Always on the lookout for Union Station on TV

Being a semi-dedicated TV watcher, it’s sort of a hobby of mine to spot L.A. locations in various shows. And for shows that are supposed to be set in L.A., I always try to verify its accuracy to see if Metro appears in any scenes. People may not always take the subway, but I just won’t believe it’s L.A. if there’s not a Metro bus in the background somewhere at some point!

Last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot episode put the spotlight on Union Station. Check out the clip below to see the East Portal get its 15 minutes of fame. You can watch the full episode for shots of the Gateway building. And hey, they actually called the station by its correct name! (Unlike in S.W.A.T. where they called 7th/Metro Figueroa Station…)

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  1. Look at “Wanted” with Keenan Ivory Wayans. An assassian at 8th/Broadway ( Giant clock)took a shot at a VIP right in front of 1 Gateway Plaza. Pretty good considering the distance and line of sight.

  2. I was surprised they didnt just run into the unused ticket room and film everything there, but actually used the majority of the station.

  3. The season ending episode of Ray Donovan (Showtime) that aired the previous weekend had a chase scene in Union Station with the pursuers converging on the pursued from both sides of the tunnel.

    • Dear Metro Duo,

      I don’t have access to Showtime, so I’m going to need some proof! (Although I did spot Liev Schreiber filming in the tunnel a few months back. Did not realize Ray Donovan was a thing at that time and thought he was filming a commercial!)

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  4. On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, though, they showed a fully utilized ticket counter. I wish that were the case in reality!