Baltimore in fiction

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Baltimore has been described by some as "Charm City," by others as "Bodymore, Murderland."[1] F. Scott Fitzgerald, who lived there for five years in the 1930s, wrote of it, "I belong here, where everything is civilized and gay and rotted and polite."[2]

A recent listing of ten best movies set in Baltimore includes works by Baltimore natives such as Anne Tyler, John Waters, and Barry Levinson.[3]

Filmmakers explained their choice of Baltimore as a setting for the 2009 movie He's Just Not That Into You because "We were trying to think of an American urban city that didn't feel like you'd seen it a million times before," and "We wanted something like, not exactly every-small-town U.S.A., but every-urban-young-center U.S.A., so we could all see ourselves in these people."[4]




  • Acclaimed series Homicide: Life on the Street was set and filmed in Baltimore.
  • Acclaimed HBO series The Wire is set in Baltimore, with each season focusing on different areas of the city and its society.
  • The Seinfeld character Elaine Benes is a native of Baltimore County.
  • Several episodes of The X-Files were set in Baltimore.
  • The show One on One is set in Baltimore until Breanna moves to Los Angeles for college in season 5 (2005-2006).
  • Roc was an American sitcom set in Baltimore.
  • In Season 7 of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Mike Keppler, Grissom's temporary replacement, touches a dead body, to which Catherine Willows says, "Is that how they do it in Baltimore?"
  • In season two of House an episode took place in Baltimore
  • Hot L Baltimore is a play by Lanford Wilson (and later a short-lived Norman Lear comedy) that takes place in a hotel in inner city Baltimore.
  • The American adaptation of Skins is set in Baltimore, however it was filmed in Toronto, Ontario.
  • An episode of NCIS is set as a flashback of a character's days working for the Baltimore City Police Department. the episode is also called "Baltimore"
  • NBC series Hannibal is set in Baltimore, although it is filmed in Toronto, Ontario.
  • The Supernatural episode "The Usual Suspects" is set in Baltimore.



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