Ever watch a movie or show that’s based on Long Island, but just doesn’t quite look familiar?
Though many films and programs are set in Nassau or Suffolk, there are those that — while serving as a nice shout-out — are not locally produced.
Here are some notable movies and episodes of TV shows situated on LI, but not filmed where they claim to be happening.
"Everybody Loves Raymond"
The successful CBS Networks sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" was set on Long Island--with its main character Raymond Barone (played by Ray Romano) employed as a Newsday sportswriter no less--but the series was filmed in Los Angeles. (Pictured, from left to right: "Everybody Loves Raymond" cast members Brad Garrett, Monica HoranPatricia Heaton, Ray Romano, Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts.)
“Turn: Washington's Spies”
"Turn: Washington's Spies" is an AMC Studios series based on the Culper espionage ring, an undertaking that occurred during the Revolutionary War. Long Island was an integral part of the route of information, and the undertaking involved the efforts of Setauket residents Abraham Woodhull and Caleb Brewster, as well as those of Oyster Bay native Robert Townsend. However, despite characterizations of Townsend, Brewster the Woodhull family and Lieutenant Colonel John Simcoe (the British military leader who commandeered Raynham Hall, the Townsend family's home), the program has been exclusively shot in Virginia. (Pictured, from left to right: Meegan Warner as Mary Woodhull, Jamie Bell as Abe Woodhull and Kevin McNally as Richard Woodhull in an episode of the AMC Studios series "Turn: Washington's Spies.")
The fourth season of the CBS Networks police drama "CSI: NY" featured an episode (titled "Boo") in which two of its detective characters head to Amityville to follow up on a murder case that took place in a house that is reportedly haunted. Whether or not this was inspired by the real-life DeFeo murder case and the "Amityville Horror" tale, the program was filmed at various locations in California. (Pictured: Melina Kanakaredes and Gary Sinise, in a scene from the CBS Networks police drama "CSI: NY." The episode is titled "Boo." )
"The Amityville Horror" (1979)
The original 1979 film version of "The Amityville Horror" may have been based on the story of the DeFeo murder case in Amityville, and the paranormal experiences reported by the next family to live in the home at 108 Ocean Avenue that once belonged to the DeFeos--but as the village of Amityville wasn't interested in supporting the film, much of the movie was shot in various New Jersey communities and in California. (Pictured: Margot Kidder and James Brolin in their roles as Kathy and George Lutz in the 1979 horror film "The Amityville Horror.")
"The Amityville Horror" (2005)
The 2005 film version of "The Amityville Horror," a remake of the 1979 film of the same name, much like its predecessor was not shot in Amityville; it was filmed at various locations in Wisconsin and Illinois. (Pictured: Rachel Nichols, in a scene from the 2005 remake of the 1979 horror film "Amityville Horror.")
"How I Met Your Mother"
Fans of the CBS Networks sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" may remember when the storyline took the main characters to "Farhampton." Of course, there is no such community--and in addition, shows set in the faux Hamptons hamlet were filmed in Los Angeles. (Pictured, from left to right: Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris in a scene from an episode of the CBS Networks sitcom "How I Met Your Mother.")
The plot of the USA Networks TV series "Necessary Roughness" was focused on a Long Island divorcee and psychotherapist. It lasted for three seasons, with all its episodes filmed in Atlanta, GA. (Pictured left to right: actors Callie Thorne as Dr. Danielle Santino, and Concetta Tomei as Angela Romano, in a scene from the USA Networks TV series "Necessary Roughness.")
"Everybody Hates Chris"
During the third season of "Everybody Hates Chris," one episode sees two of the main characters head to Long Island to meet the iconic hockey player Wayne Gretzky. The pair head to the fictional "Long Island Wilmont Hotel" (which was described as located in Westbury) and used the LIRR to get there. However, the show was recorded in Hollywood, CA. (Pictured: Tichina Arnold accepts the award for Best New Series "Everybody Hates Chris" on UPN with other cast members, from left, Tyler James Williams holding the award, Terry Crews, Vincent Martella, and executive producer Ali LeRoi, Imani Hakim and Tequan Richmond, in the seventh annual Family Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005.)
"The Amy Fisher Story" (1993)
The 1993 made-for TV movie "The Amy Fisher Story" is based on the true story of the shooting of Massapequa resident Mary Jo Buttafuoco by Merrick native Amy Fisher. A teenager at the time, Fisher was also involved in an affair with Mary Jo's now-former husband Joey. Drew Barrymore (right) starred as Fisher, while Anthony John Denison (left) played Joey Buttafuoco; the production was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, rather than in the South Shore communities in which the actual incident occurred.
“Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story”
Alyssa Milano (pictured, center) also played Amy Fisher, in the 1993 made-for-TV movie "Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story." Like the other filmed version of the story, it was not filmed on LI; this movie was shot in Los Angeles.
During the fourth season of the NBC Networks sitcom "Seinfeld," the main characters travel to a mall in Lynbrook (during the episode titled ""The Handicap Spot") in search of a gift. Despite the fictional mall's Nassau County location, the episode was filmed in Los Angeles. (Pictured, from left to right: Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards, the core cast of the NBC Networks sitcom "Seinfeld.")
During the fifth season of the CBS Networks FBI drama "Criminal Minds," the episode "Reckoner" required the show's investigative team to take up casework in Commack (which also serves as the hometown of one of the program's main characters, David Rossi, played by Joe Mantegna, pictured). As it turns out, the series was filmed at locations in California and in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The 1999 film "The Suburbans," co-starring Jennifer Love Hewitt (pictured), Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and Jerry Stiller, is a story about a fictional 1980's one-hit-wonder band seeking a comeback in the 1990s; the characters work out of a Wantagh home and even mentions the "Sunrise Mall" (the local name for Westfield Sunrise in Massapequa). However, despite the heavy Long Island mentions, the film was shot in California.
“The Great Gatsby” (2013)
A scene from the 2013 movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby," featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton. Both the book and the film were set in the fictional Long Island community of "West Egg," but this version of "Gatsby" was filmed in Australia.
“The Great Gatsby” (1974)
Robert Redford (left) and Mia Farrow starred in the 1974 film version of "The Great Gatsby," which was filmed in various locations including Rhode Island, New York City and in the United Kingdom, but--just like the 2013 edition--not at all on Long Island. As it turns out, no filmed production of the novel (there were versions filmed in 1926 and 1949, and a TV movie in 2000) included shooting in either Nassau or Suffolk counties, despite the fact that the main character's home is in West Egg, a fictional Gold Coast town.
Season 10 of the NBC Networks sitcom "Friends" featured an episode ("The One Where Joey Speaks French") where characters Rachel and Ross to Long Island (where Rachel is originally from, although the actual hamlet of her origin is never made clear). The show was actually filmed in Los Angeles. (Pictured: Jennifer Aniston, as Rachel, David Schwimmer, as Ross, in an episode of the NBC Networks sitcom "Friends.")
Based on the true story of Edith Beale and her daughter Edith, related to a wealthy family but documented as living in squalor within an East Hampton mansion during the 1970s, "Grey Gardens" stars Drew Barrymore, left, and Jessica Lange in the title roles. The actual events may have taken place on the East End, but the film was shot at various locations in Ontario, Canada.
The popular ABC Networks sitcom "Growing Pains" was a tale about a Long Island family, but it was filmed in Los Angeles. (Pictured: the late Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns, photographed in their "Growing Pains" roles as Jason and Maggie Seaver.)
“Private Parts” (1997)
Howard Stern may have been born in Roosevelt, but when filming the movie version of his autobiography "Private Parts" (1997), production took place in various locations around New York City--but never east of Queens. (Pictured: Howard Stern and Mary McCormack, in a scene from the 1997 film "Private Parts.")
“Fantastic Four” (2015)
The 2015 film version of the comic book "Fantastic Four" opens with an introduction to the character Reed Richards (pictured here, played by Miles Teller) that states the location as Oyster Bay. However, the movie was shot in Louisiana and Canada.
Shawn and Marlon Wayans starred in the 2004 film "White Chicks," which was mostly set in the Hamptons, but primarily filmed at various locations in British Columbia, Canada.