Rhode Island is in the spotlight thanks to ''There's Something About Mary,'' ''Family Guy,'' and more

By Celeste Perri
May 21, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Hollywood’s suddenly full of Rhode (Island) scholars. The nation’s smallest state, best known for, well, being the nation’s smallest state, blipped onto Tinseltown’s radar last year after Providence natives Bobby and Peter Farrelly highlighted their home turf in There’s Something About Mary. Now two TV shows feature the Ocean State: Fox’s Family Guy and NBC’s Providence. ”It’s a state populated by cartoon characters,” says Guy creator Seth McFarlane, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. ”But they’re still more real than the people in L.A.” Even other cities are taking notice. As Providence mayor Vincent ”Buddy” Cianci Jr. tells it, at a recent conference of mayors, Baltimore’s Kurt L. Schmoke told him: ”Providence looks so nice on TV. I’ve got a show about my city too. They call it Homicide.”