Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)
of TV Shows,
Made-for-TV Movies & Music Videos.
From 1988 to 1993, "The Wonder Years"
was one of TV's biggest hits. On the show, Fred Savage
(as 'Kevin Arnold') and the rest of the Arnold family lived in a typical
house in quiet, middle-class suburb during the late 1960's.
That 'Arnold house' is actually located in northeast
Burbank (not far from the Media
Center mall), at 516 University Ave.,
about a mile and a half east of the Burbank/Bob Hope Airport.
is a private home, so don't tresspass on their property
or do anything to disturb the residents.]
The 1994 TV-movie "TONYA
& NANCY: THE INSIDE STORY" " was the first of
several TV epics about the Tonya Harding/Nancy
Kerrigan scandal. Its Olympic ice skating scenes, supposedly
set in Lillehammer, Norway, were actually shot a few miles east of Disneyland,
at the Anaheim Arena (better known
as "The Arrowhead
Pond"), where Disney's pro-hockey team, The Mighty
Ducks, play their games. It's located at 2695 E. Katella Avenue, in Anaheim.
filmed her 1994 re-make of "GYPSY"
(a CBS made-for-TV-movie musical) in downtown Los Angeles, at the old Orpheum Theatre
(at 842 S. Broadway). She performed "Everything's Coming Up Roses"
on its stage. A notable episode from TV's "Hart to Hart"
was also filmed at the Orpheum. (And you can still catch a movie at this
ornate movie palace.)
The familiar office tower seen in NBC's "L.A.
LAW" is actually located in downtown L.A., at 444 Flower
Street. It's called the"444 Building,"
and it's at the southeast corner of 4th & Flower, right across the
street from the Bonaventure Hotel.
The campus shots for the 1994 TV series "SAVED
BY THE BELL: THE COLLEGE YEARS" were filmed at The University
of Southern California (USC),
near Exposition Park (Figueroa at Jefferson). *
was Archie Bunker's old address on "All In
The Family," and it was also the name of a short-lived
1994 sitcom (starring John Amos and
T.E. Russell.) "Archie Bunker"
himself, actor Carroll O'Connor, says
that he came up with the address for the Bunker family residence (704 Hauser
Street) when he was driving to work in L.A. He happened to find himself
on Hauser Boulevard (just a few blocks
east of CBS TV City),
and thought the name sounded like part of Queens, where Archie was supposed
In the TV series "QUANTUM
LEAP," you may remember a scene where Sam time traveler
(Scott Backula) "leaps"
into the body of an African-American man in the Old South; and attempts
to vote in an election. He comes to the porch of an old Southern mansion,
only to be turned away. That beautiful antebellum home was actually the
Banning Mansion, which was built in 1864, in what is now called Banning
Park (at 401 E. "M" Street) in Wilmington.
In the soap opera "GENERAL
HOSPITAL," most of the action takes place on the 7th floor
of "Port Charles Hospital." But
the familiar hospital shown in exterior shots is actually the County/USC Hospital
(at 1200 N. State Street), in East L.A.
The 1990 made-for TV movie "THE DREAMER OF OZ,"
cast John Ritter as L. Frank Baum,
author of "The Wonderful World of Oz." In the movie, Ritter spends
a much of his time in the ornate, turn-of-the-century offices of his publisher.
That building is actually the historic Bradbury Building,
at 304 S. Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles. It was also the detective's
office (for Wayne Rogers) in the 1976
TV series "CITY OF ANGELS."
The home of TV's boy genius, "DOOGIE
HOWSER M.D.," used in the 1990's TV series, is actually
a house located at 796 Amalfi Drive,
in Pacific Palisades - just north of Santa Monica. (Now if only Vinnie
Delpino would stop coming in through the window!)
when MTV's "THE REAL WORLD"
house was in Los Angeles? Or more specifically, in Venice, CA? It
was the show's second season, in 1993, and some of the house residents
were Jon, Tami, Beth, Dom, Irene Aaron and David (who got kicked out for
pulling the covers off Tami). The address of that house was 30
30th Street, Venice, and it is just steps from the beach.
* Locations marked by an asterisk (*) may be located
in areas with high crime rates.
Exercise reasonable caution.
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being taped live in the studio, see the separate page about getting tickets
to live TV tapings.
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