New Orleans in fiction

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New Orleans is featured in a number of works of fiction. This article in an ongoing effort to list the books, movies, television shows, and comics that are set or filmed, in whole or part, in New Orleans.


Authors who have repeatedly or frequently used New Orleans as a setting for their fiction include James Lee Burke, Poppy Z. Brite, Truman Capote, Nancy A. Collins, Barbara Hambly, Lafcadio Hearn, Frances Parkinson Keyes, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Anne Rice, James Sallis, Julie Smith, and Alexandrea Weis. The most significant novel featuring the city may be the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980). Works that feature the city include:

Comic books and graphic novels[edit]

  • In the Marvel Comics fictional universe, New Orleans is the home city for the X-Man Gambit, as well as the guilds of Thieves and Assassins; as well as the leader of the latter guild, Bella Donna Boudreaux.
  • The nonfiction webcomic A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is about six real-life residents of New Orleans and their experiences before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina.
  • In the DC Comics fictional universe, New Orleans has been given a neighboring city, St. Roch, Louisiana, serving as an occasional home to the original Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
  • The Marvel Comics heroine Monica Rambeau, known as Captain Marvel II and Photon, is from New Orleans.
  • In the Marvel Max comic Hellstorm—Son of Satan, post-Katrina New Orleans is the setting.


New Orleans has served as the backdrop for a number of films with iconic turns in films such as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Live and Let Die (1973), Interview with the Vampire (1994), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), and The Princess and the Frog (2009). Films set in the city include:

Plays and operas[edit]

New Orleans has been the setting of many works of theatre, most prominently perhaps are some of the plays of Tennessee Williams. Plays and operas set in the city include:


New Orleans has been the regular setting of several TV shows, the most prominent being David Simon's HBO series Treme, and has been featured in several others. TV shows include:

The Big Easy[edit]

USA network TV series (1996–97) adapted from the film of the same name.

Frank's Place[edit]

A CBS comedy-drama series that chronicled the life of Frank Parrish (Tim Reid), a well-to-do professor at Brown University, who inherits a New Orleans restaurant, Chez Louisiane. The series received the Television Critics Association award for outstanding comedy series in 1987, as well as an Emmy for best writing in a comedy series. However, it only lasted for one season (1987–88). Although set in New Orleans, the series was actually filmed in Los Angeles.


A short-lived crime series that debuted in 2007, which focused on the New Orleans police department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The series also centers around two New Orleans police detectives, Anthony Anderson as Marlin Boulet and Cole Hauser as Trevor Cobb, who were partners that "have conflicting ideas about how to handle the city's problems."


A crime drama series about a blind insurance investigator that was broadcast on the ABC in the 1971-1972 season. The series was set in New Orleans, but actually filmed in Los Angeles.


This short-lived 1997 CBS series starring Larry Hagman was set in and partially filmed in New Orleans.


An American drama developed by David Simon that premiered in April 2010, Treme centers around residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and ordinary New Orleanians trying to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The series also explores New Orleans culture including and beyond the music scene to encompass political corruption, the public housing controversy, the criminal-justice system, clashes between police and Mardi Gras Indians, and the struggle to regain the tourism industry after the storm. The show is filmed on location in New Orleans and features both local actors in several roles in addition to a number of notable New Orleanians who appear as themselves.

NCIS: New Orleans[edit]

CBS series (2014-present) starring Scott Bakula and Lucas Black.

Other television references[edit]

Many television series have referenced the city:

Video games[edit]

See also[edit]


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