Miniature sitcom sets

Charles Brogdon's "Hand-Made Hollywood" project involves creating incredibly detailed miniature replicas of the sets for vintage sitcoms and soaps (Cheers, Murphy Brown, Family Ties, Seinfeld, The Young and the Restless, etc), including all the set-lights and other pieces, as though standing ready for a claymation meta-TV-show about the shows' production and actors. Shown here: the Brady Bunch kitchen.

Hand-Made Hollywood (Thanks, Charles!)


  1. Cheers and Seinfeld are vintage sitcoms now? For reals? Reminds me of the first time I heard The Black Crowes on my classic rock station. Am I really that old now? 30 is that old?

    1. Sadly, yes. 30 years (well, 28 in the case of Cheers and 21 in the case of Seinfeld) DOES constitute ‘classic’.

      Consider this: Back when ‘Cheers’ started in 1982, a comparable timeframe would have brought us back to 1954 (the ‘I Love Lucy’ era) and 1961 (the ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ era). In 1982, both of those shows were certainly acknowledged to have taken place long ago enough to have been considered ‘classics.’

      Working back from the Seinfeld debut, we’d be looking at 1961 and 1968—and even in 1989, we considered that year’s ‘Bewitched,’ and ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ to be old classics.

      So yeah. We’re really that old now. :-)

  2. The “progressive” architectural elements of this house and the minimalist/eclectic interior design of the Brady home FASCINATED me as a child watching this show, and seeing the mini-set now, into today. As well as the oddity of having five chairs when there should be six (y’know six kids), I now know it is all about camera positioning, as a child I did not.

    I also would watch the Galloping Gourmet and spend more time staring at his set than his cooking or his proper British English enunciating jaw moving up and down.

    I wonder if there is a critical discussion (better yet, educational humorous essay) of 70’s TV/movie sets and their impact on design today.

  3. Very enjoyable slide show. Love the ‘set’ including the lights and stuff. Great work!

  4. You’re lucky. I’m 38, and, although our sitcoms were shot in glorious Paleo-Vision, you had to light the fire inside the TV set yourself. Of course, the invention of the steam engine changed all that.

  5. Interesting to see that most of these sets are made from a core of LEGO (no hiding those chairs, even under a thick coat of paint) with some minor modifications and some decoration.

    Frustrating that the Flickr images are s low res, but I suppose that’s the point, to drive sales of the book.

  6. All those sets need now are some LEGO Minifigs that look like the cast members and they would be complete! -)

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