Small screen locations, USA
As much as any character, it could be said that the location of where our favourite American TV shows are set is a highly critical component to their success too. For instance, what's Entourage without Los Angeles, Fraiser without Seattle, or Sex and the City, without the city eh?
That’s because the place that a show inhabits helps to set the tone and nature of the show and provides the colour that roots it to reality.
Of the many city, set and TV tours that are on offer in the States, here’s the Flexicover team's top picks of the small screen’s most iconic places to lure you for a visit.
Breaking Bad, Albuquerque
Here's a trade secret: many regional TV shows (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, we’re looking at you) are actually filmed in Los Angeles. But, like its protagonist Walter White, Breaking Bad wasn’t interested in following the pack. The ultimate good-guy-gone-bad story was both located and filmed in the desert-filled environs of Albuquerque in New Mexico. Every second Saturday, the Biking Bad tour takes fans around its most famous city locations, including the graffiti-ed walls of Tuco’s headquarters and the exterior of Jesse’s house. As the name suggests, it’s a cycle tour of the city and locations. The mode allows visitors to see much more of the city than on foot - and tread lightly!
House of Cards, Maryland
Just when you thought there was enough drama in US politics, Netflix's longest running original series House of Cards is set to return for a fifth season in 2017. Although the Emmy-winning political drama would have you believe it's shot in and around DC's landmarks, the last two seasons have actually been filmed in cities in nearby Maryland. To walk in the calculated steps of Frank Underwood himself, head to Baltimore where he and his wife Claire's home can be found at 1609 Park Avenue in Bolton Hill. While shots of the Capitol's interiors are actually filmed in the impressive Maryland State House in Annapolis, guided tours of which are available every day of the year.
4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. If that sequence is enough to induce shivers, you're likely to be one of the 15 million viewers that tuned in for six seasons of ABC's Lost. For those missing the show, relive the experience by heading to the Hawaiian island of Oahu where most of the episodes were filmed. The $14 million pilot episode was primarily shot on the island's westernmost tip at Mokule'ia Beach - the crash site of Oceanic Flight 815. Visitors to the nearby Ka'a'awa Valley will recognise it as the backdrop for many scenes, including Hurley's golf course - as well as other blockbusters like Jurassic Park. Enterprising company Hawaiian Escapades offer bespoke day tours of Lost locations - just stick very closely to them.
The Big Bang Theory, Los Angeles
With Los Angeles the spiritual home of filmmaking, there’s no better place in the world for telly addicts to visit. The many fans of popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory would do especially well to pay a visit here. For while the brainiacs we know and love are based in Pasadena - where they dedicated 25 February to the show upon reaching the milestone of 200 episodes - filming takes place in the Warner Bros. studio in LA. Fans can take a tour of the studios to marvel at the custom-built sets and take a peek at the production departments. Best of all, tickets to watch Sheldon and co are available for all - all you need is a bit of luck to bag 'em.
The Walking Dead, Georgia
Experience zombie warring grounds first-hand in Atlanta, the location for AMC's hit series The Walking Dead. Atlanta Movie Tours provides fans with a front row seat to the gore, with three separate itineraries that follow the six seasons throughout the state of Georgia. Starting in Atlanta, visit the hospital where it all began before heading an hour south of the city to Senoia: the fictional town of Woodbury. During the tours, you'll not only visit filming locations, but will receive instruction from your guide - a veteran 'zombie walker' who's appeared on the show - on how to walk and think like one of the undead. Handy for when the zombie apocalypse arrives.
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