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15 Shows That Give You Major Wanderlust

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During my trip to Mexico last year, a waiter at a Spanish restaurant started questioning me about my hometown of Chicago. From there, he began asking if I’d ever been to New York or Las Vegas and wanted to know what these cities were like because he’d “only seen them on TV.”
 
His statement struck me because, in an age where wanderlust is so real, it didn’t occur to me that some people never had the opportunity to venture outside of their hometowns. Some people weren’t as fortunate as I was to whip out a passport and go anywhere; some only saw the rest of the world through television shows.
 
In fact, I’ve traveled to many cities — DC, New Orleans, LA, to name a few — simply because I’d fallen in love with how they were portrayed on my favorite show. I loved feeling like I was on set with my favorite characters or experiencing a taste of their lifestyle. 
 
In the wake of coronavirus when traveling has become limited and almost impossible with many border closures, this list of show locations that have inspired me to travel hits a bit differently. It’s almost like a “bucket list” of places I’d love to check out once the pandemic is finally over and we can return to our normal lives.
 
Some locations and popular and immediately recognizable, so much so that they even have dedicated tours of their picturesque filming locations. Others fly a little more under the radar, but are so beautiful, you don’t even need the magic of films and television to fall in love!
 
Did you ever travel anywhere after finding inspiration from a TV show? Let us know in the comments!  

 

1. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

If you want to live like a Westerosi — without the gory battles, of course — listen up. Game of Thrones uses some of the most beautiful places in the world as their backdrop. The medieval look is very much alive in Europe.

Sure, many scenes are shot inside, but those exterior shots are 100% real and can be found in places like Northern Ireland (Pyke), Iceland, Croatia and Malta (King’s Landing, Dorne, or Slaver’s Bay). Since so many fans travel to these locations for this very reason, you can easily find a map and plan out a whole “GOT-inspired” trip and possibly even recreate your favorite scenes.

 

2. Sex and the City

Sex and the City
New York City is synonymous with Sex and the City, but so many other shows use the city’s bustling and lavish personality. Gossip Girl, Will & Grace, The Bold Type, and Broad City have all given us an idea of what the Big Apple, and surrounding neighborhoods like the Bronx and Brooklyn, are all about. Fans are so inspired, they often make pit stops in front of Carrie Bradshaw’s house and take fashionable photos on the Met Gala steps just like Blair Waldorf.
 
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3. Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies
You’ve probably never even heard of Monterey, but after watching Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley sip on coffee at Old Fisherman’s Wharf (in reality, it is an Italian and Seafood restaurant called Paluca Trattoria) and run at Lovers Point Beach, it’s most likely on your list of “places to visit.” In fact, you were probably already convinced by the scenery from the Bixby Creek Bridge in the opening credits.

4. Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey
The period drama revolves around staff at Downtown Abbey in 20th century England. Though you can’t travel back in time, you can visit the UK to check out the family’s Georgian Country House and the lush grounds and gardens. Grab some crumpets and tea while you are there, and maybe even bring a fancy umbrella to shield you from the scorching sun!
 
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5. Portlandia

Portlandia
If you are after a quirky and cool city, look no further than Portlandia. The series highlights and then underlines the eccentricity of the city by focusing on the charming intricacies like bookstores, concert venues, and chic eateries. I bet you can get some delicious hipster coffee and take some wicked Instagram photos during your trip, so add don’t exclude this one from your bucket list.

6. Outlander

Outlander
Though you can’t travel to 18th century Scotland, you can still travel present-day Scotland, which is just as picturesque thanks to all of the historical buildings. Add 14-century Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), 15th-century Blackness Castle (Fort William), and Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison) to your itinerary, and you’ll feel like you’re a main character in the supernatural historical romance.
 
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7. The Originals

The Originals

The Original vampires call New Orleans home and utilize every corner of the ancient city. The backdrop plays an important role in supernatural terms, but it’s also visually stunning. I traveled to NOLA because I fell in love with it as it was portrayed on the series, and as I was walking through the French Quarter, I felt the spirit of the ancestors taking hold and vampires breathing down my neck. True story.

Sadly, it wasn’t a pristinely dressed Mikealson. To really get the full experience, stay at The Hotel Royal (Marcel’s place of residence), stop by St. Louis Cathedral (known as St. Anne’s on the series), visit Lafayette Cemetary, and hit up a voodoo shop with hopes of casually running into Freya.

 

8. Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0
If you have to fight crime, why not do it on the sunny beaches of Hawaii? Let’s just hope your vacation is more relaxing than what you often see on the show. If you’re a super fan, there’s actually a guided tour that leads you to iconic attractions from the series like the Hawaii Five-O headquarters and Punchbowl. They even recreate some memorable scenes!
 

9. The Affair

The Affair

Montauk is labeled as the Hamptons without the crowd which makes it the perfect place for an affair. The scenery in this show is so vivid, you can almost taste the water and you’ve probably found yourself looking at hotels on multiple occasions.

It’s a good thing it’s also a fantastic beach getaway with plenty of water activities, boutique shops and restaurants. Affair fans can specifically check out Turtle Cove, The Montauk Playhouse Community Center and the Viking Dock.

10. The Chicago Trilogy

The Chicago Triology
Dick Wolf brought a whole series of Chicago shows to NBC, and if that isn’t enough to make you want to travel to the Windy City, I don’t know what is. You have to look past all the crime highlighted in the episodes to find the real beauty in the bustling city lined with skyscrapers! If you ever roll through, you can check out Cinespace which is the lot where all the shows, including Empire, are filmed. Also add Grant Park, Navy Pier, Molly’s Bar (Lottie’s Pub in real life), and PD’s District 21 (UIC Police Headquarters).
 
 

11. Scandal

Scandal
If you are a fan of Scandal, you’ve probably wanted to power strut all over DC in a peacoat and Louboutins like power player Olivia Pope. Yes, I know most of it is filmed in LA, but I’ll shamelessly admit that the ABC show inspired me to take a weekend getaway to DC. And in the midst of emulating Liv’s power prance all over town, I actually fell in love with the city and all of its political history.

12. Timeless

Timeless
Sadly, you cannot actually travel back in time, but this series really makes you want to build your own time machine and see history unravel before your eyes. Just remember, you can always travel to all of the destinations the Lifeboat takes them to, just in the present day. Don’t forget to check out some of the historical monuments and sights that have been preserved throughout time!
 

See the full list at TV Fanatic! 


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Summer TV 2021: 13 Shows and Movies Heating Up Your Screen

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Summer TV 2021: 13 Shows and Movies Heating Up Your Screen

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up!

As society reopens following the COVID-19 lockdowns, your summer itinerary likely includes hitting the beach and the pool, checking out local patios, throwing a BBQ, and catching some rays!

But after a long day of being out and about, there’s nothing better than settling in with a good, new show. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of new shows, movies, and seasons waiting for you this summer! 

From scandalous teen dramas to psychological thrillers — there’s something for everyone to binge-watch! 

Check out our list below: 

 

Why Women Kill – June 3 (Paramount+)

In the second season, Allison Tomlan (Good Girls, Emergence) stars as Alma a meek housewife looking to join an elite garden club run by Rita Castilla (Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parilla) when she unearths a secret about her husband that flips her world upside down! 

 

In the Heights – June 11 (HBO Max)

From the man that brought you Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda does it again with a musical that celebrates New York’s mostly Puerto Rican neighborhood of Washington Heights and the lives and dreams of those living in it. Watch the first eight minutes below:

 

Kevin Can F**k Himself – June 13 (AMC)

Annie Murphy’s first post-Schitt’s Creek role is a promising one. She plays the role of a housewife perfectly, but she longs to break free from the confines of a sitcom wife and land the lead role while realizing that she wants to murder her husband. The series attempts something that’s never been done before as it alternates between “single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy.”

 

Elite – June 18 (Netflix)

Murder, mystery, sex, intrigue — Elite has it all. If you’ve seen the first three seasons, you know what to expect from the students of Las Encinas. If you haven’t, well, you’ve got some time to catch up before season 4 drops! 

 
 

Sex/Life – June 25 (Netflix)

 
Netflix’s new raunchy drama is inspired by BB Easton’s book, 44 Chapters About 4 Men. Billie is a sex-charged housewife who craves the wild days of her youth and can’t stop thinking about her former flame.
 

Gossip Girl – July 8 (HBO Max)

The series that shot Blake Lively to worldwide fame returns! Are you ready to return to the Met steps and read more tea from the private school teens? The new version of the beloved hit series taps into the role social media plays in the spread of gossip amongst NYC’s elite. We bet you’ll find yourself tuning in simply for the nostalgia factor. 

 

Fear Street: A Film Trilogy Event – July 2, 9, and 16 (Netflix)

Think of this as Halloween in July! Netflix has tapped into R.L. Stine’s novels for the three feature films, which will debut over the course of three Fridays. The movies are set in three different time periods — 1994, 1978 and 1666 — and focus on the haunted town of Shadyside, home to a spirit that possess people and forced them to commit murders. 

 

Virgin River – July 9 (Netflix)

Virgin River is a small town with lots of drama. And Mel is gearing up to find out who shot Jack in the upcoming third season, which teases “a funeral, a fire,  divorce, a hurricane, and a new romance.”

 

Schmigadoon! – July 16 (Apple TV+)

SNL’s Lorne Michaels brings together two of the greatest comics, Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong, for a six-episode musical series that parodies iconic Golden Age Musicals. The duo star as a couple that goes backpacking in hopes of reviving their romance when they stumble upon a town living in a 1940s musical. The worst part? They can’t leave until they find “true love.” Other notable names include Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.

 

Roswell, New Mexico – July 26 (The CW)

After a long hiatus, season 3 of the teen drama returns with the town still reeling from the events of last year. Per the synopsis: “From near and from far, amidst breakups, reunions, scientific advancements and the impending death of someone they hold dear, our heroes must grapple with two central questions: Who enters our lives and defines who we are? And what power do we really have over our own futures?”
 
 

Nine Perfect Strangers – August 18 (Hulu)

Is there anything Nicole Kidman can’t do? Hailing from the author who also wrote Big Little Lies, this star-studded mini-series finds nine people (Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Shannon, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving and Manny Jacinto) who attend a health-and-wellness retreat where they find themselves “transformed,” and not in a good way. 

 

The Chair -August 27 (Netflix) 

Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh stars as Professor Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female chair of a university’s English department, in the six-episode satire. Oh also serves as executive producer alongside creator Amanda Peet. Much of the plot is being kept under wraps, but the synopsis teases that we’ll see the “trials and tribulations” of her role within the department. 

 

Only Murders in the Building – August 31 (Hulu)

If you love whodunit’s, you’re going to love the 10-part comedy starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez as three strangers who love crime stories and bond over a murder in their apartment complex on the Upper West Side. 

 
 
Other notable mentions: the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on August 12, season 2 of Never Have I Ever, Betty, and Ted Lasso, the final season of Bosch, and Disney+’s Loki!
 
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What to Watch in June 2021 Guide: Loki, Elite, The Bachelorette and MORE!

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What to Watch June 2021 on Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and More

The weather is heating up and so are your TV choices!

There are plenty of exciting options coming your way in June, so there’s absolutely no reason for you to be bored this summer! 

Get ready to lounge by the pool and binge-watch these new shows and movies!

 

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Why Women Kill – Paramount+ (June 3)

The second season of the anthology series takes place in 1949 Hollywood and follows socialite Rita Castillo (Lana Parilla) and  meek housewife Alma (Allison Tolman). 

 

Sweet Tooth – Netflix (June 4)

Based on the beloved DC Comic, the Netflix series takes place in a post-apocalyptic fairytale about a hybrid deer boys adventures. Robert Downey Jr. serves as executive producer. 

 

Lupin: Part 2 – Netflix (June 11)

The heist continues! Per the synopsis: “Assane’s quest for revenge against Hubert Pellegrini has torn his family to pieces. With his back to the wall, he now has to think of a new plan, even if it means putting himself in danger.”

 

The Bachelorette – ABC (June 7)

Katie made quite the impression when she arrived on Matt James’s season with her trusted vibrator. She then earned the love of Bachelor Nation for being one of the only women in the house not to bully others. Now, she’s on her quest for true love! Will she find it?

 

Home Before Dark – Apple TV (June 11)

The second season of the mystery drama consists of 10 episodes released weekly. It finds a young journalist investigating a suspicious explosion at a local farm. 

 

Love, Victor – Hulu (June 11)

The Love, Simon spinoff returns for a second season and tackles the hardships of coming out, which makes it the perfect binge-watch for Pride month!

 

Loki – Disney+ (June 11)

Marvel fans, suit up! Loki is one of the most anticipated releases of the month! Thor fans will get a deeper look at Tom Hiddleston’s character and what happened to his character in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.

 

iCarly – Paramount+ (June 17)

It’s beginning to feel like the 00’s in here! The iCarly reboot brings back Miranda Cosgrove and friends! Per the synopsis, it’s set to “pick up nearly 10 years after Nickelodeon’s original show ended and finds Carly Shay, the original influencer, and her friends navigating work, love and family in their twenties.”

 

Elite – Netflix (June 18)

It’s getting hot in here. A new mystery, new romances, and new drama unfolds at Las Encinas at the start of the new school year, which brings some new faces!

 

Too Hot To Handle – Netflix (June 23)

The second season of the reality competition is heating up summer as sexy singles face a $100,000 celibacy challenge.

 

Bosch – Amazon Prime (June 25)

The last handful of episodes of the series will arrive at the end of the month ahead of the IMDb TV spinoff!

 

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False Positive – Hulu (June 18)
 
Justin Theroux, Pierce Brosnan, Ilana Glazer star in the part-comedy, part-horror movie about a couple with infertility issues who turn to a charming doctor and find out an unsettling truth about him!

 

Luca – Disney+ (June 18)

Let Disney+ sweet you away to Portorosso! In the animated film, two sea monsters inhabit human bodies and begin exploring the Italian Riviera! The Pixar film is the second to drop straight to the streaming platform without a theatrical release right after the award-winning Soul

 


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What to Watch May 2021 Guide: Dynasty, The Bold Type, Cruella and MORE!

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April showers didn’t just nourish the flowers, they brought a handful of exciting new movies and TV shows to your favorite streaming platforms and prime-time TV channels!

Here’s what will capture your attention during the month of May 2021!

 

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Selena: The Series – (Netflix) May 4

The second part puts the spotlight back on the singer and details her struggles with fame. 

Jupiter’s Legacy – Netflix (May 7)

Superheroes are assembling on Netflix this May. Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, the series stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter and Ian Quinlan.

 

The Boy from Medellin – Amazon Prime (May 7)

In this documentary focused on global superstar J Balvin, you get a deeper sense of the “boy from Medellin” as it explores his rise to fame, his mental health, and the current political climate in his home country of Colombia.

 

Dynasty – The CW (May 7)

The Carrington family is the source of all of our Friday night drama. And the fourth season brings plenty of craziness along with Liam and Fallon’s wedding! 

 

High School Musical: The Series – Disney+ (May 14)

It’s showtime! The second season is back with more singing!

 

The Bold Type – Freeform (May 26)

All good things must come to an end. And it’s time to say goodbye to Kat, Sutton, Jane, and all the memories we made at Scarlet Magazine. How will it all end? Tune in for the final season to find out. 

 

 

M.O.D.O.K. – Hulu (May 21)

The Hulu Original Marvel animated series focuses on the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. who is struggling to maintain control over his evil organization.

 

Masters of None – Netflix (May 23)

Aziz Ansari’s acclaimed comedy returns for season 3!

 

Movies

Monster – Netflix (May 7)

The film, which debuted at Sundance in 2018, focuses on Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), an aspiring filmmaker who becomes implicated in a robbery-turned-murder and who fights for his justice. It also stars Jennifer Hudson.

 

The Woman in the Window – Netflix (May 14)

Amy Adams stars as a psychologist suffering from agoraphobia, who spies on her neighbors and witnesses a crime from her window that she becomes obsessed with solving. Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie also appear in the film.

 

Cruella – Disney+ (May 28)

The most exciting release in May? Emma Stone’s take on the iconic Disney villain. The film will premiere in theaters and on the streaming platform simultaneously. It will be available on the platform for an additional $30 fee. 


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