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Movies and TV Shows Set in Maine Since 1957

Posted Dec. 31, 2013, at 4:50 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 31, 2013, at 9:11 a.m.

Recently, Maine has become the talking point for all TV lovers. Don’t believe it? Here’s the scoop – a number of TV series today are about Maine – at least some of the most popular ones are.

Today, a number of popular TV shows have different towns (*albeit fictional) of Maine as their setting.

• Under the Dome – It is an American science fiction drama TV series aired on CBS in June, 2013. Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, the show tells the story of the residents of Chester’s Mill in Maine, where an enormous, transparent, imperishable dome unexpectedly disconnects them from the rest of the world.

• Haven – an American/Canadian supernatural drama TV series aired on SyFy that is loosely based on Stephen King novel ‘The Colorado Kid’. FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker arrives in Haven, Maine, and soon finds herself involved in “The Troubles”, a plague of supernatural sufferings that have occurred in the past.

• Once Upon a Time – an ABC fairy tale drama series set in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine. The residents of the town are actually fairytale characters transported to the “real world” and robbed of their memories by the evil queen. The protagonists of the show include- Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin and Robert Carlyle.

And they are not alone. Since a long time Maine has been the setting of a large number of movies or TV shows.


There are a number of movies that were set in Maine. A number of these movies are featured regularly on various satellite TV channels. These movies include (in Chronological order):

• Peyton Place (1957) – filmed in Camden region of Maine.

• It Happened to Jane (1959) – set in the fictional town of Cape Anne, Maine

• Pete’s Dragon (1977) – set in Passamaquoddy, Maine

• Graveyard Shift (1990)

• The Man Without a Face (1993) – shot throughout Mid Coast Maine.

• Casper (1995)

• The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – set in Maine.

• Dark Harbor (1998) – set on an island off the coast of Maine.

• Lake Placid (1999) – set by a fictional lake in Maine

• Belfast, Maine (1999) a documentary film on the daily life in Belfast, Maine.

• In the Bedroom (2001) – the Academy Award–nominated film is set in a number of towns in Maine.

• Darkness Falls (2003) – set in the fictional Maine town of Darkness Falls

• Dreamcatcher (2003)

• Welcome to Mooseport (2004) – set in the fictional city of Mooseport, Maine.

• 40 West (2011)

• Carrie

• The Cider House Rules- is set in quite a few fictional Maine towns.

• Empire Falls – in filmed almost entirely in Waterville and Skowhegan.

• The Mist – is set in Maine.

• Wet Hot American Summer – set near Waterville, Maine.

Television Series

There are a number of television series that were set in Maine. A number of them were very popular. These include:

• Murder, She Wrote (1984) – It is a detective TV series that starred Angela Lansbury. The series is set in a fictional Maine village named Cabot Cove.

• Dark Shadows (1991) – is set in the fictional coastal town of Collinsport, Maine.

• Passions (1999) – it is a daytime soap opera which is set in the fictional town of Harmony. The first two months, as well as, the opening credits of the show were filmed in Camden and Belfast, Maine.

• Murder in Small Town X (2001)- it was an unscripted drama series. The series had ten people who were competing to find a fictional killer in the town of Sunrise (Eastport, Maine).

• Augusta, Gone (2001) – a TV series about a teenager who falls victim of drugs, is set on Mount Desert Island, Maine.

• The Dead Zone (2002) – it is a science fiction series starring Anthony Michael Hall. The series is based on the novel by Stephen King and is set in the fictional small town of Cleaves Mills.

• Kingdom Hospital (2004) – the famous ABC mini-series, was set in Lewiston, Maine.

As you can see, a number of Stephen King novels that were already set in Maine have made it to the list. The latest addition to the Stephen King adaptations is Under the Dome, which is now being televised on CBS.

Author Bio: Michelle Evans is a social media marketing expert with a passion for entertainment, movies and TV. When not working, you can find her curled up in a couch, watching her favorite movies with her dog, Tory.

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