History TelevisionGeography / LiveActionTV

15th May '18 6:22:55 PM GaidinBDJ
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* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': One episode opens with Shawn telling Chief Vick that's he's going skiing, and she asks where he'd ski in the middle of summer; cut to Whistler, just over a hundred kilometers from Vancouver, with typical summer lows around seven degrees (the resort is used for bikes in the summer). Most of the action takes place in the even warmer seaside Vancouver, because Shawn and Gus went there (again, roughly a hundred kilometers away) upon seeing a criminal instead of going to the Whistler police, for no obvious reason. Even so, everyone acts like it's below freezing for the entire episode, even during the day, when it would likely be around ''twenty''.

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* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': One episode opens with Shawn telling Chief Vick that's he's going skiing, and she asks where he'd ski in the middle of summer; cut to Whistler, just over a hundred kilometers from Vancouver, with typical summer lows around seven degrees (the resort is used for bikes in the summer). Most of the action takes place in the even warmer seaside Vancouver, because Shawn and Gus went there (again, roughly a hundred kilometers away) upon seeing a criminal instead of going to the Whistler police, for no obvious reason. Even so, everyone acts like it's below freezing for the entire episode, even during the day, when it would likely be around ''twenty''. (That's 20°C which is 68°F)



* ''Series/WillAndGrace'': Set in New York, Will's policeman boyfriend Vince receives a page to participate in a "187" investigation. He is pleased to be called in to investigate a murder. But 187 is the ''California'' police code for murder.

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* ''Series/WillAndGrace'': Set in New York, Will's policeman boyfriend Vince receives a page to participate in a "187" investigation. He is pleased to be called in to investigate a murder. But 187 is the ''California'' police code for murder. (The [=NYPD=] doesn't have a brevity code for murder.)
1st Apr '18 6:46:29 PM SeizureFerret
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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': The episode "Exit Wounds" supposedly takes place in Franklin, Alaska. The fishing ships in the opening would imply that Franklin is on the ocean. However, Franklin is on a creek, '''hundreds''' of miles away from the ocean, and more importantly, is [[GhostTown uninhabited]]. The closest town, Chicken, had a grand total population of 17 in the year 2000. They also mention a Lake Lafayette, and in a state with over three million lakes, there are none named Lafayette. Most TV shows and movies do not to do research when it comes to Alaska, much less do they ever film there.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': The episode "Exit Wounds" supposedly takes place in Franklin, Alaska. The fishing ships in the opening would imply that Franklin is on the ocean. However, Franklin is on a creek, '''hundreds''' of miles away from the ocean, and more importantly, is [[GhostTown uninhabited]]. The closest town, Chicken, had a grand total population of 17 in the year 2000. They also mention a Lake Lafayette, and in a state with over three million lakes, there are none named Lafayette. Most TV shows and movies do not to do the research when it comes to Alaska, much less do they ever film there.
20th Feb '18 5:02:18 PM DesertDragon
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': When Coulson's team travels to UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, the city features wide streets and sprawling low-level buildings that don't remotely look like a Midwestern city in real life (the streets tend to be narrower and the buildings more vertical compared to southern California). It becomes vaguely amusing when you consider that several Marvel movies have actually filmed in Cleveland.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': When Coulson's team travels to UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, the city features is shown with wide streets and sprawling low-level buildings that don't remotely look like a Midwestern city anything in real life (the streets tend to be or near Northeast Ohio, which has narrower roads and the buildings more vertical compared to southern California). architecture. It becomes vaguely amusing when you consider that several Marvel movies have actually filmed in Cleveland.Cleveland, yet the few times the MCU goes there for real, it's filmed in California.
1st Jan '18 7:58:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': One episode had Jack and Liz travel to Stone Mountain, Georgia (Kenneth's home town) to scout out salt-of-the-earth 'Real American' talent. The real Stone Mountain is firmly within the orbit of metropolitan Atlanta and has a population that's mainly African-American, but the show depicts it as part of ''HeeHaw'' Land. Former ''30 Rock'' writer and Stone Mountain native Creator/DonaldGlover points this out on the DVD commentary.

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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': One episode had Jack and Liz travel to Stone Mountain, Georgia (Kenneth's home town) to scout out salt-of-the-earth 'Real American' talent. The real Stone Mountain is firmly within the orbit of metropolitan Atlanta and has a population that's mainly African-American, but the show depicts it as part of ''HeeHaw'' ''Series/HeeHaw'' Land. Former ''30 Rock'' writer and Stone Mountain native Creator/DonaldGlover points this out on the DVD commentary.
24th Dec '17 12:02:17 PM nombretomado
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* Even live sporting events aren't immune from TelevisionGeography. In September 2011, {{ESPN}} aired what they claimed was a shot of the skyline of Madison, Wisconsin during a football game between the University of Wisconsin and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. However, as [=CNBC=]'s Darren Rovell [[http://www.whosay.com/darrenrovell/photos/64273 noted]], it was actually stock footage of the skyline in Minneapolis, Minnesota -- 230 miles northwest of Madison.

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* Even live sporting events aren't immune from TelevisionGeography. In September 2011, {{ESPN}} Creator/{{ESPN}} aired what they claimed was a shot of the skyline of Madison, Wisconsin during a football game between the University of Wisconsin and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. However, as [=CNBC=]'s Darren Rovell [[http://www.whosay.com/darrenrovell/photos/64273 noted]], it was actually stock footage of the skyline in Minneapolis, Minnesota -- 230 miles northwest of Madison.
10th Dec '17 11:28:39 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': One episode had Jack and Liz travel to Stone Mountain, Georgia (Kenneth's home town) to scout out salt-of-the-earth 'Real American' talent. The real Stone Mountain is firmly within the orbit of metropolitan Atlanta and has a population that's mainly African-American, but the show depicts it as part of ''HeeHaw'' Land. Former ''30 Rock'' writer and Stone Mountain native DonaldGlover points this out on the DVD commentary.

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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': One episode had Jack and Liz travel to Stone Mountain, Georgia (Kenneth's home town) to scout out salt-of-the-earth 'Real American' talent. The real Stone Mountain is firmly within the orbit of metropolitan Atlanta and has a population that's mainly African-American, but the show depicts it as part of ''HeeHaw'' Land. Former ''30 Rock'' writer and Stone Mountain native DonaldGlover Creator/DonaldGlover points this out on the DVD commentary.
28th Nov '17 6:16:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheUnit'': One episode set in LondonTown has three errors - using an establishing shot of the [=MI6=] HQ and stating it is that of [=MI5=], having St. Stephen's Tower (aka Big Ben) visible at ground level in the City of London and the wrong licence plate format for the UK.

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* ''Series/TheUnit'': One episode set in LondonTown UsefulNotes/{{London}} has three errors - using an establishing shot of the [=MI6=] HQ and stating it is that of [=MI5=], having St. Stephen's Tower (aka Big Ben) visible at ground level in the City of London and the wrong licence plate format for the UK.
2nd Sep '17 7:50:39 AM GrammarNavi
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* ''PoliceCameraAction'': This show made this mistake '''twice'''. First of all, they mentioned "Lancashire Police" in an episode where a sign saying "Sale, Cheadle A6144" was mentioned, and that's in Greater Manchester. Then they mentioned "the M25 in London", except the footage showed Sevenoaks...which is in Kent.

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* ''PoliceCameraAction'': ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'': This show made this mistake '''twice'''. First of all, they mentioned "Lancashire Police" in an episode where a sign saying "Sale, Cheadle A6144" was mentioned, and that's in Greater Manchester. Then they mentioned "the M25 in London", except the footage showed Sevenoaks...which is in Kent.
3rd Aug '17 8:06:13 AM nightkiller
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*** While working briefly as a cropduster, Harm commuted daily from Washington to Blacksburg! That's 269 miles each way, according to Google Maps.
1st Aug '17 5:26:02 AM jormis29
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* ''Atomic Train'': In NBC's made for TV movie, we see several shots of what is supposedly the Denver skyline, populated by such logos as, Canada Trust or the Bank of Nova Scotia.

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* ''Atomic Train'': ''Film/AtomicTrain'': In NBC's made for TV movie, we see several shots of what is supposedly the Denver skyline, populated by such logos as, Canada Trust or the Bank of Nova Scotia.
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