The National Park Service says fans of the popular TV show “Alcatraz” are starting to cause problems at the historic prison, which the parkservice now runs. The series highly fictionalizes the prison, highlighting features like an underground lab, secret tunnels, and other made up areas. The problem is fans aren’t doing their homework and are assuming what they see on TV is real. That’s resulted in some real issues for the National Park service, which says tourists have started trying to find these non-existent locations and trying to poke around in areas marked off-limits to the public. It’s gotten so bad they’ve had to erect signs telling visitors the show doesn’t accurately portray the facility and the places they are looking for don’t exist. The service is worried the overeager fans could get hurt or cause security issues.
Hey I understand the excitement of seeing a location from your favorite TV show. It’s why studio tours are so popular! I’m even guilty of looking for locations from some of my favorite shows, like the 12th Precinct from the classic sitcom Barney Miller (it’s fictional) and the police station from the 70’s favorite “CHiPs” (it’s real and the CHP will even give you a tour!), but I did my research ahead of time. It’s foolish to believe everything you see on TV is real! Common sense should tell you that. Enjoy what you see on TV, but check before you go looking for the locations in real life to save yourself from any disappointment-or worse.