Real world visits: TV shows spark travel interest

The Associated Press shared a story earlier this week about one of the popular stops for visitors in Manhattan: Night court.

The story mentioned the Harry Anderson comedy of the same name, “Night Court,” which ran from 1984-1992 on NBC. It’s a show that I’d forgotten about but one that could at times be quite funny.

Anderson and co-stars John Larroquette and Richard Moll have excellent timing and when the script was good, “Night Court” was a joy to watch.

The AP story was about how the real-life night court has become a stop for tourists visiting New York City. These visitors witness actual cases being brought before a judge between the hours of 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Which got me to thinking about which other TV show settings would be fun to be able to visit in the real world.

Some, I already have.

Many years ago, our family visited what was then called The Bull and Finch, which is the pub in Boston on which the tavern in “Cheers” was based. The outside of the Bull and Finch was the exterior shot for the Ted Danson classic comedy from the 1980s and in fact the establishment has since not only changed its name to Cheers and has opened a second “replica” location.

From what I recall of our visit to the bar, it was loud, the food was good but unlike the show, everybody didn’t know my name. Which, really, was fine by me.

When my lifelong friend Dessalee was residing in Minneapolis in the late 1980s, she surprised me with a drive-by of one of the most iconic places in my television watching history: The house that served as the exterior of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

That show is one of the reasons journalism interested me. It was among the first shows in my youth to have the main character be a single woman making her way in the workplace.

Seeing the house where Mary “lived” in the series first few seasons was awesome.

Where else would I want to go?

How about any place Carrie Bradshaw visited on “Sex and the City.” The series has been off the air for almost a decade, but it’s still one of my most favorite. Years ago, anyway, there were SATC guided tours. If I ever get to the Big Apple – and certainly, I would love to – that’s something I’d look to do.

After all, that show was basically a love story about a woman (Carrie) and a city (NYC) so we viewers saw a LOT of New York.

Watching “The Bachelor” recently – typing that sentence makes me blush as the last edition was so terrible – made me want to visit New Zealand. Any part of New Zealand. It’s incredibly beautiful. It has been added to my bucket list of travel destinations. Finland is first, but New Zealand is up there now.

Add to the potential trips Miami (“CSI: Miami”) and Augusta, Ga. (The Masters) and TV has me longing to get going.

As much as I love the Upper Peninsula, my list of places to visit keeps growing. Who’s up for a road trip?

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253.