Even if you have never been to Los Angeles, you know the city better than you think. For years, the City of Angels has been a fixture in your living room on the television, and you may not have even known.
Airing countless shows, from dramas and comedies, to talk shows and reality TV programs, the metropolis has been front and centre of the TV scene. With awards season just around the corner, what better time to go jet setting and explore some of L.A.'s key hot spots that have made an appearance in some of Hollywood's biggest TV productions?
Canter's Deli - Mad Men
Photo credit: Don Draper and Pete Campbell at Canter's Deli. (Photo: Mad Men/Facebook)
Widely regarded as one of the best television dramas of all time, the critically acclaimed Mad Men features one of the city's most famous Jewish style delicatessens -- Canter's Deli. In the final season of the show, main character Don Draper meets with Pete Campbell for lunch at Canter's Deli, where everyone from Elvis to Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Muhammad Ali and Led Zeppelin have noshed. Don and Pete both order the Brooklyn Avenue, a pastrami sandwich topped with coleslaw.
The Grove - Modern Family
Mitchell and Claire in line for an iPad at The Grove (Photo: Wikipedia)
Filmed in a documentary style, the sitcom often shoots on location throughout Los Angeles. Among the frequently used locations are the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel and the Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. In the season one episode Game Changer, Phil Dunphy's birthday coincides with the launch of the new Apple iPad. Phil's wife Claire tries to get her "early adopter" husband an iPad -- instead, she and her younger brother Mitchell get thrown out of the line for fighting. The memorable scene was filmed at the Apple Store at The Grove, another frequent filming location for the series and one of the most popular shopping centres in L.A.
The Big Bang Theory - Caltech
The Big Bang Theory - Caltech (Photo: Sergey Atunin via Getty Images)
Although The Big Bang Theory is set in Pasadena, the episodes are filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. The four male lead characters work at the California Institute of Technology, a world-renowned private research university that boasts 32 Nobel prizes among its faculty and alumni. Founded in 1891, Caltech is one of Pasadena's Hidden Gems -- its 128-acre campus has a rich architectural heritage that includes 18 buildings that were built before the Second World War.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! - El Capitan Entertainment Centre
Taylor Swift and Jimmy Kimmel on Hollywood Boulevard (Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live! /Facebook)
The El Capitan Entertainment Centre is adjacent to the El Capitan Theatre and located across the street from the Dolby Theatre. The neoclassical building opened in 1921 as the Hollywood Masonic Temple and was designed by John C. Austin, the architect who also designed iconic L.A. buildings such as City Hall, the Griffith Observatory and the Shrine Auditorium. The Hollywood Masonic Temple was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. After an extensive renovation, Disney reopened the Hollywood Masonic Temple as the El Capitan Entertainment Centre in 2002. Jimmy Kimmel Live! is taped at a studio inside the El Capitan Entertainment Centre.
The Apple Pan - Beverly Hills, 90210
The Apple Pan (Photo: Lindsay Blake)
The tiny, 26-stool eatery was the inspiration for the Peach Pit, where the West Beverly High gang hung out on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. The Pit's season 1 set was painstakingly modeled after the interior of The Apple Pan, with a U-shaped counter centered around an open kitchen. Stepping inside The Apple Pan is like walking into an episode of 90210 -- Brenda, Dylan and Brandon not included. The exterior of The Apple Pan was also used in establishing shots of the Peach Pit in early episodes of the series. Much like its on-screen counterpart, The Apple Pan specializes in burgers, sandwiches and pies -- just don't expect to find the Pit's famous Mega Burger on the menu.
The SmokeHouse - The Office
The SmokeHouse (Photo: Lindsay Blake)
Season six of The Office features one of the most anticipated weddings in television history, the nuptials between Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer). While the ceremony was shot at Niagara Falls in New York, the rest of the wedding scenes were lensed in Los Angeles. Pam and Jim's rehearsal dinner was held at one of Burbank's most historic restaurants, The SmokeHouse.
The eatery was founded in 1946 at the corner of Pass and Riverside Avenues, but moved to its current location in 1949. Thanks to its proximity to Warner Bros. Studios, the restaurant has long been frequented by movie and television luminaries, including Kevin Costner, Jennifer Aniston, Robert Redford and Andy Garcia and George Clooney. Most recently, the legendary steakhouse was featured in the award-winning movie La La Land, as it stands in for the supper club where Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) plays holiday tunes.
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