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The most awesome thing you'll see on the web today: TV show dioramas!

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 7th 2009 3:01PM
Price is Right set
There are a lot of TV show set designs that I love, but I've never really given any thought to how put them together exactly. I used to assume they just drew up plans and/or blueprints with the measurements and all that and then the set designers and the rest of the crew would build the sets. I never once thought they were done this way.

On The Set has pictures of the original dioramas (those little models you might have built for a class back in school, though I never did) made for various shows over the years. These things are great! Check out the Price is Right set above. The site even has more dioramas from the show, from different angles.

Isn't it great that something like this exists in the world of television? I love the attention to detail in these. Here's the Golden Girls set. It's not just the living room but on the right you can see the kitchen too. The skylights are great.

Golden Girls set

You can practically see Sophia dumping on Rose and Blanche having sex with random guys.

There are several other sets too, including The Brady Bunch, Roseanne, Designing Women, Cheers, Family Ties, even The $100,000 Pyramid.

Pyramid diorama

All that's missing from these sets are little figures of the casts and hosts. But I'm sure someone out there will make those.

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I love this sort of thing. In the first year of the New York Television Festival, NBC sent us three different versions of the proposed set of "Friends"--the one that was used and two others. Imagining what the show would have been like if the kitchen had been on the other side, or if there was no rear balcony was a blast.

It was also a great reminder of how many people work behind the scenes to put an episode together--the props, the costumes, etc etc.

Thanks for the great link--it put a smile on my face.

April 07 2009 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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