clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile
A family from the television show This is Us sitting on a couch in front of a wood paneled wall. There is a man, woman, and three children. NBC

‘This Is Us’: A filming locations map you can ugly-cry to

The NBC series is set in Pittsburgh and New York—but it’s filmed in our own backyard

View as Map

This Is Us, the premier tearjerker of our time, is set mainly in Pittsburgh and New York’s tri-state area, but the series is almost entirely filmed in Los Angeles—meaning the site of nearly every Pearson triumph and tragedy is within driving distance for LA superfans. The family home? On a tree-lined street in Eagle Rock. Froggy’s, the “Pittsburgh dive” where the triplets were conceived? In picturesque San Pedro. Even Jack’s favorite tree is in Van Nuys.

You can thank the California Film Commission for making such close proximity to the show’s locations possible. In 2015, the board voted to increase its film and television credits program by more than $200 million annually, and This Is Us is one of the most high-profile beneficiaries of that expansion.

To mark the fourth season premier, tour the NBC drama’s Southland locations to get a real-life geography of the Pearson’s fictional world. But first, a warning: Reliving the show’s most heartrending moments might induce ugly crying.

Editors note: Some of the locations listed are private residences. Please respect their privacy.

Read More

Froggy’s

Copy Link

Rebecca and Jack’s local hangout (based on a now-defunct Pittsburgh bar) is actually Godmother’s Saloon, a San Pedro institution that hosts live music weekly. Next time you’re there, be sure to check out the bathroom where the Pearson triplets were conceived.

Lost is my favorite place to be.

A post shared by Doug Ecks (@dougecks) on

Pearson Family Home

Copy Link

The Pearson’s doomed family home in Pittsburgh is actually located on a quiet residential street in Eagle Rock. While the four-bedroom residence has enough room to fit the entire clan, it comes with one major drawback: there’s only one bathroom. Oof.

The porch on the exterior of the Pearson family home on the television show This is Us. Screen grab via NBC/Google Street View

Randall’s house

Copy Link

This colonial style 5,700 square foot residence in Altadena doubles for Randall’s impressive New Jersey home, but it’s got a long resume outside the series. Among other titles, it’s been featured on 7th Heaven (as the original Camden family home in the pilot), The Mentalist, The Baby-Sitter’s Club and, perhaps most famously, in Can’t Hardly Wait as the site of the all-night graduation party.

A large house with a entryway. There is a driveway and a street is in front of the house. Google Street View

Kate’s Los Angeles house

Copy Link

Kate must have been receiving a pretty nice salary from Kevin (at least until he fired her) to afford this lovely, Mediterranean Revival-style duplex in Hancock Park.

A large house. There is a lawn in front of the house. There is a tree and shrubbery on the lawn. Google Street View

The Pool

Copy Link

Long Beach’s Petroleum Club was the central location used for Season 1, Episode 4, in which the Pearsons head to a local pool for relief from the blistering heat (and get much more than they bargained for in the process).

A woman and a small child stand in front of a swimming pool with children swimming. There are colorful flags draped over the pool. Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Kevin’s NYC hotel room

Copy Link

Kevin’s luxury suite in New York City (where Randall and Beth escape for an evening getaway in Season 1, Episode 5) is actually located inside the swanky W Hollywood.

Washing machine promise

Copy Link

When Jack promised to buy Rebecca the best washing machine in the world (you know, before things got complicated), he did so at Magic Coin Laundry in Highland Park.

A man and a woman embrace in a laundromat. There are laundry machines in the background. Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Kate breaks up with Toby

Copy Link

Kate’s tearjerking (temporary) breakup with Toby went down in the lovely courtyard of this Highland Park French bistro. Maybe should’ve waited till after the check came?

A woman at a restaurant table. There is food on dishes on the table. Screen grab via NBC

Family cabin

Copy Link

Popular filming location Kelly Gulch (used in two different Friday the 13th sequels) is the site of the Pearson family cabin where Randall goes on a psychedelic side-trip in Season 1, Episode 9.

A man and a woman stand on the porch of a house. The house and porch are wooden. Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Karate dojo

Copy Link

The heartwarming scene where Jack demonstrates his commitment to Randall during a karate lesson was shot at the Hollywood Judo Dojo, located just down the street from Los Angeles City College. Incidentally, this is the same studio where future Enter the Dragon star John Saxon began his martial arts training beginning in the 1950s.

A man does a pushup on the ground with a small boy laying on his back. Screen grab via NBC

Sophie and Kevin’s “special booth”

Copy Link

Sophie and Kevin’s sentimental booth (seen in Season 1, Episode 14) is located inside Downtown LA’s historic Nickel Diner, whose transportive ’40s-era interior inspires nostalgic feelings of a different sort.

The exterior of a restaurant with a colorful striped awning. Ron Batzdorff/NBC; Google Street View

Rebecca’s show

Copy Link

Seeing as Rebecca is played by Mandy Moore, you just knew singing would come into the equation somewhere. Her big Valentine’s Day show in Season 1, Episode 15 happens at Hotel Cafe, an ideal venue for an up-and-comer (a.k.a. someone who didn’t have a hit single at age 15).

A band is playing music on the stage at an event venue. There are colorful lights. The woman is wearing a red dress. There is a male keyboard player and a male drummer. Screen grab via NBC

Kevin and Sloane’s play

Copy Link

The site of Kevin and Sloane’s ill-fated play is the Los Angeles Theatre Center, built in 1915 as a bank, repurposed in 1985 as a performance space, and currently operated by the Latino Theater Company.

Kevin and Kate’s elementary school

Copy Link

Eagle-eyed viewers may recognize the picturesque Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood as Kate and Kevin’s elementary school, though interiors (including the talent show from Season 2) were filmed over the hill at Joseph Le Conte. Note for lovers of ’80s cheese: Walter Reed was also used in 1989’s License to Drive starring the two Coreys.

A school building with a lawn and trees in front of it. Creative Commons ShareAlike

Kate sings “Landslide”

Copy Link

Kate’s stunning rendition of “Landslide” in the Season 2 episode “A Manny-Splendored Thing” was filmed at Cafe Club Fais Do-Do in West Adams. Housed in an Art Deco-style former bank building dating back to the 1930s, in its previous incarnation the performance venue was reportedly a hangout for such legendary figures as John Coltrane and Sam Cooke.

Screen grab via NBC/Google Street View

Bowling trip

Copy Link

Randall’s disastrous bowling excursion with Deja in Season 2, Episode 4 took place at All Star Lanes in Eagle Rock, which was also used in an episode of Glee.

Los Angeles tonight. So stoked to play here!

A post shared by Jacob (@sodaaaaaaa) on

Kevin’s salon

Copy Link

Prior to his big acting break, twenty-something Kevin paid the bills working as a shampoo guy at Melrose establishment Planet Salon. (Look out for the eye-popping Marilyn Monroe mural currently gracing the shop’s outer wall.)

Toby’s “Flashdance” routine

Copy Link

Eagle Rock coffee shop Swork was the scene of baby daddy Toby’s Flashdance homage in Season 2, Episode 5. Fun fact: Chris Sullivan accompanied the show’s location scout to the hip cafe so he could “come up with shtick” for the scene.

Happy New Years yall #newyearbetterme

A post shared by Ray Suerto (@raysuerto) on

Haunted house

Copy Link

The haunted house where Kevin bribes a popular classmate to hold Kate’s hand was filmed in Hollywood’s Beachwood Canyon neighborhood, at a residence that was built in the very-spooky-sounding 1914.

A large white house with a tree in the yard. Ron Batzdorff/NBC, Google Street View

Kevin’s high school

Copy Link

Van Nuys’ Birmingham High School has been featured in two episodes of the series thus far, both times doubling for Kevin’s alma mater. Though various locations on the campus were used, the athletic field was featured most heavily as the site of Kevin and Randall’s football-game fight (Season 1, Episode 7) and adult Kevin’s drunken reminiscence following the alumni awards ceremony (Season 2, Episode 8). The school is no stranger to Hollywood, having appeared in everything from Gwen Stefan’s video for “Hollaback Girl” to MTV’s Awkward.

A man looks a phone in his hands while standing in a baseball field. Screen grab via NBC

Kevin’s rehab

Copy Link

The popular wedding destination Calamigos Ranch stands in for Kevin’s idyllic, upper-class rehab center in Season 2 episode “The Fifth Wheel.” We can think of worse places to recover.

People sit on a bench in front of a body of water surrounded by trees. Screen grab via NBC

Westside Pavilion

Copy Link

Appropriately, the 1997 Pearsons go shopping at the outdated Westside Pavilion mall (which recently went up for sale) in Season 2, Episode 12. This is where Jack helps Kevin try on his first suit (and we all weep).

A car dealership. Screen grab via NBC/Google Street View

Miguel’s house

Copy Link

Miguel lives in this stately red-brick Hancock Park residence built in 1923. It has four bathrooms.

A large house with a red brick facade. There is a yard with grass and trees in front of the house. Google Street View

Toby’s house

Copy Link

Toby lives at this cozy house in the Larchmont neighborhood, which at 1,400 square feet, is valued at the bargain-basement price of $1.4 million. What a steal!

A house that has a staircase in front of it along with a yard. Google Street View

Jack’s funeral

Copy Link

Ever felt the need to mourn Jack in a more public place? Head to Altadena’s Mountain View Cemetery and sob your eyes out while screaming “Why, Audio, why?!” to the unforgiving sky. No one will judge.

Four people sit on chairs outside in a cemetery. There is a woman, two teenage boys, and a teenage girl. Screen grab via NBC

The Tree

Copy Link

You know which tree. The tree. Hot tip: It’s located somewhere in Van Nuys’ sprawling Lake Balboa/Anthony C. Beilenson Park next to some water and a bench. Good luck!

People stand next to a tree at night. Screen grab via NBC

Loading comments...

Froggy’s

Rebecca and Jack’s local hangout (based on a now-defunct Pittsburgh bar) is actually Godmother’s Saloon, a San Pedro institution that hosts live music weekly. Next time you’re there, be sure to check out the bathroom where the Pearson triplets were conceived.

Lost is my favorite place to be.

A post shared by Doug Ecks (@dougecks) on

Pearson Family Home

The porch on the exterior of the Pearson family home on the television show This is Us. Screen grab via NBC/Google Street View

The Pearson’s doomed family home in Pittsburgh is actually located on a quiet residential street in Eagle Rock. While the four-bedroom residence has enough room to fit the entire clan, it comes with one major drawback: there’s only one bathroom. Oof.

The porch on the exterior of the Pearson family home on the television show This is Us. Screen grab via NBC/Google Street View

Randall’s house

A large house with a entryway. There is a driveway and a street is in front of the house. Google Street View

This colonial style 5,700 square foot residence in Altadena doubles for Randall’s impressive New Jersey home, but it’s got a long resume outside the series. Among other titles, it’s been featured on 7th Heaven (as the original Camden family home in the pilot), The Mentalist, The Baby-Sitter’s Club and, perhaps most famously, in Can’t Hardly Wait as the site of the all-night graduation party.

A large house with a entryway. There is a driveway and a street is in front of the house. Google Street View

Kate’s Los Angeles house

A large house. There is a lawn in front of the house. There is a tree and shrubbery on the lawn. Google Street View

Kate must have been receiving a pretty nice salary from Kevin (at least until he fired her) to afford this lovely, Mediterranean Revival-style duplex in Hancock Park.

A large house. There is a lawn in front of the house. There is a tree and shrubbery on the lawn. Google Street View

The Pool

A woman and a small child stand in front of a swimming pool with children swimming. There are colorful flags draped over the pool. Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Long Beach’s Petroleum Club was the central location used for Season 1, Episode 4, in which the Pearsons head to a local pool for relief from the blistering heat (and get much more than they bargained for in the process).

A woman and a small child stand in front of a swimming pool with children swimming. There are colorful flags draped over the pool. Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Kevin’s NYC hotel room

Kevin’s luxury suite in New York City (where Randall and Beth escape for an evening getaway in Season 1, Episode 5) is actually located inside the swanky W Hollywood.

Washing machine promise

A man and a woman embrace in a laundromat. There are laundry machines in the background. Ron Batzdorff/NBC

When Jack promised to buy Rebecca the best washing machine in the world (you know, before things got complicated), he did so at Magic Coin Laundry in Highland Park.

A man and a woman embrace in a laundromat. There are laundry machines in the background. Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Kate breaks up with Toby

A woman at a restaurant table. There is food on dishes on the table. Screen grab via NBC

Kate’s tearjerking (temporary) breakup with Toby went down in the lovely courtyard of this Highland Park French bistro. Maybe should’ve waited till after the check came?

A woman at a restaurant table. There is food on dishes on the table. Screen grab via NBC

Family cabin

A man and a woman stand on the porch of a house. The house and porch are wooden. Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Popular filming location Kelly Gulch (used in two different Friday the 13th sequels) is the site of the Pearson family cabin where Randall goes on a psychedelic side-trip in Season 1, Episode 9.

A man and a woman stand on the porch of a house. The house and porch are wooden. Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Karate dojo

A man does a pushup on the ground with a small boy laying on his back. Screen grab via NBC

The heartwarming scene where Jack demonstrates his commitment to Randall during a karate lesson was shot at the Hollywood Judo Dojo, located just down the street from Los Angeles City College. Incidentally, this is the same studio where future Enter the Dragon star John Saxon began his martial arts training beginning in the 1950s.

A man does a pushup on the ground with a small boy laying on his back. Screen grab via NBC

Sophie and Kevin’s “special booth”

The exterior of a restaurant with a colorful striped awning. Ron Batzdorff/NBC; Google Street View

Sophie and Kevin’s sentimental booth (seen in Season 1, Episode 14) is located inside Downtown LA’s historic Nickel Diner, whose transportive ’40s-era interior inspires nostalgic feelings of a different sort.

The exterior of a restaurant with a colorful striped awning. Ron Batzdorff/NBC; Google Street View

Rebecca’s show

A band is playing music on the stage at an event venue. There are colorful lights. The woman is wearing a red dress. There is a male keyboard player and a male drummer. Screen grab via NBC

Seeing as Rebecca is played by Mandy Moore, you just knew singing would come into the equation somewhere. Her big Valentine’s Day show in Season 1, Episode 15 happens at Hotel Cafe, an ideal venue for an up-and-comer (a.k.a. someone who didn’t have a hit single at age 15).

A band is playing music on the stage at an event venue. There are colorful lights. The woman is wearing a red dress. There is a male keyboard player and a male drummer. Screen grab via NBC

Kevin and Sloane’s play

The site of Kevin and Sloane’s ill-fated play is the Los Angeles Theatre Center, built in 1915 as a bank, repurposed in 1985 as a performance space, and currently operated by the Latino Theater Company.

Kevin and Kate’s elementary school

A school building with a lawn and trees in front of it. Creative Commons ShareAlike

Eagle-eyed viewers may recognize the picturesque Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood as Kate and Kevin’s elementary school, though interiors (including the talent show from Season 2) were filmed over the hill at Joseph Le Conte. Note for lovers of ’80s cheese: Walter Reed was also used in 1989’s License to Drive starring the two Coreys.

A school building with a lawn and trees in front of it. Creative Commons ShareAlike

Kate sings “Landslide”

Screen grab via NBC/Google Street View

Kate’s stunning rendition of “Landslide” in the Season 2 episode “A Manny-Splendored Thing” was filmed at Cafe Club Fais Do-Do in West Adams. Housed in an Art Deco-style former bank building dating back to the 1930s, in its previous incarnation the performance venue was reportedly a hangout for such legendary figures as John Coltrane and Sam Cooke.

Screen grab via NBC/Google Street View

Bowling trip

Randall’s disastrous bowling excursion with Deja in Season 2, Episode 4 took place at All Star Lanes in Eagle Rock, which was also used in an episode of Glee.

Los Angeles tonight. So stoked to play here!

A post shared by Jacob (@sodaaaaaaa) on

Kevin’s salon

Prior to his big acting break, twenty-something Kevin paid the bills working as a shampoo guy at Melrose establishment Planet Salon. (Look out for the eye-popping Marilyn Monroe mural currently gracing the shop’s outer wall.)

Toby’s “Flashdance” routine

Eagle Rock coffee shop Swork was the scene of baby daddy Toby’s Flashdance homage in Season 2, Episode 5. Fun fact: Chris Sullivan accompanied the show’s location scout to the hip cafe so he could “come up with shtick” for the scene.

Happy New Years yall #newyearbetterme

A post shared by Ray Suerto (@raysuerto) on

Haunted house

A large white house with a tree in the yard. Ron Batzdorff/NBC, Google Street View

The haunted house where Kevin bribes a popular classmate to hold Kate’s hand was filmed in Hollywood’s Beachwood Canyon neighborhood, at a residence that was built in the very-spooky-sounding 1914.

A large white house with a tree in the yard. Ron Batzdorff/NBC, Google Street View

Kevin’s high school