The jaw-dropping law procedurals of ‘How to Get Away With Murder‘ keep your adrenaline pumping and the end of every episode leaves you spellbound. The show revolves around Professor Annalise Keating, who is a law teacher and also a partner at an established law firm, who gets caught up in an aberrant murder along with her students and is forced to deal with its dire consequences.
Its depiction of court trials and methodologies is so intense that at times, as a viewer, even you might start reconsidering your own career choices and give a master’s degree in law a thought. Not to mention, Annalise Keating, played incredibly by Viola Davis, is one of the most inspiring fictional characters out there. That being said, if, like us, you’re a big fan of the series and you’ve been following it since its first season, you must be wondering where its filming took place. Well, here’s everything you need to know about its filming locations.
Where was How to Get Away With Murder Filmed?
As you would already know, ABC’s ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ is set in Philadelphia, but like many other shows out there, its actual filming took place in an entirely different location. The show was predominantly filmed in Los Angeles, California. The production of the show began on May 21, 2015, and soon after this, Shonda Rhymes, who is the executive producer of the show, had announced on twitter that its second season is in full swing and Peter Nowalk and his writers are already mapping out the storyline for the next season.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 21, 2015
Los Angeles, California
One particular location from the series that almost every fan would be about to recognize is Annalise Keating’s beautiful victorian home which also serves as her law office. The grand home is actually located at 1130 W. 27th St, Los Angeles and is a part of the North University Park Historic District. It is situated on the northern side of the campus of the University of California. The entire neighborhood of this home has been spotted several times in other popular TV shows and movies. Just around the corner, located at 1163 W. 27th St, the Miller and Herriott House was used as the filming location of the season 4 Halloween episode of ‘Modern Family.’
— Leslie In LittleRock (@leslieinlr) August 6, 2016
Check out the street view of the home below:
Almost all the exteriors of Annalise’s office were filmed at 1130 W. 27th St, but many of the scenes depicting the interiors of the home were set on soundstages at Sunset-Gower Studios in Los Angeles, which is apparently where even ‘Dexter‘ was filmed. Much of the action of the series is also centered around a fictional Philadelphia University in Pennsylvania called Middleton University. This is the university where Annalise teaches “Criminal Law 100.” In real life, all the external scene showing this university were filmed in USC itself.
The exact location where the “Middleton Law School” signboard can be spotted is actually the Bovard Auditorium, at USC. And surprisingly, the introductory law lecture that you see in the initial moments of the series has actually been shot in Olin Auditorium, at Ursinus College, in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Other filming locations of the show in Los Angeles include Doheny Mansion, a rental studio called Riverfront stages, Los Angeles City Hall, and 642 N. Plymouth Blvd.
Here’s a tweet posted by one of the fans of the show who luckily got a picture clicked with Viola Davis:
I havent yet shared this photo here in Twitter so here it is… I met Viola Davis while I was in Los Angeles. She was filming “How to get away with Murder” in Downtown City Hall. Very accomodating and nice. #Lucky pic.twitter.com/VALfX8qYQW
— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) January 24, 2018
Here’s another tweet from a fan who spotted the cast of the show on the USC campus:
Freshman yr, USC. They were filming How to Get Away with Murder on campus (the area was blocked off) I watched Viola & Shonda work (from a distance) but I wanted to get closer. Friends & I snuck into a closer building. Didn’t know that’s where Viola’s chair was then she walked in https://t.co/iCr5qEty1v
— Kristyn (@kristynlizz) April 11, 2019
Here’s another one:
A little How to Get Away with Murder filming at USC? I love my school. pic.twitter.com/unYBIoFvoA
— Trøy Rice (@Tkayyy18) December 5, 2014