Fisherman’s Village, which stood in for Oceanside Wharf on “Arrested Development”, was home to the Bluth Banana Stand.
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We are finally getting new episodes of “Arrested Development” in 2013 – seriously, best news ever – so has there ever been a better time to get psyched and visit a bunch of “AD” filming locations?
In the pilot episode, we’re introduced to the family’s banana stand, Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana, which is supposedly located on Balboa Island in Newport Beach:
I wrote a post about the real Balboa Island banana stands that may have inspired the Bluth’s — read it here. Much of the on-location action, however, took place at Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey, and there’s not really a banana stand there. But the lighthouse you see behind the banana stand on the show is really there, and you can get a burger or hot dog for lunch there.
Sadly, I think the bell, bench, and welcome sign that you see in the background of this scene (renamed Oceanside Wharf) have since been removed.
Just across the walkway is Sapori’s, the side of which stood in for a candy apple stand – remember when Gob chipped his tooth and started whistling when he spoke? (“You’d better let me do the talking.”)
And, finally, docked at Fisherman’s Village is the Marina Hornblower — also known as the boat George Sr. was arrested on. (Remember the whole family was on it in the pilot, and Lucille was incensed that a group of homosexuals was protesting?)
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