Where does HBO’s “Euphoria” take place, you ask? For the uninitiated, the show exists somewhere between reality and a glittery fever dream where teenagers care less about extracurricular sports and more about drug-fueled neon debauchery set to a mind-blowing soundtrack. Following Rue Bennett (Zendaya) as she confronts drug addiction, explores her feelings for her best friend, Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), and navigates an intense social landscape, it’s high school as told by unfettered teenage impulses, and viewers have gone wild over it. Since its premiere in June 2019, the American adaptation of the Israeli miniseries has won nine Emmys, one Golden Globe and 18 additional awards to date. Critical acclaim aside, the “Euphoria” following is dedicated. There’s an element of vicarious living to the fandom’s devotion; people get satisfaction from seeing Sam Levinson’s version of our shadow selves dramatized by good-looking people on screen. We get it: running through the same streets as Rue and the gang and maybe indulging in a little debauchery of our own sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. For your own sanity, you probably shouldn’t get into as much trouble as the “Euphoria” crew, but if you want to live your own teenage mini-drama, we have just the thing for you.
While the series is set in the fictional “middle-class suburban city” of East Highland, much of “Euphoria” was filmed in and around Los Angeles, with a substantial portion of it being shot on the sound stage inside Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, including the infamous rotating room scene from the pilot episode. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite filming locations that you can actually visit next time you’re in Los Angeles. We find that this guide is best enjoyed while listening to the “Euphoria” anthem, otherwise known as “Still Don’t Know My Name” by Labrinth. If you haven’t seen the show, proceed with caution as there are sure to be spoilers ahead.