7 famous TV sets that were reused for other shows

By: H&I Staff     Posted: March 3, 2022, 4:21PM

With the amount of TV shows and films that are out there, you're bound to stumble upon a few that look similar. Here are a few places that have popped up in different TV shows throughout the years. It's crazy how they can transform a place likeMayberry into a post-apocalyptic warzone!

RKO Forty Acres Lot

Built in 1927, the RKO Forty Acres Lot has been home to some of the most iconic TV shows and movies of the last century. It's best known as the fictional town Mayberry from The Andy Griffith Show, but it's also been used in movies like Gone With The Wind and the original King Kong, as well as TV shows like Star Trek, Adventures of Superman and The Green Hornet. Here are two buildings that have been recycled time and time again:

"Mayberry Courthouse"

Adventures of Superman, The Andy Griffith Show, and Star Trek

Fans of Star Trek probably did a double take when they saw Andy Taylor's workplace on a distant planet ravaged by disease. That's because the courthouse, along with the rest of the town, can been seen in the episode "Miri," when the Enterprise visits the planet that eerily resembles Earth.

"Mayberry Bank" 

It was the bank in Mayberry, but it also served as a set piece in Gone With The Wind, The Untouchables (TV series), and Star Trek, where Captain Kirk and Spock emerge from a portal. You can see the same windows of the building featured in both series. 

Bronson Canyon

Bronson Canyon has been the go-to place for TV shows that don't have a lot of money to waste. From certain angles, you can see the iconic "Hollywood" sign, a dead giveaway that the exotic-looking location is in the backyard of the country's biggest studios. Westerns such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Long Ranger and Have Gun - Will Travel have crossed paths with science fiction classics like Star Trek and Batman. 

The West Portal of Bronson Canyon famously served as the entrance to the Batcave.


Speaking of the Batcave, the James Bond parody Our Man Flint filmed scenes there in 1965, a full year before it became known as the lair for Adam West's Batman. You can see the steel structure was inverted for the TV series.

Colonial Street

The Beaver was neighbors with desperate housewives? Fans of the recent series Desperate Housewives will recognize this lot as Wisteria Lane, but it was in use for various TV shows and movies decades before the housewives moved in. Owned by Universal Studios, the street contains homes featured in The Munsters, The Hardy Boys, The Nancy Drew Mysteries and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. The street has gone under some extensive renovations over the years, as you can see in the photos below. 

The abandoned house on Leave It To Beaver, the home on The Munsters, and the suburban abode on Desperate Housewives.

Inglewood City Hall

In the '70s TV series Wonder Woman, Diana Prince fought evil alongside the Inter-Agency Defense Command. The fictional agency uses the building that is the real-life Inglewood City Hall. It was also featured as the coroner's office in Quincy, M.E.

Brady Residence 

In what is probably the most hilarious reuse of a set, the wholesome kitchen from The Brady Bunch was featured in the 1975 horror flop Bug. Sure, they did a nice paint job, but that brick wall with the oven is a dead give away. 

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