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Here's where scenes from some of your favorite TV shows were filmed

Our favorite characters have traveled everywhere from Hawaii to China.

A TV show can take place anywhere from uncharted isles to outer space — but it was most likely filmed in a studio or on back lot in Southern California. However, occasionally the actors had the chance to get out in the sun and film on location. 

Our favorite actors have traveled from everywhere from Hawaii to China to capture high ratings. Here are some of the most fascinating locations that have been featured on classic television. 


1

Gilligan's Island

Although the series was shot at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California, the pilot was filmed on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Producers originally considered Catalina Island off the California coast, but decided against it because it had no palm trees.

Legend has it Natalie Schafer only agreed to take the part of the Millionaire's wife because it meant a free trip to Hawaii. 

2

The Brady Bunch

It seems like Hawaii was a popular place to send actors. The episodes that take place in Hawaii are fan favorites, and they weren't just filmed on a beach in California either. The network sent the cast to Honolulu to film the story arc that kicked off the fourth season. For super fans vacationing in Hawaii, the Bradys stayed at the Sheraton Waikiki Beach. 

3

Gunsmoke

When scenes weren't filmed at CBS Studio Center or on back lots, they were filmed on ranches across the West and Southwest. Some episodes used Kanab, Utah, as a backdrop, while other featured Tucson, Arizona. In season 16, episodes six and seven took place in the Black Hills of South Dakota. 

4

The Andy Griffith Show

Most people know Mayberry wasn't a real town, but it might as well have been one. The buildings were housed at the RKO Forty Acres lot in Culver City, California. Although more than 100 movies and TV shows were filmed there, it's became known as Opie and Andy's hometown. 

5

The Love Boat

The cast of the The Love Boat might be some of the most well-traveled people in the world. Although the interior scenes were primarily filmed at 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California, outdoor scenes were filmed on two real-life cruise ships.

The Pacific Princess and the Island Princess, filled with actual travelers, took the cast to locations like Mexico, the Virgin Islands, China, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean Sea. 

6

Bonanza

Just like Gunsmoke, Bonanza shot some of its scenes at ranches across the Southwest. Primary filming took place at studios in Los Angeles, but other scenes were filmed near Lake Tahoe, in Arizona, and in Southern California.

7

Wonder Woman

It turns out Paradise Island wasn't too far from the Burbank, California, studio where scenes from Wonder Woman were filmed. The superhero's birthplace, supposedly located in the Bermuda Triangle, was actually filmed at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. 

8

Fantasy Island

What happens when you combine Gilligan's Island and Wonder Woman? You get Fantasy Island, which shared scenes with the two very different shows. The opening sequence was filmed in Kauai, while the house with the bell tower was filmed at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. 

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