Riverdale, Tree Hill, Rosewood … Do these series towns really exist?

Riverdale, Tree Hill, Rosewood … Do these series towns really exist?

Riverdale, Tree Hill, Rosewood ... Do these series towns really exist?

Riverdale, Tree Hill, Rosewood … Do these series towns really exist? Some series towns are almost a character in their own right … but which towns are fictional and which ones actually exist? From Riverdale to Tree Hill via Rosewood or Mystic Falls, PRBK tells you about the cities seen in the series and reveals which ones you can really visit (or not!).

Ah the series towns. Some make you dream, others a little less or not at all (cuckoo Riverdale) and yet, they are just as important as the characters. However, some do not exist at all! So which ones are fictitious and which are real? We are obviously not talking about New York, Los Angeles or Miami which, for dummies in geography, really exist!

Riverdale (Riverdale)

If there's one city we wouldn't want to live in, it's Riverdale. With its serial killers and perverts filming the actions of the inhabitants, the town where Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and the others reside is not at all attractive. Rest assured, no one has to experience this on a daily basis since Riverdale does not really exist or at least not as it is shown in the series. Because yes, there are in fact several cities which bear the name “Riverdale” in the United States, in particular one in New Jersey (3500 inhabitants), another in Utah (more than 8400 inhabitants) and one in Georgia (15,000 inhabitants). As for the series with KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse? It is shot in Vancouver, Canada. The location that serves as the filming for the Pops dinner is for example located in Mission, British Columbia, and is actually called Rocko's Diner.

Tree Hill (The Brothers Scott)

If the title was translated into French by Les Frères Scott, the series is actually called One Tree Hill in homage to the city where the action takes place. A completely fictitious city! Indeed, there is no Tree Hill in the USA. However, the city where the series with Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton or even Sophia Bush actually filmed actually exists: it is Wilmington, North Carolina. This is where we can see the bridge seen in the credits, Brooke's house or the river court in real life. Almost the entire series was shot there. Wilmington was also the filming location for another cult series: Dawson . In the series with James Van Der Beek, the city was called Capeside.

Mystic Falls (The Vampire Diaries, Legacies)

Vampires don't exist (or we don't know about it) and so Mystic Falls doesn't exist either. In the series, it is supposed to be located in Virginia, but that is not where the real city is located which serves as the setting for the filming. If you want to feel like you're in The Vampire Diaries and Legacies, head to Covington, Georgia. It is in this city of just over 13,000 souls that you will be able to see the central square and its monument with a clock which is in reality an old courthouse. Among the other cult places in the series, we find the Salvatore mansion which was located in Atlanta but was destroyed in 2015 or the Wickery Bridge which is located in Conyers, Georgia.

Newport Beach (Newport Beach)

In English, Newport Beach is called The OC for “The Orange County”, the county where the action takes place. In the show, Seth, Summer, Ryan and the others live in Newport Beach … which actually exists. Located in Orange County, California, this seaside resort has over 85,000 residents! Even though Newport Beach does exist, the series was not actually filmed on the city's beaches: for budgetary reasons, the outdoor scenes were shot closer to Los Angeles, especially on the beaches. Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance Beach.

Rosewood (Pretty Little Liars)

Aria, Hanna, Spencer, Alison and Emily went through hell in Rosewood in Pretty Little Liars. A completely fictitious city! The designer said she was inspired by the vibe of the small town of Rosemont, Pennsylvania, to create the town of her series. Pretty Little Liars was shot almost entirely at the Warner Bros studio in Burbank, near Los Angeles. A studio that you can visit and where you will find the houses of the heroines but also the school or the church.

Lima (Glee)

In Glee, the high school students who made up New Directions lived in the city of Lima, Ohio. A city that does exist, even if the writers have not really taken the name of local businesses to include them in the show with Lea Michele. Even though the series was not shot in Lima either, Glee had a very positive impact on the city: “A lot of people stop because they want an object that says 'Lima, Ohio' ” the tourist manager of the city a few years ago.

Scranton (The Office)

In The Office (US version), we follow the lives of Dunder Mifflin employees in Scranton. A company that is fictitious … but not the city where the action is supposed to take place! Scranton is located in Pennsylvania and has a little over 76,000 inhabitants and it is also there that Joe Biden, US presidential candidate against Donald Trump, was born. The images of the credits were indeed shot in town: it was John Krasinski who filmed on site while he was visiting the place after having obtained the role of Jim Halpert. The actor went there to meet real employees of companies specializing in paper. The series was not shot in Pennsylvania, however, but in Los Angeles.

Beacon Hills (Teen Wolf)

No need to look for Beacon Hills on a map, it doesn't exist! The town of Scott, Stiles, Lydia and the others in Teen Wolf is completely fictional, although there is a neighborhood called Beacon Hill in Boston. In the series, Beacon Hills is supposed to be in California and the first two seasons were not filmed in the western United States but in Georgia. It is from season 3 that the production moved to Los Angeles.

Monterey (Big Little Lies)

In Big Little Lies , season 1 of which is currently broadcast on TF1, the heroines live in Monterey, a city that really exists. It is located approximately 160km from San Francisco, California, and has a population of just over 28,000. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and the other stars of the show have done well in and around the city, especially in Big Sur (name given to the coast).

Outer Banks

Ok, we're cheating a bit because the Outer Banks is not a city but a collection of islands. Anyway, the location of the action of the series of the same name which will return soon for a season 2 on Netflix really exists: it is located in North Carolina and extends over 320km of coastline. It was not in the region that the shooting took place but 690km away, in South Carolina. Why ? Because of House Bill 2, legislation that forces transgender people to use public toilets depending on the gender they were born with. Aware of this discriminatory law, the platform did not wish to work in the state. Instead, production settled near Charleston.

Winden (Dark)

At the end of June, Dark came to an end after three seasons. The action of the show that turned our brains on takes place in Winden, a very mysterious little town. The creator of the series created it and its name is no coincidence: in German, “Winden” means to turn or to wind. The filming of the series took place in Berlin. Jonas' house actually exists although it is not known exactly where it is located (other than it is in the outskirts of Berlin). However, as the Bustle site reveals, there is indeed a town called Winden im Elztal in Germany. It is located in the southwest of the country and is bordered by the Black Forest.

Storybrooke (Once Upon a Time)

In Once Upon a Time, the small town of Storybrooke was home to the fairytale characters. An obviously fictitious city. But if you want to immerse yourself in the world of the series, there is another way (in addition to remaking the seasons on Disney +): Steveston Village, in British Columbia in Canada, served as the backdrop for the outdoor shoots. .

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