Throughout the years, popular television shows have made lasting impressions on their viewers. Not just from their characters and plotlines, but from their settings as well. Some of the settings of popular TV series are instantly recognizable because their signage immediately recalls memories of past episodes. Here are some signs made memorable from hit television shows.
If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you no doubt can imagine the glowing red capital letters spelling out “restaurant” that marked the coffee shop where Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer met to talk about nothing. In the show, the coffee shop was named Monk’s Diner. In reality, it’s Tom’s Restaurant, a family-owned restaurant that’s been in business since the 1940s. On the show, the shots of the restaurant’s signage kept the word “Tom’s” out of the frame. The Toms’ Restaurant sign shows that simple, bold signage can create a lasting impression.
The gang from the hit sitcom Friends loved to congregate over coffee from Central Perk, a fabricated New York City café. The Central Perk sign that adorned the shop’s window featured two white coffee cups with wisps of steam emanating from them. The wording on the logo features two different fonts and a colour scheme of red, white, and green. The sign created a relaxed, easy-going vibe, which was reflected in the interior design of the coffee house.
While Central Perk was a fictitious café, a replica pop-up shop was created in New York City to commemorate the show’s 20th anniversary, and fans lined up for a chance to step inside and sit on the recognizable orange couch.
The Peach Pit
The teenaged group from Beverly Hills 90210 spent some of their time together inside the Peach Pit, a retro-styled restaurant. The original location of the restaurant in Los Angeles was only used in the first few episodes of the show’s first season. What stood out most about the Peach Pit’s sign was the art deco-styled lettering. The rest of the restaurant’s façade featured splashes of teal, black and white checkered panels, and a clock above the main sign. But it’s that lettering that always catches the eye.
Sanford and Son Salvage
Fred and Lamont Sanford’s moneymaking schemes never seemed to work out, but the signage they used for their salvage company was very distinctive. Playing off the fact that the business bought and sold junk, the Sanford and Son sign that appeared on their shop and their truck gave off an unmistakably unpolished look. The stripped-down style were fitting for the both the business and the show’s main characters.
The place where “everybody knows your name” also had an unmistakable sign. The hand-drawn script lettering for the word “Cheers” was made even more distinctive with gold and black as its prominent colours. Then there’s the hand pointing downwards to direct patrons downstairs to the tavern. All the elements came together to create a classy yet accessible style, which was further reflected in the characters and setting of the show. The Cheers sign still adorns the pub on Beacon Street in Boston and is a regular draw for tourists and fans of the sitcom.