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TV series will usually go to some effort to shoot footage in the actual location (which may or may not feature the actors) for the TitleSequence. This will usually be the only time it is ever featured in the show.


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* The Autobot base in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' was officially supposed to be in Oregon, but it was mostly a generic rocky desert/badlands environment that looked more like some part of Utah or New Mexico.
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If your story takes place in a [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted specific, extant location]], some local color is to be expected: the natives of the place should act like people who live there do; the ones who are visiting should react to the unfamiliarity. Food, dialect, and weather all shape a town. But all that is complicated, particularly if it's a place you're not familiar with. Just start off with "{{It was a dark and stormy night}} in New York" and just like that, your tale is set in New York. Although, for the most part, the location is added in later.

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If your story takes place in a [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted specific, extant location]], some local color is to be expected: the natives of the place should act like people who live there do; the ones who are visiting should react to the unfamiliarity. Food, dialect, and weather all shape a town. But all that is complicated, particularly if it's a place with which you're not familiar with.familiar. Just start off with "{{It was a dark and stormy night}} in New York" and just like that, your tale is set in New York. Although, However, for the most part, the location is added in later.



* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is set in Boston, but doesn't make much use of that fact. Oddly, when the they go somewhere else, it doesn't really make a difference.
* ''Series/FullHouse'' is set in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. You can tell from the opening theme, and nothing else.

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* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is set in Boston, but doesn't make much use of that fact. Oddly, when the they go somewhere else, it doesn't really make a difference.
* ''Series/FullHouse'' is set in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. You can tell from the opening theme, and nothing else. Ditto ''Series/FullerHouse.''




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* ''Series/TheOffice'' takes place in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and actually does manage to make reference to a few real locations in the area. However, the show itself was filmed in California.


If your story takes place in a [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted specific, extant location]], some local color is to be expected: the natives of the place should act like people who live there do; the ones who are visiting should react to the unfamiliarity. Food, dialect, and weather all shape a town. But all that is complicated, particularly if it's a place you're not familiar with. Just start off with "It was a dark and stormy night in New York" and just like that, your tale is set in New York. Although, for the most part, the location is added in later.

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If your story takes place in a [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted specific, extant location]], some local color is to be expected: the natives of the place should act like people who live there do; the ones who are visiting should react to the unfamiliarity. Food, dialect, and weather all shape a town. But all that is complicated, particularly if it's a place you're not familiar with. Just start off with "It "{{It was a dark and stormy night night}} in New York" and just like that, your tale is set in New York. Although, for the most part, the location is added in later.


* An important plot point in Andrew Holleran's ''Dancer from the Dance'' takes place in WashingtonDC, which Holleran had not yet visited. Holleran provides no insights about the city that could not be gained from glancing at a map. His descriptions range from EverytownAmerica to hilariously wrong.

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* An important plot point in Andrew Holleran's ''Dancer from the Dance'' takes place in WashingtonDC, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, which Holleran had not yet visited. Holleran provides no insights about the city that could not be gained from glancing at a map. His descriptions range from EverytownAmerica to hilariously wrong.



* Quick, where's ''ThreesCompany'' set? [[spoiler:Santa Monica]].

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* Quick, where's ''ThreesCompany'' ''Series/ThreesCompany'' set? [[spoiler:Santa Monica]].

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* An important plot point in Andrew Holleran's ''Dancer from the Dance'' takes place in WashingtonDC, which Holleran had not yet visited. Holleran provides no insights about the city that could not be gained from glancing at a map. His descriptions range from EverytownAmerica to hilariously wrong.




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If your story takes place in a [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted specific, extant location]], some local color is to be expected: the natives of the place should act like people who live there do; the ones who are visiting should react to the unfamiliarity. But all that is complicated, particularly if it's a place you're not familiar with. Just start off with "It was a dark and stormy night in New York" and just like that, your tale is set in New York. Although, for the most part, the location is added in later.

Note: this isn't necessarily when a work fails to depict a location properly, merely when it isn't relevant. Often it appears to be done to avoid either EverytownAmerica or WhereTheHellIsSpringfield. Contrast the EiffelTowerEffect and HollywoodAtlas.

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If your story takes place in a [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted specific, extant location]], some local color is to be expected: the natives of the place should act like people who live there do; the ones who are visiting should react to the unfamiliarity. Food, dialect, and weather all shape a town. But all that is complicated, particularly if it's a place you're not familiar with. Just start off with "It was a dark and stormy night in New York" and just like that, your tale is set in New York. Although, for the most part, the location is added in later.

Note: this isn't necessarily when a work fails to depict a location properly, merely when it isn't relevant. Often it appears to be done to avoid either EverytownAmerica or WhereTheHellIsSpringfield. Contrast the EiffelTowerEffect and HollywoodAtlas.
HollywoodAtlas. See also CaliforniaDoubling.



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* ''All the Light We Cannot See'', by Anthony Doerr, is set (at least half of it) in the French seaside city of St. Malo, during the Second World War. Doerr certainly did his ''geographic'' research of the city (or what the city was like before it was bombed to rubble), but ''culturally'' the city is lacking compared to its real life counterpart. St. Malo has a distinct Breton culture - a culture with Celtic roots - complete with its own folklore, language, cuisine, crafts, and holidays. But the way that Doerr wrote about it, it could be just about ''any'' French town that happens to be on the sea.





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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' is set in south central Indiana, but all of its exterior shots are filmed in California. This means that the weather is peculiarly sunny and dry, with about two days of snow per year - you know, like Indiana has.



* The ''BeingHumanRemake'' is set in Boston, despite being [[CaliforniaDoubling filmed in]] UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}.

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\n* The ''BeingHumanRemake'' ''Series/BeingHumanUS'' is set in Boston, despite being [[CaliforniaDoubling filmed in]] UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Witch}}'' takes place in the USA but seems more European if anything. The [[WesternAnimation/{{Witch}} animated adaptation]] fixed a lot of the issues.
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* ''Series/FullHouse'' is set in SanFrancisco. You can tell from the opening theme, and nothing else.

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* ''Series/FullHouse'' is set in SanFrancisco.UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. You can tell from the opening theme, and nothing else.


* The ''BeingHumanRemake'' is set in Boston, despite being [[CaliforniaDoubling filmed in]] {{Toronto}}.

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* The ''BeingHumanRemake'' is set in Boston, despite being [[CaliforniaDoubling filmed in]] {{Toronto}}.UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}.



* ''{{Fringe}}'' is set in Boston, but doesn't make much use of that fact. Oddly, when the they go somewhere else, it doesn't really make a difference.
* ''FullHouse'' is set in SanFrancisco. You can tell from the opening theme, and nothing else.

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* ''{{Fringe}}'' ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is set in Boston, but doesn't make much use of that fact. Oddly, when the they go somewhere else, it doesn't really make a difference.
* ''FullHouse'' ''Series/FullHouse'' is set in SanFrancisco. You can tell from the opening theme, and nothing else.



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* Pretty much every Creator/DisneyChannel KidCom.


* ''Series/{{Community}}'' is set in {{Denver}}. For legal reasons.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' is set in {{Denver}}.UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}. For legal reasons.



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