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Binge Watch and Visit These Georgia Filming Locations

  • Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer in "Stranger Things"

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Binge-watching, or the act of lying in bed with a copious amount of snacks, is becoming more and more popular with Netflix and Hulu-based shows. With an entire season (or an entire series!) in some cases, why just stop at one episode?

Georgia is the filming home to many of these streaming television shows that everyone seems to gluttonously watch in one or two sittings. When you're done, peel yourself off of the couch for a few hours and go see these Georgia locations!

Stranger Things

Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things
Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things

The easiest "filmed in Georgia" show to binge watch is the wildly popular Stranger Things. Jackson, Ga., is home to many of the filming locations for the show. The town is catching up with the popularity of the show, but there are several locations you can visit. Jackson's town square alone contains the show's vandalized theater, Joyce's store, and back-ally showdown location. The upside down is NOT included.

Visiting downtown Jackson, Georgia. Photo by Christina Van Allen
Visiting downtown Jackson, Georgia. Photo by Christina Van Allen

With season two premiering October 2017, it will only take 7 hours and 5 minutes to binge watch the entire first season.

The Walking Dead

Poster from The Walking Dead
Poster from The Walking Dead

"The Walking Dead," Georgia's home-grown zombie phenomena, is primarily filmed around Senoia and surrounding areas. The first season illustrates Atlanta during the post-apocalyptic crisis, but the survivors venture out of the city for the following seasons.

Senoia is your hub for everything Walking Dead. Senoia has its own Walking Dead Tour and a Waking Dead Café for those early-morning, pre-coffee zombies. You can even grab a bite to eat at Greg Nicotero (the heartbeat, or, erm, non-heartbeat, of Walking Dead zombies SFX) & Norman Reedus' (Daryl Dixon) restaurant, Nic & Norman's.

Order your favorite character's drink of choice at the Waking Dead Cafe in Senoia.
Order your favorite character's drink of choice at the Waking Dead Cafe in Senoia.

To watch through season 6 of "The Walking Dead" will take two days, 11 hours and 24 minutes. Remember to shower so you don't smell like a walker.

The Vampire Diaries

Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley star in The Vampire Diaries
Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley star in The Vampire Diaries

The longest on the list to binge-watch is the hit-series "The Vampire Diaries." Now on its final season, the Vampire Diaries films in Covington (or Mystic Falls, Virginia, for dedicated fans). Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley star as brothers who return to their hometown 145 years after they are turned into vampires. As you watch, be sure to have the 2017 Georgia Travel Guide, featuring Ian Somerhalder by your side.

The Mystic Grill in Covington
The Mystic Grill in Covington

Covington has tons of activities for loyal followers of the show, including two distinct tours from Mystic Falls Tours: one following seasons 1-4, and one tour dedicated to the entire show. The infamous Lockwood Mansion is a tour exclusive. The Mystic Grill Restaurant serves locally grown food for those not interested in blood. To watch through season 7, set aside 4 days, 11 hours and 13 minutes.

When you're finished with this binge, why not check out some movies filmed in Georgia? Happy watching!

Christina Van Allen

Christina Van Allen is currently pursuing her MFA in entertainment and media at the University of Georgia. She loves movies, volleyball and everything Georgia.

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