Netflix Shows with Ties to LI

Filmmakers have long drawn inspiration from Long Island. Popular movies like Citizen Kane (1941), Goodfellas (1990) and The Great Gatsby (2013) are just a few examples of flicks with scenes shot on the Island. The region’s picturesque scenery has also made its way to TV and, more recently, Netflix. These new and old Netflix shows have ties to Long Island you may have never expected.

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Turn: Washington’s Spies

This historical drama centers around Abe Woodhull, an American farmer located in Setauket, who is compelled to join the patriot cause. Long Island’s elaborate spy network, constantly in danger of being found out by British loyalists, passes information on to Washington’s army. It’s a game of trust, loyalty, backstabbing and lies. Turn: Washington’s Spies is bound to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Click to watch

Stranger Things

Though set in a small Indiana town, this popular thriller gained inspiration from the psychedelic experiments carried out on the East End in the 1980s, an undertaking known as the Montauk Project. In order to develop new psychological warfare tactics, the U.S. government and military had reportedly been conducting time travel, mind control and other bizarre experiments. The series follows a group of kids who have been affected by a parallel universe that has opened up as a result of these experiments. One of the children, known as Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), possesses powers to combat the evils this universe is spreading. Click to watch

Orange is the New Black

When a crime she committed in her youth comes back to bite her, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) finds herself heading to prison in the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black. And now you have a new reason to love this addicting, raunchy and witty series even more: scenes from the show have been filmed on Long Island! The second season featured scenes shot in front of Riverhead’s Suffolk Theater as well as scenes in the Suffolk County Jail. Click to watch

Royal Pains

Royal Pains tells the story of Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) who heads to the East End after losing his job in a New York City emergency room. That’s where his career takes an unexpected turn. After saving a guest at a party that he crashed at a beachside mansion, Hank inadvertently becomes the on-call “concierge doctor” for the wealthy and elite. He continues to juggle his personal life, social life and newfound freelance position while keeping up with—or staying out of—the drama of the Hamptons socialites. Click to watch

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

This suspenseful series, which follows investigations of sex crimes, has had several ties to Long Island including plot inspiration and filming sites. Its most obvious LI connection (and most chilling) is found in a 2012 episode which parallels the story of the Long Island serial killer who left the remains of young, female prostitutes along Ocean Parkway. The show’s writers may have not explicitly revealed that the episode entitled “Hunting Ground” is based on the Long Island serial killer case, but the similarities between the show and real life horror are uncanny. Click to watch