Arrested Development's Orange County

A partial list of the show locations and their real-life equivalents

FOUR SEAS HOTEL (A.D. OC): The upscale Newport Beach hotel pops up periodically, including when Lindsay moved in. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL (Real OC): For years, this was the Newport Beach hotel, located in Newport Center. Then the lease expired and the Irvine Co.'s own Island Hotel took over the space. Nowadays, the place to stay is TIC's Pelican Hill resort in Newport Coast.

GEORGE MICHAEL AND MAEBY'S HIGH SCHOOL (A.D. OC): According to an Indian (as in India) teen who eventually becomes student body president, the school is located in Corona del Mar, which means it's . . . CORONA DEL MAR HIGH SCHOOL (Real OC): As a general rule, the East Bluff campus draws the children of upscale Newport Beach's upper-crustiest, while cross-town rival Newport Harbor High School gets lower classes of rich kids because district boundaries include those unwashed, eastside Costa Mesa hooligans. Of course, this tradition has been thrown out of whack by the arrival years ago of private Sage Hill School in Newport Coast.

RMS QUEEN MARY (A.D. OC): We were first introduced to the Bluths aboard a yacht, on which George Sr. handed the reins of the Bluth Co. not to Michael, as expected, but to Lucille. We last saw the family all together aboard the Queen Mary, as Lucille is left to take the rap for company misdeeds, as Michael, George Michael and, unbeknownst to them, George Sr. (having again swapped identities with his twin brother Oscar) escape to Cabo on GOB's yacht C-Word with half a million bucks in cashier's checks. RMS QUEEN MARY (Real OC): Not in Orange County, but in Long Beach Harbor is the permanently docked tourist attraction, which has a bar, hotel rooms and regular events hosted by a gray-bearded fellow in a captain's suit. You could see him in a future episode ripping off fake whiskers to reveal he's George Sr.

Scene of discord
Courtesy of the Queen Mary
Scene of discord

Location Info


Balboa Bay Club and Resort

1221 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: Newport Beach

Dad's Donut Shop & Bakery

318 Marine Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92662

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Newport Beach

Sugar 'N Spice

310 Marine Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92662

Category: Restaurant > Dessert

Region: Newport Beach

Island Hotel Newport Beach

690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: Newport Beach

Queen Mary

1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: Long Beach

Dick Church's Restaurant

2698 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Costa Mesa

South Coast Plaza

3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Community Venues

Region: Costa Mesa

Old World Village -Festival Hall

7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Category: Services

Region: Huntington Beach


SANTA ANA (A.D. OC): In one episode, Buster locks himself inside a car trunk in an effort to get sneaked into Mexico. When he gets out, he's actually in Santa Ana—but Buster mistakes Orange County's seat for Mexico. Hilarity ensues. SANTA ANA (Real OC): Do we really need to explain this one?

ORANGE COUNTY PRISON (A.D. OC): Built by the Bluth Co. in 1983, George Bluth Sr. winds up inside on fraud and light treason counts. He converts to Judaism behind the same bars that go on to hold his twin brother, Oscar; GOB; and Tobias. "No touching" is strictly enforced. ORANGE COUNTY JAIL (Real OC): The SEC, a federal agency, fictionally prosecutes Bluth, but the actual OC jail system has a "Beds for Feds" program to hold federal inmates, usually for immigration offenses. The Men's Central Jail is severely overcrowded; the food sucks; and, given the crimes of guards and inmates, it's so dangerous you'll seek spiritual fulfillment.

SKIP CHURCH'S BISTRO (A.D. OC): This marina-side eatery is famous for "Skip's Scramble," a breakfast dish made with everything on the menu. DICK CHURCH'S RESTAURANT (Real OC): Not on the water, but up Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa, this working-stiff's joint is known for glutinous portions of everything from omelets to chicken-fried steak. There's no "Dick's Scramble," but there is the "Lumberjack Breakfast," which has two eggs, two sausages, two strips of bacon, half a hubcap-sized ham slice, two pancakes and hash browns.

SOUTH COAST BOUTIQUE (A.D. OC): Lindsay can't resist a "fire sale" at the upscale retailer. SOUTH COAST PLAZA (Real OC): Millions of Lindsays can't resist any kind of sale at the upscale retail-and-restaurant hub whose overlords can't abide being located in middle-class Costa Mesa, so it calls its quadrant "South Coast Metro" and who, no shit, once gave me crap for calling South Coast Plaza a "shopping mall" in a story instead of a "shopping experience."

WEE BRITAIN (A.D. OC): The quaint village of shops, residences and occupants brims with Jolly Ol' England charm. But when the cobblestone streets meet their Southern California counterparts, confusion and traffic accidents ensue, as drivers who'd been forced to stay on the right side in Wee Britain must suddenly switch to the left side. Yanks who've tried to navigate traffic circles in England surely sympathize. OLD WORLD VILLAGE (Real OC): The quaint village of shops, residences and occupants brims Jolly Ol' Western Europe charm. But confusion and accidents ensue when drivers who've indulged in too much oom-pah-pah at Oktoberfest head home.

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