List of films and TV series set in Santa Catalina Island, California

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This is a List of films and TV series set in Santa Catalina Island, California. It covers topical settings and storyline subjects set in or around Santa Catalina Island. Included are individual episodes of TV series.


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  • Man's Genesis – 1912 film by director D.W. Griffith was one of the first films to be located on Catalina Island.[1]






  • The Night of the Squid (16 January 1970), a documentary by Jacques Cousteau, was filmed in front of the Casino.
  • Bless the Beasts and Children (1971); starring Bill Mumy: parts filmed east of the Isthmus, includes Catalina's "buffalos" (bison) and some locals.
  • Several scenes from the 1974 film Chinatown, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, were filmed on Catalina, including one showing the Casino.[1]



  • The 2003 movie Aquanoids was filmed almost exclusively on the island. In the movie, Avalon was referred to as "Babylon Bay" and the island as "Santa Clara."
  • The 2006 TV comedy Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door, featuring Crystal Allen, Ken Marino and Patrick Duffy takes place on Catalina Island.
  • The ending to the 2008 film Step Brothers is supposed to be a wine mixer on the island of Catalina but was actually filmed at the Trump National Golf Course.[3]


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  • A 1962 episode of Route 66 called "There I am - There I always am" starring Martin Milner, George Maharis and Joanna Moore was filmed at various locations on Catalina, including Avalon and Little Harbor. Filming took place between March 26 and April 1, 1962.



  • In 1984, Catalina and the Avalon Casino were the filming locations for the Airwolf episode titled "Sins of the Past", though the island was given a fictional name.
  • In 1989, actor Chad Allen is seen visiting Santa Catalina Island in the promotional video The Real Chad Allen. Allen is seen visiting Avalon there and also snorkeling off the coast in the vicinity of a sunken ship.


  • In 1993, the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful filmed on Catalina for several episodes, most notably at The Inn on Mount Ada.
  • A 3 part episode during Season Six of the TV series Growing Pains where the story was set in Europe, was filmed on the island. In at least one episode, the Casino can be seen in the distance.


  • In 2002, the TV show Endurance was filmed on Parson's Beach, near the west end of the island.
  • In an episode from the first season of the Fox series Arrested Development titled "Staff Infection", employees of the Bluth Company get lost on Catalina Island, and are found and transported by a sheep herder in his animal trailer.
  • In the MTV reality series Daddy's Girls, Angela and Vanessa decide to spy on their friend, Alycia. As pay back for them spying, their cousin Jessica lies and tells them that Alycia went to Catalina, leading Angela and Vanessa to spend hours searching the island.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Pedersen, Jeannine. "Catalina Island History". Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Pirate Party on Catalina Isle
  3. ^ "Step Brothers: Filming Locations". Retrieved 5 July 2009.