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10 Fictional Companies We Love and Wish Were Real

10 Fictional Companies We Love and Wish Were Real
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Ever crave a Krabby Patty or a frozen banana from the Bluth's Banana Stand? Those insatiable cravings are part of why we love TV shows so much, they own creative businesses and the life.

Most of the time, without these fictional companies, there wouldn't even be a plot. These businesses range from fast-food restaurants and family-owned shops to giant tech companies, and we're sure that fans everywhere would love to pay them a visit.

Bob's Burgers: Bob's Burgers

Bob's Burgers is a struggling burger joint run by the Belcher family, named after the family's patriarch. The restaurant doesn't always draw a lot of customers, but with the help of his optimistic, often singing wife Linda and their loving but slightly awkward children Tina, Gene and Louise, Bob keeps the business afloat. Every day, Bob makes a new, creative "Burger of the Day" with a punny name, like the "Pepper Don't Preach" burger. Bob's Burgers may not be a real restaurant you can visit, but thanks to blogger Cole Bowden (the man behind the wildly popular Tumblr "The Bob's Burgers Experiment", make it at home with the The Bob's Burgers Cookbook or cook along Binging with Babish.

Arrested Development: The Bluth Company

Following the triumphant return of "Arrested Development" on Netflix, the infamous Bluth Company has re-entered the pop culture-consciousness (though, for true fans, it never really left). The Bluths are a veritable train wreck on every level, and perhaps that's why we'd want to see their family business in the real world. There are valuable business lessons to be learned from a corporation that defrauds its investors, mistakenly hires a company hooker and commits "light treason." A real-life Bluth Company would have the potential for an endless happy hour, though: When Lucille's around, a bottle of vodka is never far behind. And if all else fails with the Bluth Company, just remember — there's always money in the banana stand.

Full House: The Smash Club

Back in the '90s, the Smash Club — a nightclub that had been abandoned and then inherited and fixed up by the impossibly cool Jesse Katsopolis, aka Uncle Jesse — was the hottest fictional spot around. Uncle Jesse fought hard to get a loan and restore the club to its former glory (with some cool modern updates) so that bands could perform there like he had with his own band, Jesse and the Rippers, and the venture was a total success. Teens and adults alike loved the Smash Club; too bad it doesn't actually exist. And with the return of the show's return on Netflix as "Fuller House", we're wishing the Smash Club were real more than ever to see. 

Spongebob SquarePants: The Krusty Krab

The Krusty Krab doesn't exactly have the most appealing name for a restaurant, but it's easily one of the most popular places in Bikini Bottom, the undersea city that SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends (and The Krusty Krab's money-hungry owner, Mr. Krabs) call home. The fast-food restaurant is home to the Krabby Patty — a burger so popular that neighboring restaurant owner Plankton's only goal in life is to steal the secret formula from the Krusty Krab so that he can be more successful. It's hard not to crave one, especially when the always-miserable Krusty Krab cashier, Squidward, who'd never had a Krabby Patty before, was blown away the first time he tried one. If you're willing to travel, you can kind of visit The Krusty Krab by heading to Salta Burgers in Palestine, which was designed to look just like the fictional restaurant. While it looks cool (and we're glad it's not actually underwater), we're still wondering if Salta Burgers' owners got the secret formula from Mr. Krabs or if they're just winging it.

Boy Meets World: Chubbie's Famous

Boy Meets World is a quintessential "90s kids" show, airing Friday nights on ABC as part of the TGIF lineup. Boy Meets World chronicles the teenage life of Cory Matthews, his best friend Shawn Hunter and girlfriend Topanga Lawrence, in addition to their family and teachers that impact their lives. As pre-teens growing into teenagers the group of friends often met at Chubbie's Famous, a restaurant downstairs somewhere in Philadelphia, for some burgers, fries and shakes. The boys, along with Topanga and friends in their circle frequently met there to talk young love, fantasize about the future, or plot their next adventure. The affordable burgers and cool-hangout atmosphere makes you wish you could travel to Philadelphia and hang with the guys, even make a Feeny call, or two.

Harry Potter: Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside Universal Orlando in Florida has done an excellent job of bringing the famous wizard's universe to life, but Weasley's Wizard Wheezes just isn't the same without actual magic. Ever the practical jokers, Fred and George Weasley (brothers of Harry's best friend Ron) created numerous products for the amusement of their fellow Hogwarts students and eventually opened a joke shop with seed money provided by Harry himself. But they don't just sell illness-inducing candies and trick wands. The Weasley twins also developed useful things like Extendable Ears (great for eavesdropping) and a 10-second pimple vanisher that could benefit Muggles like us.

The Office: Dunder Mifflin

Nine seasons of "The Office" gave viewers the chance to be a fly on the wall at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, a paper company staffed by quirky employees and incompetent managers — most notably, Michael Scott. Although the company goes through frequent corporate transitions, they throw some great holiday parties (Diwali, anyone?), and the daily antics of Dwight and Jim are enough to make even a boring paper sales job entertaining. 

Friends: Central Perk

Sick of Starbucks or Dunkin? For the "Friends" characters, Central Perk is where they congregated in almost every episode of the show's 10 seasons. In 2014, fans saw their dreams come true temporarily when a pop-up Central Perk shop launched in Manhattan to mark the 20th anniversary of the show's premiere. James Michael Tyler, the actor who played Central Perk's snarky Dutch manager on the show, even made an appearance. Unfortunately, the pop-up shop was open for only a month, leaving us wishing it were a permanent fixture. Want to feel like you visited often? Multiple shops on Etsy offer Central Perk mugs and gifts.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel Investigations

Any company whose slogan is "We Help the Helpless" has to be doing something right. The leader of this supernatural detective agency is the mysterious Angel, the "vampire with a soul," who, guided by omnipotent external powers, keeps the streets of Los Angeles safe from ill-willed vampires and other demons with his team. It would be a real comfort to know that there's a superbuff reformed creature of the night waiting to save us from evil things lurking in the shadows. We'll just ignore the part where he gets mixed up with an evil law firm and brings about the apocalypse.

Breaking Bad: Los Pollos Hermanos

Some front organizations are pathetic, half-hearted attempts to look like legitimate businesses, but we have to hand it to Los Pollos Hermanos: Gus Fring knows how to run a restaurant. Aside from the shady dealings and meth connections, we're all for a fast-food chain selling chicken that's "slow cooked to perfection." We're not sure how the restaurants would fare after their owner's fate (no spoilers), but if a responsible person who isn't a drug kingpin took over, we think Los Pollos could give Colonel Sanders a run for his money.

Additional reporting by Brittney Morgan (Helmrich) and Nicole Fallon Taylor.

Shannon Gausepohl

Shannon Gausepohl graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a degree in journalism. She has worked at a newspaper and in the public relations field, and is currently a staff writer at Business News Daily. Shannon is a zealous bookworm, has her blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and loves her Blue Heeler mix, Tucker. 

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