasons serve as a prequel, and the following seasons run in during the same timeline as the original show.
Okay, footloose isn’t set in Oklahoma, but it’s based on a real-life Oklahoma town! A group of townspeople in Elmore City advocated for a change to the prohibition, not unlike the movie. Who doesn’t love this 1980s classic? It has rebellious teens, dancing, and a beyond cute Kevin Bacon.
a newcomer show, Reservation Dogs premiered in 2021 and follows the exploits of four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma. The heartwarming dramedy is notable for two main reasons: First, it’s the first show to be filmed entirely in Oklahoma. Second, it’s the first show that features all Indigenous writers and directors and an almost entirely Indigenous North American cast and production team.
Thriller fans, this one is for you. Based on the true story of Karen Silkwood, who died under suspicious circumstances while investigating wrongdoing at a plutonium plant where she worked.
You may know this sitcom by its season 1 name: The Torkelsons. The cute but shortlived series tells the story of Millicent Torkelson, a single mother who takes in a boarder to support her struggling family. Keep an eye out for a very young Brittany Murphy in Season 2!
Oklahoma is tornado territory, and that’s exactly what this 1996 epic film is all about. Two storm chasers on the brink of divorce are forced to put their differences aside to create a weather alert system during a severe outbreak in Oklahoma. But to do so, they must put themselves in the path of violent tornadoes ripping through the countryside. (Bonus trivia: Did you know that there’s a Twister Movie museum in the town of Wakita, Oklahoma?)
Cowgirls N’ Angels
This adorable family film is about a young girl who escapes her boring life by sneaking out to rodeo shows. When a group of young female trick riders recruits her to tour America, she jumps at the opportunity.
The Grapes of Wrath
A list of Oklahoma movies couldn’t be complete without this great American classic based on a book of the same name. It tells the story of an Oklahoma family who tragically loses their farm during the Great Depression. With no more options available, the family sets out on a journey to look for opportunities in California.
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