It makes sense when you think about it. TV shows can cost millions to make and there isn't the room, time or money for new sets to be constructed for every single show. Of course, they don't keep the sets exactly the same. While the bones of a set might remain the same, set designers transform the places using a lick of paint, decorations and/or staging to transport us from one realm/world/family house to another. Have a look at some of the TV show pairs that used the same sets.
You will need to have a good memory and a very keen eye to have noticed this one. Roseanne aired from 1988 to 1997 and Mike & Molly didn't begin airing until 2010. If you watched both shows and thought that they had similar tastes in decorating, you were onto something because both television shows actually used the same living room set. When you take away each of the family's knickknacks, you can see that the bones of the room are pretty much the same. Yes, that was the same living room used for the more recent (and much more controversial Roseanne reboot).
All school classrooms pretty much look the same whether you go to school at Bayside High School in the early '90s or you go to Ridgeway Junior High School in the late 2000s. So, it makes sense that Saved by the Bell and iCarly ended up sharing their classroom spaces. Despite the fictional and actual time that separated the shows, not too much has changed about the classrooms. We're pretty sure they're using the same desks, just like actual students would be.
Golden Girls was an original. After all, how many other shows have you watched that followed the hilarious lives of four seniors sharing a house in Miami? That being said, the entire thing was not 100 percent original. Golden Girls used some of the same sets from It Takes Two. No, not the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie; the TV sitcom that aired from 1982 and 1983. One place it's most apparent is the kitchen. The place where Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia spent so many late nights snacking looks very similar to the kitchen Sam and Molly Quinn had in It Takes Two.
That's right, Saved by the Bell shared sets with more than one other show. Remember what we said about how all schools basically look the same regardless of the decade or their location? That's why the school from Saved by the Bell, Ridgeway Junior High School, also doubled as the school in That's So Raven, Bayside High School in San Francisco, California. Yeah, some redecorating happened, but we can still see the halls that Screech walked in the Raven set.
Scrubs and The Office seem like an unlikely pairing, especially when you consider the main settings of both shows. How would a show that's set in the (fictional) Sacred Heart Teaching Hospital overlap with staff from Dunder-Mifflin, a paper company based in Scranton, Pa.? Well, The Office fans can think back to the season five finale when *spoiler alert* Jim and Pam find out they're going to have a baby. They go to the hospital, which was the same one Scrubs was filmed at. The place was actually a real, running hospital at one point before it was closed down to become a TV set.
If you're a fan of teen TV shows from different decades, you will begin to realize just how much overlap there is between them. We're not just talking about their issues and the drama. We're also referring to the sets. In this case, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer both filmed at Torrance High School in California. The reboot of 90210, was also filmed at the stunning school and so are soooo many movies like She's All That and The Hot Chick.
This was a blink-and-you-probably-missed-it moment. If you caught it, you deserve a pat on the back. The West Wing was filmed mainly on a sound stage in Burbank, California. On the other hand, Smallville was filmed mainly in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. If you're wondering about how they crossed over, it occurred in the first season of Smallville when Lex Luthor imagines himself as the President of the United States. See where this is going? They shot the scene in the same set where The West Wing was filmed. Makes sense.
Remember The Wonder Years? The show aired from 1988 to 1993 and it focused on people growing up in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Well, somehow Glee ended up using the same set decades later when it premiered in 2009. Here's another fun fact for you: Both The Wonder Years and Glee named their fictional schools William McKinley High. And that's not the only crossover. Freaks & Geeks also used William McKinley High -- though they filmed elsewhere. Small world/TV-world, eh?
Full House and Friends were two classic comedies. There wasn't an overlap with their stories, but they actually did share some sets. Despite Friends' supposed location in New York and Full House in San Francisco, both shows were actually filmed on the same studio set in Burbank, California. Some set decorating happened, but you can still see some similarities between the Tanner's house and the Friends apartment. Hint: the hall between Chandler and Joey's apartment and Monica and Rachel's (later Monica and Chandler's) is the same hall between the girls' bedrooms on Full House.
Yeah, there's another show that shared with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which was on the air from 2008 to 2013, shared sets with the vampire-fighting drama. Like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Secret Life of the American Teenager was also filmed at Torrance High School in California. The same hallway Amy walked while she was pregnant Buffy fought demons in. I guess that's kind of poetic. Amy was fighting her own personal demons, right?
Here's a throwback one for you that proves even older shows shared sets. The Brady Bunch was on from 1969 to 1974. Mission: Impossible (the TV show that didn't feature Tom Cruise) was on from 1966 to 1973. During that time, Mission: Impossible borrowed a few of The Brady Brunch's interior sets. What's more, it wasn't the only show to do. Mannix also borrowed from the show. The sets were redressed so you might have missed it if you were watching any of the shows during your Netflix and chill.
This is another one that would be really impressive to have noticed unless you watched a Leave It To Be Beaver marathon before watching Desperate Housewives. Leave It To Beaver aired from 1957 to 1963 while Desperate Housewives aired decades and decades later from 2004 to 2012. Despite the years' difference, they still ended up sharing sets. Both shows were filmed on the same studio set in Universal Studios on Colonial Street. Just imagine the Leave It To Beaver house in color with a bit more embellishments and you'll totally see the similarities.
The WB/The CW
Here's another time Smallville shared a set with a different show. You might expect this one more given that Smallville and Arrow are both superhero TV shows on the same network. Smallville and Arrow both shared a film studio, plus they shared an exterior location. Hatley Castle in British Columbia, Canada was used as Lex Luthor's mansion on Smallville. On Arrow, it was the Oliver Queen mansion. With Tom Welling returning to his Superman suit for the Arrowverse crossover, this set similarity feels a lot more head-scratchy.
If you weren't obsessing over what was going on with Cory, Topanga, Shawn and Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World, you might have noticed that some of the interiors in the show also featured on According to Jim. We'll forgive you if you didn't notice considering Boy Meets World was on from 1993 to 2000 and According to Jim aired between 2001 and 2009. When you see the side-by-side comparison, it becomes very clear. Just look at the stairs, people. They're identical!
Fans of Drake & Josh and Victorious will know that there are a lot of crossovers between the shows. There are subtle references in both scripts and they've even featured some of the same actors. So, why stop there? They've also shared filming locations. During an episode where Drake and Josh end up with an orangutan name Bobo, they film some exterior shots. The same place is actually featured in a random episode of Victorious where Jade and Tori sing "Forever Baby" in English and Spanish.
No, we're not talking about the new CW show Nancy Drew but we're talking about the OGs. Desperate Housewives and Leave it to Beaver were both filmed on the same Colonial Street studio set in Universal Studios. And you know what? So was The Hardy Boys/The Nancy Drew Mysteries. The Nancy Drew Mysteries was on ABC from 1977 to 1979 so the mystery show used the filming location after Leave It To Beaver but before Desperate Housewives. It's a shame that the mystery-solving teenagers weren't around when the street became Wisteria Lane because they could have helped solve a lot of mysteries.
Do you sometimes think that all Nickelodeon shows are pretty much the same thing with slightly different characters? You might be onto something because a lot of them do overlap. There are actually some references exchanged between Drake & Josh and iCarly, but they also share sets. You might not have picked up on it because the rooms have been redressed to look completely different. They wouldn't want to make it too obvious now, would they? Where would be the fun in that?
And the award for the most random pairing goes to... The Andy Griffith Show and Star Trek. It's weird to think that a show that was set in the galaxy would share a set with a show that was set in the quiet town of Mayberry, North Carolina, but it's true. Star Trek aired between 1966 and 1969 while The Andy Griffith Show aired from 1960 to 1968. During that time, Star Trek took a few trips to Mayberry... or should we say the 40 Acres Studio backlot? One memorable scene is when Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Edith Keeler (Joan Collins) stroll by Floyd's Barber Shop. It's the same one from The Andy Griffith Show.
Can you imagine if George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera) hung out with Louis Stevens (Shia LaBeouf)? That would actually be pretty epic. It could have almost happened given that Arrested Development and Even Stevens both used Balboa High School and University High School to shoot scenes. Other shows have also used the schools, but Arrested Development and Even Stevens were two that were actually meant to take place in California.
The CW/The CW
Your mind is probably still blown from the shocking similarities between Gilmore Girls and Pretty Little Liars right? PLL took over the set in 2010, but Hart of Dixie also made use of some of the old Gilmore Girls locations, too. For example, Hart of Dixie uses Stars Hollow's town square. Hart of Dixie's might have been set in Alabama and Gilmore Girls in Connecticut, but a town square is pretty much a town square, right? What's more, houses from Stars Hollow appeared in Bluebell. Of course, you can see the same gazebo is used on both shows. Every town square needs a gazebo!
Remember what we said about how Arrested Development used Balboa High School and University High School? Two generations of the Bluth family weren't the only ones to attend the school. The kids in My So-Called Life also attended the school. However, the short-lived show was actually based in Pittsburgh and the school was renamed Liberty High School. Arrested Development stuck with the original name for the school. Plus, the comedy series was actually based in California.
Mad Men may have been set in 1960s New York while New Girl is set in modern times in Los Angeles, California. Despite the decades' difference and being set on completely different coasts, both TV shows ended up sharing The Prince Restaurant and Bar. If you're wondering where the actual place is situated, it's based in Koreatown in L.A. So, if you find yourself in town, you can be like Don Draper (Jon Hamm) or Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) and go take a visit.
Let's be honest: Sometimes it felt like Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill were basically the same show just with slightly different actors and slightly different locations. They were still both very entertaining, which is why we didn't mind the similarities. Both shows were filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina which meant there were a lot of overlapping locations. One big one was that Chris Wolfe (Jason Behr)'s house was later used in One Tree Hill as Rachel Gatina's (Danneel Ackles) home. But seriously, now that you know, you'll spot the similarities between Tree Hill and Capeside all the time.
The CW/USA Network
Supernatural and the USA Network comedy Psych are both filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With a bit of redressing and de-spookifying, the Supernatural set looks like the hilarious world of Psych. If you were to go watch the shows one after the other, you will see that some locations appear in both of them including motels, town halls, and even pool houses. So, keep your eyes open the next time you're binge-watching.
Here's another throwback one for you: Family Matters was an ABC sitcom that was on from 1989 to 1998. Living Single was a FOX TV show that aired from 1993 to 1998. If you watched the pilot episode of Living Single, you will see that the ladies on the show were living in the Winslows' family home. When you go back and re-watch it now, you'll find it hard to believe that you didn't realize it the first time you watched it.
You might be obsessed with Riverdale and pride yourself about knowing everything there is to know about Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes). But, did you know that Riverdale and Once Upon A Time have shared filming locations? It's true. Riverdale used the town hall from Once Upon a Time's Storybrooke. We'll have to watch Riverdale extra closely now to see if we can spot any other locations from OUAT.
Gilmore Girls has already made two notable appearances on the list, but it also shared a set with another television show. This one kicks it old school because Gilmore Girls actually overlapped with The Waltons, the CBS show that aired from 1971 to 1981. If you have ever watched it, you will know that The Waltons was set in the 1930s and 1940s and looked at the Depression and World War II. It doesn't actually sound like Stars Hollow, Connecticut circa the 2000s, but the Dragonfly Inn from Gilmore Girls was originally used as the Waltons' home.
Remember how good 7th Heaven was back in the day? It was almost as hyped up as This Is Us is right now. Hype and exciting plot twists aren't the only things the two shows have in common. Did you know that the Camden house from 7th Heaven is the one they use as Randall Pearson's (Sterling K. Brown) house on This Is Us? It's true and it's located just north of Pasadena, California. It was the Camdens' house for 11 seasons from 1996 to 2007. We'll see how long it lasts as Randall's house. No pressure.
Both Hannah Montana and Glee featured a lot of catchy songs and dance moves that we wanted to copy. One other similarity the shows had was that they both filmed at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. The theater is actually an iconic landmark that has been featured in movies, musical videos, and magazine photoshoots, but it was especially appropriate that the two shows that focused on performing chose to film there. We'll leave you to decide which performances you liked better.
Remember when Jennifer Lawrence was on Medium? If you missed this huge tidbit, J.Law was actually on the show twice. On one episode, she played a younger version of Allison Dubois aka Patricia Arquette's character. In the flashback scenes, the NBC show used Torrance High School in Torrance, California to shoot. The school was also where the reboot of 90210 was shot. If you've been paying attention, it was also where the OG Beverly Hills, 90210 was filmed. Which fact blows your mind the most?
Speaking of 90210, the addictive TV show also shared locations with the HBO hit Entourage. Both dramas used the Tropicana Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel as hangout points. We understand if you may not be able to picture Naomi Clark (AnnaLynne McCord) and Erin Silver (Jessica Stroup) hanging out with Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), but you can probably see why they all wanted to hang out there, right? No matter the TV universe, it is still the place to be seen.