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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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What to Watch in March 2021 Guide: Good Girls, Coming 2 America, The Irregulars, and MORE!

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What to Watch in March 2021: Good Girls, Coming 2 America, The Irregulars, and MORE!

Can you believe it’s almost March?

2021 is flying by, and I have to credit the fact that there has been so much good television available!

Despite COVID-19 still holding a grasp on the world, plenty of our favorite TV shows were able to return to production and deliver outstanding seasons that are keeping us entertained every single day of the week. 

March sees a return of some favorites on primetime along with some new additions to streaming. 

Here’s everything to watch on March 2021: 

 

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Debris – NBC (March 1)

Calling all sci-fi fans! Two international agents are tasked with investigating mysterious wreckage that falls from the sky. As British agent Finola Jones and American agent Bryan Beneventi lead the charge to track down all the debris scattered across the Western Hemisphere, they realize it’s a race against time!  

 

The Voice – NBC (March 1)

The singing competition returns for season 20 with Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson at the helm! 

 

Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell – Netflix (March 1)

The documentary on famed rapper The Notorious B.I.G. celebrates his life and tracks his journey to rap king alongside rare footage and in-depth interviews. 

 

New Amsterdam – NBC (March 2)

With the pandemic still in full-swing, season 3 kicks off with a plane crash in the East River.

 
 
Wandavision – Disney Plus (March 5)
 
One of the longest episodes of the season marks the season finale of the series as it embarks into full MCU territory. 
 

 
 

Good Girls – NBC (March 7)

Your favorite suburban criminals are back for season 4! Beth, Ruby, and Annie continue their life of crime by pouring themselves into Boland Bubbles to wash money for “homeboy.” With the FBI hot on their trail, will they find a way to stay above water?

 

Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy – ABC (March 11) 

After going on hiatus in December, the Shondaland shows return with a crossover that tackles the issue of human trafficking.

 

A Million Little Things – ABC (March 11)

After a nearly three-month wait, A Million Little Things is finally getting new episodes and it’s going to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the synopsis: “As [the virus] becomes more widespread across the U.S., Boston goes into lockdown putting Rome’s movie in jeopardy and forcing Maggie to return home from Oxford. Because the hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, Eddie’s back surgery is cancelled, leading him to take desperate measures to cope with the severe pain.

 

Love Alarm – Netflix (March 12)

The popular K-drama about an app that alerts people if someone in the area likes them returns for its second season on Netflix!

 

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal – Netflix (March 17)

You’re familiar with the college bribery scandal that brought down Aunt Becky and other wealthy parents who stopped at nothing to get their children into top-tier universities. The documentary synopsis reads: “Using an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients, Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into elite colleges, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality.”

 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 1 and 2 – Disney Plus (March 19)
 

The highly-anticipated Marvel action series brings together Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who “team up for a global adventure that will test their survival skills — as well as their patience.” Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the action picks up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” with the first two episodes airing on the streamer on March 19 and March 26, respectively.

 

 

The Irregulars – Netflix (March 26)

The Sherlock Holmes spin-off series follows a group of “troubled street teens” who are wrapped into solving crimes and saving London from supernatural elements by the “sinister Doctor Watson.”

 

Pooch Perfect – ABC (March 30)

Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is set to host this dog grooming reality competition that’s based on a UK competition of the same name (also hosted by Wilson). The episodes will spotlight 10 dog groomers around the country competing in challenges. 

 

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Coming 2 America – Amazon Prime (March 5)

Comedic geniuses Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite as Akeem and Semmi to take audiences back to Zamunda, the royal country made popular in the 80s. It’s worth the watch if only for nostalgia’s sake. 

 

Raya and the Last Dragon – Disney Plus (March 5)

After being delayed the coronavirus pandemic, the film will finally debut months later. It’ll premiere simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters on the same day! Per the synopsis: ” Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.”

 

Moxie – Netflix (March 3)

Amy Poehler lends her talents to a second Netflix original about a shy 16-year-old who is inspired by her mom’s rebellious past and publishes an anonymous zine to tackle sexism inside the high school hallways. 

 

Yes Day – Netflix (March 12) 

Saying “no” to your kids can be difficult, so parents Allison (played by Jennifer Garner) and Carlos give their kids one day where they say “yes” to all their requests.

 

Paper Lives (Kağıttan Hayatlar) – Netflix (March 15)

The Turkish drama finds warehouse worker Mehmet (starring Çağatay Ulusoy) working in an impoverished neighborhood where he becomes responsible for a small boy.

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What to Watch in February 2021: ‘Young Rock,’ ‘Firefly Lane,’ ‘Malcolm & Marie’ and ‘Superman & Lois’

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What to Watch February 2021: Superman & Lois, Firefly Lane, Malcolm & Marie, Young Rock

The one thing that has remained constant and reliable amid the coronavirus pandemic has been television. 

Could you imagine if we didn’t have our favorite shows to keep us entertained during quarantine?

Primetime television and streaming services have been more than happy to deliver some of the best content to audiences who are largely sitting at home and spending time in front of the television. 

And that trend continues into February, a month jam-packed with new shows and new season premieres. 

Here’s what’s gracing our screens in February:

 

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Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready Season 2 – Netflix (February 2)

Need a good laugh? Tiffany Haddish and other up-and-coming comics deliver in half-hour stand-up sets.

 

Firefly Lane – Netflix (February 3)

The series marks Katherine Heigel’s return to television. In the story of friendship, Heigel stars as Tully, who befriends Kate at a young age. The series chronicles their unbreakable bond from teens to their 40s.

 

Malcolm and Marie – Netflix (February 5)

Zendaya and John David Washington star as Malcolm and Marie, a filmmaker and his girlfriend in the black-and-white film. It’s a gritty look into a couple who want to keep their relationship in-tact and open up about past relationships. Word is, it’s even looking to be a contender for awards season.

 

Super Bowl LV – CBS (February 7)

This one kind of goes without explanation… Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face-off during the biggest sports night of the year. The Weeknd is set to provide some grooves during the halftime show. 

 

American Idol – ABC (February 14)

The series will have you singing, crying, and laughing. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie return as judges on season 4! 

 

Young Rock – NBC (February 16)

Love Dwayne Johnson? Have you followed The Rock’s career since his WWE days? Now, you can get to know his childhood in the upcoming sitcom about his life! 

 

Queen Sugar – OWN (February 16)

The Bordelon siblings are back for a fifth season which tackles COVID and BLM. 

 

The Kenan Show – NBC (February 16)

The new single-cam comedy follows a widowed dad (played by Kenan Thompson) who is juggling a high-profile job as the host of an Atlanta morning show and raising two daughters. 

 

The Real Housewives of New Jersey – Bravo (February 17)

Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania, Margaret Josephs, Jackie Goldschneider, and Jennifer Aydin are back!!! The 11th season will address cheating rumors, excessive drinking, and more explosive fights. 

 

Flora & Ulysses – Disney+ (February 19)

Based on the book of the same name, Flora & Ulysses follows 10-year old Flora who befriends a squirrel named Ulysses who possesses superhero powers. Your children will love this one! 

 

Superman & Lois – The CW (February 23)

The CW introduces a new super-family into the fold of superhero shows. Per the synopsis, the show picks up years after facing supervillains and aliens with Clark Kent and Lois Lane facing their greatest challenge ever — “dealing with being working parents in today’s society” to two boys, Jonathan and Jordan. Who knew even superheroes struggle with parenting?! The premiere is 2-hour event! 

 

Punky Brewster – Peacock (February 25)

The beloved ’80s series is returning to your TV screens! Soleil Moon Frye will reprise the titular character in the 10-episode revival. She is now a single mom of three hoping to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl in the foster system named Izzy who reminds her of her younger self. 

 

The Walking Dead – AMC (February 25)

The series returns after a months-long hiatus. Maggie is back, which doesn’t sit well with Negan, whose safety is at risk again.

 

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To All the Boys: Always and Forever – Netflix (February 12)

The saga comes to an epic (and romantic) conclusion with the third installment dropping ahead of Valentine’s Day. Cozy up on the couch with your besties and get lost in Peter and Lara Jean’s love story. Senior year is upon them, but will their plans for the future lead to a break up? Or is their relationship strong enough to withstand anything?

 

It’s groundhog day in the coming-of-age teen comedy. Two teens try to make the best of being stuck in the same day every day by searching for all the things that make a day perfect while falling in love in the process. 

 

The United States vs. Billie Holiday – Hulu (February 26)

Andra Day takes on the legendary R&B and jazz crooner, Billie Holiday, in the drama, which finds the Federal Bureau of Narcotics launching an undercover sting operation against her. 

 

What shows/movies are making it onto your “must-see” list in February?

Let us know in the comments! 

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9 Political TV Shows & Documentaries to Watch Ahead of Inauguration Day

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9 TV Shows to Watch on Election Day 2020

Inauguration day is upon us.

As the U.S. gets ready to swear in a new president, we suggest tapping into a political show to fully embrace the moment: 

Here are some of our favorites:

 

Scandal

Who could ever say no to the madness that ensues when Olivia Pope and her White Hat advise President Fitzgerald Grant?

 

Veep

It’s a comical yet punchy look at the White House, which finds Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the second-in-line to the Commander-in-Chief. 

 

Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland’s Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member, suddenly finds himself the President after an attack on the night of the State of the Union kills the president and nearly all of the Cabinet. 

 

 

Knock Down the House

AOC, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortnerz, is among four Democratic hopefuls profiled in the documentary that highlights the race dubbed as one of the most “shocking political upsets in recent American history.”

 

The Final Year

The documentary filmed throughout 2016 follows Barack Obama and his team in his final term. 

 

The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin delivered a series about the inner workings of the White House that has inspired many political shows that followed. 

 

House of Cards

Prior to those Kevin Spacey allegations, the series was one of the most popular amongst households as it followed Congressman Frank Underwood. After he was fired, Robin Wright took the lead.

 

Madam Secretary

In this political drama, Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA operative and political science professor, runs the world as Secretary of State. 

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

Critics have draw parallels between the series, a dystopian drama about a futuristic America where a society controls women, and Donald Trump’s America. The series has also inspired many protests around the world, most recently the women’s movement against the abortion ban in Poland. 


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