Editor’s note: The info below contains some mild spoilers, so please skip this post if you’re interested in watching the show with a clean slate. Most of the info we discuss is mentioned in the first episode.
Have you been watching “The Night Of”, the fictional HBO drama that centers around a murder that took place on the Upper West Side? It’s a solid show, in our humble opinion, and worth checking out. It was apparently shot entirely in New York, according to director Steve Zaillian.
“We shot everything in New York. Every interior, every exterior, for 150 days. And it shows. You can’t fake it in Toronto. I’m really proud of that. I’m proud to have made a New York movie.” He then added: We shot everywhere. We shot at the courthouse. We shot at the prisons. We shot in the subway.”
The show does feel very authentic. Even the things they get “wrong” are most likely just meant to keep real addresses out of the show — a homeowner might not want their townhouse to be the site of a crime, even a fictional one, for instance.
What They Get Right About the Location of the Murder
- It’s not clear exactly where the murder scene was shot but it certainly looks like the Upper West Side. One cop tells another during the first episode: “If you have to puke, keep it in your trunk—this is a nice neighborhood.”
- The attorney played by John Turturro finds it odd that a woman who does not appear to have a job owns a townhouse on West 87th Street. This is a healthy suspicion! Brownstones on 87th, like this one, can run you $11 million each.
What They Get Wrong
- The murder takes place at 144 West 87th Street, an address that does not appear to exist in real life, but which would be between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. There’s a 142 West 87th Street and a 150 West 87th Street, so 144 would presumably be right in between them, as seen below.
- BrickUnderground takes umbrage at the decor of the victim’s townhouse, which has a very college-dorm flavor. “this extremely stately home is decorated like a college kid’s first dorm room, complete with twinkly lights, a lamp that looks like it came straight from Pier 1 Imports, and a taxidermied deer head wearing a bow tie.”
What They Get Right About the Police
- The inside of the precinct looks like the inside of an NYPD precinct, with an elevated platform where officers sit or stand, and holding cells. It’s not clear what precinct this one was filmed in, or which precinct it is based on.
What They Get Wrong
- When police pick up Nazir Khan for a suspected DUI, he’s on 65th Street near Lincoln Center. Before they can give him a breathalyzer test, they get a call about a break-in on 87th Street. The police leave the scene with Nazir to check on the break-in. But in real life the DUI would have occurred in the 20th precinct, and those officers would not presumably be called to a break-in on 87th, which is in the 24th precinct (the 20th’s northern boundary is 86th Street). On the show, the officers are from the “21st precinct”, which doesn’t exist.
“The Night Of” is on HBO on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST.
Did you see anything in the show that felt just right, or out of place? Let us know in the comments. QNS.com also took a look at the show’s filming locations in Queens.
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